thb (676) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 11, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Why the glass bottles?? sigh. This is actually quite enjoyable. Pouts totally clear mahogany. Some head, but it doesnít last too long. Aromas - like a lot of their beers its got a sweet caramel/butterscotch front to it. This one seems especially syrupy although that could be an artifact of the rum cask. The rum really adds an exotic twist to it - maybe even something like coconut in there? I could be imagining it. Itís a bit like a belgian dubbel in some ways. Itís not often I say this but I would really prefer this more carbonated - as it is its a bit sticky and heavy.
jw0406 (757) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle pours a brown, amber color with a small white head that goes away quickly. Aroma of vanilla, rum Medium body with flavors of malt, molasses and the rum comes in at the end. An interesting beer
rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - MAR 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Presentation: It was poured from a clear 11.2oz bottle into a pint glass. The bottle has the abv listed at 7.4% and the back label has a short description.
Appearance: The body has a beautiful deep reddish amber color with good clarity. On top of this beer there is a small creamy off white head. This small covering soon fades to a thin ring of slick lacing.
Smell: There is a delicate sweet grain and bready base with mellow vanilla, woody oak, and caramel.
Taste: On a light thin palate in get nice light bready and sweet grain character. Inside of it are delicate hints of the caramel and oak with notes of vanilla and spicy sweet rum. On the back end there is a light kiss of herbal hop bitterness. It is smooth lightly carbonated and watery on the tongue.
Notes: I love the flavor and balance of all its very subtle complexity but it just lacks depth.
thornecb (4354) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 3, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep, dark, ruby-tinged mahogany into a snifter. White head with little retention recedes to hug rim leaving scant spots. Sour molasses aromas. Sweet caramel and molasses upfront turning to slight rum and oak in the medium length finish.
DruncanVeasey (7134) - NUNEATON, Top 13, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Dobbies (where the f**kís my presentation box??). Pours clear ruby under a slim tan lid. Naughty, buttery shortbead dipped in Bourbon and coke aroma. Flavour-wise, nothing really happening but oak; waffles and cream, custard, coke spiciness..more bourbon than rum to me but then Iíve never tasted rum that tastes of anything but...pain. No alcohol discernible. Works well chilled- straight out of the fridge, clear glass and all. Itchy carbonation ill-suited to the flavours on show. Something of an alcobeer, but drenched with attractive oak flavours. Definite guilty pleasure.
unclemattie (4158) - Georgia, USA - MAR 2, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Definitly worth trying. Clear, 330ml bottle. Cola colored, with a thin almond colored head. Aroma of hickory wood coared with a splash of rum. Kinda boozy, some butterrum candy, vanilla, coconut, and wood all in the nose. First sip leaves the impression of bread soaked in rum then dissolved in water. Flavor has a lot of caramel, lots of wood, Very watery texture, thin, with zero carbonation on the tongue. With that, Iím not sure how the head of foam lasts til the end. A mesmerizing journey. Nose is more impressive than the taste. Not outstanding over some of the greats. Definitly worth trying.
FatTony (175) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - MAR 2, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 ounce bottle- pours out a really beautiful auburn color with a thin white head, very attractive in a pub glass. Aroma was sweet, a quirky mix of wood and candied berries. Tastes of apples and brown sugar, very enjoyable. Mouth filling and smooth. A very nice brew with a wonderful potential, Iíll be looking for this one again.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml Bottle: Aroma of malt, vanilla, slight wood, and slight rum. Poured deep amber in color with a small, tan head that diminished but lasted throughout as a film on top of the beer as well as around the edges. Clear. Sparkling. Flavor is light to medium sweet. Tastes of malt, light vanilla, slight wood, caramel, and sugar. Light to medium body. Thin, then slightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Medium sweet, malt, sugar, slight wood finish.
peroskar (1) - SWEDEN - MAR 1, 2011 does not count
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The rum taste really comes through, good or bad? I canít tell. Along with the high alcohol content I got the feeling of having mixed rum and beer. But it works, its pretty smooth, sweet and tasty.
MrChopin (3258) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 27, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Transparent gold amber, puffy white head, large bubbled. Caramel, bit of dry spiced oak, peppery, bit of diacetyl. Velvety body, thin with low carbonation. Flavor of tea, wood, light caramel and chocolate, bit of smoke ash-tray and more butter. Diacetyl actually plays well with the spiced quality, probably the only one at the tasting that enjoyed it a bit.