pushkinwow (1966) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 29, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
peteinSD (1336) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - APR 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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
TheAlum (5575) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
pantanap (3351) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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
blklab2007 (1940) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 15, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle#160 2011 batch through trade. pour has a black color and a thin brown head that kept a ring on the glass. aroma has juicy rum barrel, vanilla, chocolate, decent roast, and some heat. mouth feel is full but not overly heavy and there is plenty of carbonation. flavor has plenty of barrel influence with rum and vanilla. medium roasted malts, chocolate, rum soaked fruit, and a bit of alcohol on the finish. I quite like the beer and think the big rum barrel flavors are nicely done although they are quite dominant overall.
deyholla (6503) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 23, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2011 Bottle shared by Sean, thanks! Pours black with a dark brown head that dissipates slowly to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of barrel that combines pretty nicely with the roasted malts, dark chocolate and a bit of bitter coffee. Flavor starts with roasted malts and dark grains backed by dark chocolate and a bit of bitter coffee and a good amount of rum in the finish.