jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The beer pours dark black with a very da rk tan head. The head rises a couple fingers, is very creamy and has great retention and lacing.
The aroma is super sweet some vanilla that is mixed with roasted coffee.
The taste is also really matly but in a good way, its not to sweet but just a very sweet ris. The middle and end brings about some light coffee and a great vanilla finish.
This beer is very creamy and warm with a great lasting taste.
Overall, this is a very good well balanced stout.
Theis (12530) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 23, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle (Thanks to Doodler) at home - shared with Mette. Pitch black - brown head. Burned, coconut, rum, sweetness, tartness, nice fruity, chocolate, coffee, vineous, medium wooden, light smokey, carcoal, licorice, burned, raisins, dried fruits, dades, light burned ryebread, light malty or wooden sourness and light acid notes, that gives it some freshness and light mouthfeeling. Very nice - high drinkability.
Thorpe429 (4968) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reviewed from notes taken after a noninfected bottle right around release--so maybe there hadnít been time.
Pours black with a thin, lastig mocha head. Nose brigs dark rum, spice, toasted malt, chocate, and a bit of coffee. Taste brings a bit of booze with those characteristics and isnít as complex as I would have hoped from the nose. Feel is nice and he rum flavors work a bit better to hide the alcohol. Drinks quite well and i am glad that I cracked my bottle early.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-12-2010
GatheringBrews (45) - Derby, Vermont, USA - JAN 19, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep, rich brown. Not a ton of head, but with some aggressive pouring, a decent half finger head is there that releases to a thin layer and nice lacing.
Aroma is definitely rum barrel, dark malts, dark sugars and subtle sweetness.
Tastes excellent. Slightly sweet and malty with great characters of the barrel... touch of smoke, rum, molasses.
Finishes without any real aftertaste, just a bit of sweetness.
Overall, excellent beer and no issues.
onceblind (3575) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 3, 2011
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aged about 10 days short of 1 year (according to bottle date). Heavy black pour with a pillowy light brown head. Amazing aroma. Initially hits with sweet molasses, but quicky gets backed up with candied oatmeal and a bit of milk chocolate. Taste is very much the same. Licorace, oatmeal, mild chocolate, a bit more oatmeal, more than a bit of booze, and a touch of wood. Itís interesting, but the aftertaste is too boozy sweet. Texture is very full, almost chewy. Too expensive for a ho-hum beer, too. Just too boozy and sweet, I suppose.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep dark chocolate brown/eggplant color that is almost pitch black and completely opaque. Even when held to a light source there is no semblance of lighter color. Thin coffee colored head that very quickly fades into a minimal ring.
Complex aroma with lots of roasty malt notes balanced by the earthy oak tones and sweet rum/liquor presence. Hints of chocolate malt, toffee, molasses, oatmeal, roasted coffee bean, licorice and toast. Iím really surprised how the stout element of the base beer have held up in the nose. Slightly vinous with subtle oak and vanilla notes. Hopefully the flavor holds up t the aroma and is not a complete rum bomb.
I have heard that this beer might be infected but I guess got lucky because Iím not picking that up at all. Maybe some slight oxidation but nothing too noticeable. Much to my pleasant surprise the balance noticed in the aroma comes through in the flavor. Complex and well balanced with the rum barrel aging complimenting the oatmeal stout flavor rather than completely overpowering it. Plenty of roasty malt notes with hints of chocolate, oatmeal, toffee, nut and licorice. Only slight tannis but still vinous with hints of grape and other dark berries. Also, there is a nice sweet rum presence as well as some slight vanilla. Slightly dry finish with some nice alcohol warmth.
I was very excited about this beer because it was complex, well balanced and most of all not infected.
dagimp (674) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a 12oz into a pint glass. Pours a dark oily brown with little head and little lacing. Aroma of coconut and Rum. Mouthfeel is moderate for an imperial stout. Not much carbonation at all. Some tangyness to the taste, but mainly roast and coffee. Rum isnít all that present in the taste but itís there a little bit. Definite sourness there as well. An ok beer but not worth the exorbitant price!
Ungstrup (28234) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 9, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. A black beer with a lazing dark brown head. The aroma has notes of wood, alcohol, prunes, over ripe fruits, and rhum. The flavor is sweet with notes of wood, alcohol, and rhum, leading to a slightly tart finish.
kwoeltje (2207) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - DEC 8, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
(bottle) deep black with dark tan head. Aroma of oak. Taste is oak. Also hints of oak and oak. Some oak in the finish.
scoth (464) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from January. Pours dark and inky, completely black in the glass, with a thin tan head, very fine clinging lacing. Aromas of sugar cane, fig, grass, vanilla, toffee, and bread, rich and deep. Full body, fizzy and smooth, lightly dry. Lingering medium sweet flavor, medium-strong bitter finish, creating a surprisingly complex interplay. Some alcohol hotness and rum notes in the finish.