Innis & Gunn Rum Cask Oak Aged Beer | Innis & Gunn

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Innis & Gunn Rum Cask Oak Aged BeerInnis & Gunn Rum Cask Oak Aged Beer

Brewed by:
Innis & Gunn
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Blackop555
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
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 0%
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 +1.6%
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 0%
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 +13.4%
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 jjamadorphd
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
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 -1.3%
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 -10.2%
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 -5.6%
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 +12.6%
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 -1.9%
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 +29%
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 -2.7%
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 +13.4%
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 +2.7%
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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Photo of Retroman40
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On draft at the 2015 EPCOT Food and Wine Festival sadly served in plastic glass. Medium amber color with a fleeting white head. The smell is dominated by malt with some hint of the oak. The taste again is malt with oak with very little bitterness indicating to be a low hopping rate. Very smooth mouthfeel with very delicate carbonation. I expected a bit more of a rum flavor but didn't really find it. I was overall pleased with this beer and happy to have had a chance to try it as it went quite well with the seared sea scallop with spinach-cheddar gratin with bacon but I probably won't seek this out to have in greater quantity although I would give it a chance on tap served in a proper glass.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.34/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: amber/copper with medium white frothy head; effervescent; excellent lacing

Smell: mix of sweet malts and rum barrel; a little weird and non-beerlike, but interesting.

Taste: Hard to describe. Almost like watered-down rum and pepsi with oak notes. I like oak, but I don't find it works here.

Mouthfeel: fairly thin with a thin finish

Remarks: not bad, but not something I'd seek out again.

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Photo of Marraybay
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting twist on a Scotch ale: I did like the more traditional aspects of the style that are incorporated into this offering--sweetness, malty, very little bitterness--but can't really claim to be a fan of the rum component, both in the nose and taste, particularly the finish. Wouldn't call the rum overly boozy, just don't think it complements the SA basics. Nice glass aesthetics and mouthfeel and although entirely drinkable, more preferable SA options available.

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Photo of Jcarpx
2.71/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer looks and smells fantastic. Mouth feel is great, a little bitey but smooth. The taste kills the beer for me though, revolting and offensive. Had to give it away. I love other innis and Gunn beers but this one is not for me.

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Photo of gilchrist_whitedale
4.66/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This beer looks heavy, almost like a stout, but isn't. It smells like it tastes, namely, a smooth dark ale with a butterscotch finish. One almost expects a harsh bite of rum in the throat but it glides down leaving a buttery remembrance. Perfectly blended beer and rum flavors. It's almost closer to a Christmas, fireside drink than a typical beer.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

the beer that started me on craft beer,if i was writing this post 3 years ago it may have a got a higher mark but the variety and continual improvement of other beers drops this down the list slightly. Still, its a very good beer, just not held in such high esteem as when i first tried it, Also dont think its I&G's best effort, but the rum and ale do work well together, despite it not being my first choice its still a very good beer.

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Photo of justdropit
2.28/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

As a beer, this pretentious option is a bit disappointing. As a rum, this option is light and disapponting.
Its presentation is pretty good though and it's only sold in establishments where it's promoted skillfully.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thoroughly enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a sifter. This fine Scottish pours a reddish brown with a dissipating off white head of fine beaded bubbles that finely comes to rest in a thin ring and little lacing. Nose of oak, brown sugars, toffee, and roasted nuts. Flavors are complex with rum and brown sugars coming through on the front and sides, a light oak character on the back, and a nice nutty character on the aftertaste blending in nicely with brown sugars and a sweet vanilla note. Smooth lightly carbonated mouth feel is slick and crisp with alcohol warmth slowly coming through. Very nice. Another great from Innis and Gunn.


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Photo of HamdenHector
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: crystal clear; reddish brown; 1 finger khaki head that receded quickly to a thin patchy cap; very little lacing;

S: sweet malt, brown sugar, oak; a little medicinal; a little musty;

T: the barrel aging is most noticeable up front; molasses becomes predominant at mid-palate with a hint of dark fruit; almost no bitterness;

M: medium to full bodied; light carbonation;

O: flavor wasn't as complex as I expected, but this was quite nice;

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Photo of Slack
4.58/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mahogany in color with a fingers worth of head. Smell is sweet sugar with a mixture of vanilla, oak, and rum. Taste is initially sweet, dominated by rum with oak more towards the finish. Mouthful is thin with medium carbonation. Overall a great beer for rum lovers.

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