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

Brewed by:
Innis & Gunn
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of ESEbrew
5/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It is light, with a nice malt base and doesn’t allow the hops to overwhelm the pallet. With a low ABV of 6.8% it is highly drinkable, while the rum from the oak chips adds a sweetness instead of the sting of pure alcohol that too many barrel aged beers hit you with.

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Photo of Antc2382
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smells and tastes like rum, without the bite of the alcohol. The pint that I got was solid, it's not totally my thing but it will probably appeal to many. Pretty nice if it is your bag

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Photo of zmcguire
4.75/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Delicious mix of malty sweetness with a smooth finish. Making it available year round as part of their core brands and switching all their bottles from clear to brown was a great idea an should help preserve the taste people are looking for in a rum oak aged beer!

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Photo of interzen
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into a Troubadour tulip glass

Look: Dark, coppery red/brown with a slightly off-white head.

Smell: In a word, sweet. Burnt sugar and demerara rum predominate, with some toffee/caramel in the background. The rum is definitely more apparent once the beer has warmed up a bit.

Taste: Rum from start to finish. That's pretty much it - the taste certainly doesn't follow the smell, since the rum notes trample all over pretty much everything. There's a definite hint of alcohol/spirit in the finish.

Feel: Pretty thin, all things considered - it feels just like a bog-standard heavy with a shot of dark rum dumped in it. Not much in the way of carbonation, either, which may not be a bad thing.

Overall: Disappointing - a couple of friends rate this quite highly but I'm finding it difficult to see where they're coming from. There's a fair bit of depth in the smell but the taste is completely overhauled by the spirit/rum flavours, meaning that ultimately this is a bit one-dimensional. Worth trying, but not really worth the bother of actively seeking it out IMO.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of kevinlater
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into snifter

a: deep copper & ruby red mix with a finger of bone-coloured head

s: banana, spicy rum, vanilla, caramel, alcohol. huge aroma, smelled it right when i popped the cap off

t: follows the nose. caramel, banana, vanilla, and just a huge distinct rum character on the back-end. it has a bit of a distinct alcohol bitterness bite, but i think it works well with the rum flavours

m: medium to medium-plus mouthfeel, rich and kinda creamy. little to no carbonation

o: great stuff, give it a shot if you like beers that aren't very beer-like

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Photo of baldwinfamilyfarm
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Poured a nice one finger head that dissipated quickly leaving a little lacing with a nice rim ring. The smell from the rum cask and red was great, very sweet with honey and caramel. The taste balanced with the rum and oak being on the backside and blended perfectly. A perfectly aged beer with light enough flavors for anyone to enjoy. Not a stand out beer, but one that stands on it's own. I will buy this again.

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Photo of whmike5050
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

The aging on this beer appears to have been properly done. The beer certainly picked up the rum notes without tasting as if they were merely flavor additives. However, I like Scotch Ales and didn't rate this beer higher because it lacked some of the fullness I look for in a wee heavy, I've never had an Innis & Gunn without the rum aging and don't know if that is indicative of this beer or if the beer was mellowed too much during the aging process. Still a good beer and I would certainly drink it again.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%

Pours amber-brown clear beer with nice off-white head. Smell of rum, woody smoke, dark fruits and caramel. Taste is semisweet, caramel, nuts, notes of rum. Light body despite its ABV. Not very impressing.

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Photo of magpieken
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

330ml bottle. Amber brown colour, tall frothy head which quickly disappeared, leaving no lacing. Gentle aroma of rum, dark fruits, caramel and sweet malt. Gentle sweetness and a little bit of spice develops into a hint of bitterness. Light to medium palate and a suggestion of alcoholic warmth. Not overly assertive but pleasant and drinkable, nonetheless.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.56/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear chestnut color. The head is a finger high, with an off-white shade. Retention is okay, but a consistent ring of lacing on the glass gives it rock-solid aesthetic appeal. (4)

Smell: I'm stunned how mild the skunk is. To be fair, it was kept in a dark, cold-ass room, so there wasn't much of a chance for it to get lightstruck. As expected, caramel dominates the nose. There are additional notes of fruits (cherry) and brown sugar, along with a touch of hopping (first signs of skunking?!?!) The rum seems to accentuate and define the caramel instead of sticking out on its own. Generally, it's an acceptable aroma. (3)

Taste: It starts off with gentle hints of both caramel and brown sugar. While it doesn't smell skunked, the clear bottles causes the hops to be lightstruck, seemingly accentuating their intensity. I'm only getting slight touches of rum on the finish - Batchelor's Delight this is not. The more I sip this, the more it hits me: this is really buttery. Not in that Pilsner Urquell way I like, but rather as a distracting flavor that ruins the balance. A pity. (2)

Mouthfeel: It doesn't seem to have the richness of other Scotch ales; inversely, it's drier and more drinkable than others in the style. The wood tannins and the hops give this a dry finish. Carbonation isn't particularly vibrant. (3)

Overall: Clear bottles are absolutely inexcusable, so I'm docking points. While some okay notes exist, the flaws (the buttery, diacetyl-laden nature; the hints of skunkiness) tank it almost completely. Yeah, I don't want to revisit this one in the future.

EDIT: This isn't in clear bottles anymore (thank Jebus), so I'll return the points I docked. Still, I won't be getting this one again. (2.5)

2.56/5: Dat diacetyl doe

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Photo of Eric_Standard
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep brown with ruby highlights and a light tan head. Very pretty beer.

Smell: Earthy, rich, woody.

