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

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Innis & Gunn
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

LCBO annual tradition. I liked this one too. It had a sharp and boozy cask aroma. It had a reddish tinge, good white head and lots of lace. Medium plus mouthfeel, stomach burns, and good rum dark sugar complex features. Good drinkability, more than a sipper. Nice.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: two finger head with lots of lacing on a very deep amber, almost red clear body.

S: lots of caramel malts, some toasted malts and woody notes. not getting much from the rum but what is there is sweet.

T: rum is very understated. nice malt profile. The finish has a subdued red-hot almost peppery spiciness. Nice oak notes.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: a good beer but the rum is understated more than I would like.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear dark copper with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and some woody aromas. There is also a slight metallic aroma that comes out more as the beer warms. Taste is much the same with rum, vanilla, and woody flavors on the finish. There is a caramel sweetness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the rum presence is only coming through in the taste and even then it's pretty subdued.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

never had a rum casked beer before. poured a dark amber maple syrup color with a quarter inch cream head that lasted about 30 seconds. smelled like a manly version of a tropical drink, definitely attributable to the rum. i tasted no beer in at all though, like a watered down liquor drink, it was hard to call this a beer for me, with almost none of the requisite ingredients identifiable in the palate. still though, a pretty nice unique flavor, very woody and a little sweet, dried fruits, molasses. not bad. overall the mouthfeel could have made this beer, but it broke it instead. almost entirely flat, and losing much of its most redeeming characteristics as it warmed. i did not dislike this brew, but it missed the mark for me. extra points for doing something original though, and worth a try for the wood beer freak

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Photo of Knapp85
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a clean looking brownish amber color with a thick creamy looking head on top. The smell of the beer was sweet on the nose, lots of earthy grains and vanilla. There was a little bit of the rum spice in there too but not much. The taste of this brew compared to the other Oak Aged Ale by Innis & Gunn to me was much nicer here. The flavors were still pretty intense but in a more balanced manner here. The rum flavors kind of die off midway through the bottle leaving you with a sweet dry flavor in your mouth. The mouthfeel of the beer was medium bodied and smooth. Overall it's a decent brew, I don't see myself drinking a lot of them but either way still pretty good.

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Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high light beige head that died down relatively quickly leaving some lacing on the surface and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong sweet aromas of caramel, toffee and rum in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has notes of vanilla flavors plus hints of brown sugar.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is rather easy to drink compared to others in the style and although flavors of oak and rum stand out from the barrel aging they are not overly strong.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml, clear as ever bottle. No mention of whose rum barrels are involved herein.

This beer pours a clear dark cherry cola hue, with two fingers of wispy, somewhat foamy off-white head, which falls away after a short time, leaving a significant amount of island atoll lacing around the glass.

It smells of slightly spiced rum, candied caramelized malt, astringent barrel wood, and burnt molasses. The taste is not quite as big as the smell would seem to indicate, with semi-dark vanilla barrel notes, lightly toasty caramel malt, and a particular warming sweetness that I can only compare to whisk(e)ys that I have had that were also finished in rum casks. A bit too simple, really.

The carbonation is fairly understated, the body on the far side of medium light, and kind of thin, with a generic pithy sweetness. It finishes with more of the weakly sweet wood flavours - vanilla, caramel, molasses, and even a bit of fragrant spices - cinnamon, mostly.

A rather underwhelming effort for this brewery - rum maybe not being the best choice for such an otherwise thin base beer. More wood than malt, which is saying a lot for these guys - usually I've had my fill of sugary caramel and toffee halfway through the bottle, but not with this one, as the rum barrel imposes itself in an unforeseen sort of way. So what's next - a port finish?

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Photo of brentk56
4.14/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a brilliantly clear amber, capped by a couple of inches of ecru foam; spotty lacing

Smell: The buttery toffee and nut notes are complemented by the rum tones, bringing vanilla and coconut elements

Taste: The distinctively Scottish malt bill imparts buttery toffee and nut tones, with the rum flavors arriving in the middle; a hint of boozy warmth in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; a bit thin for a Wee Heavy, though the ABV is on the low end for the style, so I am not surprised

Overall: An excellent example of the benefits of pairing a rum barrel with the Wee Heavy style

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Photo of kojevergas
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle into pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland on February 24th, 2011.

A: Pours a three finger head of lovely cream lacing, quite thick. Very appealing. The head retains pretty poorly, unfortunately.

