DutchDrebus (5612) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - SEP 13, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber/Copper colour with a small, decent head. Smells caramel, toffee, wood. Tasts sweet, caramel, whisky. Okay carbo, medium body.
faroeviking (10295) - FAROE ISLANDS - SEP 12, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Botella. Nice brown colour. Caramel toasty malty spiced aroma with rum notes, sweet like. Good mouthfeel. Flavour is a bit sweet with toasty amlt and caramel along with some spice and a good rum touch. Sweet malty spiced like nrum finis. Nice.
Benzai (14269) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - SEP 11, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ Joes Tasting shared with Joes and Dutchdrebus. Clear amber color, large bubbled off-white head. Smell lightly caramel, some wood and some sweetness. Taste sweetness, malt, no rum cask really. Medium carbo, low to medium body.
reebtogi (5742) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
330mL bottle poured a nice brownish color with big off-white head and plenty of fine lacing. Aromas of rum and caramel with a touch of vanilla. Taste is a moderate malty sweetness with a hint of rum and a mild hoppy bitterness in the finish. This is a nicely balanced beer with nice carbonation and a medium body.
superflyguy (437) - 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 (3888) - 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 (1050) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 31, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2016 -great balanced beer of sweetness, fruitiness, and oaky notes. The rum sweetness comes through in the aftertaste and with small sips. Very smooth. 3.6 Rating.
10/9/2016 re-tasting with 6.8% ABV, downgraded to 2.9:
Visual: Pours clear mahogany brown without a significant lasting head, ringed retention with a small island, countable singular sporadic streams.
Nose: sugary thick toffee’d liquid barley malt (lvl-7)-pungency
Attack: crisp, incoming densely sweet malts
Mid-palate: heavy (lvl-7-sweetness), brown sugar-molasses, toffee’d liquid malted barley
Finish: residual malted sugars
Summary: I usually enjoy I&G brews but this one tasted awfully plain, short, and uninspiring. The toffee profile just becomes overly heavy with the addition of the rum barrel.
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 (2143) - 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.