Rum Cask Oak Aged Beer | Innis & Gunn

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Brewed by:
Innis & Gunn
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 10-21-2007

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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
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 +5.5%
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 acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
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 -13.6%
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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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Knapp85
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
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 nmann08
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
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 -12.3%
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 kojevergas
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
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 WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of emerge077
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
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 zeff80
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brentk56
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
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 superspak
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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 Phyl21ca
3.82/5  rDev 0%
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 NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
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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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of jlindros
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
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 chinchill
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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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