Blood Red Sky Rum Barrel Red Beer


Review Date 11/18/2019  By John Staradumsky

Here’s a beer I picked up at the end of August at my local growler shop: Innis & Gunn Blood Red Sky Rum Barrel Red Beer. Innis and Gunn has been expanding their offerings of late (at least in my perception), and just to stay grounded I picked up a bottle of the original beer from this brewery, aptly named Innis & Gunn Original.

So what is Innis & Gunn Blood Red Sky all about? It sounds like the perfect beer for Halloween, and while late August is a bit early to be thinking about that holiday, it’s important to note the shelves are already full of Octoberfest and pumpkin beers.

Innis & Gunn says:

Blood Red Sky 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.

We brew Blood Red Sky using our unique barrel into beer method, turning the traditional beer into barrel process on its head without losing any of the wonderful flavours and aromas from the barrel.

Ingredients, from their website:

MALT: I&G Ale malt, Roasted Barley, Chocolate Malt

HOPS: Super Styrian

Innis & Gunn Blood Red Sky Rum Barrel Red Beer has an alcohol content of 6.8% by volume and I paid $7.99 for a 22.3 ounce bottle.

Innis & Gunn Blood Red Sky Rum Barrel Red Beer pours to a, well, blood red color with a thick creamy head and a nose of light rum and stewed malts. Taking a sip, the beer is smooth malty, with red ale notes of chocolate and berries. I get woody notes and subtle hints of spicy tropical rum. The beer finishes grassy herbal hoppy.

The rum is subtle here, and I might like more of it, but I am enjoying this, especially the subtly smoky notes.


And remember, try a new beer today, and drink outside the box.

*Pricing data accurate at time of review or latest update. For reference only, based on actual price paid by reviewer.