Caribbean Rum Cask
Innis & Gunn

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Innis & Gunn
Scotland, United Kingdom
Scottish Ale
Ranked #26
Ranked #20,828
3.79 | pDev: 10.55%
Feb 24, 2022
Oct 29, 2017
Very Good
Notes: Formerly known as Blood Red Sky, Caribbean rum casks meet Scottish red beer in an explosion of cool, spicy rum notes, vanilla and rich fruit.
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3.61 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Feb 24, 2022
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3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

11.2oz bottle into a pint glass. No clear freshness dating.

Looks very good in the glass. Deep, deep red body. Small off white head shrinks to a fat collar and covering. Spiders web of lacing.

Aroma a little sweet, lightly of rum, strongly of vanilla.

On tasting, quite smooth, some sweetness. Barrel is faint, strong vanilla presence. There is also an odd faint bubblegum note.

Mouth between medium and full, finish sweet and warm.

Overall, an okay beer. Can appreciate that a lot went in to putting this out. Would have preferred less vanilla and no bubblegum, but overall, not bad at all.

Aug 29, 2021
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4.48/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
by alladem from Sweden

tastes like the caribean

Aug 27, 2021
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3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by 1BrewBacca from Georgia

Look: Pours a clear ruby red leaning toward golden brown clear with a off-white head that melts to wispy clouds of foam with a ring around the edge. Nice foam fingers of lace on the glass.
Smell and Taste: Rum and malts.
Feel: Somewhat seltzer like because of the high level of carbonation. Leaning toward light and refreshing.
Overall: Easy to drink. Probably good for any occasion.

Jul 11, 2021
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4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by scootny from New York

Big and thick head that slowly fades and leaves scads of lacing and a thick cap on top of the beer. A clear dark cola brown. maybe there's some red tinting.

Mild caramel and toffee waft up from a bed of toasted brown bread grains. Rum oak and vanilla.

Taste is great layering of a sweet and malty Scottish red ale with the complexity of rum and oak. A nice dose of toffee and caramelized sugar that sits nicely on top of the malted grain backbone. Rum vanilla and oak in healthy amounts. A bit of cherry as well. Finish is mildly earthy with a low bitterness.

Smooth velvety feel with a light, creamy carbonation.

An excellent beer. Kind of a like a rum barrel Wee Heavy with a lighter weight and abv. Don't dink it too cold or you will miss out on all of its subtle complexity.

May 31, 2021
4 by paulish from New York on May 24, 2021
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3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5
by chitoryu12 from Florida

Look: Crystal clear dark brown with a few ruby highlights in the light. One finger of off-white foamy head with good retention.

Smell: Sweet malt, a bit of dark rum and oak, but hard to notice anything standing out.

Taste: Sweet, dark, almost like brown sugar syrup. Very mild and subtle. Difficult to point anything out, much like the scent. Lingering sweetness at the back of my throat.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy, with high carbonation.

Overall: I really want to love this beer, but the mild smell and flavor just don't reach its full potential.

Apr 16, 2021
4.8 by ScrewyLoops from England on Feb 22, 2021
3.96 by sisterofba from Maryland on Feb 04, 2021
3.79 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Jan 11, 2021
3.84 by robotic_being from Florida on Dec 30, 2020
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3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
by DougT from Ohio

Poured into a tulip glass. Nice thick light tan long lasting head on a beautiful rich dark red body. Nice lace. Pegged the look. Tastes like a Scottish red should plus the add of the rum. Rum taste slightly boozy. Thinner body than I expected, but not too thin. I think it delivers on the promise, no doubt a rum barrel aged Scottish red. Easy to drink too.

Dec 18, 2020
3.34 by npf22 from Bulgaria on Nov 26, 2020
3.9 by mistahmojoryan from Canada (SK) on Nov 15, 2020
3.78 by beaulabauve from Louisiana on Oct 31, 2020
3.5 by eldoctorador from Chile on Sep 24, 2020
4.04 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts on Sep 04, 2020
4.11 by Tcsox from Massachusetts on Sep 04, 2020
3.94 by howardnss from Pennsylvania on Sep 03, 2020
3.88 by Danzifer from Ohio on Aug 14, 2020
4.28 by cmsiii from Japan on Aug 02, 2020
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3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by Jugs_McGhee from Texas

11.2 fl oz brown glass BOTTLE with black pry-off crown cap acquired as a single on-sale at a supermarket in New Orleans, LA, USA for $1.49 USD plus tax.

"Barrel aged." "Rum barrel red beer." 6.8% ABV. The label makes no mention of how long it spent in barrels, which rum brand barrel was used, etc., but it does specify Jamaican rum, and curiously the label says "Find out how we put the barrels into the beer at" which tells me they probably cut up the barrels and dropped them in as mere stabes. So frankly it seems like a really fucking disingenuous marketing gimmick.

Currently ranked #23 in the Top rated Red Ale - Irish beers list. Doesn't appear in the Top Ranked Scottish Beers list.

