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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Innis & Gunn
Scotland, United Kingdom
innisandgunn.com

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 10-21-2007

BEER STATS
Reviews:
364
Ratings:
1,355
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
16.09%
 
 
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74
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Reviews: 364 | Ratings: 1,355
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.

Cheers!

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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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Photo of ESEbrew
5/5  rDev +34%
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 -12.9%
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 +27.3%
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 +1.3%
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 -8.3%
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 +8.6%
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 +13.9%

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 +0.5%

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 +1.9%

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 +0.5%

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 -31.4%
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 +2.7%
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 +13.9%
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 +18.2%
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 Greywulfken
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear amber beer, slim head about a finger high lasted briefly. Expected English ale attributes like shellac and mild bitterness. Some mild fruits and low bitterness. Thin-to-medium feel, low carbonation. Nothing as interesting as the name and packaging might've implied.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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 +0.5%
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 +20.6%
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 +3.5%
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 +7.5%
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 -8.3%
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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