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

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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 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 mlichens
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours rather quickly, the shade reminds me of a cigar (brown, hints of ruby) with almost no head or lacings. Just a thin white line around the edge.

Aroma is subtle, with hints of spice, brown sugar, and rum (of course).

Taste is similar to other Scottish ales, but oh so smooth. The oak is apparent and the sweetness is just enough to make drinking a couple bottles an easy task. Still, a sweet after taste that makes me wonder what would happen if they aged it too long.

Tasty, I will get it again.

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Photo of gstucker
4.44/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I got this beer for Christmas and it has slowly become my favorite beer. Very tasty and smooth with a bit of oakiness. It reminds me of a really good whisky. When you smell it, it'll make your mouth water. It's really hard to find in stores but it can be ordered online. Shipping is expensive but it's worth it!

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Photo of ChrisL24481
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark amber with hints of red. Half inch tan colored head that appears soft and bubbly. Head disappears and forms a thin white line around the edges.

Aroma - Smell of rum, vanilla, oak along with some dark fruity esters that blend well together. A great smelling beer.

Taste - Lots of flavors come out to play in this one. Dark fruits, vanilla, and oak come through with a little bit of rum flavor in the background.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with low carbonation. Thin, smooth and creamy on the tongue.

OVerall - I always bypassed this beer due to the clear bottles. I was pleasantly surprised as it was a very flavorful beer (both in smell and taste). It was very drinkable as well.

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Photo of Florida9
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Fully translucent dark chestnut color. Forms a smallish light tan colored head that fades quickly to not much more than a thin ring around the edge. No lacing.

S: Aroma is rum forward. Sweet and syrupy with notes of molasses, cola, brown sugar, vanilla, and oak.

T: Taste is similar. Mildly sweet. Cola and cream soda dominate. Lesser notes of molasses, rum and darker fruits. Finish is more cola, though, cola-wise, this beer is quite a bit weaker than a Coke.

M: On the lighter side of medium. Thin for the style. Very mild bitterness. Lower carbonation.

O: A pleasant beer. Enjoyable, but not necessarily something I would search out again.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

(poured into an I&G fluted goblet from their gift set)

A: poured properly into the glass, almost an inch of loose foam forms atop the beautifully clear, tarnished amber (black tea) color of the liquid, capping above the rim and collapsing within a couple minutes into a sudsy film, later leaving only a thin collar, little lace

S: the distinct I&G mildly wood-kissed ester profile is about all that's found - nothing unique beyond that - and overall fairly mellow to the point boredom

T: really robust fruit (cherry?) and malt with a formidable vanilla overtone, light-moderate delicately-toasted fresh oak flavor, turbinado, and a balanced, mellow allspice/cinnamon phenolic finish and aftertaste.... dry as heck, little if any malt aftertaste or sweetness - maybe a bit of caramelized melanoidins...

M: light, smooth, and clean... perhaps the slightest of dextrin-ous roundness... a submerged whisper of fizz with each sip... moreish drinkability

O: the bottle says serve at 4 -6 C - fuck that.... let this warm up like any other fine British ale to "unlock the flavour".... once again, this is quite similar to the tasty original though, surprisingly less explosive of a taste

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The second pat of a preset three pack and a glass. Rum barrels, yes sir. On to the beer:

Little head is formed on the pour, and what is created fizzes away in a short time. The color below is crimson with red hues. Its aroma is sweet, likened to rum. There's a fun toasted banana's foster note too, giving me the impression of a banana's foster. The fun parades into the taste, where an overall mellow flavor is impressive. The notes of oak chips, a clear rum flavor, soft nuttiness, a kiss of toasted malt, all pleasing notes to my palate. Paired with a lighter medium sized body with gentle carbonation, the Run Cask version is just as worth a purchase as the Original Innis and Gunn.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A red and amber color combo, 1/2" dirty white cap. relaxed and chill look.

the aroma is of light but sweet malt, rum is there but subtle, the alcohol heat tinge is just from the aroma and not actually the presence of high alcohol. At 6.8 it is medium high, but it smells like run style heat. The aroma is mostly taken from the cask it seems.

