esp0r (2645) - 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 (8957) - 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 (1681) - 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 (609) - 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 (750) - 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 (1156) - 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.
GTAEgeek (1787) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 19, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2012 330 mL bottle. Pours a dark copper color with a nice off-white head. The aroma is molasses and cane sugar, fruity esters like apples and figs, oak, and alcohol. The flavor is intensely sweet from the front to the finish. The palate is light and a little sticky, with a faint alcohol warming. Overall, a mediocre beer, which seems to me a waste of a rum barrel.
Scubaguy (230) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 18, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
It pours a dark brown color with a small off white head that just falls right away.
On the nose I am getting mostly carmel, dark fruit,vanilla and a little oak.
The flavor is dominated by mostly carmel,toffee and fruit, it has some spices picking up the rear. In addition to that it gives off some faint vanilla and oak notes. It does tend to be a little to sweet but maybe that is what is hiding the high abv.
It finishes with a little sweet and some warmth from the alcohol but virtually no hops to speak of. I found the warmer it became the better it tasted. I would say overall not bad but nothing memorable either.
planky84 (2722) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home. Chestnut brown pour with a beige head. Strong caramel character with toffee, plum and molasses in the aroma. Vanilla, butterscotch and caramel flavours. Sweet. Quite smooth. Sweet finish.
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - JUN 12, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2oz bottle, best before Feb 2012. Served at cellar temperature.
Pours clear red/copper with a two finger off white head that leaves some bubbly walls of lacing and holds a creamy cap.
Aroma is bread, toast, some caramel, toffee, vanilla, oak, some raisins and dark fruits, a bit of herbal hops. Good strength.
Flavor is sweet rum, vanilla, caramel, toffee, raisins, a touch of earthy hops, and a hint of alcohol on the finish. Rather sweet, overall.
Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with good carbonation.
A tasty and unique brew and I’ll have to check out the regular version sometime in the near future. Boo to the clear bottles, though.