Innis & Gunn Spiced Rum Finish - Innis & Gunn

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Innis & Gunn Spiced Rum FinishInnis & Gunn Spiced Rum Finish

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BA SCORE
85
very good

171 Ratings
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Ratings: 171
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 10
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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Innis & Gunn visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ChrisCage on 10-14-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Oak matured for 57 days
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Ratings: 171 | Reviews: 56
Reviews by JoeyBeerBelly:
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle served in a I&G fluted glass.

L - clear carmel color with a white head that vanished in a few minutes.

S - vanilla spice aroma.

T - the spiced rum flavor comes through nicely with sweet malt remaining solid in the background.

F - medium bodied with a smooth, easy drinking feel.

O - a nice treat.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BGDrock
3.27/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: very deep amber colour; clear; head dissipates swiftly to almost nothing

Aroma: sweet caramel, rum, fruity, vanilla, toffee - this is gonna be a sweet one (again)

Taste & Mouthfeel: as expected - overly sweet and syrupy, with big vanilla and fruity rum flavours; cloying, with almost nothing to balance it out; there might be some oak character in the finish, but not much hint of spiced rum influence it could really be any rum; it actually sets your teeth on edge it's so sweet

Overall: pretty typical from Innis & Gunn, but even more sugary than their others; was hoping for some differentiation, didn't get it

Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml, clear as ever bottle, part of the current winter I&G gift pack.

This beer pours a clear, bright copper hue, with one skinny finger of thin foamy off-white head, which leaves very little in the way of lace as it hastily settles. It smells of fruity, floral, boozy oak barrel, a bit of caramel and vanilla, and a metallic twinge where one would expect at least a little hop action. The taste is a bit more engaging - a solid toffee wall hits you at first, the woodiness character softened a fair deal, but the vanilla and subtle nuttiness remain. Flitting about are some nice zingy fruity notes, that have divorced themselves from immediate association with their rum origins. Speaking of the booze, it maintains quite a low profile, warming things a touch here, a smidgen there. Hops are still AWOL. The carbonation is there, but rather unobtrusive, the body medium weight, and decidedly smooth. It finishes sweet, with a toffee beholden to the wood once again, and exotic fruit esters joining the fray.

Well, the spiced rum barrels sure show their stuff in this offering, so points for truth in advertising. Overall, a decent barrel aged strong ale, clean, and pretty tasty, without those messy hops getting in the way.

Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A sweetish though not cloying ale. A moderate richness in the finish from an aged anejo black rum cask. Light in the spice department its mostly the vanilla. Drinkable, significant oak mid sip. Beige coloured with a little lasting head, this may get better with a year of age.Toffee and rich malting in the nose.

Photo of cjgator3
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle

A- Pours a dark amber color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is vanilla, oak chips, caramel and malt.

T- The taste is sweet malt along with caramel, spice and some alcohol in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a moderate amount if carbonation.

O- Overall, not a bad beer. Probably not something I'd buy again but it was worth a try.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of the winter gift pack that I couldn't resist
A - poured into the flute glass that came with the gift pack, lightly hazy bronze, thumb of head retained at a thin covering
S - mix of peat, all spice, toasty grain, and light molasses
T - the caramel and spices of the rum is present but fairly subtle, some peat, light mineral and leafy flavours, with a grainy finish
M - a little on the thin watery side, light spicy and dry finish
O - it has the expected notes of the spiced rum but not as pronounced as I expected, worth a try as with most I&G offerings

Photo of puboflyons
4.26/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 11.2 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on September 13, 2012.

It pours an attractive and clean looking medium amber with reddish or coppery hues but there is no head to speak of.

The aroma is of butterscotch, rum barrels, jerky spice, and raw sugar.

The body tends to be better than medium and almost bold but with a smooth and creamy texture.

The taste starts out like butterscotch but then an assertive bitterness takes over to linger briefly on the palate. Overall, a pretty nice beer.

Photo of ChrisCage
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this in the same gift pack that the Winter Beer comes in, surprised I'm the first reviewer so far; yeah!

A- Poured this into my newly acquired I&G tulip style glass...how exciting! Pours a clear golden hued color, and has a nice two finger thick eggshell colored head, that has excellent retention...eventually settling down to a dense creamy film over the brew. The carbonation appears to be very relaxed, with only a few bubbles lumbering up to the top.