The mouth feel starts of pretty jazzy, then becomes slick, smooth and loose. Taking on a certain rum-like feel, sweet-solid body.

The flavor is mostly malty aspects, with a pretty big rum and cask flavor. Sweet, tangy-like aftertaste, much like rum and a woody, slightly smokey backdrop. Oak and woody flavor's pop out as the brew warms, the malt becomes thicker and smoother but also pretty slick. Even more like a rum than in the previous few minutes in the glass.

This is part of a unique cask-aged style three pack that came with a glass in a box for $5.99.

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Photo of Vixie
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice red color with not much of a head that doesn't stay around long, leaving a little lacing.

I smell malt, caramel, and rum.

Starts out with a caramel sweetness, a small amount of fruit, there is also a touch of rum and you can taste the effect of the wood chips, giving it an aged aok flavor.

Ok, on the feel, could maybe use a little more carbonation.

Basically a decent beer, not outstanding, not horrible. The rum aging adds some interesting flavor notes, although I would have rated it higher if it had a little more flavor and complexity. Worth a try, just because it is a bit different.

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

A pleasure to drink - smooth and delicious

aroma: caramel, vanilla, rum and toffee

taste: caramel, creamy vanilla, rum, toffee, spice and fruit

Love a good oak aged beer and this doesn't disappoint. tasty and flavoursome and easy to drink. A great beer to have at the end of a night.

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Photo of mnrider
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz clear bottle. Still in freshness date.

A: Pours dark ruby with a small off white head that turns thin fast.

S: Strong aroma. Oak. Rum. Sweetness. Bread. Light Spices. Alcohol.

T/M: Smooth. Sweet. Oak flavor is strong. Rum is strong but not like the oak flavors.
Hops are weaker but still noticeable and help balance the beer. Malts are bready and
dry. Alcohol warming. The finish is strong and dry.

O: I must say this is one complex beer. Not sure how to label it as I have never really
had anything like it before. I am also not sure it is something I would want again. Still,
very good for what it is. A sipper. Worth a try.


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Photo of JWU
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured in an Innis and Gunn glass.

A- a translucent dark amber with ruby highlights. Head is fizzy and dissipates very quickly.

S- Lots of scotch ale aromas, with a defined rum note.

T- Brown sugar, some dark fruits, slightly smoky and peaty.

M- Lighter side of medium, a bit thinner than I would like, but a nice drying component to balance the sweetness.

O- Innis and Gunn may not be the best beer you ever have, but they are always tasty, complex, and certainly interesting.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark crimson/mahogany color with tan head

Smell - toffee, rum, coconut, oak

Taste - much like the smell - toffee, oak, rum, coconut

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, sweetness upfront, woodsy finish

Overall - good beer that I'm glad to have tried

Price Point - $3/12 oz bottle

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Photo of Zorro
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear ruby red colored ale with a minimal amount of head formation.

Smells malty and a little sweet with an agreeable scent of rum and oak. Scents of leather, tobacco and butter. Very slight aromas of oak and sea water with hints of brown sugar. Almost makes me think I am smelling a highly diluted Islay Scotch.

Starts out mildly sweet with a taste of rum and vanilla. English hop bitterness is just a touch higher than average. Mild molasses and vanilla with a touch of butter. Good rum flavor, a nuance of the beer. Toffee, tobacco and leather are all flavor accents here.r and not an overpowering flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tasty yet subtle beer. The use of rum barrels to age the beer works well here.

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Photo of CMUbrew
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice darker, varnish brown color in the glass. Off-white head forms briefly.

S: Skunked. Skunky hops prevail in the nose. Very nice caramel and toffee notes hidden behind it, but the skunk cannot be ignored here.

T: A touch of skunk flavor hits the taste buds initially, and some nice malt flavors follow. Slight woody notes can be found in the mix as well.

M: Lighter for a scotch ale, but works well with this beer I think.

O: A pretty nice beer ruined by skunking. The clear bottles look really nice, but they do absolutely nothing for preserving the quality of a beer. I really hope these guys switch to brown bottles someday.

