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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.56/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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Russian Imperial Stout aged for 11 months in a rum barrel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
mixmasterob (883) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 5, 2012
2011 bottle from Santa. 31/216. Huge thanks! Black pour with a small brown head. Aroma was very sweet, tons of rum, wood, caramel, chocolate and a light hint of booze. Flavors were also rum dominated although not as sweet, the caramel and chocolate are still present, very light roast. The sweet rum and wood dominate, good bit of fruit. Mouthfeel was rather light for the ABV making it more drinkable than it should be. Carbonation was fitting, light. Long finish full of rum with just a touch of bitterness and booze. I liked this very much. Why the low ratings?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (6606) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 15, 2012
22 oz. bottle via trade. 2011 release, bottle 191/216. Pours a deep cocoa brown with a small tan ring for a head. Aroma was sweet, with butterscotch, vanilla, dried dark fruit, oak, and rum throughout. Flavor of vanilla, butterscotch, cream, rum, oak, dark fruits, and boozy bread. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation and a mouthfeel that starts sweet and roasty and finishes more fruity. Not bad but doesnít hold up to the other barrel treatments.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
pushkinwow (2033) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 29, 2012
Bomber #66 of 118 of 216 but canít remember from whom. Dark brown with a creamy brown head. Huge golden rum nose, molasses, vanilla, fruit cake, roasted malts, chocolate. Sweet and very rummy/alcoholic - overwhelms everything, get some malt and grains, sugar on the finish. Did not like this one nearly as much as the aphrodite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
peteinSD (1377) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 11, 2012
Bottle from Jeff - thanks! Black pour with a slick of dark tan foam that quickly fades out to a ring on the edges of the glass. Aroma is heavy, sweet rum, molasses, underlying chocolate, and slight, dry roast. Taste is sweet rum up front follow by light chocolate, raisin, and more rum. Finish has a slight bitterness that gives way to an almost sour, fruit-like tinge but itís probably just the interplay between the faded roast in the base beer and the sweet rum. Light mouthfeel; too light really. The rum dominates on the aroma and taste and the base beer is unfortunately lost underneath. Nice beer but I hate to see the heavy chocolate and roast of the base beer lost to the overly dominate rum.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - APR 4, 2012
Big thanks to Brewkakke for sharing this. Not a ton of rum in the nose but the sweet flavor definitely suggested that the rum is still alive and well in this one. A good sipper for sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 1, 2012
Thanks to pudd for this one. Dark pour with a thin beige head. Nice barrel character added to an already awesome stout. Big raspberry flavor on the finish

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (5833) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2012
22 oz bottle shared by Kan. Pours a rich blackish opaque, darker and a rich tannish head dies to a ring, laces small. Aromas are rich rum barrel, brown sugar and rum, lots of vanilla, spirit, and spice. Brown sugar, roast, and cocoa. Cookies, spice, and fruit cake. Spicy, rich aromas. Initial is medium bodied, a touch thinned overall with touches of cocoa, toffee, and biscuits. A touch soured into the middle and finish, lots of oak, vanilla, cherries offer tartnesds. Mellow sourness, more oak, vanilla, a creaminess, and a bit of harsh spirit. Weird beer overall, as the nose is so rich. Touches of spice, roast, cocoa. Toffee, vanilla, oak, and sour cherries. Finish is mellow spice and sweetness, oak, vanilla, more spice, and gentle sourness growing. A weird experience. Score is a bit inflated from aroma and appearance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
pantanap (3361) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2012
22oz bottle. Thanks to brad... Pours a deeper stouty pour with a some reddish hues towards the edges and topped with a medium frothy tan head... Aroma is rich with rum, fruity, cookies. Nice exotic and enticing aroma... Flavors are somewhat different with rummy dark fruits with bittersweet chocolate which then quickly sours which wasnít exected. Medium bodied with somewhat moderate carbonation. Not sure if the rum had anything to play into its turning but itndidnt help matters.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2012
bottle... the rum really just takes this beer over, too sweet, super thin and tons of rum... if youíre a rum fan check it out

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2012
I had to limit my drinking at JOís 6th Anniversary and never got around to trying this. Thus, two days later I will find out what I bought. Poured into a snifter. Bottle 109/216, 2011 vintage. 4.0 A: Black color. Two fingers of creamy medium brown head. Retention is very good given the ABV and a short ring of lacing is left behind. 4.5 S: The rum plays a huge role in the nose, but itís not just from the rum itself. It seems to pull out the base beerís aromas with it. Tons of molasses, nearly as much chocolate, and caramel a bit behind that. The coffee is bit tough to find in this variant. I donít know a whole lot about what rum is supposed to taste like, but Iím going to attribute the following to the rum and barrel. Moderate vanilla and earthy oakiness. Toasty, leathery, and boozy. The only thing I didnít like is that the booziness comes off slightly like rubbing alcohol. 4.5 T: I can see why JOís uses rum barrels for their stouts. The result is awesome whether it be Dark App or Oil. Like the nose, this is full of molasses, chocolate, and caramel. Iím still not picking up much coffee as I have in earlier batches and variants. Again the barrel adds a healthy portion of oak and vanilla. The rum adds a distinct flavor that only it can - somewhat fruity, leathery, and toasty, but in a completely non-bourbon way. The booziness is there again, but less in a rubbing alcohol way. 4.0 M: Medium to heavier medium body. This is only a touch thicker than regular Dark App (thickness is one of my main issues with regular Dark App), but it isnít thick enough to justify adjusting the score. Creamy enough for the body. Super smooth. 4.5 D: Another great Dark App variant. Thereís nothing really to complain about with this one. Good base beer flavors and great integration with the barrel. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 12-06-2011 01:54:57

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