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Innis & Gunn Spiced Rum Finish - Innis & Gunn

Innis & Gunn Spiced Rum FinishInnis & Gunn Spiced Rum Finish

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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.3%

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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:
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(Beer added by: ChrisCage on 10-14-2011)
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Alberta (Canada)

4.55/5  rDev +21.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 02:20:27 | More by ChrisCage
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Ontario (Canada)

4.55/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured with a finger of head that did a good job of sustaining but did not lace at all. The body, true to it's name looks like a carbonated spiced rum with a bit more of a reddish hue.

Smell: The spice is really coming out on this one as sweet sugar mixed with cloves, cinnamon and of course spiced rum with a vanilla touch. Also detecting some tropical fruit in the background but it's too hard to pickup, which is the only flaw here. Complex, but not enough bang.

Taste: I can't honestly come up with anything bad to say. It starts with a subtle sweet malt with notes of toffee and vanilla and then shifts to a sugarcane and fruit taste. Notes of banana pineapple with a touch of raspberry and citrus hops the accent this one very well and it ends just as advertised, with a woodsy spiced rum finish that I'd expect from Appleton Estate rum.

Mouthfeel: Wonderfully complex and transistions well. Nothing feels like it's fighting anything else. The carbonation could be a bit better but that brief spiced aftertaste stays around just right and when it departs you are left with fruity malt. I could see it cloying after more then one though.

Drinkability: Normally something this complex is something you want to savour. I simply can't, it's that good. It's might not be the most refreshing beer, but it goes down easy and it's a bouquet of flavour.

Final Thoughts: Innis and Gunn, you have redeemed yourself after that awful Highland Cask. It the right mix of Scottish brewing and Caribbean flavour that you would normally think couldn't go hand in hand. I'm glad to finally see one of your one off beers finally eclipse the standard Innis & Gunn without a single doubt. You owe it to yourself to see if you can track this one down, and I hope they offer it again next year.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 03:49:14 | More by TheHammer
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New Hampshire

4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 22:42:52 | More by puboflyons
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4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 23:17:11 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 02:37:19 | More by shand
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Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle is 7.4% ABV (0.5) more then shown on the posting.

A: Medium copper/orange colour. Pours a nice 1/2 inch foam on top that settles to a film. Very clear with no particles.

S: Typical Innis and Gunn scent but can't pick up on any "spices" from the spice rum cask. Bread all the way with some caramel sweetness.

T: Vanilla, hint of cinnamon, white pepper, caramel, and bread.

M: Medium to full body, some warm feeling going down. Not a hot alcohol feeling, just a warm body sensation.

O: Flavours are similar to the regular rum cask but I prefer the warm feeling from this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 01:18:59 | More by Kremlock
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber colour, ring of white head, spots of lace left behind. Smell is full of vanilla and rum, well oaked, nice malt bill, toffee and caramel as well. Taste is malty followed by big waves of vanilla and oak, light sweetness, spiced rum is there but not overpowering, spicy caramel/toffee finish. Med carb, lightly syrupy, medium body. This is probably the most pleasant Innis & Gunn offering I have ever had, it doesn't taste over-oaked like most stuff from them and is quite drinkable, much better than the regular rum cask from them by a long shot.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 20:07:09 | More by peensteen
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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear copper brown with a finger width of foamy head.

Smell - Spiced rum, vanilla, toffee, hint of dark fruits.

Taste - Spiced rum along with oak and vanilla notes from the barrels. A bit of toffee in there as well.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - Another tasty offering from Innis & Gunn. Good flavours from the spiced rum. I would definitely recommend this one to those who also enjoy the rum cask edition.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 04:29:39 | More by leaddog
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3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 03:46:29 | More by StoutHunter
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Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear hazelnut brown pour, with a finger and a half off white head. Lacing is minimal.

Massive amounts of vanilla, brown sugar and some sweet spices rum. A touch of oak from the chips. Lightly roasted malts and a touch of strawberry.

Spiced rum, vanilla, light roasted malt, butterscotch and some caramel. Brown sugar and a little bit of dark fruits.

