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Leapbeer Review #277 & #278 Spiced Rum Cask & Winter Treacle Porter by Innis and Gunn

Today I’ve got a pair of new limited Innis & Gunn beers for the blog. I was pleased to hear that I&G is doing more seasonal releases. More new nicely crafted beers is good news to the craft loving community. I received one each of their next two bottles, one of the Spiced Rum Finish and one of the Winter Treacle Porter. Both of these beers should be available at discerning private liquor stores. You can find them on their own, and in the case of the Winter Treacle Porter, in a gift box containing two other beers and a branded stemmed glass similar to the one I use for all I&G reviews. I’ve always been a sucker for free glassware or gift packs when I go shopping at liquor stores, and I’ve gone through more than one of these stemmed glasses.

First up for me was the Spiced Rum Finish beer. For the record I am a big fan of rum. I went on a trip a while back to an island that specializes in making it, and ever since then I’ve been in love with the stuff. Like other sweeter liquors it can have a tendency to overly sweeten a drink, unless the sweetness can be off set by an additional ingredient. In this case they use a spiced rum cask imparting a bit of the sweetness of the rum and spice from the additives in it. This is a lovely light brown beer with a light tan head. The carbonation seems to be fairly standard to it with rather large bubbles. There is a lovely spicey scent to this beer, with a nice hit of that boozey smell. I pick up a nice sweet rum character to it as well as a bit of plum or some other kind of dark fruit. This is a relatively high test beer, weighing in at 7.4% ABV. When you drink it that doesn’t really come into play, at first. It starts of very smooth, and then a little earthiness creeps in from the oak, followed by a latent boozey burn. Initially I found it very palatable, but then the carbonation really kicks it up into your palate. This is a nice change of pace from all the seasonals I’d had up to this point (IE Pumpkin Beers) with a very different spice profile. I quite enjoyed it.

Leapbeer #277 is Spiced Rum Cask by Innis & Gunn

Brewery: Innis & Gunn Brewery of Scotland
Released: Unknown
Size/ABV: 330ml Bottle/7.4%
Availability: Private Liquor Stores
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Leapbeer Review #180 Innis & Gunn Canada Day 2012

Again a care package from my friends at Your Brand Integrated Marketing arrived the other day. Thank you Symphony Kwong for providing me with this sample.

While Innis & Gunn has been releasing their special oak aged Canada Day beer for three years now, this is the first version I’ve had a chance to try. This is a very powerful beer, logging in at 7.7% ABV. The past few I&G beers I’ve had were all great. I have high hopes for this one as another of the ‘new to me’ things that leapbeer has been showing me is the joys of barrel aged beers. I recently had easily one of the best so far this year that was a barrel aged product(soon to be posted). Before I get onto more of my thoughts on the product here’s what Innis & Gunn had to say about it.

A word or two about the beer:
Alongside Ale Malt, we added Aromatic Barley Malt which imparts the beer’s rich toffee colour and satisfying maltiness. We used Goldings hops from three farms in East Kent to give the beer a bitterness to balance out the core malt sweetness.
We then slowly oak matured the beer to unlock the delicious flavours of vanilla and toffee locked inside the oak grain. Tasty!
The packaging for this year’s Canada Day beer has been created by Canadian artist Gary Whitley who won this year’s Innis & Gunn art competition.
Being a proud Canadian, Gary was inspired to use the national emblem, the leaf of the Sugar Maple with its distinctive shape and vibrant colour, to add a sense of both drama and fun to his iconic piece.
Gary Whitley has been a professional artist for more than 30 years. His work, which takes inspiration from the great Canadian outdoors, is exhibited across the state of British Columbia and has seen him chosen as a Signature Member of the Society of Canadian Artists. We are proud to showcase his outstanding work in celebration of Canada’s national day.

as per http://www.innisandgunn.com/en/the-range/canada-day-2012.aspx

I pour this beer into my I&G glass, and it has a deep amber colour like that of a rich a maple syrup. This beer smells great. It smells of sweetness, spices, maple and oak. When you taste it the higher alcohol content is very well masked. It is a sweet beer. You get a real big hit of vanilla and maple on it, with a hint of caramel as well. I fear that the sweetness is a bit to omnipresent, almost overpoweringly so. I’m not a huge fan of sweeter beers, and this one isn’t breaking that perception. It isn’t terrible, just not my cup of tea.

Leapbeer #179 Innis & Gunn Canada Day 2012

Thank you to Symphony for the sample, and thank you for reading.

Addendum; For those of you wondering why I numbered this one 180, when the last one was 178, it was because I missed adding Salvator to my master list when I reviewed it in the #150 spot. Then I erroneously reviewed another in the 150 spot. Rather than go back and re number every other beer since then I chose to insert Salvator at 179.

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