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

Brewed by:
Innis & Gunn
Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of jrenihan
3.36/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer labeled best before April 2012.

Beer is very dark red/amber, essentially brown. Moderately sized off-white head sits atop.

As is not surprising given the clear bottle, the beer is skunked, which is the most notable scent, unfortunately. Aside from that, wood (oak?) and rum are present, as well as some burnt toffee. A fine smell, but the skunk is a serious detractor.

Taste contains molasses and brown sugar, as well as a hint of dark fruit. The impact of the rum casks is clear- there is definitely a rum flavour to the beer. The flavour is nice but somewhat underwhelming. It does come off, to a degree, as a weak and watery dark rum. Why not drink the real thing?

Beer is lighter than I would like. Feels watery. Carbonation is quite minimal.

Overall. a fine beer but not something I will come back to. It actually makes me want to drink some nice dark rum, rather than continue with the beer.

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Photo of emerge077
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
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 davey101
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed this because it was on discount. 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip glass. I'm not a fan of scotch ales, but I do love rum and barrel aged beers so I figured I'd give it a try.

A - Pours a dark red/purple color. Looks almost black until its head up to the light. An aggressive pour yielded a good size head which lasted only a minute or so. Decent lacing/retention.

S - Sweet malt, vanilla, and oak. There is slight hints of rum, but overall I just smell standard oak.

T - Vanilla, oak, and malts blend together to form a somewhat one dimensional taste profile. The aftertaste is buttery and smooth, the high abv is hidden really well. Not a ton of flavor, but it is pleasant.

O - I did somewhat enjoy this beer. It wasn't anything spectacular, but it had some nice flavors and I found it fairly easy drinking despite the big alcohol content. I was excited to see a rum aged beer, but I think I'd pass if I came across some more.

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Photo of jgasparine
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from Notes (12/31/2010)

A- Poured from the bottle with an off-white, thin, foamy head, which receded to a collar, over an optically clear, dark amber colored body. No visible carbonation.

S- The aroma is very mild overall; comprised of some mild stewed malts, touches of melanoidins, and some light vanillins.

T- In the mouth, it is quite big; you start off with some stewed malt up-front, which is met midway with some vanillins and some mild oak lactones. Into the finish, you pick-up quite a bit of fusel alcohol, and an echo of sawdust, tannins and booze.

M- A medium body, a little on the lighter side. Very mild astringency, but an impressively soft carbonation. No alcohol heat at all.

Overall- A less dynamic and more boozy version of the original Innis and Gunn. Very drinkable nonetheless.

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Photo of papat444
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this at Cornwall earlier this month. Shared with my wife.

Poured from a clear 330ml. bottle, best before Mar. 2012.

Appearance: Half the glass is filled with an off-white head and holds pretty good at 1-2 fingers. Body is a deep brown with lots of red in it.

Smell: Spices, fruit, sweet, some wood and slight smoke.

Taste: Sweet with caramel, fruit, cherries and wood. Quite good.

Mouthfeel: Almost no carbonation with a creamy feel.

Overall: Was really surprised by this one and seems to deserve better than a B.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the biggest beer store in the UK, Beers of Europe Ltd. Beautiful clear reddish-brown pour with one and a half finger head with decent retention and nice lacing. Huge toasty nose that's full of oak and caramel with hints of vanilla, tobacco, and just a touch of ginger, dark fruit and rum. Toasty caramel and oak dominate the taste as well with lots of vanilla and just a touch of cinnamon. Spiced rum and whiskey are present as well with just a smidgen of cocoa making this a really complex and flavorful brew. The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth, mellow and slightly creamy with almost no evidence of the 7.4 ABV. A hugely drinkable beer considering how rich it is. This is my third different offering from Innis & Gunn and it won't be my last. I love barrel-aged beers and these guys know how to do it well. A great choice for my 200th beer review!

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle, best before Feb 2012. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours clear red/copper with a two finger off white head that leaves some bubbly walls of lacing and holds a creamy cap.

Aroma is bread, toast, some caramel, toffee, vanilla, oak, some raisins and dark fruits, a bit of herbal hops. Good strength.

Flavor is sweet rum, vanilla, caramel, toffee, raisins, a touch of earthy hops, and a hint of alcohol on the finish. Rather sweet, overall.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with good carbonation.

A tasty and unique brew and I’ll have to check out the regular version sometime in the near future. Boo to the clear bottles, though.

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Photo of
2.81/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - brownish red with a finger of off-white head that dissipates somewhat, but lasts. Dark but clear.

Smell - Dominated by sweet malt flavours - toffee, brown sugar, butter - with hints of wood and, no surprise, rum.

Taste - again, mostly sweet with buttery diacetyl. Not much in the way of bitterness or balance. Almost sickly sweet.

Mouthfeel is slick, almost oily.

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Photo of TheHammer
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's been a little while, and I'm missing a single empty in a box, so I decided to finally crack the Innis and Gunn Rum Cask open.

