superflyguy (429) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2011
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
disappointing. I was really excited about this - aged in an oak rum cask, what could go wrong?
for me it was too thin in the mouth and far too sweet. on the up side the aroma was as fruity and spicy as i’d hoped. even with a hint of the banana flavour i love in a rum. but unfortunately for me it was like drinking cough syrup. all sweetness, nothing bitter to balance it. and most of the fruitiness lost.
thebusstop (178) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 2, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is a bit like drinking a rum and cola on the rocks after the ice has completely melted and the cola is some cheap brand. The rum is not overwhelming and is actually much calmer than in other rum cask beers, which is nice, but it is the about the only thing that really stands out. It smells like rum, it tastes like rum and it feels like rum on the palate....just watered down.
Eructoblaster (3336) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 2, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - 330ml. Beautiful dark copper body with a good beige frothy/foamy head. Enjoyable, well balanced malty/hoppy aroma with caramel hints. Taste carries rum and woody notes. Ends with a decent warming finish. Good stuff.
sulawang (708) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 31, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
-great balanced beer of sweetness, fruitiness, and oaky notes. The rum sweetness comes through in the aftertaste and with small sips. Very smooth.
Thebeerdude (30) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2012 330ml bottle. Aroma is caramel, chocolate, and coffee. Appearance is dark brown and pours a thin white head. Taste is very rich, sweet and spiced and slightly bitter, could taste the rum, very pleasing when enjoyed cold as suggested on the bottle, a creamy texture with medium carbonation. Would definitely enjoy again.
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 30, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle from LCBO.
Appearance : Clear dark amber with small head. Light lacing.
Aroma : Quite fruity and spicy. Liqueurish with notes of oak.
Taste : Spicy and fruity with notes of rum. Not much alcohol. Finish nicely fruity and spicy with liqueurish notes. Nice fruits on finish too. Light caramel/toffee too. Woody. Light citrusy notes.
Overall : Enjoyable beer overall. Nothing outstanding but nice wood and rum presence. Quite drinkable and even refreshing.
Camons (7523) - Hasselager, DENMARK - AUG 28, 2011
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ Voldby beerfest. Pours dark amber with a white head. Aroma of malt, vanilla, aok, rum. Taste is malt, vanilla, raisins, oak, rum, spices. Medium body, smooth mouthfeel, soft carbonation. 270811
Vignale (2495) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 27, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Maltig men med något lätt kropp och tydliga spår av ekfatslagringen i form av ek- och söta romaromer. Lite obalanserad.
Jabic (431) - Brigantine, New Jersey, USA - AUG 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ar: Vanilla and brown sugar, a touch of skunkiness.
Ap: Deep ruby red, clear - medium tan head with good retention and sudsy lacing.
T: Full round maltiness up front, with brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, and some dark caramel - very luscious malt character, with nice barrel notes - finish has a touch of butter and spicy hops.
P: Medium carbonation, with a full and silky texture, some slickness on finish.
O: Very deep and rich malt character - barrel notes are really nice, adds a lot of attractive complexity without any harsh booziness.
flying_pig (1125) - SCOTLAND - AUG 24, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2014 Bottle (330ml poured into a snifter):
A lot of oak & vanilla & brown sugar which although strong is blended well. There is also some sweet malts and the tiniest of alcohol notes.
Reddish mahogany with a light, tan brown & bubbly head. Retention of about 30 seconds.
A warm, sweet vanilla flavour upfront that is closely followed by lots of oak and some spices. There may be some caramel in there too but it’s hard to tell, although there is some faint butterscotch & touches of alcohol.
A good amount of carbonation & very smooth, with a creamy texture. Medium to heavy in body and leaves a smooth but slightly metallic aftertaste.
To be honest I was expecting something more from this one & felt that it failed to deliver although it was by no means a bad beer, just not one I’m likely to drink/buy again.