Rum Cask – Innis & Gunn (Edinburgh, Scotland)


TL:DR – “tiresome I&G sweetness after 1 glass, toffee barley malt with a touch of oak. Average.”


Rum Cask (beer aged in rum barrels) – Innis & Gunn, 7.4% ABV, 1 pt 9.4 fl.oz., (Edinburgh, Scotland)


on the back label:

“Since discovering the secrets and joys of maturing beer in oak barrels we have been on a journey of further discovery, which has lead 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.”


  • Style: (rum barrel aged) English Strong Ale
  • Taste: cloying sweet toffee grainy-ricey barley malt
  • Where I got it : 16th St. Liquor / W. Vancouver
  • How much: $8 CAD (after 10% off) – 1 pt. 9.4 fl.oz., August 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Recommended: no
  • What made an impression: dat I&G sweetness (excessive)

Visual: (cellared for 6 years). Pours translucent root beer brown with a smallish fine ringed retention, lots of steady micro fine streams.

Nose: caramelized barley malt (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: crisp, incoming heavy sweetness

Mid-palate: brown sugar barley malt, soda-like cloying (lvl-7-sweetness), grainy-ricey rum, oaked caramel

Finish: molasses exhale, dry alcoholic

Summary: That trademark I&G sweetness shows up again in this one, overshadowing the subtle oak infusion in the toffee barley malt. Two-note at best, there’s not much this beer offers past one glass. Just average. Slightly higher ABV than their “Rum Aged” variation.

Innis & Gunn Rum Finish – 6.8% ABV (Scotland)

Innis & Gunn Rum Finish – matured for 57 days, 6.8% ABV, 33 cl., (Edinburgh, Scotland)


on the back label:

“This ruby red beer is matured over the finest rum-infused American Oak heartwood resulting in a beer with delicious warming character that is bursting with fruit and lively spiciness. These vibrant flavours perfectly balance the beer’s toffee-malt backbone making it an ideal accompaniment to game meats like venison or duck. It is sublime with mature cheeses served with good chutneys and relishes.”

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  • Style: (barrel-aged – American Oak Rum cask) English Strong Ale
  • Taste: Dense overly sweet toffee’d barley malt brown sugar-molasses
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $16 CAD – 4 x 330 ml., November 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: fabulous

Visual: Pours clear mahogany brown without a significant lasting head, ringed retention with a small island, countable singular sporadic streams.

Nose: sugary thick toffee’d liquid barley malt (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: crisp, incoming densely sweet malts

Mid-palate: heavy (lvl-7-sweetness), brown sugar-molasses, toffee’d liquid malted barley

Finish: residual malted sugars

Summary: I usually enjoy I&G brews but this one tasted awfully plain, short, and uninspiring. The toffee profile just becomes overly heavy with the addition of the rum barrel.

Obsidian Imperial Porter Rum Barrel – Cameron’s Brewing Co. (Oakville, Ontario, Canada)

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  • My Rating: B+

Obsidian Imperial Porter Rum Barrel – Cameron’s Brewing Co, 9.2% ABV – 650ml., (Oakville, Ontario, Canada)

on the front left-side label:

“Dark & intriguing as the midnight sky. Cameron’s Obsidian Imperial Porter is loaded with magnificent and robust flavour. Aged for seven months in Caribbean rum barrels, roasted malt and chocolate character abound in this velvety nectarous ale.”

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-Question: “What’s the difference between a stout and a porter?

Here’s a good article: http://www.beerconnoisseur.com/porter-versus-stout

TLDR: “The answer to the question: “What’s the difference between a stout and a porter” is that originally a stout was simply a strong version of porter: today the difference is whatever you want it to be.”

  • Style: (Rum) Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
  • Taste: Sweet dark chocolate deep roast malt rum woody bitter hops
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor Store
  • How much: $17 (5% off) – 650ml, March 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Pours jet black with just a shade of brown at the base of the glass, a good-sized very foamy lasting head, very sticky clumps of lacing, a good layer of retention, lots of fast and slow streams all the way from the base of the glass. Beautiful visually.

Nose: chocolate, thick sweet malts, molasses/brown sugar, a hint of woody roast. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: immediate thick malts, creamy-fizzy, oily-medium thick-silky mouthfeel

Mid-palate: (MAIN) rum caramel sweetness (lvl-7) + alcohol detection, deep dark chocolate, roasted coffee, burnt wood, licorice, molasses

Finish: biting bitter hops mixed with lingering burnt malt exhale

Summary: Superb depth, body, mouthfeel, and balance. A bit heavy on the palate but expected from the 9.2%. One of the better Imp stout/porters I’ve had recently.