Thursday, 1 May 2014

Innis & Gunn Rum Finish

Another product from Edinburgh, Scotland's Innis & Gunn, Rum Finish is sold in 330mL bottles and contains a hefty 6.8% alcohol. I happened to have a sixer of Innis & Gunn Original in the fridge, so I decided to review these beauties back-to-back. Rum Finish has a handsome, brownish red colour that is considerably darker than the I & G Original--more of a deep chestnut.  It pours with a thick and creamy off-white head.  According to the bottle, it's "matured over the finest rum-infused American oak hardwood" and it is aged for 57 days.

Rum Finish has a warm aroma with notes of molasses, honey, brown sugar, and raisin. It's a smooth-bodied brew with a rich flavour. There are some characteristics of a dark rum, but presented demurely and subtly. In addition, there are faint notes of dates.

While this stuff is dangerously easy-drinking, given its 6.8%, there is not a lot of hops to mention. I found it to be slightly bolder than the I&G Original, despite the fact that it's aged for 20 fewer days. Like the Original, this beer is slightly sweeter than I'd like.  However, there is an array of really interesting flavour notes.

Rating: 8.0 out of 10.

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