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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

164 Ratings
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Ratings: 164
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12%
Wants: 9
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Oak matured for 57 days

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

11-16-2012 11:45:53 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.58/5  rDev -4.5%

7.4% ABV per the label.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, vanilla, spice, wood, and rum aromas. Taste is much the same with vanilla, spice, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a fairly solid spiced rum presence in the aroma and flavor.

05-27-2013 08:35:45 | More by UCLABrewN84
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metter98

New York

3.76/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

03-29-2013 01:26:54 | More by metter98
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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.

02-29-2012 03:31:37 | More by Phyl21ca
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spycow

Illinois

3/5  rDev -20%

03-10-2013 20:19:04 | More by spycow
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +3.5%

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.

10-22-2011 21:19:05 | More by biboergosum
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.93/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

12-10-2012 18:43:11 | More by StonedTrippin
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.85/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

05-18-2012 20:52:35 | More by BlackHaddock
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beernads

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

08-22-2013 12:36:24 | More by beernads
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev 0%

05-11-2014 20:15:38 | More by Georgiabeer
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20%

12-31-2012 13:32:47 | More by ejimhof
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -3.2%

Aged over rum-infused oak, this beer has a colour that looks somewhat like dark rum and somewhat like oak. Fancy that. Its shimmering, clear, toasty tone is undeniably handsome in spite of the fact that it has little head over top to cover its surface (let alone the glass). Like liquid like box and bottle it's sold in, this is a classy looking offering all the way.

As much as I've admittedly tired of Innis & Gunn's increasingly predictable offerings, I've never been able to shake my fondness for their trademark bouquet. It's as if before aging the beer in oak barrels, they cut it with California Chardonnay and a few drops each of single malt scotch and Kentucky bourbon. The aroma is chalk full of butter and toasted wood with warm, ripe fruit and just an inkling of spice.

Moderately smoky mineral notes, brief but zippy spices, toasted oak and vanilla bean continue the (watered down) impressions of chardonnay, scotch and bourbon onto the palate. Curiously absent is much of a rum taste. With the beer's sweetness easily attributable to the prevalence of nutty, toffee-rich malts, I struggle to find anything convincingly reminiscent of rum aside, perhaps, from a small, wavering dose of spices.

While I fail to pickup on much rum flavour, I am also failing to find much justification in purchasing this over the flagship Innis & Gunn or any number of other, better valued offerings on the shelf. While it is a pleasantly mellow ale with a considerably distinct character, I'm beginning to find all this brewery's brands nearly indistinguishable. I'm not discouraging buying it, but don't waste time seeking it out.

Spiced Rum Finish is not to be confused with its cousin, Rum Cask. That offering honestly doesn't stand out in my memory but if I am to trust my own notes I enjoyed it significantly more than this one. I feel, however, like all Innis & Gunn's ideas are increasingly just marketing ploys; they don't taste very distinct from one another and few are truthfully all that worthwhile in terms of repeated purchase.

10-24-2012 21:40:35 | More by biegaman
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rab53

Washington

3/5  rDev -20%

01-13-2013 03:40:22 | More by rab53
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sendbeer

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

11-10-2012 21:37:46 | More by sendbeer
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -3.2%

330ml bottle poured into tulip 30/12/12 my bottles 7.4%

A clear copper with tiny bubbles everywhere, a three finger cream colored foam quickly falls to a pinky finger and leaves a ring of lace

S vanilla and toffee come out strong, there's a little wood and spice but I'm doubting I'd guess a spiced rum cask, slight fruity notes and a little apple pie

T everything meshes together in a strange way, not nearly as strong as the nose and harder to distinguish but still nice, sweet but not overly so

M a little thin but the pin prick bubbles work well, no booze and a toffee finish

O I liked it but I didn't love it, smells pretty solid but that was the highlight of this one

I could take it or leave it, decent beer but not mind blowing, no reason not to try it but there's just a little something missing like many beer I've had from I&G

12-31-2012 06:24:02 | More by wordemupg
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -16.5%

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.

11-25-2012 22:01:42 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -13.9%

Pours a cleans orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, mellow spice and a mellow malt. In the taste, spicy cinnamon, faint sugary, and a note of alcohol. A spice like bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry spice and a small sugary alcohol in the aftertaste. Spicy and a bit boozy, and a bit thin under that.

11-23-2012 15:45:49 | More by OWSLEY069
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Evil_Pidde

Sweden

3.38/5  rDev -9.9%

A: Pours clear deep golden with a lovely compact white head, whipped-cream-like. After the dissipation; only decent lacings.

S: Sweet and spicy - reminds me of Captain Morgan. Woody and fruity. Some vanilla from oak. Balanced malts.

T: Sweetness, vanilla and spices. Wood and malt. Fruity. Not very complex.

M: Aftertaste lingers with sweetness. Body is creamy medium while carbonation is light.

O: Once again; they overdid the oak. It overpowers almost everything else. This might be the best beer ever brewed, BUT we'll never know since the oak/vanilla kills almost everything else...

01-13-2012 16:48:40 | More by Evil_Pidde
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cjgator3

Florida

3.73/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

12-02-2012 03:16:58 | More by cjgator3
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

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
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.48/5  rDev -7.2%

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.

05-09-2013 01:00:50 | More by CrazyDavros
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.85/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

02-03-2013 22:08:42 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev -4.3%

A copper, nearly bronze, color brew, this beer has a modest white head. The aroma is more spicy than I expected...sharp and up-front. Allspice, cinnamon, and pepper come out. Some sweet malt...in fact, the taste is very sweet. Almost too much. Very malt-forward. Some alcohol notes as well, and the spice gives the beer a tongue-numbing sensation. It has a very soft, nearly slick, mouthfeel. Full and rich. I don't think that I could have more than one of these at a single sitting, but it was very interesting.

04-06-2013 23:33:57 | More by Suds
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gtermi

Texas

3.75/5  rDev 0%

05-21-2013 20:40:31 | More by gtermi
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malfunxion

New York

3/5  rDev -20%

08-23-2014 06:37:13 | More by malfunxion
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Innis & Gunn Spiced Rum Finish from Innis & Gunn
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