Rum Cask Oak Aged Beer
Innis & Gunn

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Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #146
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3.87 | pDev: 15.25%
Innis & Gunn
Scotland, United Kingdom
Very Good
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Sigmund from Norway

3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml clear bottle in cardboard box, now available in Norway (Vinmonopolet, bestillingsutvalget) - also at Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 7.4%. Clear mahogany coloured beer with an off-white to beige head. Intense aroma of oak rum cask, notes of vanilla, spices, alcohol, brown sugar, treacle, rum-raisin and dark dried fruits. The flavour is distinctly oaky, but more mellow and rounded (without the strong notes of fresh wood) compared to the ordinary Innis & Gunn. Moderate sweetness, moderate notes of rum and spices, dry finish, very moderate hops. Should not be drunk too cold.

Jun 27, 2021
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chitoryu12 from Florida

3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Extremely dark brown, black unless you hold it up to light. Small white head with decent retention.

Smell: Citrus, a little yeast and malt, and a sweet undercurrent.

Taste: A subdued porter flavor with minimal roasted flavor. A little hop bitterness mixed with that sweetness.

Mouthfeel: A little thick and decent carbonation.

Overall: Not really detecting a lot of rum, but still a good beer.

May 12, 2018
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown with an amber tint. There's a quarter inch of densely creamy light brown to beige on top. The aroma is a blend of caramel, cola, oak, dark rum, and German bittering hops. I taste the oak and sweet rum along with caramel and alcohol. The mouth is a bit thick and warm with alcohol. Hard to believe it is only 6.8%.

Apr 13, 2018
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Phineasco from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Dark amber/brown. No head. Has medium low carbonation.
Smell: Maple syrup, molasses, rum, butterscotch, raisins, and figs.
Taste: Mollases, maple, rum, oak, butterscotch, and figs.
Mouthfeel: Medium light.
Overall: An enjoyable scotch ale from Innis and Gunn.

Jan 14, 2018
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Suds from Missouri

3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Interesting beer. Cherry wood color...transparent and deep. The head is slim and leaves a wonderful lace. Woody aroma...a bit smokey, peaty, malty, and interesting. I didn't get any rum, but it does have a boozy quality. Full in body and drinkable.

Dec 09, 2017
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maximum12 from Minnesota

2.73/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Assumed 11.2 oz. bottle aged on rum chips for 57 days. Why 57? Did someone get bored? Fondness for prime numbers? Not germane. But still.

The pour is lovely ruby red with highlights of copper piping with plenty of visible carbonation. As with the original, nose is light malt, caramel, vanilla. No rum was harmed in creating this beer’s aroma.

Innis & Gunn Rum Aged – the rum chips have had a poor effect on this fine brew. Where the original had a lot going on, somebody hit the mute button here. Light rum, astringency, touch of malt, vanishingly tiny bit of vanilla, & the whole thing tastes like it’s been left out in the sun for six years.

Meh. I don’t know how you can take the original beer (which is excellent), stick rum chips into it, & come away with this. Sub-mediocre.

Dec 01, 2017
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beergoot from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark, reddish-copper colored body topped with a one-finger thick, frothy head. Caramel sweetness infused with a rum barrel booziness; plum. Much of the flavor spins off from the aroma; boozier; a hint of hazelnut. Seems a bit thin yet with plenty of residual sugars adding body; slick and smooth; some alcohol dryness, perhaps some from the barrel aging as well.

By and large, this beer is a fine mix of malt heaviness with some rum barrel booze and wood. Caramelized sugars give things a brown sugar and mixed nuts quality. It has enough body to make this seem like a sipping beer yet knocking a few wouldn't be a problem either. A fine malt-forward beer with depth and complexity.

Oct 26, 2017
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Shanex from France

3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purchased this one in a beer store in northern France.

Good scotch ale, wee heavy. It's an oak aged beer with a rum finish.

A manly and delicious offereing from this Scottish brewery.

Oct 12, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a dark hazy brown to black color with a level white one finger foamy head. Once it died off a bit, there’s a nice adequate somewhat foamy lacing. The smell had some sweet English malts with a sliding in and out oaky to somewhat nuttiness. The taste was basically the same with more of a pronounced nuttiness trying to invade my taste buds. On the palate, this one sat between sessionable and sipping quality. The carbonation finishes somewhat sweet and smooth. Overall, good English Strong stout that hides its ABV quite well.

Jun 25, 2017
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EmeraldMist from Maryland

3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Look - Pours crystal clear dark copper in color, a thin cap of rocky white head quickly dissolves, no lacing.
Aroma -Very rich, rum, earthy, vanilla, tobacco, spice.
Taste - Malt, syrupy caramel, walnut-like bitterness, vanilla through the finish. The aftertaste is sugary with a hint of alcohol.
Feel - On the thin side, low carbonation, a bit sticky.

Overall - One dimensional but enjoyable. Glad to give it a try but it isn't something I'd buy again.

May 13, 2017
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Blackop555 from Michigan

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours reddish brown. Thick, tall, off white head that lasts a while.

Smells caramel malt, fruit, oak, vanilla hints and nutty hints.

Tastes Caramel, fruit, some earthiness and nuttiness, light oaky vanilla, light rum. Finish semi dry light bitter fruity linger. Fuller medium body and creamy medium carbonation.

Apr 11, 2017
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DVMin98 from North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bought from shelf at Total wine. Amber color with small amount of head. Smell is malts and sweetness. Flavor follows the same line. Sweetness from the rum, but much actual rum flavor. A bit thin bodied. Not a bad beer, just wish there was more rum flavor

Mar 21, 2017
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish tulip

L: Surprisingly clear dark red/copper pour. Thin off-white head. Spotty lacing.

