Innis & Gunn Rum Cask, Innis & Gunn Brewing Co., Edinburgh, Scotland
$11.99/four-pack at metro beverage stores.
Profile: Scotland’s Innis & Gunn is well known for its distinctive oak-aged beer. The brewery’s newest limited-edition offering is first matured for 60 days in American white oak barrels, then finished for an additional 47 days in oak barrels that once contained navy rum. The result is a lovely red ale with a profusion of complex aromas and flavors that range from woody, spicy and fruity to notes of coconut and toffee, with a lingering sweetness in the finish.
Pair with: Sweet toffee and rum flavors make Innis & Gunn Rum Cask a natural complement for the likes of creme brulee, creme caramel or rum cake. Spice and oak suggest an interesting match for rum-glazed barbecued baby back ribs. Or try it with coconut or rum-glazed shrimp.
Bob Townsend is editor of Southern Brew News, a bimonthly beer publication distributed throughout the Southeast: www.brewingnews.com/southernbrew