bax (1150) - Hasselager, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 21, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle 20/07-2011) Clear amber color, creamy balanced taste. Rather thin ale for cask aging, but they pull it off.
kopher (592) - New York, USA - JUL 19, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
aroma is malt and oak, a bit of burnt sugar and rum and soy sauce.
pours thin-ish brown with small eggshell head.
flavor is mostly sweet vanilla with plenty of rum. flat and smooth. this is good but too sweet. dry.
Palme (3455) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 18, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
0.33l bottle shared with ClubGonzo. Pours a dark cola-like body with some small floaters and a thin fading off-white head. Aroma is nice and sweet with notes of burned caramel, rum, light burned wood. All in all quite a sweet and light burned aroma. Medium-bodied, has a oily to sticky mouthfeeling and it’s soft to average carbonated. Nice burned caramel flavors, more so than in the original. Also some brown sugar, it finishes off with a oaky finish and some light rum-alcohol in the aftertaste. Quite nice this sweet little brew!
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 15, 2011
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Thanks to Chris for this... Clear bright copper, light sticky tan head... Very light aroma, a bit of oak and rum... Rum soaked oak chips, way to sweet
esp0r (2008) - NORWAY - JUL 12, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle enjoyed at home
Deep red/brown, thick tanned head. Beautiful look. Aroma of caramel, grain, hints of oak and alcohol. Taste is quite malty with tons of sweetness, also some sugary taste that could come from the rum casks. Also caramel. Finish has some bitterness but not much. As a overall comment i can see why they do this experiments, but the beer itself is not the most exiting, and some fancy oak barrels can not do more than marginal adjustments to a beer. The fine tuning here doesn’t help it up to the upper classes
MartinT (7956) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 10, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line :
Raisins cooked in honey, laced in brown rum. This is obviously all sweetness, but the effervescence and relatively quiet finish make this dessert brew quite enjoyable, if not linear.
Further Personal Perceptions :
-A slim veil of foam covers the beautiful bronze twilight.
-Hops are a no show here.
-Alcohol hints appear once in a while, but they might come from the rum cask.
-The tiny, forceful bubbles actually work in this case to alleviate the sweetness.
-This might make rum drinkers like beer… But I’m not sure there ever was a reason to do this so…
Bottle. Thx Alex!
bulldogops (1048) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 mL. 7.4%. Pours a dark mahogany, coppery colour with a tan foam that bubbles away slowly. Aroma is roasted malts, oak, rum, and toffee. Taste is quite smooth, lightly hopped and rich in roast malt flavour. Finish is quite sweet, honey, toffee, and that oaky tinge as you swallow. Delicious.
AWS9 (489) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 30, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark ruby colour. Sweet malty aroma. Solid malt character, with caramel sweetness and mild booziness (rum?). Hides the extra alcohol fairly well. Nice one.
davey101 (693) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 28, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Grabbed this because it was on discount. 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip glass. I’m not a fan of scotch ales, but I do love rum and barrel aged beers so I figured I’d give it a try. A - Pours a dark red/purple color. Looks almost black until its head up to the light. An aggressive pour yielded a good size head which lasted only a minute or so. Decent lacing/retention. S - Sweet malt, vanilla, and oak. There is slight hints of rum, but overall I just smell standard oak. T - Vanilla, oak, and malts blend together to form a somewhat one dimensional taste profile. The aftertaste is buttery and smooth, the high abv is hidden really well. Not a ton of flavor, but it is pleasant. O - I did somewhat enjoy this beer. It wasn’t anything spectacular, but it had some nice flavors and I found it fairly easy drinking despite the big alcohol content. I was excited to see a rum aged beer, but I think I’d pass if I came across some more.
HeistAlmighty (1133) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUN 22, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle. Beautiful mahogany colour. Strong unique complex taste. With the rum/caramel, wood, spice and a little bit of smoke maybe there was a lot going on here. Very low carbonation.