Barrel vanillin imbues this with a mellowing woodsiness that underlies all of its structure and is right at the fore...more an oak-derived character than rum per se. Speaking of rum, I guess I expected more coconut and/or spice (and/or alcohol heat, but then the absence of that is a benefit not a problem). Malt bill is very typically Scottish, replete with caramel, toffee, toast, and scintillae of leather if I'm being generous. I don't find any of the spices or dark fruit flavours the label indicated should be present...that's more marketing drivel.

It's certainly well balanced, but given it's a red ale what I'm really missing here is the red/amber malt base. This drinks more like a Scottish ale with vanilla extract added than a red ale aged on rum barrels, but that makes it sound worse than it is. It's a somewhat rich ale with an apt but not overdone level of sweetness that really delivers in terms of woodsy vanillin and Scottish flair, yet its lower than typical ABV for a barrel aged beer and relative simplicity are eyebrow raisers.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth, accentuating the coating vanillin and the sleek caramel flavours soundly. Wet, unrefreshing, aptly medium-bodied, near perfectly carbonated, very approachable. Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, scratchy, or otherwise problematic. Indeed, its texture may be the best thing about it. I guess I'd expect more of dry coarse mouthfeel given it's a red ale (and should have a toasted red malt foundation) but this works for it well enough.

Hints of toast emerge as it warms/comes to temperature, bringing it into better balance.

It's a drinkable faux-barrel aged brew - more authentic than the outright detritus New Belgium and AB-InBev's mainstream bourbon (Knob Creek and Jim Beam, respectively, if I recall correctly) stave collabs were, but less genuine than most American and European breweries' beers that are marketed as "barrel-aged." At least a lot of American breweries will fess up if they use staves or foeders instead of proper barrels. And if you're after a rum-emphatic beer, you might do better buying Avery's dabblings in the category over this albeit at more of a premium price. But it was better than I expected coming in and at least Innis & Gunn didn't bottle it in clear glass like they've been known to other beers in the past...


Jul 31, 2020
3.44 by OrdinaryManDrinks from England on Jul 22, 2020
3.29 by Argail from Louisiana on Jul 14, 2020
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3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by lmaduells from Spain

Correct Scotch beer. A beer that improves with temperature, and with more oxygenation. It’s hard to find a beer made in Scotland that is a great product; they tend to be correct products, like this one

Jun 29, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by LocalBeerGuy from Canada (SK)

very good rum taste to this beer aged well in the barrels might have some dark fruits notes to the nose. easy to enjoy at home and pick up 6 pack for $15.00 on sale.

Jun 06, 2020
4.25 by harpus from Alabama on Mar 15, 2020
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2.77/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75
by reb1138 from Sweden

Otherwise good, but completely ruined by the artificial sweetener aftertaste. It reminds me of Pepsi Max found in Europe.

Mar 13, 2020
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3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by James94 from England

L: Clear chestnut, lasting lacing and head
S: Vanilla, wood, strawberry ice cream, lollipops, alcohol, butter
T: Toffee, vanilla, malts
F: A nice feel, but a tad too sweet

O: 3.5

Dec 16, 2019
3.64 by Dave1999 from North Carolina on Dec 11, 2019
4.5 by RBorsato from Virginia on Nov 22, 2019
3.77 by DavidRandall from Michigan on Nov 18, 2019
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3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Radome from Florida

Tasted from a 1 pint bottle into a red wine glass.

L - Beautiful beer with dark crimson/mahogany color, excellent clarity and a fluffy, bone-colored head.

S - Aroma is of raisins and plums from the dark malt, herbal and earthy hops, and just a hint of rum and molasses.

T - Flavors are similar to the aromas. Dark, dried fruits like prune and raisin that are offset by herbal hops. Barrel aging shows at the end of the palate, when there is a bit of caramel and vanilla, followed by a mostly dry finish.

F - Medium body. Low but creamy carbonation. Low to medium hops bitterness. Moderate alcohol presence.

O - This is a nice imperial red with an English or Irish feel. The barrel aging only adds subtle notes, but they were good additions and I'd appreciate more of that character.

Sep 07, 2019
3.5 by Noelito76 from New York on Aug 26, 2019
4.77 by StretchZep from Ohio on Aug 20, 2019
4.03 by mrklnvl from Ohio on Jul 27, 2019
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3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by hman43 from North Carolina

Look: It pours brown with reddish hues. It has a tan head that is quite fluffy. Head retention is excellent.

Smell: It has toffee aromas with a very low level of roast and dried fruits.

Taste: It has toffee flavors with a slight coffee edge to it. It is very light for dried fruits. There is also a slight hint of rum. It has a dry finish with light alcohol.

Feel: It has a medium full body with low carbonation. The texture is smooth.

Overall, the balance is towards the malts with toffee being the strongest. The other flavors and aromas support the toffee.

Jul 05, 2019
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3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by SoccerSeuss from Virginia

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Poured a clear, dark coffee color with white head. Sweet toasted malts and earthy on the nose. Taste followed, sweet caramel and vanilla with a spicy finish. Medium to full bodied. Not boozy in taste or smell which can sometimes be the case with barrel aged brews.

Would recommend.

Jun 16, 2019
3.56 by wordemupg from Canada (AB) on Jun 15, 2019
1.92 by ironmark666 from Scotland on Jun 08, 2019
Caribbean Rum Cask from Innis & Gunn
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 124 ratings