Light to medium body, moderate carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 21:39:49 | More by korguy123
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3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

300 ml, "Spice Rum Aged" 7.4% (noting because it differs from BA's notes)

Pours a honey brown color, off-white film of a head.

Smells of maple and brown sugar with some dry barley malt.

Mild rum flavor with some oak and cinnamon spice, brown sugar and toffee. Slight honey sweetness in the end.

Medium body with tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A good flavored medium bodied ale with an interesting profile and a nice bouquet. My second from this brewery and I like it just as much as the first, which is to say pretty well. Not a gulper of a beer, but a little more than a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2012 22:29:43 | More by Cylinsier
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3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

i really like this stuff, totally different. it pours a clear and fizzy bronze color with a tiny head. the whole beer goes flat and darkens in shade after just a few minutes of air exposure. the nose is very impressive, full of fresh vanilla beans, oak, booze, and some island spice. the rum character really overshadows the beer itself though. the flavor is also rum dominated, with the vanilla being really forward. its sweet and a little fruity, like fermented apples or something. the finish is oddly dry though, and there is almost not tastes left in the mouth after the swallow. the mouthfeel is okay, it starts off pretty bubbly, but goes dead flat quickly. i dont mind that though, as the flavors are allowed to be savored and identified one by one this way. it does make the alcohol component seem a lot stronger though, i would have guessed this beer to be close to 8% abv. nice smooth texture to this, and a 4pack in a night would be about right for me. one of my brothers favorite brews, im not quite as high on it, but its definitely something unique and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 18:43:11 | More by StonedTrippin
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3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date of Sep2013 on the back, most likely a best by date

A: Pours an amber color with a fingers worth of head that fades quite quickly

S: Very malty, with a distinct spiced rum note and some oak. Very straight forward

T: Starts off malty and sweet. This is followed by a nice, mellow spiced rum and oak flavor. Finishes clean and slightly sweet

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Not sticky or sickly sweet

O: A nice dessert beer that doesn't over-do the oak aging. Just sweet enough to satisfy a sweet-tooth craving. Worth a try

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2013 03:45:26 | More by BEERMILER12
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 04:04:33 | More by JasonLovesBeer
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Alberta (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 21:19:05 | More by biboergosum
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3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle into an Innis and Gunn tulip.

Pours a clear ruby/copper with a half finger white head that quickly fades into a ring around the side of the glass. Nothing in the way of lacing.

Aroma has lots of butterscotch along with wood and toffee. A little bit of orange citrus is also present in the background.

The flavor really has quite a bit going on. There is overwhelming butterscotch up front but the fades rather quickly yielding numerous other flavors. Wood is there along with vanilla and a bit of a citric tartness. Orange is what comes to mind along with some spice. You can definitely tell this was aged on spice rum chips.

Overall, a decent beer that is pretty much par for the course when it comes to Innis & Gunn. It might not blow you away but it is very solid. I would recommend picking this up if you were to come across it.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 03:02:13 | More by rangerred
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3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: embossed 330mL clear bottle with the standard Innis & Gunn label.

Appearance: pours a clear, vibrant orange colour with fine carbonation. A one-finger tan head hangs about for a time before settling to a solid ring.

Aroma: plenty of toffee, caramels and butterscotch. Vanilla and rum in the back also - different but appealing.

Taste: the flavours from the nose come through quite strongly - nicely complex and quite sweet.

Aftertaste: the sweetness linges for quite a time, the sweetness becoming a touch too much for my palate. All the same, very nice.

Mouth feel: moderate in body with a lower carbonation. A slow sipper it would seem.

Overall: a very interesting beer - quite sweet yet complex at the same time. Well worth the having - a couple at a time.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 07:16:08 | More by SmashPants
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United Kingdom (England)

3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 20:52:35 | More by BlackHaddock
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Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the latest LCBO release, listed at 7.4% ABV.

A - Pours a nice caramel colour with a ruby hue, thumb of head with some retention and no real lacing.

S - Spiced rum is evident off the top, quite musty, hints of wooden oak and a nice caramel finish.

