RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 1, 2010
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
I love Mikkeller. Mikkel is an artist and a visionary and is responsible for some of the finest beers I have ever had. That said, I think this beer sucks. A very promising aroma of espresso, cocoa and light vanilla gives way to a flavor that I found largely unpleasant. Absolutely bone dry with the slightly burnt character I found in the original Black Hole amplified to charred coffee beans. A bit of woodiness on the finish does nothing to round out the flavor, leaving a harsh, lingering bitterness.
zdk (1809) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with brown head, Dark and roasty, smokey. Sweet, dark malts and spice. finishes boozey/rum. Glad I got to try this. Yum!
SSSteve (3773) - - MAY 31, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. black with a large, creamy, brown head. aroma of chocolate chip cookies, caramel, roast, hints of sweet rum from a distance. flavor has a pleasantly sweet rummy finish. lots of chocolate, caramel, cookie and toasted bread. very warm in the finish. full body. the rum flavor adds a nice touch to this classic.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAY 29, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from 5 points. Better than the wine version but not as good as the original or bb versions. Good, but not great.
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A Sim rate (bottle from Olbutikken): Aroma’s a meaty imperial stout alcohol hit. There’s some rich coconut, almond, macadamia & rich dark chocolate. The rum really shines through - no doubt bringing out those nutty aromas. There’s also a real sweetness to it. It’s dark fruits and sugar plum. Appearance : well, I hardly need to mention this as it’s exactly what you’d expect. Pitch black with a biege head and lace. Flavour is an absolutely epic mix of dark chocolate, sweet coconut and sheer alcohol. Tasty and overwhelming all at once. It’s got a mammoth alcoholic finish which I can’t decide if I love or not. It’s one hell of a beer, that’s for sure. But I would recommend sharing it with friends!
beernbourbon (1302) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 28, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pour is very crisp black with a medium deep brown head that reduces down to a thin but dense layer of bubble-studded foam. Aroma is fairly reminiscent of the base beer with lots of roasted malt, coffee, milk chocolate, light ash, light molasses, and light alcohol. Maybe a touch of tartness as well. Flavor is also full of roasted malt, coffee, booze, and distant sweetness. The finish is a bit ashy with notes of espresso. This is a bit hotter than I expected it to be. Certainly a notable rum presence here. As i continue to sip, the alcohol burn mellows and more roasted malt and ash come through. The subtle tartness of the base beer is not very detectable. The flavor evolves a lot as the beer warms and breathes. You really need more than 1 or 2 sips to get the full flavor spectrum this beer has to offer. I liked it more with every sip.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 27, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2011 375mL bottle with orange foil.
Pours, um, black with a big foamy cream-colored head that recedes to a thick cap and leaves some spotty lacing and legs along the sides.
The aroma definitely has the sugary spiciness of the rum up front but is still really dominated by the heavily roasted black malts. There are dark fruits and some molasses as well.
Taste starts with a heavy dose of the base beer - dark roasted malts, bakers chocolate, espresso and raisins. But the finish brings back the spiced rum flavors and leaves a burn after each sip.
The mouthfeel is a little slicker than the base beer but is still medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation.
The rum brings an interesting spiciness to the base beer which sets it apart from the bourbon a bit, though I still probably prefer the bourbon slightly. Still, both of the barrel versions so far have been good without overpowering the base.
BoBoChamp (5456) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAY 23, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
38cl, new exclusive Danish brew Anno 2010, from De Hopduvel Gent, complex Stout, not too heavy, balanced, hazy, small head, very good brew, but very expensive!
Rune (8065) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAY 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
375ml bottle bought at Ølbutikken and shared at my hotel room with Skinnyviking and KnutAlbert. Thanks to the Salvation Army for good drinking music played outside our window early on a Sunday. Pours a pitch black body under a steady, tan coloured head. Smell of roasted coffee. Peat-like taste of coffee, spices and ripe fruits. Smooth and dry in the mouth. Hard to spot the rum accent. Anyway, a delicious brew (Copenhagen, 09.05.2010).
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 22, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Black with very nice tan head. Aroma is roasted coffee, dark chocolates, sweet vanilla, light woody character, faint rum, medium booze. Taste brings out light fruity quality that dulls as beer warms, mostly roasted chocolates and espresso, syrupy booze burn on palate. Light rum quality, but not as much as most rum barreled imperial stouts. Light oaky. Oily roasted on tongue. Very good, wow. Best rum barrel i’ve had yet.