Sm: Strong smell. Barley, caramel, rum (shocker!), a hint of spice, maybe some coconut? Just a bit musty, but in a good way.

T: Lovely cream open to coconut and caramel body, with lingering cream on the finish. Quite lovely. It's beautifully built and balanced. The spice on the nose doesn't come through; maybe I was wrong. I'm very new to this style, but I rather fancy this beer. I'm looking forward to trying more like it. Coconut is a very difficult flavour to insert into a beer of this complex a body, but the brewers succeeded.

Mf: Delighfully silky from the cream, but a patch of dryness enters in the finish to tease you into going for your next sip.

Dr: It hides its abv absurdly well. Very fairly priced even in Ireland. Definitely give this one a go, lads. You won't regret it.

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Photo of emerge077
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear bottle, fancy sticker label, review from written notes.

Pours into a tulip glass with bright clarity, dark coper with a glint of scarlet highlights in the light. A thin skim of tan foam ebbs across the surface, leaving spottty lace in its wake.

Aroma is a bit faint, some brown sugar and oak blended with a watery cola, light vanilla.

Thin and lightly sweet, more cane sugar cola and a hint of oak and vanilla apparently from the "rum cask". Base beer is a bit too dull, it has a very light feel, with some minor barrel character imparted from the wood. Somewhat sweet and watery. Not something i'd care to revisit.

Thanks Aaron for sharing this!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear deep copper color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and very minimal lacing. Aroma of rum and lightly sweet barley. Taste is also a nice mix between some rum notes with some barley notes. More balanced then previous version and barrel-aging doesn't overtake the whole beer. Not sure this is something I would want to drink often but still enjoyable.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into snifter, best before 4/2014. Pours crystal clear deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with solid retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of caramel, toffee, toast, vanilla, rum, oak, plum, brown bread, light clove, herbal, and oak earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and oak notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, toast, toffee, vanilla, rum, oak, plum, brown bread, light clove, light coconut, herbal, and toast/yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, vanilla, rum, oak, plum, brown bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of malt and oak flavors; with a great malt/oak flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice oaked scotch ale! All around good complexity and balance of malt and oak flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of nickfl
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of light brown foam on top of a clear, amber-brown body. The head settles rapidly and leaves no lace.

S - Aromas of toffee, brown sugar, and a vague oak note.

T - Dark, bready notes up front with some oak character. Toffee, molasses, and dark caramel come out in the middle. Some red apple and more oak character in the finish.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Not bad, but the rum character is a bit disappointment. The dark sugars of the base beer work nicely with the oak, but there really isn't much in the way of rum specific character. Kind of a let down overall.

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Photo of oberon
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

My first Innis & Gunn beer.Poured a rich clear amber with a one finger light tannish colored head atop that was gone pretty quickly.Aromas of rum infused butter,brown sugar,and some cake notes.Very buttery on the palate with the rum flavors not hitting me over the head like I thought they would,caramel and vanilla notes imparted from the rum in the finish.Not bad,to be honest better than I thought,I would have liked a fuller feel but the flavors are nice.

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Photo of jlindros
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Again with the clear bottle?! I should take off points just for that. I'm not a huge rum fan, and most often rum barrel aged beers/scotches, etc. Hopefully this does something better.

Pours a light creamy head covering that fades at a decent rate over dark molasses mahogany brown color.

Nose if the same base beer as the original Innis and Gunn, with lots of lighter malts, a little dark crystal malt, some creamy and sweet malts. Also this time a definite rum aroma comes, a sugar cane like rum with a little oak. It adds quite a bit of a tropical aroma, almost coconut. Reminds me a lot of my last trip to aruba.

Taste is fairly sweet, with more of the base malts, lots of lighter malts, a little creamy, and a light malt extract like taste. A light crystal malt taste which is overpowered by the rum flavors. Plenty of sugar cane sweet flavors, with some tropical rum. However, the rum is not bad, doesn't give me that bad rum flavor, more of a tropical buttery oak and sugar cane, with a little coconut again. Despite that, not sure how well it goes in a malty scotch ale like this. Finishes still somewhat sweet and a little sticky, with lingering butter rum, light coconut oil, and some malty flavors. - Correction... the more I drink it, the more my mouth builds up with the rum flavors and the more it starts to get almost unbearable. THe rum just takes over and makes it more like drinking low abv rum, which I'm not a huge fan of.