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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 Dsimenson
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured draft into a very cold pint mug. A bubbly head dissolves quickly. Appearance is medium gold, a bit lighter than honey-colored. The aroma is subdued, maybe because of the cold mug. I bet they drink this at room temperature on Great Britian. I only detect s mild aroma of hops and malt. Flavor is balanced but also subdued, first the carbonation, then hops, malt, and buttery togfee. Brentk56's description below is better than mine, and I agree with him. Mouthfeel is medium-light after the initial carbonation. Overall this is interesting, but it does not grab my attention or my passion. I'm glad I tried it.

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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 DenisKolkin
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Got this as part of a wedding present from a friend. 330ml Label reads Oak Aged Beer Rum Finish, but the ABV is 6.8% and color of the beer looks the same as in the picture.

Appearance - Dark amber / garnet color melded with honey brown. 1 finger of head was poured into my pint glass and dissipated very quickly leaving a small wispy head on top and an nice ring around the edges of the glass. Some lacing left behind.

Smell - Toffee and vanilla as with many of the I&G offerings, but a subtle rum undertone blended with a faint earthy scent.

Taste - Pretty much like it smells, but also almost a rum and soda water mixed in there with the toffee and vanilla and caramel. Still pretty good. Vague spiciness, that doesn't really end up doing anything until the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Tastes slightly watery, with a deceptively carbonated feel that doesn't quite make it as rich and as creamy as you might think it is. Not quite as chewy as I remembered either. Still quite fine

Overall - Not quite as good as I remember it being as the richness I recall wasn't there this time around. Also while the rum finish does put a twist on the standard I&G, I don't think it makes it any better, but rather a bit worse. I'm thinking this one may have seen too much light. Nonetheless this is a fine beer that I will enjoy again at some point in the future.

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Photo of brureview
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a dark tea color with a 1F head in a snifter.

The aroma wasn't intense as in other Innis & Gunn beers.
Strong oak, light rum and malt.

The mouth feel was very carbonated, perhaps too much for this style of beer.

The taste was strong oak with some rum and a mild alcoholic finish.
I was expecting more rum. The beer is not well-balanced for taste, and the rum should be more prominent.

A good beer, but not as enjoyable as other beers such as Innis & Gunn Canadian Cherrywood Finish and The Winter Beer 2012.

Best in an Imperial pint glass( I switched glasses mid- tasting) and colder- 40-42F.

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Photo of DavidBart
1.33/5  rDev -64.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25


I've tried to be as objective in my individual scores so the accumulative score might appear higher than what it should. WTFX2?

I picked one up because I had one of their glasses early on in my beer exploation days. I figured, hey... they gave me a free glass - I'll give their beer a shot. Although, even their bottle never captivated me.

Not to be redundant but WTF? It doesn't even taste like a beer. Perhaps an acquired taste?? Sweet, sparkling, cider? WTF? It's just wrong. Sorry Innis. All that Oak Aging gone to waste. Not for me, although I know some must appreciate you.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Best By MAR2014

A: Pours a deep ruby color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to a thin layer of bubbles after about a minute

S: Some sweet malts, cherry, oak, more dark fruits, and a hint of the rum make up for a majority of the nose. Some nice complexity going on

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a bit of sweetness accompanied by the same cherry, oak, and dark fruits found in the nose. Also get some vanilla and a hint of rum that gives off some more fruitiness

M: Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation. A little on the prickly side

O: A very nice dessert beer with a good amount of sweetness balanced by the oak and fruitiness. A solid example of using spirit-soaked oak chips to add a nice depth and complexity to a beer. Can't complain about price, either

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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 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 Michigan
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served from a bottle into a Duvel tulip. Bottle date: May 2013.

A- Pours a deep red/amber. 2 finger, fingernail colored head. Head recedes into a thin layer on the top leaving moderate lacing. Decent retention for the entirety of the drink

S- Wet wood. Baking spices. Malt. Sweet carmel toffee. rum.

T- Follows the nose. Add vanilla and brown sugar. There is a wet tree taste to it. It could be oxidation. Or it could be the fact that I still don't like scotch ales...

M- A bit syrupy with a thin finish. Good carbonation.

O- I don't like scotch ales... I did review this to the best of my (limited) ability

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