Innis & Gunn Rum Cask Oak Aged Beer | Beer Geek Nation Beer Reviews Episode 311

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Rum Cask Oak Aged Beer
Innis and Gunn
7.1% ABV
Beer Geek Nation Rating: B-
Beer Advocate Rating: 83/100
Rate beer Rating: 90/100

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!


BeerGogglesReviews says:

Love it. Great review. Try to get their latest gift pack if you can. Beautiful.

Brian Dean says:

I’ve shied away from from I&G because of the clear glass and have typically heard only flat reviews. Maybe I’ll give it a go next time I see it.

Blake O says:

The best Innis and Gunn Rum Cask I ever tasted was a clone recipe I brewed myself. 🙂

CagedPaps says:

I’m not a huge fan of them, I hadn’t looked but also wasn’t aware of what HopZine said. It stands to reason, I mean they are far from rare, in pretty much every store and they’ve got the tacky little master brewer signature.

They’re not session beers and they’re nothing special. Right now my favorite Scottish brewery is still Brewdog.

Critical Drinking says:

Hey, I just did a couple of Innis and Gunn reviews myself if you want to check them out. I was actually wanting to try the Rum Cask and I still might. Good review, man.

jesaliga says:

I hope you can stand a little criticism, but it is a little disingenuous to grade the beer a B- minus and then denigrate it in the comments section. I generally like your reviews, but the trend in online reviews is that anything less than a hop bomb isn’t really good beer, and I would rather see reviewers judge beers for what they are rather than what they are not.

Matt Crouch says:

The couple Innis & Gunn I’ve had were delicious. Just bought a big bottle of Rum Aged I&G last night. Can’t wait

risteard mac fheorias says:


BeerGogglesReviews says:

Blink blink blink blink. LOL LOL.

bigpapykane says:

Mmmmhhh!!! The clear bottle alone turns me off!!

Ryan Reschan says:

I can’t get their beers here but it sounds like I’m not missing much. Death to clear bottles!

NYRfan4ever says:

Nice. I’m saving mine for a special occasion.

hacksack1 says:

i just love there beers…..can’t wait to see what the do next.

sancap14 says:

You still homebrewing?

MrHopZombie says:

I agree lets in to much light.

Brandon's Mac Tuts says:

In this day and age and with what we know about the skunking, WHY WHY WHY? What is the reason for choosing Clear bottles? Just in case it may be exposed to light, would it not be safer to just put it in a brown bottle? I’ve never understood that. (And ditto for the green bottles).

CoherentInsanity says:

Innis and Gunn has a really rich Irish whiskey stout. It’s no Yeti, but it’s worth trying.

Jamison Moeckel says:

I don’t get it…. why the clear bottle? It can get light struck so fast even indoors. I know its in a box but still.

Bobby Burns says:

Dougal! Innis & Gunn is my favorite brewer. All the other brewers make only one (rarely two) flavors that I like. I&G makes 4 (and I’m still trying others) and EVERY TIME I drink one, it is perfect. This can’t be said of others beers which wary. THANK YOU! SO far, I search for the Rum Aged, Irish Whiskey, Highland and Bourbon Aged. Trying the Vintage tonight.

Mitchell Mulder says:

Now in brown bottles, drink this a lot, I work with Gordon Ramsay, his favorite beer, so I had to have this, but the switch to brown bottles do make a improvement in the overall aroma and taste

BeerGogglesReviews says:

Especially with a 5500watt light. LOL. Blink blink.
In all seriousness though it’s a real shame you got a lightstruck one. I’ve never had a hint myself but then mine ain’t travelling thousands of miles. Hope the next one you try is tip top. I really love these guys beers.
Big thanks for the tech info mate.
Keep up the good work.

HopZine says:

I’m surprised to see Innis and Gunn on BGN, there name is dirt in UK beer blogging. They are not actually a brewery but a marketing company, the beer is brewed at Belhaven (another British brewery who sell more to export than domestic).
The ones I’ve had have been terrible but many UK beertubers seem to like them?

NYRfan4ever says:

Always been skeptical on their beers being that they are in clear bottles. Which Stone BA beer is that there? I got the bourbon barrel old guardian. Cheers!!

scoobtoober29 says:

Take 3 parts BL, one part Navy rum, blend, wood age and voile “Innis and Gunn Barrel aged” I’ve tried to like their beers several times in the past and it seems they need to step it up a bit. Thanks for the vid and confirming my thoughts. Grainy, a bit too sweet, skunky and sometimes awkward flavors.

jesaliga says:

All I was pointing out is that some of your remarks in the comment section do not seem consistent with your review, and I got the impression that you thought less of the beer than your grade indicates. Opinions do change, so I get that. BTW, I think it is completely fair to bring up the clear bottles. Rock on…

BeerGogglesReviews says:

Technical question for you. Your lighting is great. What are you using?

Noel Rojas says:

Just had this one in Vegas, luckily it did not have the skunky smell…simply delicious but brewer with benefit if they change to brown bottles

Mitchell Mulder says:

Now in brown bottles

triballus says:

branding and appearence. It looks better. I guess some breweries believe they can selll more beer this way. Since you can’t really take a sip in the shop you are buying with your eyes. And the avid beer geek who oppose skunky-ness? well his opinion doesn’t carry merit as he is not the main consumer demographic 🙁

DJs BrewTube says:

Why would they put this beer in a clear bottle? What a dumb decision. Especially for an export beer. Thanks for the review.

DELLBOY177 says:

I don’t think Innis beers are traditionally skunky, at least not the ones I’ve tasted. Unless you’ve left them under a UV lamp they should be fine 😛 Unless it’s import for you guys, in which case the bottles may have been left in sub optimal conditions, nice review though.

Logger Lance says:

Innis & Gunn have always been skunky for me in this neck of the woods

MrHopZombie says:

I think I will try this ASAP!!! thank you

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