Mouth is medium bodied, a little oily, with lower but decent carbonation.

Drinkability is so so, it doesn't have a big abv hit, but the slight sticky feel at the end, along with long lingering butter rum and coconut, as well as the overall dominance of rum flavors, it's not something I can drink too fast.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Imperial nonic, Innis & Gunn's Rum Cask is a clear, ruby-accented russett brown in color beneath a finger-thick head of creamy light tan. The head retention is quite good, but the lacing leaves a little bit to be desired.

The oak is readily apparent to the nose, along with caramel, a dusting of cocoa, some mild fruitiness, a waft of biscuit, and a quick note of coconut.

The flavor is sweet and almost chocolatey right upfront, followed by a spritz of yeasty fruitiness, and then notes of cocoanut, oak, biscuit, brown sugar, golden caramel, barley and tea-like hops. It's malty but not overdone, and the fruitiness and oak balance it nicely. It finishes surprisingly dry, due in part to the lingering oak.

In the mouth it's medium-light in body and quite supple and smooth due to its moderate carbonation level.

It's an interesting beer with a good deal of complexity while still remaining very drinkable. It's far from overdone, and in fact it's quite balanced and polished. This could easily be a session ale apart from its strength and the fact that its nuances would be lost after the second glass. Quite nice!

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Photo of chinchill
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Somewhat subtle rum and oak cask aromas come through clearly in the flavor. The rum is actually quite present in both the nose and the taste, but the oak cask really comes through in the taste. In fact, although I find this a enjoyable addition to many beers, it is almost too much here, overwhelming some of the more subtle flavor components. Lightly smokey.

O - recommended for fans of rum and oak aged beers.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle - $3.29 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a garnet-hued body of uncompromising clarity and crowned with a sudsy, ivory-hued cap.

Smell: Sweetish nose of sugary malt notes - toasty, nutty, and moderately caramelized to a point. Fruity scents mixed in smelling of black cherries, raisins, and dates. The inclusion of the rum is a bit more assertive and forward in the nose.

Taste: A sweet taste of butterscotch, toasted coconut, vanilla sugar, a thin drizzle of molasses and a small chunk of chocolate stirred up with a licorice rope. Pronounced vinous fruitiness throughout. Hint of faintly smoked nuts and fine Virginian tobacco as it warms. Notable rum accents, though it's not particularly pronounced. Modest charred wood tones. Light bitterness. Smooth, sweetish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation, fairly soft. Slightly creamy texture to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I liked it. It's a decent mix of flavors leaning towards being malty sweet. Interesting and pleasant enough for at least one go-around.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Coppery caramel that becomes beautifully burnt orange when backlit with bright morning sunshine. The crown is all kinds of gorgeous, with the color and texture of golden brown sugar mousse. An incredible amount of incredibly attractive lace is present as well. This is fantastic looking beer!

The aroma isn't exactly jumping out of the glass (note: warming helps a little). It's caramel malty and somewhat fruity. Unfortunately, the influence from the oak barrels and the rum casks isn't immediately evident. Since that was designed to be a major part of the beer's personality, I'll have to file the nose under 'minor disappointment'.

The flavor is pretty much along the same lines. I'm amazed at how light this offering is. In my experience, barrel-aging doesn't add much of value unless the beer has a fair amount of malt. This one doesn't, and is worse off for it. Ain't no way Scotch ale/wee heavy fits.

Never having had the standard version of this Innis & Gunn ale puts me at a disadvantage. Nevertheless, I'll just forge ahead and describe my palate impressions: steely caramel, tart fruit, watery tea, a few drops of amber rum and half a stave's worth of oak.

The mouthfeel might be suitable for a 7.4% ale, but only if you're English. For those of us who cut our teeth on American craft beer, RCOAB drinks like a 5.0%'er... at most. No wee heavy (which it isn't anyway) should be this thin.