S- This smells similar to the original Rum Cask beer by I&G, with a distinct woody aroma, obviously from the barrel. The main difference is that this one is sweeter, which is what I'm guessing is done on purpose, being aged in spiced rum casks instead....more tropical fruit esters are present. As expected, there isn't really any hop bitterness noticeable.

T- Holy damn is this a smooth beer! For a near 7%'er, the warming alcohol is there, but without any sort of burn whatsoever! Again, this is similar to the original rum cask, but with more fruit sweetness, and there is a very distinct butterscotch richness that lingers throughout on the palate, followed closely by banana fruit. There is a mild hop presence on the finish....just enough to balance this flavorful beer out, and I find there is some subtle cinnamon spice closely following behind right after the swallow. Absolutely delicious to taste!

M- Creamy...very creamy! This is a very smooth beer as the carbonation is short on the palate, allowing the full range of flavors to show through....I almost feel like I'm enjoying a modified light fruitcake! Solid medium-full body....

O- This is definitely a sipping beer, meant to be enjoyed as a treat! Warm, flavorful, with a nice balance between sweet and woodsy! Innis & Gunn doesn't disappoint as usual and I once again highly recommend picking this one up!

Photo of Stocean1
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - one finger white head that quickly withdrew to a fine follar of bubbles - amber red hued body - semi clear

S - pale malt with floral hops, rum, and oak

T - Follows the nose with some cinnamon or nutmeg, pleasant but not as bold as I had hoped

M - medium bodied with decent carbonation, mildly bitter, relatively smooth with a spicy tingle

O - decent offering from Innis

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours dark amber with a large head.
Nose shows lots of toffee and butterscotch along with vanilla and soft spiced apple. Very sweet-smelling.
Equally sweet flavours. Maybe too sweet. More butter, butterscotch and toffee. Incredibly sweet.
Could use a lot more carbonation.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep clear light amber color ale with a medium size white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of cereal with some light notes of rum. Taste is also a mix between some cereal with light sweet notes and some light rum notes. Body is about average with some good carbonation. This one works out better then the previous barrel-aged beer they have done.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured in to snifter.

A - Medium orange, yellow around the edges. A small layer of cream coloured head formed and immediately disappeared.

S - Toffee, dark caramel, oak, spiced rum.

T - Barrel qualities up front - oak, vanilla, spices and dark rum. Toffee and dark caramel flavours are present as well.

M - Light to medium body. A touch watery. Light carbonation.

O - A decent enough beer, but as is my opinion of most I&G beers, they didn't make the base beer substantial enough to hold up to the barrel aging. Fairly one dimensional.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: clear amber. Respectable off white head.
smell: Butterscotch and more! Surprisingly hefty and quite good nose. Vanilla, oak, toffee and well...spiced rum. Gourmet butterscotch.
taste: Not quite up to the nose but a nice version.
overall: Looking back, I may have been overly enthusiastic bout my first Innis. A nice treat but not as maybe not as great as I thought a couple years ago. Have to revisit. This is quite good.

Photo of metter98
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear amber orange in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of rum are present in the nose along with hints of vanilla from the oak barrels aging.
T: The overall taste contains a mixture of rum, vanilla and toffee flavors. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really enjoyed this beer because it seemed that the flavors imparted by the rum and oak barrels were well incorporated into the overall smell and taste of this beer. It is rather easy to drink because the alcohol is well masked from the taste. I would definitely considering trying this beer again.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like beer and I like rum: hope this 57 days of barrel maturing suits me. Clear 330ml bottle, best before Nov 2012: poured into a thistle shaped 'Gordon Finest Gold' glass in May 2012.

Looks a picture in the glass: lovely deep amber body almost teak in colour, on top (at first) a well formed head of off-white bubbles. Sadly they faded to a wisp and collar far to swiftly for me. If the head had stayed the score would be a lot better.

Toffee more than rum in the nose, vanilla more than oak or wood: certainly different.

The taste was also toffee molasses to me, caramel next and then rum hints.

