Metalchopz (2263) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 6, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2010 Originally rated March 2009. Special limited quantities of these arrived at the LCBO, and one of the employees had kept me one (thank you). Best before date of December 2009 and comes in a cardboard box with a nice classy label. Pours a red-copper colour with a decent off-white frothy head, with medium retention and lots of dirty lace. Very light carbonation with a smell of roasted malt, some fruit and some aroma of strong liquor (rum cask). Pretty light mouthfeel that is mostly watery. The taste is not as powerful as the nose. Some fruit, some mild caramel, and almost a wax aftertaste (which is not in my good books). So, well-brewed, but not liking this as much as their normal oak aged beer. RE-RATED: Comes in a three pack and glass for Christmas 2010. Better brewed, well-balanced. Nice dark fruit in the taste with the oak wood in the finish and some caramel malts. I liked this edition.
lusikka (6207) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 6, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330 ml bottle @ home.
Pours a deep amber colour with an off-white lacy head. Very I&G-like on the nose; toffee and dark fruits with mild malts. Flavour of mild hops, dark fruits, toffee and pleasant rum with caramel notes. Medium bodied with a slick mouthfeel and some carbonation. A lot better than the normal Oak Aged Beer, but I still don’t like the clear bottle.
holdan (260) - USA - OCT 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber with nice head. Aroma malty, mocha, dark fruits, molasses. Taste sweet malty, roasted, dark fruits and mocha, molasses. Body full, text thick and smooth with low carb.
MoritzF (8464) - Bochum, GERMANY - AUG 20, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(bottle, 33cl) Clear, copper colour with a big and tanned foamy head. Sweet cara-malty aroma with subtle exotic fruity (cocos, pine apples) notes and a touch of vanilla. Sweet flavour, full bodied with an almost flat carbonation, including a sticky mouthfeel. Caramel-malty, slightly syrupy taste with rum flavours and vanilla; sweet and slightly oily finish with non-disturbing alcoholic and cocos/vanilla flavours. I am not very excited. 19.VIII.10
Davros (1920) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 1, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep amber wtih a nice creamy off-white head.
Nose shows sweet toffee adn darker caramel malt with woody oak and subtle rums. Pretty nice! Some gently spicy hops are also just noticeable in the aroma.
Lots of woody character transfers through as flavours, and the rum is a bit strong and harsh, but there’s some nice malt, with caramel and cookie-dough characters.
Nice creamy carbonation, a bit low perhaps?
gunnfryd (10453) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 30, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark golden colour with an off-white head. Aroma is perfume, malt, wood. Flavour is sweet, wood, malt, caramel, rum , spices. Medium body. OK beer
Kavu (2192) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours brown amber with a medium head. Aroma is sweet malts, but flavor is much less sweet than expected, which is frankly a relief. Malts and spices and a hint of rum. Pretty nice.
ComradeK (1010) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - JUL 17, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
330ml bottle. Pours a murky dark brown, with a smallish beige head. The aroma is full of rich rum notes, with some raisin and prune overtones. There is a swift initial hops hit, soon overwhelmed by a smooth yet spicy rum flavour, which mingles fantastically with the dark toffee and caramel malts present in the finish. This is mind-blowingly good stuff. A delightful, delicious beer.
patrick767 (3567) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 7, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle at Bow Bar in Edinburgh - Pours dark amber with a small head. There’s a mild aroma of malt and rum. The taste is of caramel malt with smooth rum notes coming through nicely. There’s a little hop bitterness, but this one is mostly about the smooth blend of rum and malt. It’s quite good though could perhaps be better if it was more robust.
Hermod (3140) - Vantaa, FINLAND - MAY 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
33cl bottle, Alko. Poured clear light woody/brown color with a nice creamy white head, nice lasting lacing. Aroma is sweet caramel, vanilla and hint of rum. Flavor is quite sweet (too sweet) and bit dark fruity. Moderately bitter finish, oily taste. Nice bite, enjoyable.