Innis & Gunn
Brewed at Wellpark (C&C Group)

Style: English Strong Ale
Edinburgh, Scotland


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RATINGS: 996   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
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Bottle: Pasteurised.
Originally brewed at Belhaven for Innis & Gunn. Production moved to Wellpark - date unknown.
NOTE: This is the same beer as the Oak Aged Beer Rum Finish. According to Innis & Gunn "they are the same beer, the process changed slightly so we changed the name. But the recipe is the same."

Has also been seen at 6.8%
Ingredients: Golden Promise and Crystal malt; Phoenix hops.
We are delighted to present this unique limited bottling of Innis & Gunn finished in oak barrels which previously contained navy rum. Maturation in special oak barrels imparts Navy rums with the sweet, spicy character for which they are renowned. We have long wondered what flavours might be imparted to our beer by finishing it in these same barrels and earlier this year we decided to find out. We brewed a special batch of Innis & Gunn beer and matured it in oak for 60 days. Every single drop spent half of that time in American oak barrels before being refilled into selected navy rum barrels to finish the lengthy maturation. Once the beer had absorbed the unique character the barrels were emptied, the beer blended and then maturation continued for a further 47 days until all of the flavours had married together and mellowed. We think the result is absolutely delicious!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
superflyguy (429) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2011
disappointing. I was really excited about this - aged in an oak rum cask, what could go wrong? for me it was too thin in the mouth and far too sweet. on the up side the aroma was as fruity and spicy as i’d hoped. even with a hint of the banana flavour i love in a rum. but unfortunately for me it was like drinking cough syrup. all sweetness, nothing bitter to balance it. and most of the fruitiness lost.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thebusstop (178) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 2, 2011
This is a bit like drinking a rum and cola on the rocks after the ice has completely melted and the cola is some cheap brand. The rum is not overwhelming and is actually much calmer than in other rum cask beers, which is nice, but it is the about the only thing that really stands out. It smells like rum, it tastes like rum and it feels like rum on the palate....just watered down.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Eructoblaster (3336) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 2, 2011
Bottle - 330ml. Beautiful dark copper body with a good beige frothy/foamy head. Enjoyable, well balanced malty/hoppy aroma with caramel hints. Taste carries rum and woody notes. Ends with a decent warming finish. Good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sulawang (708) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 31, 2011
-great balanced beer of sweetness, fruitiness, and oaky notes. The rum sweetness comes through in the aftertaste and with small sips. Very smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Thebeerdude (30) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2012 330ml bottle. Aroma is caramel, chocolate, and coffee. Appearance is dark brown and pours a thin white head. Taste is very rich, sweet and spiced and slightly bitter, could taste the rum, very pleasing when enjoyed cold as suggested on the bottle, a creamy texture with medium carbonation. Would definitely enjoy again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 30, 2011
330ml bottle from LCBO.
Appearance : Clear dark amber with small head. Light lacing.
Aroma : Quite fruity and spicy. Liqueurish with notes of oak.
Taste : Spicy and fruity with notes of rum. Not much alcohol. Finish nicely fruity and spicy with liqueurish notes. Nice fruits on finish too. Light caramel/toffee too. Woody. Light citrusy notes.
Overall : Enjoyable beer overall. Nothing outstanding but nice wood and rum presence. Quite drinkable and even refreshing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Camons (7523) - Hasselager, DENMARK - AUG 28, 2011
Bottle @ Voldby beerfest. Pours dark amber with a white head. Aroma of malt, vanilla, aok, rum. Taste is malt, vanilla, raisins, oak, rum, spices. Medium body, smooth mouthfeel, soft carbonation. 270811

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Vignale (2495) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 27, 2011
Maltig men med något lätt kropp och tydliga spår av ekfatslagringen i form av ek- och söta romaromer. Lite obalanserad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jabic (431) - Brigantine, New Jersey, USA - AUG 25, 2011
Ar: Vanilla and brown sugar, a touch of skunkiness. Ap: Deep ruby red, clear - medium tan head with good retention and sudsy lacing. T: Full round maltiness up front, with brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, and some dark caramel - very luscious malt character, with nice barrel notes - finish has a touch of butter and spicy hops. P: Medium carbonation, with a full and silky texture, some slickness on finish. O: Very deep and rich malt character - barrel notes are really nice, adds a lot of attractive complexity without any harsh booziness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
flying_pig (1125) - SCOTLAND - AUG 24, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2014 Bottle (330ml poured into a snifter):
A lot of oak & vanilla & brown sugar which although strong is blended well. There is also some sweet malts and the tiniest of alcohol notes.
Reddish mahogany with a light, tan brown & bubbly head. Retention of about 30 seconds.
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.
A good amount of carbonation & very smooth, with a creamy texture. Medium to heavy in body and leaves a smooth but slightly metallic aftertaste.

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.

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