MbpBugeye (39) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the stout and big beer party at Jackie O’s. This could be their release to end all releases. 4 am wake up call, ugh.
A- A nice skin of dark khaki foam caps a deep looking stout. A few rings of lacing are left.
S- Right away vanilla is on your nose. Its sweet, almost very sweet. Its partly leveled out by a spiciness, probably from the rim. Nice chocolate melds eel with the vanilla.
T- Very sweet. Vanilla almost takes over. It is carried throughout as rum adds spice, but unfortunately it adds some more sweetness. Before its all over there is a minor flash of that confounded tartness that lots of these barreled JO beers has.
M- Carbonation is quite low, I’m a fan of low carbonation but this could use a touch more. The finish is dry.
Serving type: on-tap
orangesol (949) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another one from Deuane. Bottle number 41 / 225.
A - Pours deep brown, borders on black, with a nice one finger tall tan head leaving spotty lacing down the glass.
S - Smells of rich vanilla, chocolate, coffee, oak tannins, spicy run, and the ever present dark roasted malt. The vanilla is strong but it doesn’t get to the point of being overpowering.
T - Starts off with a big dose of sweet vanilla slowly giving way to a mix of dark roasted malt, chocolate, butterscotch, dry oak tannins, spicy rum, and a bit of booze. The finish is a mix of sweetness and dark roast, lingering for some time.
M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Sweet, roasted, feel with plenty of it lingering through the finish.
O - Pretty damn good. Jackie O’s really does know how to use rum barrels the right way. This one had a lot of sweetness but the other flavors did just enough to keep it in check.
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at 2011 RBWG. Pours near back with a thin tan head. The nose is vanilla, roasted malt, coffee. The taste is caramel, peanut butter, vanilla. Medium bodied. 4.0
drsordr (1380) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by alexsdad06 pours opaque black with brown hue. Nose dark chocolate, trace of coffee. Taste roast, some dark fruit, dark chocolate. Mid palate light rum. Vanilla comes through in the roasty finish.
Theydon_Bois (11420) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle split at Scopey’s 5K Extravaganza of Oompah Band meets doorbell music, acquired from an IP trade with dat man from Noo Joisey - J T Clockwork - 15/02/14.
Black with a moderate tan covering.
Nose is chocolate vanilla, light rum esters, dark malts, dark toffee fudge, all fairly mellow but pulls together what it says on the tin.
Taste comprises tangy dark fruits up front, brown sugars, rich chocolate, vanilla essence, light rum BA, not quite the same depth as the aromas.
Medium bodied with fine carbonation.
Solid enough impy, ticks the boxes, delivers the flavours but not top draw. Easy drinker though and the alcohol is well disguised.
Scopey (8249) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2014 Bottle, thanks to Colin. It pours oily, near black with a small tan head. The nose is rich, vanilla, toffee, oily, milk chocolate, fudge, rum & raisin ice cream and candy. The taste is tangy, dark fruits, toast, vanilla, plum, raisin, prune, vanilla and rum with a bitter-sweet finish. Full body and fine carbonation. Not a whole lot of depth, but solid nonetheless.
maneliquor (3379) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle cheers to Colin at Paul’s 5000th. Pours black with a dark tan rim. Nose is huge pepper and vanilla, mass raisin sweetness and prunes. Nose really showcases sweet rum barrels. Taste us tangy behind all the spice and vanilla. Loads of orange zest, lemon, vanilla beans, butter coffee and a touch of aniseed. Touch too thin for my liking. A well done beer
wedgie9 (2501) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 20, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled in 2011 #155/255
Tasted on 4/28/12 with the Nashville and Knoxville crews at Curtis’ old house, big thanks to JR for bringing this one. Pours nearly black dark brown with a very thin tan head that quickly disappears. The nose is cola, brown sugar, vanilla, maple, and dark chocolate. The flavor is a bit more muddled and messy with more cola and maple, and the vanilla, dark chocolate, and coffee taking more of a back seat. The body is full with light carbonation and a long cola, dark chocolate, and vanilla finish. I subsequently tasted this beer again, and it had a strange orange oil aroma and the flavor was much lighter. It may have been a different batch.
BelgianBeerGal (3299) - Panama City, Florida, USA - OCT 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2012 batch #103/240 picked up from the brewery. Pours like a typical stout with a smaller brown head that dissipates quickly. Nice aroma of chocolate, vanilla and booze (although I couldn’t swear it was rum). The flavor is dominated at first by a relatively sharp, tart fruit flavor but it finishes with some roasted malt and coffee bitterness. Good but I’m not sure if that touch of sourness was intended.
arminjewell (7851) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 7, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, huge tan head, dark black pour. Uh oh. Aroma brought sour cherry, vinegar, some trash, vanilla, hints of booze, slight cardboard notes as well. Taste is infected, sour cherry, dark berry, hints of vinegar and garbage-y notes, touch of earth, chocolate and some slight roast, hints of booze, and vanilla. Too bad.
Steve_0 (3109) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at Armin’s with friends, courtesy of Armin. Thanks, I think. Pour is deep brown, almost black with a small tan head. Roasty, dark fruity, sour, malty, tangy, tingy, and floral aroma. Taste is caramel, brown sugar, so tart and infected cherries and raspberries. Slick mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Really bad infection.