TATE (394) - Lubec, Maine, USA - JAN 16, 2012
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottle. Aroma is sweet like candy. This follows through in the flavor that is sweet and the aftertaste of rum. Apparently, I like my beer to be rum free and would pass on this one next time.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - JAN 14, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a deep reddish brown, somewhere between rust and garnet, with fleeting khaki head. The aroma is caramel, toffee, cola, a hint of oak/vanillin, some molasses and rum. The flavor is very caramelly with some wood and molasses notes. The finish is a bit spicy. Not as complex as I was hoping. Ok, though.
bu11zeye (12405) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 14, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(11.2oz bottle) Pours a clear amber body with a medium beige head. Aroma of caramel, oak, rum, vanilla, golden raisins, and cinnamon. Flavor of honey, oak, caramel, and toffee.
puboflyons (2783) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From the 25 ouncer. It pours a darker amber with loads of off-white, creamy head and upwardly bound carbonation bubbles moving nice and slow. The short deScription of the aroma is clean. But in more detail there is a mellow caramel sweetness, brown sugar, and a tick of hard liquor (rum). The body is medium to bold. The taste is incredibly sweet for a clear bottle of beer aged in rum barrels. I am always concerned about clear bottles but nothing offensive here. There is a vaguely boozy finish but all in all it is sweet and malty.
keanex (1655) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From an 11.2 ounce bottle with no freshness date. Poured into a Sam Smithís pint glass.
A: Clear brown with minimal carbonation activity, very little tan head that quickly dissipates.
S: Really oaky with hints of rum and brown nuts, very slight dark fruits. It smells good but Iím not too keen on it.
T: Tastes lot like a brown ale with nuts making the flavor with oak flavors through out. Slight spices and a slight rum flavor. The oak flavor is subtle but takes the palate overall leaves a cigar type taste when all is said and done.
M: Medium bodied, with light carbonation.
O: Thereís a lot going on here, itís worth a shot if you find a single of it. I wouldnít buy a 4 pack, but itís good enough to buy once.
edgallow (3190) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 11, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2012 12 oz bottle pours amber with a white head. Aroma of sweet malt and a hint of rum. Taste was of malt and a subtle sweetness.
Cybercat (4432) - Georgia, USA - JAN 9, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong aroma is rather sweet and has a definite overtone of rum-soaked wood, as well as caramel and malty notes. It pours a beautiful clear mahogany with a fairly thick and fluffy pale tan head. Sublime flavor has tones of rum, caramel, malt and wood, and is rather sweet but not cloying. Full-bodied, syrupy texture has just a little fizz, though. A truly satisfying beer to be sipped and savored.
gwpom (297) - Akron, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ok, this one didnít come in the box... in fact, was a B1G1 at Consumers, but hey, Iím always looking for a bargain, so I grabbed 4 bottles, knowing it was a deal. I was just a tad bit disappointed with the first bottle. The flavor was nice, the pour was dark... I just, I donít know... expected more. Maybe Iíve been drinking too many heavier Belgians... this just seemed kind of lacking. But I really think thatís just where my palate is right now and not the quality of the beer. I look forward to enjoying the rest of my bargain.
KoNrRiI (959) - Ňrhus, DENMARK - JAN 7, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2012 0.33 bottle. Malty aroma with a predominant scent of vanilla and banana accompanied by some wood/earthy undertones strong enough to summon an impression of cask-drinking. Clear, brown color with some dark red hue and an average off-white head of rather mediocre retention. Flavor is remarkably sweet with some bitter addition. Medium body and slightly creamy texture which is nicely emphasized by a very soft, almost flat carbonation. I would classify finish as sufficient, because as it lacks neither strength nor balance it doesnít impress with its length. I must say that the commercial deScription as well as label and color bring in mind a taste just like the one experienced. Nice and so to say straight-forward beer whose only shortcoming so far is being slightly too watery.
DeliriumT (418) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 7, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Iím truly astounded by the low ratings for this beer. This beer is much darker than itís "original" counterpart and offers much more caramel flavour. However, just like the "original" it offers a strong vanilla flavour. There is a cinnamon-like spiciness on the nose and it washes down smoother than silk. All round fantastic Scottish beer which rivals many of the Brewdog creations.