The aftertaste does have rum type esters in the mix and the beer gets more 'rummy' in all aspects as it warms in the glass. Not sure where the alcohol goes (can't seem to find it) because this isn't a heavy tasting brew, more a well balanced 'semi-quirky' flavoured beer that deserves respect.

The beer grew on me as the tasting progressed.

Photo of tzieser
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure why theres no entry for "Spice Rum Aged" I&G but whatever.

Clear amber in color with an off shite head that settles into a small lacing.

Sweet and malty aroms with hints of toffee, toasted nuts and brown sugar.

Deep malt flavor with toasted oak, buttery diactyl and subtle nutty flavor. Well balanced and abv isnt really noticible.

Good brew, but fails to seperate itself from the other aged beers they make.

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml transparent bottle. Snifter glass. Rum & yeast as cap is removed. Reddish amber color headed by quickly dissipated off-white froth. Toasted malts, biscuit, herbs & vanilla to the nose while rum, anise, sugar & solvent-like notes are displayed on the back. Toasted, biscuit, brioche flavors & toffee hues. Medium to full body. Moderate to medium-high carbonation. Silky palate. Spicy notes & herbal touches, rum memories & sugar coated fruit flavors join slight earthy bitterness then linger into a sweetish finish. Wood on the aftertaste. Smooth & delightful beer for a paused & long drink.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Innis & Gunn's Spiced Rum Finish a couple weeks ago for $2.69 at The Lager Mill. I know there's no such thing as Spiced Rum barrels so I'm interested to see how they did at replicating the flavor of one my favorite liquors, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but I assume it's fairly fresh since it was recently released. Poured from a clear 11.2 oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label is pretty much the same as all their other beers I have tried, it's pretty simple but it does look a little classy. It poured a fairly clear amber color that took on more of a brighter amber and copper color when held to the light with two fingers worth of creamy off white head that died down to a thin ring that left a little bit of lacing. This is a decent looking beer..

S- The aroma starts off with some sweet malts that impart some caramel, molasses, toffee and some pretty heavy butterscotch aromas that went nicely with some spice aromas that are similar to the spices I pick up in spiced rum, it seems like the allspice sticks out the most. Towards the end I get a slight woody aroma and a slight fruit aroma that is similar to orange rinds. I really like the aroma of this beer it's fairly complex with some nice sweet spices that give it a spiced rum like aroma.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with some sweet molasses and a pretty big butterscotch flavor that works nicely with a medium amount of oak and some spicy flavors with the allspice still sticking out the most. Towards the end I get a little bit of vanilla followed by a light orange rind flavor with a lighter amount of bitterness and a fairly sweet and butterscotch aftertaste. This beer tasted good, I liked the butterscotch flavor but I felt like the oak and spice could stick out a little more.

M- Pretty smooth, crisp, a little dry on the finish, on the lighter side of being medium bodied, with a higher amount of medium carbonation that was a little prickly. The mouthfeel was pretty average, it felt a little watery and then with the carbonation being a little to prickly.

Overall I thought was a good beer, I wouldn't call it an English Strong Ale, but it's a good example of the type of beers this brewery makes, a malt English Ale with specific liquor barrel flavors. This beer had really good drinkability, I could for sure drink another one since it was much smoother then I thought it would be and the flavors did a good job at holding my attention, pretty damn drinkable for this brewery. What I liked most about this beer was the aroma it was really nice and complex with some aromas that were similar to spice rum and buttered rum. What I liked least about this beer was the mouthfeel, it was just a little too thin and the prickly carbonation was unnecessary. I would buy this beer again, it's reasonably priced and tasted good, I don't think I would by it a lot, but it would be nice to have every once in a while and I recommend this beer to just about anyone. All in all I liked this beer, I would say I like it slightly more then the regular rum aged beer, but the Irish Whiskey one is still my favorite from this brewery, this was a good and solid beer, keep up the good work Innis & Gunn.

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%

11.2 ounce clear glass bottle. Aged for 57 days. Date on neck Jan 2014.

A: Pours a clear amber with a one-inch thick light tan head which settles to a thin cap and leaves splotchy lace.

N: Dark rum, mulled spices, mildly boozy, toffee and caramel malts, faint oak.

