darkguardian (724) - Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2013
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
RareR treated with a ton of vanilla. Sounds amazing right? Well it is. Thanks to Colin for supplying this growler. Nose is the only thing about this thats a bit off. The rum barrel kinda fights against the vanilla and chocolate flavors from the beer, and detracts from the nose a bit. Appearance wise. its a beautiful beer and man is it tasty. I love Vanilla and this beer has it all over the place. Its also got the great base beer of Rarer which makes this a real treat. The palate is huge and perfectly balanced. Overall it really only lost a bit cause of the barrel. Oddly enough I think in this case Bourbon would have been a better choice. The rum just seemed at odds with the beers in some very subtle ways.
whatsupstairs (112) - Inland Empire, California, USA - MAY 28, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
thanks justruy this is now a must have again A$AP lol Pours black oil with not much head at all The nose was vanilla,a little leather, brown sugar taste was a blast of vanilla then a nice milk chocolate back end with a little spicy rum/wood end i will give you my ear for more of this
hopscotch (8540) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Growler… This beer rocks!… Pours tar black with a mid-sized, creamy, khaki head. Fantastic retention. The aroma offers a rich, complex swirl of big-time vanilla, cocoa, pouch tobacco, coconut, brown sugar, caramel and dark rum. Full-bodied with a silky mouthfeel and soft carbonation. The flavor offers a generous measure of strong dark rum, fresh-sticky vanilla beans, charred oak and coconut. Boozy, red-hot rum lingers a short while after each sip. I can absolutely feel the alcohol on its way down my throat and into my stomach. Comforting. Another world class effort brewed by Doug and generously shared by ctipping! Also, congratulations to Doug on the opening of Cycle Brewing in St. Pete this past weekend!
tkrjukoff (3897) - SWEDEN - MAR 13, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Peg’s. Pours pitch black with small brown head. Aroma is acidy roasted a bit astringent fruity a bit sweet. Flavor is roasted malty not too sweet, nicely bitter and a bit astringent vanilla. Finishes bitter roasted and vanilla.
Ernesto987 (3358) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 20, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow this is awesome, huge thanks to Collin. You’re the man. Not overly vanilla is what vanilla stout fail but havin rum instead of bourbon saves this one. A slight bit boozy keeps it from the top
daknole (8540) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 27, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Doug kills it! Dark brown color, brown head. Aroma is loaded with vanilla, chocolate, rum, toffee. Flavor is sweet and bold, but balanced. The vanilla and rum do so well in the base beer. Rich and freaking delicious. Thanks Doug!
Reynolds314 (2090) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 21, 2013
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Magically delicious. Aroma is rich vanilla, oak, rum, milk chocolate, and toasted coconut. Taste is incredibly flavorful and robust with a silky mouthfeel. Not overly sweet but slightly booze heavy. Amazing beer and glad I got to try it.
deekyn (1039) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 1, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - thick tar black. Head lasts with decent lacing.
S - beautiful strong strong vanilla right up front. Very rich. Tangy cacao up front too . Sugar and rich cookie dough. Alcohol is there but not overly so. Graham crackers and marshmallows bring a sense of moon pies or s'mores. Waffle cone is very strong.
M - relatively dry and medium to full bodied with a creamy feel.
T - some alcohol and tanginess up front. Lighter in the taste than expected. Bitter chocolate, coffee grounds, charred oak, vanilla, faint waffle cones, some earth.
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rlgk (9492) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at "Darkness comes to town", 131116. Pitch black beer with a decent beige/brownish head. Vanilla aroma, chocolate, cocoa, toffee, roasted, creamy, milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, rum notes, licorice, tar notes, raisins, rum, woody notes, warming alcohol. Caramel finish, roasted, rum barrel, milk chocolate, some raisins. Very good beer!
TheAlum (5205) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft on tap at Peg’s Cantina (Gulfport, FL). Woot! Pours a rich deep blackish pour, thick and near opaque, dark with frothy light brown head atop. Frothy lacing atop dies to a filmy layer, laces ok. Aromas throw vanilla, cocoa, and coffee. Touches of spirit, oak, and roastiness. Creamy and mellow sweet vanilla bean doesn’t overwhelm. Initial is fuller, sweet with touches of Rum, vanilla bean, brown sugar. Roast, chocolate, coffee and caramel. Lusher rum vanilla flavors are apparent, sweet and tasty. Middle has some body, roast and caramel, rum vanilla, cakey, and cocoa wafts in. Backend is sticky caramel, spirit warmth and barrel tannins. Vanilla, rum, and caramel. Cocoa, a bit more dry, this doesn’t have a huge body but offers some good girth, sticky malts, good flavors that envelope the palate. Tasty, assertive vanilla bean and rum play well together. Tasty. Rich flavors. Nice.