01 October, 2010
Innis and Gunn, Rum Cask
Myself and Eoin decided on the Rum Cask as our Thursday beer. It's been selling like Jif Lemon on Shrove Tuesday. We wanted to know what the beer frenzy was all about...
This looks like a glass of Coca-Cola after the ice has melted with a thin cream head.
Initially I was a little disappointed with the nose, I think I expected a full aged rum nose. I get charred wood with demerara sugar, there's a little bit of fruit evident but it's not prominent.
The palate however is a whole different beer. It tastes like 'Old Seadog' dark rum, it's balanced with some orange flavours, smokiness and some soft vanilla but the finish is really unusual it leaves a hot feeling, almost like the spiciness that you get from eating unsweetened natural black liquorice.
In some ways it's quite similar to Celebration Ale by Porterhouse but a little lighter in style. I'd try it with a winter stew or some smoked cheese.
Available in Whiskey finish, Rum finish and I.P.A