hlkanga (204) - - MAY 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml bottle. Pours ruby colour with minimal creamy head that disappears quickly. Very pleasant aroma of rum, dark fruits, spices and some burnt sugar. Taste of vanilla, malt, sugarcane and raisins. Full bodied, lively carbonation. Vanilla finish with a hint of green tea. A fantastic beer with plenty of character.
jaghana (5376) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - MAY 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 33cl bought at Edinburgh, a clear amber beer with medium head. Aroma is very nice on vanilla and wood notes, caramel and sweet toffe with floral notes,very pleasant.
Pyobon (1268) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle) Clear deep red brown with pale tan head. Lovely aroma with vanilla, dried fruits. Medium to full bodied with nice bright carbonation. Rich and complex flavour. Sweet toffee and vanilla with raisins and rum appearing in the finish. Excellent.
BlackHaddock (6067) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I like beer and I like rum: hope this 57 days of barrel maturing suits me. Clear 330ml bottle, best before Nov 2012: poured into a thistle shaped ’Gordon Finest Gold’ glass in May 2012.
Looks a picture in the glass: lovely deep amber body almost teak in colour, on top (at first) a well formed head of off-white bubbles. Sadly they faded to a wisp and collar far to swiftly for me. If the head had stayed the score would be a lot better.
Toffee more than rum in the nose, vanilla more than oak or wood: certainly different.
The taste was also toffee molasses to me, caramel next and then rum hints.
The aftertaste does have rum type esters in the mix and the beer gets more ’rummy’ in all aspects as it warms in the glass. Not sure where the alcohol goes (can’t seem to find it) because this isn’t a heavy tasting brew, more a well balanced ’semi-quirky’ flavoured beer that deserves respect.
The beer grew on me as the tasting progressed.
Earlier Rating: 4/25/2012 Total Score: 3.7
Jan 2010: I wrote the following. This should be one of the last reviews of this beer: 84,000 bottles produced with a best before date of December 2009. This one is therefore almost two months passed its life.
Packaged in a neat black box, just like everybody else’s and again no number on the box or bottle, so just one of 84,000 then.
Poured into a Gordon’s Thistle shaped glass: The beer is a lovelly deep reddy brown, on top sat a cream coloured head.
Rum is in the aroma, not sure what else was in the smell, the rum esters weren’t heavy, but they didn’t allow anything else to appear.
The taste is a rich rum and malt mix which I enjoyed (I like rum and always have at least four different types open in my spirits cabinate). This isn’t subtule, it isn’t for non-rum fans, this is almost a rum and beer cocktail, but without a straw.
An interesting beer, not for everyone, but certainly different and worth having the once, if only to say you’ve tried it.
Furseth (2080) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - MAY 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Clear red /cobbery colur, nice creamy head. Aroma; Woody, gras! , sweet maltynes, caramelly, sugar, and some dry fruits. Flavor had a woody,vanilla, alcy mouth feeling, some dry fruits like raisins was there too. Medium body, and a nice medium vanilla fruity finish. Nice!
Earlier Rating: 3/20/2011 Total Score: 3.5
Bottle: nr:57: Clear red colour, creamy head. Aroma: had caramell,citric, Woody and bit vanilla. Flavor is Woody,vanilla,caramelly, sweet mouth feeling, medium body, medium vanilla finish.
DnAuK (112) - South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 13, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very dark and potent version of the classic oak aged beer. Can definitely taste the rum and molasses in amongst the smooth vanilla and toffee notes. But somehow not quite as good as the original.
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rumproasts (4828) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
miraculously unskunked despite clear bottle. brown with small head. rummier with less vanilla than regular oak aged. the rum seems to hide a lot of what makes the original so tasty.
mikkellund42 (746) - DENMARK - MAY 11, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours clear dark reddish brown with small non-lasting white head. Aroma is melon, peach, banana, vanilla, caramel, malt, dough and mild cheese. Hints of coffee. Taste is medium bitter and light sweet. Body is oily with lively carbonation. Finish is long, bitter and sweet, with notes of caramel, licorice, coffee, cream and brown sugar. Refreshing yet complex beer.
ziggydenmark (1) - Ebeltoft, DENMARK - MAY 11, 2012 does not count
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice beer with woody aftertaste. I miss a bit more taste of malt, but the warmth of alkohol in the end is just perfect.
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - MAY 9, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a clear and dark copper beer with an offwhite head. The aroma is malt, caramel, rum and notes of alcohol. The flavor follows the nose. The palate is sweetness and a low level of carbonation. Overall an average beer.