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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

163 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 163
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12%
Wants: 9
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Innis & Gunn visit their website
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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ThreeWiseMonks

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

12-15-2012 02:51:26 | More by ThreeWiseMonks
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SandS

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

12-13-2012 01:39:47 | More by SandS
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generallee

New York

4/5  rDev +6.7%

12-10-2012 22:49:44 | More by generallee
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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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DannyBaldoni

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

12-04-2012 02:15:22 | More by DannyBaldoni
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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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BGDrock

Ontario (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev -13.9%

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

12-02-2012 02:59:58 | More by BGDrock
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Woodysbeard

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

12-02-2012 00:13:07 | More by Woodysbeard
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Brandtmo


3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

12-01-2012 21:58:20 | More by Brandtmo
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Circleo12

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

11-30-2012 13:02:04 | More by Circleo12
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ajdemma

Georgia

4/5  rDev +6.7%

11-25-2012 23:48:00 | More by ajdemma
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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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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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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -20%

11-13-2012 01:56:47 | More by cfalovo97
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speak72

Georgia

4/5  rDev +6.7%

11-11-2012 21:18:26 | More by speak72
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leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

11-11-2012 04:29:39 | More by leaddog
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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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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

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

Ireland

4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

11-09-2012 22:37:47 | More by philcoroner
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

11-07-2012 23:27:37 | More by thehyperduck
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tzieser

Arizona

3.6/5  rDev -4%

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.

11-07-2012 21:51:02 | More by tzieser
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nicsman


2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

10-26-2012 04:50:22 | More by nicsman
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

10-24-2012 22:29:43 | More by Cylinsier
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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
Innis & Gunn Spiced Rum Finish from Innis & Gunn
85 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.