T - This one loads a solid punch of oak infused flavours alongside the sweet, yet slightly boozy, caramel flavours provided by the rum casks. A toasted bread flavour comes through alongside faint hints of mossy hops and a peppery toffee flavour lingers.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness.

O - Another tasty brew courtesy of the gang at I&G. Worth a try and definitely brings along with it the characteristics of the sugary rum casks. Glad I picked up a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 01:32:58 | More by andrenaline
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New York

3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 22:08:42 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Searched for this one, saw the Spiced rum finish, aged 47 days. saw the rum cask, aged 102 days... this is the Rum Finish, Aged for 57 Days.

Clear bottle, yay, but that is their norm. Pours an amber color with about a finger of head. it is nice...
Nose is odd. I get the crappy Innis and Gunn beer nose, but then the soft and actually quite nice oaky rum nose. it is not an over powering rum nose, and it is not an over powering oak nose, but it is a nice blend of the two... now, if they could get rid of the crappy underlying beer nose.
Taste is much the same as the nose. i get the crappy underlying beer... then i get the nice smooth oaky rum. It finishes quite nice. VERY nice actually. But the regular innis and gunn is there, and I can taste it. This is the best Innis and Gunn I have ever had though. I have had the Canada whiskey version as well, and this one is quite better. The rum is subtle and the oak is smooth, and they blend quite well.
Mouthfeel is the same as all the other versions.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 21:11:21 | More by crusian
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good amber colour with very little head. Warm rum and oak notes, light spice, creamy malts.

Light bitterness, rum and booze, woody notes. Suggestions of caramel and spice. Very similar to their regular rum cask, but with a bit of spice.

Smooth mouthfeel, a bit too light on the carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 04:27:52 | More by BDTyre
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Ontario (Canada)

3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle from LCBO into a pint glass. ABV indicates 7.4% on my bottle of I&G Spiced Rum Finish.

Appearance - Golden orange with some brown hues thrown in. A nice rich looking color with minimal bubbles. One finger of head is poured even with a fairly aggressive pour. Head dissipates quickly.

Smell - Definitely the spiced rum comes through here. Otherwise similar to other Innis & Gunn offerings from the Oak aged barrels. Caramel, toffee and vanilla. Quite a bit going on here and smells are quite potent.

Taste - Similar to the s,ell, spiced rum, caramel and vanilla. Quite rich and sweet tasting. A hint of an earthy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Nice on the mouth, yet there is a certain thinness there that was unexpected.. Very low carbonation on the mouth as with the other offerings.

Overall - A nice change, but I feel the Original and Rum Cask are better options than the spiced rum cask. Would consider purchasing again, but not in large quantities.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 00:46:33 | More by DenisKolkin
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New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Totowa since they didn't have a lot of this in stock and the other Innis and Gunn beers that I've enjoyed before were nothing like anything I'd ever had before. Sure enough, this had the alcoholic and spicy aspects of rum with a mouthfeel and accompanying notes that were enough of a reminder that this was indeed a beer. While not a quick sipper, I did enjoy this and hard a hard time pinpointing this down.

The aroma wasn't strong to this and the lacing wasn't much of anywhere to be seen, but I enjoyed the clarity and the copper hue of this beer as I poured it out. Not much of a head either and the carbonation was quite light. The mouthfeel was slick, a bit oily, and smooth as this went right down after being savored. Lots of oak, vanilla, and bourbon flavors here with a slightly woody undertone. A bit of hazelnut too and this almost felt like a Cordial as I was drinking it - along the lines of 43 or Irish Mist. Not a lot of smokiness here but the warming sensation was nice and the spiciness was along the lines of hazelnut - woody without any cinnamon or pepper to overwhelm the palate.

Yes, this was strong but the alcohol couldn't be detected via taste and it was nice to have a beer that was able to feel boozy without tasting it. I love how these guys push the boundaries of what a beer can be and when the weather cools off even more, I know I'll be reaching for an Innis and Gunn to help keep me warm. It's just as enjoyable as any harder forms of liquor.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 07:08:51 | More by JerzDevl2000
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Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
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: 3.8, 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.

Serving type: bottle

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Innis & Gunn Spiced Rum Finish from Innis & Gunn
84 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.