radio_nowhere (1031) - Maryland, USA - JAN 17, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber into snifter glass, clear deep ruby red color with light tan head. Aroma of caramel malt, ginger and some spiced rum. Taste adds gingersnap cookies (really), some vanilla, bready, dried fruit, light earthy hops and some booze. Heavy body, low carbonation, sweet, creamy with dry slight-tannic finish. This really is a good Christmas beer, liquid ginger snaps and rum.
Beerdedone (2877) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours dark red with a medium tan head. Aroma of ginger, caramel, vanilla and rum. Flavor of caramel, ginger, rum, vanilla, dark fruit and holiday spices. Creamy texture, medium carbonation, dry finish.
jabersquawk (10) - Portland, Maine, USA - JAN 26, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wonderful warming beer. Nicely balanced with the rum barrel aging and ginger.
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lownote (211) - USA - DEC 27, 2014
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours an extremely hazy brown with a nice white lacy head. Aroma is sweet and a little spicy: heavy malts and spices: like cardamon maybe? Taste has a spicy bite up front and a great malt back end. Moderately thick with a fair bit of carbonation.
fattybladdy (628) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - SEP 21, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft, pours a dark brownish red. Dark fruit aroma. Taste of dark fruit, ginger, sweet caramel, light vanilla.
AmericanSpirits (8) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 18, 2014 does not count
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice color, quick dissipating lacing with spotting. Delicious brew, definately like a dark and stormy beer. Ginger is overpowering, but the subtle aromas of tropical fruits and oak is present, and delicious. Really enjoying this line up, but much prefer the previous years bourbon imperial stout.
ads135 (3302) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - MAY 30, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A bit too complex. Seems to have every dark fruit and spice under the sun. Tons of ginger and cinnamon, some molasses and pine hops.
nittanyjim (66) - - MAR 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium Copper, thin tan head. Liquor and caramel nose. The label says rum barrels, but I taste whiskey. Sweet malt undertones, with a slight bitter hop finish. Very smooth and creamy. Nice winter beer.
obguthr (4390) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAR 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft@ Roanoke VA Rare Beer Festival 2014: Caramel and ginger nose. Clear rust, medium tan head. Ginger is dominant, caramel base. Alcohol noticeable but pleasant, medium body. Little rum character save for the presence of alcohol. Impressive.
Slipstream (2169) - USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cool Santa Claus label. This is a red ale aged in rum barrels. There is a little rum in the mild aroma. It tastes smooth and sweet, with pleasant rum tones and light, spicy notes. The ABV is hidden remarkably well, and hops are barely present. Another nice one from Heavy Seas/Clipper City.
superspak (3170) - Michigan, USA - FEB 10, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, 2013 vintage. Pours slightly hazy dark ruby red color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, molasses, brown bread, raisin, plum, fig, ginger, rum, oak, clove, vanilla, and herbal earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, ginger, and oak barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, toast, toffee, molasses, brown bread, raisin, plum, fig, ginger, vanilla, rum, oak, clove, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, molasses, brown bread, raisin, plum, fig, ginger, vanilla, oak, clove, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, ginger, and rum barrel flavors; with an awesome malt/barrel balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent barrel aged spiced imperial red ale. All around great balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, ginger, and rum barrel flavors; and extremely smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.