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RATINGS: 222   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
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Rum barrels are a new one for me. Iíve never tasted a beer that was aged in rum barrels before I tasted the same beer you have in your hands. And let me tell you, it was no easy task tracking down freshly emptied rum barrels and getting them up to the brewery. But I think you will agree it was worth the extra effort. To create this beer we took our Smoked Porter and let it slowly age in barrels that once held 12 year old Virgin Island rum. Straight form the Captainís cellar to yours, we hope you enjoy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2007
After driving way out of the way I got these badboys straight from the brewery. Dark black pour with a red hue to it, and a medium sized almond head. The aroma is wow whoíd a thought, rum!, dark berries, and chcolate, but damn is it weird smelling rum in a beer. Flavor has a lot of rum with wood and oak from the barrel, dark berries, a touch of chocolate and caramel. It really stays with the rum with a good amount of sweetness and dark fruit notes with the roasted notes in the aftertaste. So the final is itís rum and sweetness with a roasted aftertaste. The mouthfeel is thin with lots of bubbly carbonation. The rum really makes this a sipper for me and itís good but I couldnít drink this too often. It really is a rum aged beer, my first and what a great experiment. And for otherís I think this needs to sit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adrian910ss (2356) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2007
750 ml bottle. Pours a dark murky brown color with a medium beige head. Aroma of rum, bitter chocolate, and smoky malts. Taste is bitter with hints of smoke, rum and chocolate. Not bad, but more alcohol would make this better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (5335) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2007 Poured a deep, dark, brown / red color with a small, tight, creamy light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malts, rum, molasses, light smoke, with caramel, and a bit of vanilla as well. Taste of sweet, dark chocolate, bitter roast, dark fruits, toffee, vanilla, smoke, and a sweet, sugarcane, rummy, alcohol in the finish. Creamy mouthfeel. Certainly different, iím not sure rum works, itís just to sweet to work with this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - AUG 24, 2007
Bottle thanks to Hophead75 at Mullmanís gathering. Dark brown color with a small tan head. Sweet malty aroma with some dark fruits, brown sugar and a bit of char. I finally picked up the rum in the flavor, along with some smoke, dark roasted malts, oak and raisins. Very light carbonation gives the beer a creamy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - AUG 20, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2007 bottle, shared at Mullmanís tasting. Very dark brown in color with just about no head at all on it. Aroma: Chocolate, roast, light notes of caramel and smoke, and some rum in the background. Taste is lightly oxidized malts- roast, chocolate, with a nice caramel backbone- light notes of some rum and oak. Body is medium, finishes lightly roasty and smoky. I enjoyed this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - AUG 20, 2007
Bottle. Deep copper brown in color with no head. Light rum and caramel aroma. Malty and smoky flavor. Light rum notes. The rum flavor is very light here. Finish is smoky. Medium bodied. Tastes mostly of CL smoked porter. Drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
puzzl (3251) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 19, 2007
Bottle. Very little head on the pour, which is in tune with the palate: mostly uncarbonated. Certainly there is a touch of life there, and this comes across differently than other uncarbonated beers, but itís pretty dead. I think it works well for the beer, though. Nose is light roast, vegetal, a touch of dark rum. Flavor is interesting, unique, a bit of old porter combined with light rum and gentle roast. Very balanced (although no hops are to be found) and very drinkable. No alcohol heat in the finish, although I could swear this is more than 6.5%. Itís an interesting beer in that I canít decide whether I love it or itís just OK... more so than any other Iíve had. The flavor is very unique, and the rum is potent but at once subtle. I predict this will have an extremely high standard deviation, but towards the end of my 2nd sample and nearly 1 liter of this beer, Iíll have to go with a favorable response.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - AUG 19, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2009 Bottle. Th e new bottled version has a LOT less rum and alcohol burn than the draft version. In fact the blend may be a bit lacking in the rum department. Good thing Capt Lawrence Smoked Porter is good because thatís what this tastes like.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2387) - California, USA - JUL 29, 2007
Bleh. Unfortunately I have to agree with the other ratings. Black pour, some lacing and retention. Aroma is HUGE rum barrel. Some minor porter notes, chocolate and caramel is there if you search. Couldnít find any smoke notes. Beer is fairly light bodied but is COMPLETELY dominated by the barrel. If this was an imperial stout it mighta worked. It came off as boozy even though it wasnít. The barrel really stripped away a lot of flavors. Overkill!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
notalush (4852) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 25, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2007 Re-rate - bottled release - thank God Scott tweaked this one for the bottle release - the beer still seems to have lost a lot of its carbontion, but that makes for a slicker mouthfeel, that actually works well for the beer - rum is still fairly apparent in the aroma, as are the woody notes from the barrel, but itís far from overkill like the cask was - kind of tannic up front, with some hints of oxidation and char/burnt qualities - a bit of chocolate sweetness comes to the fore, but is quickly subdued by an oaky, dry quality, after which the rum makes its presence known - a lot of the original beer is still washed out by the barrel, but the flavors that take their place are much more well-integrated/balanced - still a bit boozy in the finish - perhaps rum barrels are not meant for aging beer, or at least not beers such as porters - [original rating, 2.2]Cask at Barcade - excuse me, barkeep! - Iíd like a Rum and Porter please - how do you make it? - why you simply mix three fifths rum and 2 fifths porter and swish it around a bit with a popsicle stick or tongue depressor - sure it tastes awful, but it gets the job done! - (I guess what Iím getting at here is that this beer really did taste like someone spilled some beer into a vat of rum and decided to serve it to the public - the rum overpowers to the point that you forget youíre supposed to be drinking a beer - the strange thing is, the beer wasnít really heavy, overly sweet, or boozy in the traditional sense - it just burned and tasted like cheap rum with a slight bit of chocolate and smoke way in the background - a HUGE let down, especially after the quality of the wine barrel version - I love that this brewer is doing new and creative things, but this was a complete failure.)

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