tectactoe (3075) - Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Thanks, Brandon. Dark brown, nearing black with a slowly forming tan skin that barely covers the top. The nose lends a semisweet & semi-tropical aroma from the rum. Quite booze-forward, but not necessarily "hot". Underlying plum, raisin, prune, molasses, & generic dark malts. Flavor has a stronger malt base with a mouthful of molasses coated dark fruit up front; drizzled over dates & raisins, then rolled in some brown sugar. Mid-palate to finish has a larger rum character. Kind of sweet & tropical again, definitely rum, but no real heat coming from it. Just a lot of rum flavor. A touch of wood & very mild roasted malt in the finish, lingering alongside the rum. I don’t love rum but this was pretty tasty.
Maddog (425) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 bomber. Damn good, but disappointing. Is that possible? Too lofty of expectations. The pour is an opaque black with a dark tan head. Aromas of roasted malts and oak with some rum. Flavors include rum, oak, walnuts, alcohol and roasted malts. Finishes dry and a little hot. A big stout!
jmagnus87 (2888) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled during RBSG. From notes. Coffee, chocolate, vanilla and dark fermented fruits.
umich03jm (2550) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - NOV 30, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a small head that fades to a very thin ring. Aroma is very rich and sugary. Molasses, vanilla, raspberry jam, chocolate syrup, rum, and wood. Taste moderately sweet with an odd, dry tartness. Cocoa, dried fruit, molasses, nuts. Tons of wood, tart fruit and rum in the finish. Something odd about the taste I can’t describe. Incredibly dry with a funky tart fruit taste. Rough mouthfeel. Overall, loved the aroma but taste was a bit odd.
swoopjones (6737) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle, black pour, fuller bodied. roasted maltiness, dark chocolate, rum , pretty good dose of vanilla. Quite complex & flavorful. Very nice
drsordr (1425) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by alexsdad06 pours opaque black with thick tan head. Nose vanilla, biscuit, chocolate, and slight earthy funk. Taste vanilla, light chocolate, bread. The rum seems to add more vanilla and savory flavors than boozy flavors. Chocolaty finish. Silky thick mouth feel.
BMMillsy (1655) - Florida, USA - NOV 12, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Joe. Thanks buddy. Pours viscous black into the tulip with almost not head, with just a creamy espresso foam colored head settling around the top edges. Rich aroma of molasses, anise, chocolate, raisins, and definite rum, though not boozy smelling. Flavor is sweet vanilla molasses, lots of anise, a bit of rum spice, booze, chocolate covered raisins. Medium thick mouthfeel with lowish carbonation, and not too dry. A nice dessert beer that is in the wheelhouse of CCB's recent Da Un Beso. Very similar beers, with this one coming with a bit more heft and booze. Good stuff.
adnielsen (10028) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Darkness Day eve, thanks to StFun for sharing. Pours a black appearance with a thin brown head. Dark chocolate, caramel, brownie, a bit nutty, spicy nose. A little bit of booze in the mouth. Kind of spicy. Thick mouth feel. A touch smoky, brown sugar, and dark chocolate in the mouth. I think I’d prefer the bourbon version but I’d really like to try them head to head again.
BVery (7602) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - OCT 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Oily dense deep brown pour. Rum and wood. Fairly rich. Slick smooth mouthfeel. Very nice.
fitwitchik (396) - USA - SEP 24, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a bottle into a snifter deepest brown black with minimal head.
Aroma is rum chocolate. Sweet comes to mind as well as booze.
Flavor is warm to the mouth with rum then sweet chocolate. Incredible.
A truly beautiful brew to savor.