Rum Cask Oak Aged Beer
Innis & Gunn

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Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #148
Ranked #20,507
3.87 | pDev: 15.25%
Innis & Gunn
Scotland, United Kingdom
Very Good
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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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JohnnyBarman from Canada (ON)

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single (clear) bottle picked up from the LCBO.

Poured into an Affligem chalice. A nice ruby-chestnut hue (not entirely unlike a dark rum), the pour leaves a thin layer of head that recedes rather quickly.

Nose is very sweet, with notes of molasses, brown sugar, toffee, dark bread, and rum balls.

Flavorful, intriguing, but certainly a one-sided brew. The sweetness becomes almost cloying, and there aren't enough other flavors to keep things in check. The candied rum taste is quite nice, and theres a subtle graininess and smoke character, but generally this is sweet, rummy beer. If there's oak, it's well-hidden.

Thin bodied, mild carbonation.

Not bad - like a lot of Innis and Gunn offerings, I find it's an interesting brew to try, but the effect wears off after a while. Too sweet, and not enough other characteristics to hold my interest.

Mar 26, 2011
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IRONRakkasan from California

4/5  rDev +3.4%

Oct 23, 2013
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Merkur from Tennessee

4/5  rDev +3.4%

Nov 22, 2011
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prisoner1572 from Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -16%

May 09, 2012
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scotorum from Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 11.2 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams English nonick.

a: Clear copper with a finger thick offwhite head which receded to even surface foam and
briefly dense lacing.

s: Rum and caramel malt. The most divine-smelling stuff ever.

t; Same as the nose, a very tasty combination, with some bite following and leaving some bitterness at the back sides of the tongue.

m; Medium. Good body and a lot of carbonation tingle.

o; A favorite taste treat. Stiff competition from Founders Backwoods Bastard and one or two other cask aged brews, but still an affordable year-round imbiber's confection.

UPDATE 9/2/15: Having one now, and now that I have so much more experience under my belt, must reduce my ratings accordingly. It's still a favorite, especially at the under $3 per bottle pricepoint. a: 4.25 to 3.75; s: 5 to 4.5; m: 4 to 3.75.

Jun 14, 2013
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headstash from Canada (ON)

3.76/5  rDev -2.8%

Nov 13, 2014
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SKIILLS from New York

4/5  rDev +3.4%

Aug 30, 2013
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pschul4 from Illinois

2.25/5  rDev -41.9%

Jun 21, 2012
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mfgreene from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.4%

Nov 02, 2012
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N1Nkasi from Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Jun 28, 2013
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Gajo74 from New York

3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Coming out of the bottle it pours a translucent brown which once in the glass settles into an almost opaque brown. As the name suggests, there is a rum aroma and taste. You can also taste the oak. I am not crazy about the finish since rum has never been my favorite liquor. There is too much of a medicine like after taste for me. The feel is refreshing in a soda like way. Perhaps the mouth feel and color makes me feel like I am drinking a Coke. I am not as familiar with this style and perhaps need to get used to it. Will try other examples of this style and perhaps re-evaluate my rating. However, for now I do not see myself buying this one anytime soon.

Oct 21, 2014
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Kromes from Georgia

3.37/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A dark amber color with a thin line of bubbles on top.

S: Toasted malt with a fruity rum and oak aroma.

T: Sweet toasted malt and a fruity rum, vanilla, oak flavor. The finish is very sweet and a little buttery.

M: Its got an ok body to it. Hardly any carbonation.

O: It's an ok beer. Easy to drink, except for the excessive sweetness, which I didn't particularly like.

Sep 17, 2011
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zillo043068 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.4%

Nov 23, 2011
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FBGordon from Florida

2/5  rDev -48.3%

Jul 06, 2012
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Kaveman from Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -16%

Aug 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

Sep 30, 2014
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Stockfan42 from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Jan 17, 2013
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sjones5045 from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark red and brown with a nice reddish white hue head. The smell is slightly better than ok. Not overpowering on any level or better said sort of a duller smell for a rum oak beer. The taste is dreamt sweet oak taste. The rum hides in the background, probably the sweet taste impn the oak. The nice part is the oak isn't too crazy like many oak beers can be. The mouthfeel is nice too with a smooth creamy feel. The only knock would be is on the flatter side. Kind of feels like the beer has been sitting around too long. Overall, I'm on an Innis and Gunn kick. This is another very well put together beer. I guess they are perfecting barrel aging process.

Jul 28, 2013
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DougT from Ohio

3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Crystal clear medium brown ale with a 1 finger light tan head that disipated quickly leaving no lace, just a thin layer of small bubbles across the top of the beer. That layer did not persist through the drink. By half glass the bubbles were gone. Even in a Sam Adams glass with a nucleation ring.

Initial smell was not what I expected. I was afraid it had gone bad being in a clear bottle. That must have been a blend of the oak and rum that just smelled off to me. That smell mellowed after a bit. Smells of oak, rum, yeast, and malt.

Taste did not follow nose. It's quite good. Wood, rum, raisins, some hop bitter, sweet but not too sweet. Some carmel and some earthy tones typical of a Scottish ale.

Smooth with a bit of fizz. Light to medium body, but not watery. Easy to drink.

An interesting change. I like oaked beers, this adds just a little extra with the rum. Maybe not as strong an influence as bourbon aging (which I cant drink, whiskey makes me gag ever since a particular night at college) but the rum adds a special quality that I enjoy.

Worth another try.

Feb 06, 2014
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coolandy007 from Nevada

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Jun 06, 2013
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BeerLoverCRM from Florida

3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Jan 21, 2015
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jlenik from New Jersey

4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a: dark brown with a ruby hue. minimal head.

s: oak. the toffee smell you expect from the original is there, with a little bit of alcohol lingering.

t: at first is reminiscent of the original Innis and Gunn but then I got a taste of a spicy sweet alcohol presence. not hoppy at all but I don't have a problem with that if it is all oaked up.

m: creamy and sticky. lack of head on the initial pour but this beer is definitely carbonated.

o: this is definitely a great beer, and tonight I was lucky to get the 750ml for $5 so no complaints! I still enjoy the original more, cheers!

Aug 27, 2011
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Forsman from Finland

2.8/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours quite flat, clear red colour. Not much of a smell. Tastes a bit sweet, a bit more hops would not have hurt.

Apr 18, 2015
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Jul 12, 2012
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