Appearance: Poured with a deep dark walnut colored body that has some slow carbonation. Head poured with a solid two fingers, but it did not lace and only thin layer retained.

Smell: Smells like a a thick toffee/molasses back by a mild spiced rum scent which given the name, is wholly appropriate. I think I might also be getting a bit of brown sugar as well. No oak though, which is a bit odd. It's nice but comes off as a bit too sweet.

Taste: Molasses mixed with brown sugars permeates the experience from the overly sweet malty toffee beginning, to the fruity and oak middle which boasts berry and apple notes to the light clove and spiced rum end. I'd give it 3.75 but it doesn't do quite enough for me to hit four.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is good, and helps out the entire beer and the transistioning is wonderful. The aftertaste has a mild texture which is nice, however is very sweet and cloys slightly.

Drinkability: This is one that would go well with shellfish or salty food, that is for sure. It quenches the thrist, and is easy going down but the sweetness holds it back from you wanting to go to town on it. Minor complaints though.

Final Thoughts: I'm glad to see Innis and Gunn win some redemption in my eyes after that somewhat lackluster blonde. I'd say it was nearly as enjoyable as the Canadian Cask and it really comes out as it warms. It doesn't yet beat the standard Innis and Gunn though, but that's ok. Thumbs Up.

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Photo of karait95
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark but light body, poor carbonation with a medium to small head that dissipates somehow fast not leaving to much traces behind on the glass, the color is a light brown with mixed bubbles at some point looks like a soda, maybe it is not too fresh due to storage or transportation.

S: Very complex very intense, all the oak is present and of course the malt, you can smell the wood where it was brewed and there also some notes of sweet and a little species.

T: These flavors are also really complex, not easy to taste, this one is spice with the taste of the oak and spices like clove, also even some alcohol can sensed it is very little.

M: Really balanced, not bitter but not sweet, it is also not simple with a good ending that opens the door for the next sip.

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Photo of Stocean1
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark amber/chestnut colour - heavy pour produced one finger head that quickly subsided to a thin line - fragile lacing

S - malty rum and coke - sweet - some yeast - a little skunk - oak

T - sweet malt, coke, and of course rum - hint of vanilla - not necessarily cloying but not for those averse to sweetness - not bitter - reminds me a little of some swish I drank when I was 17

M - medium bodied with little carbonation - smooth

O - I expected to dislike this style and was surprised at how much I enjoyed it - half way through I caught myself reliving some goodtimes from years past involving a bottle of rum and some sun - definitely not a session ale but I will be back for more

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Photo of dragonWhale
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber with a sweat of lace as the head recedes from bushy to the depth of a silver dollar. It mounts itself proudly upon the beverage. Wood, malt, rum, a little spice. It's on the sweet side, but not over the top. Rum is heavy with its influence without creating a boozy trick. A little oak involves itself too. Pretty tasty and fairly easy drinking for a beer as sweet as it is. Not too shabby..

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
2.63/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

330 mL bottle at 48 degrees into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: It pours a dark red color with a finger of off-white head that dies quickly with no lace to speak of.

S: Hot sauce, butter, tropical fruits, and even a little chocolate.

T: Caramel, rum, odd fruity flavors, banana, rice, and a peppery bite.

M: The body is slightly dry with medium thickness and average carbonation.

O: The attempted rum flavors taste like Texas Pete and make this tough to finish.

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Photo of DoktorZee
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a schooner. No obvious best before date.

A - deep red ale with a tiny head that disappears after a minute or two without any lacing. No obvious carbonation.

S - just a hint of berry nose: slightly sweet and sour. Not much else.

T - woody initial attack followed by slight bitterness resolving into a slightly tart finish that lingers for a while. The alcohol is well hidden.

M - sharp carbonation followed by a light bodied brew that coats the mouth just a little.

D - quite drinkable and smooth.

Fairly nice but a little bit subdued. Compared to other Wee Heavies I've had it's got a significantly lighter body and less overall flavor impact. I'm happy to have tried it, but probably won't go out of my way to find it.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasting notes from 4/19/11
Poured in to Unibroue tulip glass.

A - Deep brown/amber in colour with a small amount of off white head.

S - Bready malts, sweet brown sugar, toffee, light rum.

T - Toffee, rum, brown sugar. The rum flavour is defintiely there without being overwhelming. Some good oak flavours are present as well and become more and more noticeable as the beer warms a little.

M - Light to medium body, lightly carbonated.

O - I really enjoyed this one. A lot of different flavours come through and compliment each other very nicely. Will be buying more of this one for sure.

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

Beautiful, boozy, and thick. This is an above average beer from a great brewery that is making it happen. It's sweet, it's got the vanilla notes, the woodiness of the oak casks, the dryness of the oak casks, the bite of the alcohol in a contained manner, and it's very pleasant to the eyes and tongue overall. Doesn't have a crazy head or lots of lacing, just a good craft beer.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Working my way through the Innes & Gunn line-up...

