Beer 56 of winter – Scottish Import

Innis & Gunn Rum

Brewer: Innis & Gunn       Craft: Rum Aged       ABV: 6.8%

Some of my fellow teachers and I who all enjoy craft beer, well, we decided to do a beer exchange.  What that means is this: we all put in money and offered either specific suggestions or general ideas.  And once the votes were tabulated, a couple of us went and bought 12 cases to split between us.  So two of each beer seems like a good way to try something you might not normally try.  Plus, we went to a local watering hole and had a few after we exchanged.  So it was like a win-win.

The Innis & Gunn is one of the crafts that was chosen for the exchange.  I’ve had it before, but it is one of those beers I’d have over and over again.  It is a Scottish ale, which means it is malty, sweet, and hearty.  But I&G never just leave it at that.  They always age their beers in something or on something.  This craft is aged on rum oak chips.  I’m guessing that means they took some old rum barrels and chopped them up and put them in the oak barrels with the ale.  What a great idea!  The rum is definitely palatable and adds a boozy, sweetness and smoothness to the beer.  And maybe even a little spice as well.

If you haven’t heard of Innis & Gunn before, find yourself a four pack and buy it.  Every craft I’ve had of theirs so far has been a quality drinking experience.  And if you haven’t done a beer exchange before, find yourself 5 or 11 friends and set that up.  It’s a great way to try new beers and frankly it’s just a good idea.  Cheers!

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