In spite of the fact that my first Innis & Gunn beer didn't knock my socks off, I'm grateful to biegaman for the opportunity to review Rum Cask Oak Aged Beer. Bottom line: it's too bad that the contents of the bottle aren't half as impressive as the bottle itself.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Working my way through the I&G offerings at hand. Good times thus far... This stuff pours a clear rusty brown topped by a minimal amount of off-cream-white foam. The nose is dizzominated by a blast of buttercream and caramel. There might be a bit of marshmallow and oak in there, too, but they're drowned out by the big boys in the room. The taste holds notes of vanilla, cinnamon, buttercream, toffee, rum spice, very light oak, and light ginger. This stuff is very complex, each flavor inhabiting its own layer and its own wave across the tongue. Nice. The body is a light medium, with a light carbonation and a generally smooth feel. Overall, a damn fine beer, no surprise from the I&G crew.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had several bottles in this series tucked away for some time now, awaiting the moment to strike. I have just been inspired by another site's user and am now embarking on a journey, not of body, but of sight, mind and casks!

From the bottle: "Oak Aged like no other beer"; "Hand-Crafted Sottish Beer"; "Oak Aged Beer"; "Unlock the Flavour"; "Beer aged in rum barrels"; "Carefully matured for 57 days prior to release"; "Approved for bottling [undersigned] Heather Gillespie"; "Master Brewer [undersigned] Douglas Gunn Sharp"; "Innis & Gunn Rum Cask Oak Aged Beer"; "Since discovering the secrets and joys of maturing beer in oak barrels we have been on a journey of further discovery, which has led us to some pretty incredible taste experiences. Rum Cask is one of our firm favourites! A slow maturation using American oak and rum infused oak has imparted this beer with a delicious warming character that is bursting with fruit and lively spiciness."

I was anxious (eager?) to get started so I went with a very heavy-handed pour from the outset. This resulted in a pseudo-cascade which netted me two fingers of dense, light-tan head that slowly fell, leaving brilliant lacing in its wake. Color was a deep-brown (SRM = > 22, < 27) with an enviable button-brightness. Nose smelled strongly of oak, rum, smoke, and sweet malt. Phew! I remember smoking cigars that smelled like this. Mouthfeel was medium and, man, was it sweet. It was a bit much for me, as a self-avowed hophead, but I liked the way that the beer commingled with the oak and rum to create a very evocative taste. Finish remained wildly sweet, so much so that one of these would be plenty for me. I am keeping an open mind as I open some of my other bottles from this brand.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Copper amber body with a light tan head fizzy carbonation dwindles quick with scant amounts of lacing, the aroma is upfront with a sweet sugar cane rum and mild oak notes. Pretty pleasant smelling stuff, I'm engaged let's take the first sip. A bit sweet but very enjoyable limited heat from the rum, which is a good thing. The oak chips soaked in rum added to a nice base Scotch ale is great concept, definitely solid and enjoyable. Flavors are straight forward hints of vanilla oak, caramelized sugars with a soothing hint of alcohol in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with no cloying or over done qualities, carbonation is rather light but appropriate for this beer. Overall I would drink this again, a solid offering that any liquor or beer drinker will enjoy. This could be a perfect cigar beer, next time I will try that pairing.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.19/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a tawny copper brown color with faint garnet at the edges, smallish off white head slowly dissipates before leaving spotty lace on the way down. Aromas of toffee, brown sugar and molasses make up the bulk of the nose. Light spice, earth, and dark fruit round out the nose. Little to no hop aroma. The flavor follows the aroma, sweet sugary malt beverage with light fruit and rum beep in the background. Little to no hop bitterness or flavor. Medium to thick body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. Like the last one, there is nothing "wrong" with this beer, it is just really boring, and a bit too sweet for my tastes.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep amber, frothy off-white head.

S - Sweet scents of vanilla, toffee, caramel. Some dried dark fruit sugars, and skins. There is also a tangy aroma in the nose.

T - Much of the nose in the in the flavor too. Vanilla bean and subtle caramel. Definite dry oaky flavors, The dark sweetness is ever present but the flavor profile isn't too assertive. Cream soda and malted wood.

M - Light bodied, with proper carbonation. The flavors are deep in origin but light in their presentation.

O - Really delicious beer, this brewery knows how to use their wood. A treat.

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Photo of tdm168
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - plum, dark brownish amber with a tall cap of off white head that fades after a few seconds

S - toffee, dark fruit, vanilla

T - toffee, dark fruit, earthy, vanilla, some hints of rum in the finish

M - medium bodied, some faint alcohol warmth, well carbonated

This is a nice wee heavy though not as full flavored or full bodied as I would like. The flavors that are present are definitely pleasant, balanced, and enjoyable. I think I would have this beer again.

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