Innis & Gunn Spiced Rum Finish - Innis & Gunn
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4.55/5 rDev +21.3%
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!
10-14-2011 02:20:27 | More by ChrisCage
4.55/5 rDev +21.3%
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's 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.
02-25-2012 03:49:14 | More by TheHammer
4.38/5 rDev +16.8%
A great offering from an outstanding brewery. Great balance, excellent taste.
Wish I had a full four pack. Reminds me of the porter but with a smoother edge. The perfect level of alcohol flavor. A great beer to cap off a weekend. Looking for their IPA.
04-28-2014 02:03:09 | More by Polarbear24572
4.28/5 rDev +14.1%
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.
09-13-2012 22:42:52 | More by puboflyons
Innis & Gunn Spiced Rum Finish from Innis & Gunn
85 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.