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Innis & Gunn Rum Cask

Rating: 3.15

I spotted this as a new addition to the range of beers at Asda & decided to give it a go based on the ratings I gave two other Innis & Gunn beers & how much I enjoyed their IPA that I have as yet still to review here. Prior to researching this one a little further & discovering it was more of a Scotch ale or wee heavy I had been under the assumption that this would simply be the same as their flagship beers Oak Aged beer & the blonde version of the same beer but it turns out I was wrong. To be honest I’m glad that this wasn’t just a limited edition of their main beers despite not enjoying it as much as I might have as it is always nice to try something different, that being said it is not a beer I will be having again.

Appearance (4/5): Poured into a snifter, the beer settles to a rich reddish mahogany colour that forms a finger sized light, tan brown head with a bubbly complexion. The head retention wasn’t great with the head reducing in size pretty quickly, eventually leaving a soapy, tan coloured lacing after about thirty seconds however the colour of the beer is very nice indeed.
Aroma (7/10): There is a strong smell from this beer which is also a nice thing, and overall the beer is a sweet smelling one. Apart from the obvious strong oak smell, it is oak aged after all, there is a lot of vanilla and brown sugar which although strong is blended well. There is also some sweet malts and the tiniest of alcohol notes which adds to the aroma if anything & is more than like from the rum casks used in the ageing process.
Taste (5/10): Initially there is a warm, sweet vanilla flavour upfront that is closely followed by lots of oak and some spices. There may be some caramel in there too but it’s hard to tell, although there is some faint butterscotch & touches of alcohol (probably rum).
Palate (3/5): A good amount of carbonation right of the bat & a very smooth, creamy texture that is very slightly warm. It is medium to heavy in body and leaves a smooth but slightly metallic aftertaste.

Overall (11/20): To be honest I was expecting something more from this one & felt that it failed to deliver although it was by no means a bad beer, just not one I’m likely to drink/buy again…although I also said that about their Oak Aged Beer & that turned out to be anything but true. One thing I will add though is that generally speaking this isn’t the style of beer I usually go for anyway but that aside this wasn’t a beer I particularly enjoyed.

Brewed In:  Edinburgh, Scotland
Brewery: Innis & Gunn Brewing Company
First Brewed: 2007
Full Name: Innis & Gunn Rum Cask – Oak Aged Beer
Type: English Strong Ale, Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy
Abv: 7.4%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Asda
Price: £1.88

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  1. July 31, 2014 at 10:41

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