Rum Cask Oak Aged Beer
Innis & Gunn

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Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #149
Ranked #16,760
3.87 | pDev: 15.25%
Innis & Gunn
Scotland, United Kingdom
Very Good
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Photo of chitoryu12
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.

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Photo of Franziskaner
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%.

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Photo of Phineasco
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.

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Photo of Suds
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.

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Photo of maximum12
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.

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Photo of beergoot
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.

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Photo of Shanex
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.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
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.

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Photo of EmeraldMist
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.

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Photo of Blackop555
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.

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Photo of DVMin98
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

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Photo of EMV
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
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.


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Photo of acmurphy696
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.

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Photo of zeff80
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.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
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.

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Photo of basaywhat
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.

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Photo of kitch
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.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
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.

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Photo of paulomar
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

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Photo of Spike
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.

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Photo of Fake_History
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.

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Photo of sejorules
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"

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Photo of egrapplesberg
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!

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a nice white and bubbly head that dissipates very quickly. The beer itself is a clear brown that looks very nice. It certainly is very appealing to the sight. It has a nice smoothness to it.

The smell is good. Strong vanilla and sweet rum notes but not much else. There are some light caramel malt notes but those are very easily overwhelmed by the rum and vanilla. There is also a tiny oak wood note in the smell. The smell is very sweet and resembles a sweet apple. Overall, the smell is very appealing.

The notes in the taste are not as strong as the smell even though the same notes are there. The rum makes up most of the taste with the sweetness coming up later. There are slight oak notes but are very weak and tend to get lost in the rum.

The feel is pretty good. A heavy bodied beer with a very thin feel because of the rum. Very little carbonation. The beer feels like I'm drinking rum.

Overall, a decent drink and worth trying at least once.

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Rum Cask Oak Aged Beer from Innis & Gunn
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