A - Pours a nice dark amber colour with a caramel hue, finger of head with little retention and no real lacing.

S - Rather mild and possesses a touch of booziness to it. Rich caramel and sweet toffee with some leafy hops and a bit of a spicy cinnamon scent.

T - Very sweet and almost buttery, while the coaramel and toffee dominate there is a bit of oak and wooden peat that comes through. Strikingly sweet though, almost too sweet for my liking.

M - A tad light a missing a bit of lift, though goes down smooth and finishes reasonably wet.

O - Overall a bit of a disappointment. At $5 a bottle there's better beers out there and I wouldn't go out and grab another bottle. Worth a try? Maybe, but don't expect anything special.

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Photo of RDHerm
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep reddish brown with caramel colored highlights. Has a thin, cream colored head that dissipates rather quickly into a solid ring that maintains throughout. Good lacing.

Has a sweeter smell, with solid notes of roasted malts, oak, and sugar. There are also hints of vanilla, dark fruit, and alcohol, with a slight touch of coffee and rum.

Taste is sweet as well, but not as sweet as the aroma would cause one to expect. Strong flavors of roasted malts and rum, with a hint of vanilla and a very slight oak characteristic. Good, but not terribly complex.

Medium/light in body, lower carbonation level. Very smooth and with a great, crisp feel. Would be perfect, but the taste leaves the palate almost immediately.

Smooth and tasty, but a little too simple to be a sipping beer and a little to strong to be a knock-around brew. For the price though, it's definitely a worthwhile experience.

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Photo of DasBootDrinker
4.65/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Beer is incredible, the taste is out of this world! If you like a heavier beer than normal with a great after taste then i would recommend to try this beer! Its one of a kind. It also has a very nice smell. The glass for the bottle is transparent. It tastes good on its own or even with pretzels or other snacks.

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Photo of CrazyMike
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark red-amber appearance with a small amount of head, but decent retention. Smell is mainly oak with a hint of nuts, caramel, vanilla, malt and a small hint of rum. Very good combination.

Taste has the same exotic mixture as the smell, dominated by oak, caramel and rum. Has almost a coffee and wood taste to it as well, everything is surprisingly light though. Smooth, medium bodied with decent carbonation. Aftertaste has a lingering oak and caramel taste.

This is a very well rounded and tasteful beer. Every sip you find a new characteristic about this. Very light tasting, though, for a Scotch Ale; which could make it deadly to drink all night. For it's price and taste, don't pass up a bottle of this.

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Photo of LtCracker20
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my Uncle to giving me this bottle.

A- Pours a deep dark reddish brown that's crystal clear. A 2-finger off-white head head that slowly falls to a cap.

S- Rich peat, tobacco, sweet malts, and just a slight whiff of rich alchohol. A little dark fruit and molasses, but not exactly anything standing out.

T- A lot more of the rum flavor in the taste then in the smell. More of the peat and malt sweetness, but a lot better flavor than was expected from the aroma.

MF- A little thinner than I would've liked, but not overly thin. Carbonation is on par with other Scotch ales.

Overall, a pretty good beer that I'm glad I got to try after seeing it on the shelves for so long, but I wouldn't really seek it out when I can get Wet Willy here.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of peensteen
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a deep amber/mahogany colour, minimal white soapy head, no lacing. Smell is sweet caramel like, sugary, rum, light traces of oak and vanilla and slight alc. Taste is really sweet with notes of rum, caramel, slight alcohol, little vanilla, sugary malt. Light mouthfeel and at times syrupy, fairly high carbonation. Not very good really, it reminds me a little of a poor quality barley wine, ABV noticeable, I cant think of a single thing the oak contributes to this.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a 4-pack of these for Christmas, finally getting around to reviewing one. 11.2oz clear(!) bottle into a snifter.

Pours very dark red, barely see-through. Off-white head retains nicely leaving some lacing.

Nose starts strong but quickly becomes faint. Oak, sweet caramel and some toasty malt. Has some weird veggie off-smells from time to time that come and go...

Taste is an improvement over the smell. The rum I think makes it come off pretty sweet but nice flavors going on. Sweet/caramel/toasty malts, big grassy tastes, slight vanilla and spice. Really no fruit whatsoever.

I liked this one alot more than my previous 2 bottles, it reminds me kinda of Berkshire Gude Greg. I've always wanted to try a beer with rum barrels involved, this one is does it well I think but the sweetness is a bit cloying.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear dark brown color with reddish hue from an 11.2 oz clear glass bottle, with ABV on the label. One finger head with good retention. Aroma is heavy on malts with hints of spices and fruity esters.
Taste is definitely more on the malty side with the rum flavor coming through clearly. Nice warming effect which grows with each sip. Dry finish with lingering sweetness which is almost certainly coming from the rum components.
The only complaint I have is the clear glass bottles in which it is sold. I am not a big fan of beer stored in clear bottles, there is every chance of photo-oxidation of the beer.
Otherwise, this beer is worth a try. It is definitely different, in a good way.

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