S: Lots of oak... cherry... some booze and sweetness.

T/F: Fruity and dark... tobacco and cherry.... oak with a hint of vanilla and must. Complex and complicated... a bit of rum present, mostly in the finish. More barrel character than booze, and rounded out with some hop bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium body.

O: The flavor is subtle but complex.... and different from most others I've tried. Definitely one to sip... great for a cold night. Very glad I tried it.

Mar 12, 2017
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JohnGalt1 from Idaho

3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear dark caramel amber.. Bottle purchased at the COOP.. Thin wispy head with no lacing. Hints of rum and oak.. caramel and treacle are present but seem drier than the original.


Mar 06, 2017
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acmurphy696 from Georgia

4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a solid beer with a pleasing aroma and a distinctive taste. I won't pretend to be an expert, but I could detect a strong maltiness and a hint of rum. I&G will definitely get a future pickup.

Jan 14, 2017
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. Poured out a clear golden burgundy color with a small, tan head of foam. It smelled malty sweet with oak, wood and boozy notes. It tasted of oak, vanilla, caramel and toffee with a grassy hop presence.

Sep 14, 2016
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jjamadorphd from Florida

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Innis and Gunn, and how could I resist? I love rum...

A very nice dark tan color, though there is really no head and no lacing. An interesting smell of the oak, the rum, and the hops - not what I expected since I am a rum lover, and not as much smell to the rum though I could tell it was there. A very smooth feel, with a slight creaminess with the plus that the carbonation is low. As stated, I love rum. This is my first rum cask beer and I expected more of a rum flavor. It was there, just not what I expected. I think I'll have to look for others and try them out to see if I do find what I'm looking for. Nonetheless, this is a good beer. Though not necessarily sessionable, I can definitely down a few of these on a "sit-back-and-just-relax" evening.

Aug 12, 2016
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basaywhat from Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Deep red color with medium white head. Aroma of burnt wood, caramel, spice, rum. Interesting. In flavor rum, dates, caramel and some unusual, but not unpleasant bitterness. Rum is also present in aftertaste. I like this beer, would buy again.

May 08, 2016
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kitch from Hong Kong

3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A 330ml bottle with a best before end of March 2016 date and poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: It poured a clear dark reddish copper with a slightly less than one finger tanned head that dissipated fairly quickly leaving some nice lacing.

Aroma: Strong vanilla, raisins and oak with hints of toffee, caramel and rum.

Taste: Sweet-ish rum and plum with a nice long vanilla, oak, coconut finish. There was also some hints of caramel and butterscotch in between.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with light carbonation.

Overall: This was nice and interesting albeit a bit vanilla heavy. I would not categorise this as an everyday drink but it’s something I wouldn’t mind trying every now and then.

Feb 18, 2016
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with small tan head not much lacing
Smell I really got mostly banana very sweet almost like candy some vanilla
Taste again mostly banana it was a little too sweet for me I did not find any rum unless it was banana
Feel fairly smooth and light good feel
Overall it was good to try I would not have it again too sweet.

Jan 12, 2016
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paulomar from Brazil

4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found this in a store close to home and decided to try it.
It was a good surprise.
Excellent taste. Complex taste. I could feel oak and rum finish as advertised.
I'm not a beer expert and cannot do a 'smart' review, what I can say is that I like it very much and certainly would drink again

Dec 31, 2015
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Spike from England

3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

From a 330ml (brown) bottle.

Dark ruby red colour. Clear with minimal carbonation. Foamy head dissipates very quickly leaving hardly a trace.

Very pronounced dark rum, vanilla and molasses nose. Like someone has put a half shot of Pusser's in your pint of heavy.

Masses of vanilla. The rum comes through as well. Plenty of sweetness. Not much bittering.

Light, thin mouthfeel with some carbonation. Alcohol is noticeable and quite sharp.

This is an unusual, complex beer that could be unsettling because the rum finish is striking, but it works well. The light mouthfeel and tingle of alcohol on the tongue maintains the illusion this is hard liquor pretending to be a beer. One is enough in a single sitting but this is a decent beer nonetheless.

Nov 14, 2015
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Fake_History from Scotland

4.81/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Ruby/mahogany colour with a spicy aroma. Notes of molasses, oak, raisin, orange and plums. Blends finest Scottish brewing with a taste of the Caribbean. One of my favourite beers but must be drunk with caution. 3 or 4 in a night will leave your head spinning.

Oct 25, 2015
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sejorules from Sweden

3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had it from a 0.5 l bottle.

A: Very dark amber, dark brown. Clear, with thick, 1 finger white head. Interesting.

S: The smell is banana and brown sugar, very very sweet. A bit of raisins, a hint of something bitter I could not identify and a bit of oak.

T: Very, very, very sweet. The taste follows the smell in that sense. Banana and brown sugar. There is a bit of rum, and no bitterness. Towards the end, you can find some toasted bread-like taste from the malt. Beginning, middle and end are carried by this sweetness, and its just the flavors in the background changing. Hard to evaluate.

F: Medium to low carbonation. The sweet flavor takes you from the beginning to the end. I guess this one will be nice for cold days.

O: Interesting. Nice experience. Although it was too sweet for me, I understand this was intended. Recommended if you look for something less "traditional"

Oct 23, 2015
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4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz best by Feb 2016. Poured into a pint glass. Not much head or lacing. Smell is toasty rum, roast. Taste follows. Slight carbonation. Great beer. Cheers!

Oct 22, 2015
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