Innis & Gunn - Blood Red Sky
Rum Barrel Red Beer from Scotland 🏴
Brewed by Innis & Gunn
A bit about the beer
Ingredients - Water, Hops: Super Styrian, Malt: I&G Ale malt, Roasted Barley, Chocolate Malt
Innis & Gunn is based in Edinburgh, Scotland and was founded by Dougal Gunn Sharp in 2003. Today their beers are exported to over 35 countries worldwide and they are the no.1 "craft" lager in Scotland
In 2017 they sold a total of 2.5 million cases of beer worldwide. The Innis & Gunn Brewery in Perth is the home for innovation and barrel-ageing.
The brand has won numerous awards, including gold at the 2017 Monde Selection Scottish Brewery of the Year, gold at the 2017 New York International Beer Awards and gold in the 2018 Scottish Beer Awards.
It was also an official corporate sponsor of the Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2018.
The official description for Blood Red Sky is that it "sets a scene. Warm Caribbean sand, flickering candles, cold beer and anticipation of the night to come. From this place came the inspiration for this brew. Jamaican rum barrels meet Scottish red beer in an explosion of cool, spicy rum notes, vanilla and rich fruit".
The beer is brewed using a unique barrel into beer method, turning the traditional method of beer into barrel process on its head without compromising any of the wonderful flavours and aromas from the barrel.
For me, it poured a beautiful rich dark red colour with a long lasting white head. Aromas of dried fruits (raisins and plums), spiced rum and hints of chocolate comes through. Tastes of vanilla, dark fruits, caramel and spices are very present and enriched with the subtle notes coming from the barrel aging and rum finish. It has a mostly dry finish and bitterness that lingers.
Amazing character in this beer, the barrel aging just adds so much flavour and complexity to it. Every sip is an experience and you just wish the beer would never end.