Taste: Sweet upfront. Notes of vanilla bean, malty caramel, and just a touch of overripe fruit. Finishes with a slight roasty bitterness. A deep, woody richness throughout.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation with a slightly creamy feel.

Overall: It's been quite a while since I've had the Innis & Gunn Original, but I think I like this one just a bit more. Very nice.

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Photo of IPAlpha
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I didn't think this beer would've been this good by the bottle. Clear bottle with green backing. It was a lite red and brown. It has a very nice head. It has a strong but great smell. It tastes very good. Not an overpowering taste of rum or oak. Just perfect imo. I will definitely drink this beer again.

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Photo of Rickington
4.41/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought at the ESPN bar in Orlando, FL during the USA vs Germany World Cup match.

A: Dark caramel color with a miniscule head.

S: Smell-wise, the first notes that came to mind were: caramel and a strong smell of Rum.

T: Strong notes of rum, caramel, and malt.

M: Smooth with a woody aftertaste.

O: A very nice, aged Scotch Ale.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a Snifter glass.

A: Pours a magnificent dark amber color forming a medium tan head. Low retention and no lacings left

S: Strong notes of caramel malts, toffee and wood. A bit fruity with some notes of raisins

T: Slightly sweet upfront. Strong notes of caramel malts and toffee. Notes of wood and raisins

M: Light body body mild carbonation. Malty and woody aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Very pleasant beer. Strong Scottish character

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Photo of PvtSnowball
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at one of the local cigar lounges.

A: Nice reddish brown with not much head.

S: Malty with a bit of the rum.

T: Balanced yet complex. The rum is an interesting addition.

M: Refreshing and a little rich. Nice carbonation.

O: Pretty good. Not the best of the style but still pretty good.

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Photo of GaBeerGarden
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is rapidly becoming one of my favorite brewers and this beer in just another example of why. Great aroma greets you of Puerto Rican rum and a chocolaty malt at uncapping. A slow pour into the Innis and Gunn tulip leaves a near imperceptible tan colored head above deep brown brew.

Now to the good part, the tasting. Smooth, mellow, tastes of a well aged Rum over a low bitter Scottish porter brown beer mix. This goes down well even when over chilled, but best at near Lucas Electric Refrigerator temperature of 50 degrees. This is definitely a sipping beer versus a chug candidate and it remains pleasurable to the end.

Final words, if you can acquire this brew it is worth your effort. Even domestic lager drinkers will enjoy this change from the ordinary. Also unlike the canned data on this brew it is actually 7.4% abv.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: embossed 330mL clear bottle with the standard Innis & Gunn label.

Appearance: pours a ruby-tinted dark brown with a short-lived off-white head. Very little lacing.

Aroma: smells of liquorice, raisins, molasses and a touch of that rum. Quite interesting.

Taste: a very smooth toffee, molasses and spice flavour up front. The rum and raisin joins in after a second.

Aftertaste: a touch of bitterness with an overriding sweetness. The vanilla and rum come through strongest on the finish.

Mouth feel: quite smooth, with limited carbonation. Suits the style well.

Overall: another great beer from Innis & Gunn - very different, a bit of a riot in the mouth to be honest. On balance, taking price into consideration, I would probably prefer their Spiced Rum Finish, as it is around 75% the cost.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass

A: rum brown with a half finger white head that dissipates pretty quickly. Light lacing.

S: Rum dominates with peaty malts following.

T: tangy rum and malt do a tango on my tongue. Molasses, caramel, brown sugar. Delicious.

M: light to medium with medium carbonation.

O: a terrific scotch ale from I & G. Smooth, heavenly. The rum really makes a difference. A step up from their regular scotch ale. Wish I'd bought more. Recommended.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Undated bottle into imperial pint at 42 degrees
Aroma of oak and malt
Head large (5 cm), frothy, light brown, fully and rapidly diminishing into a single layer of small bubbles
Lacing few very small clots of bubbles 2-3 mm in diameter, most rapidly joining the surface ring
Body nice clear copper. Some sediment is present in the bottom of the bottle
Flavor basically sweet and malty with some vanillin from the oak. No alcohol, no diacetyl, no hops flavor although a slight bitterness is detected in the aftertaste, no peaty or other smoke overtones
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

This is the third offering from Innis & Gunn which I have tried: one good, one bad, and this one so-so. It meets the type criteria well, but just doesn’t taste very good to me. Perhaps without the clear bottles sitting in the light for God knows how long…

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
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 MylesMac
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Nice red or ruby red as stated on the bottle. No head or lacing.

Smell: Very enjoyable, raisin, oak, rum, toffee and maybe a hint of skunkiness

Taste: toffee, rum a bit off on the finish but not sure exactly what I'm tasting, possibly a bit skunky here too

Mouthfeel: A bit thin and less carbonation than I would like to see. Medium- light body

Overall: A decent beer but wouldn't rush out to get it agin. May have got a bottle that had too much sun.

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Photo of ThisLadyLovesBeer
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A = Dark, reddish brown amber (mahogany), with a soapy, short-lived head. No lacing.

S = Brown sugar, vanilla, rum, malt. This beer has a complex, fascinating nose.

T = Malty, mildly sweet, a slight cola taste, subtle rum.

M = Medium bodied, but finished light on the tongue. Not overly carbonated.

O = I really like this beer. I think it would be best as a standalone to enjoy its complex aroma. A possible food pairing would be with a roasted game and root veggie dinner, something rich and hearty.

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Photo of DougT
3.72/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
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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Innis & Gunn Rum Cask Oak Aged Beer from Innis & Gunn
3.72 out of 5 based on 1,342 ratings.
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