T: Sweetish dark rum, toffee, molasses, mulled spices, minor heat, caramel, oaky wood, faintly fruity, vanilla on warming, trace biscuit.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation. Mellow, smooth rum and toffee finish.

O: Nice and not too strong for the style. Enjoyed.

Photo of shand
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

7.4% ABV, marked "Spiced Rum Aged" on the label.

Innis & Gunn Spiced Rum Aged pours out a clear red-orange color with a small head. The aroma is sweet and malty, with strong vanilla notes, and a bit of spicing. This is a tasty and fairly complex beer, with the vanilla and oak coming through first, with some nice spice flavors and caramel/toffee malts coming in on the back. The mouthfeel is smooth, yet full. Overall, this is a solid oak aged beer. It's very drinkable while presenting a solid amount of complexity.

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

they've gone upmarket & ditched the clear glass but it's contents are still barely above average ale

Photo of thehyperduck
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 mL bottle-in-a-carton from the LCBO; listed at 7.4%. Many folks have one specific liquor that they refuse to drink, usually because of a decision made the morning after a number of very bad decisions involving the liquor in question. Yeah, my liquor is spiced rum. I haven't had any in years now, but I think I trust I&G enough to come up with something respectable, even to my tainted palate.

Pours a clear, lovely amber-brown colour, topped with nearly two fingers of frothy, off-white head. It dies down over the next few minutes, leaving behind a thin, foamy cap on the surface, with minimal lacing. The aroma is very similar to that of their flagship oak aged beer - sweet and malty, with lots of butterscotch, toffee, vanilla and oak, but with a subtle touch of spice underneath this base.

The flavour is dominated by much of the same toffee, oak and vanilla notes common to all of this brewery's offerings, with some nutty undertones. The spices creep forward in the finish, which offers just the right amount of heat from the alcohol. Not as rum-like as one might hope; rather the spice seems to modify the base oaked-whisky I&G flavour just enough to allow this beer to give off only a vaguely rummy vibe. Medium-bodied, with similarly moderate carbonation levels. A little buttery, with a slickness left behind on the palate. Enjoyable and warming; but not the kind of thing I'd be interested in having more than one bottle of per night.

Final Grade: 3.79, a B+. Innis & Gunn's Spiced Rum Finish is a respectable offering, but not something I'm likely to seek out in the future. I'd take their regular oak aged ale over this 9 times out of 10, and that isn't even really taking the price difference into account.

It's not bad... its existence just seems pointless - the spiced rum character, although present in a half-hearted sense, refuses to rise above a supporting role - and this is coming from someone who is probably overly sensitive to that flavour. A serviceable beer, but not one of the better choices in the I&G lineup - something that might be worth one try for the tick, but not many more. Big fans of this brewery should consider this one worth a spin, but most others might as well stick with I&G's core lineup, because the differences are fairly minimal. Not really worth the extra coin.

Photo of rarbring
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A clear copper toned ale, an off-white head that settles quickly leaving little lacing but has good curtains.

Much wood nuances, fruitiness, cloud-berries and very ripe pears and sherry.

Sweet brown bread, apricot jam, sweet licorice, oak, no bitterness.

Little carbonation, slightly sticky but smooth, medium body.

Not bad, but as always I feel slightly disappointed with I&G, the casks seems to flatten the beers too much.

Photo of JasonLovesBeer
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the now-called "Rum Finish", looks a little different than the posted image but the same stuff for the most part as far as I can tell - though it looks more of a deep red and less of a copper.

Appearance: Dark, rich red-brown.

Nose: Red licorice

Taste: More red licorince, rum spices, sweet apple, vanilla. Powerful sweetness, almost sickly sweet but great flavours. Kind of hits you over the head with its flavour but a great accompaniment to rich foods.

Mouthfeel: Malty, quite average in carbonation and body.

Photo of byronic
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very light and clear amber with a finger of white head.

A very rich aroma of rum, toffee and perhaps a bit buttery overall.

A nice balance of toffee and vanilla with a rum finish that lingers in a very sweet aftertaste.

Light body with medium carbonation making it incredibly easy to drink.

A nice brew I wouldn't mind having a few of, especially on a summer evening.

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Innis & Gunn Spiced Rum Finish from Innis & Gunn
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