Prufrockstar (445) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Swing top bottle -- thanks to Kevin L for sharing these! Pours dark cola brown, minimal tan head. Aroma is straight, harsh rum. Seriously smells like a spirit, with some imperial stout on the side. Taste is basically a shot of rum with some chocolate underneath. Aside from the infected Rare DOS, I much preferred the Nooner, though I get the impression from others at the tasting that this batch may be something of an anomaly.
77ships (3019) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 29, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
#2700. Thx to FlavioSP for telling me that the guys from the Mikkeller & To Øl @ Borefts 2013 were giving away this for free. Obv. thx to them for giving this away, I was taken a bit aback & they gave away a lot of other goodies as well during the festival. Sampled from a growler. I heard that a lot of these are infected in general & the rare which I also tried did have some issues but luckily this one wasn’t infected. Pours black with some mocha head only on the sides. Nose is huge vanilla, clear roast, smooth, maple syrup, creamy, touch vinous & molasses. Taste is slightly vinous, roast, syrup, caramel, brown sugar, clear roast, slight ash, grounded coffee beans, touch molasses, finish is warming & whilst not boozy, this clearly shows its ABV, barrel becomes a bit evident in the finish. Body is a bit on the lighter side for an RIS. A very nice beer but the hype for this one is completely inexplicable to me, I had better RIS’s at the festival. There is a lot of stuff that is better & way, way, way easier to get than this beer.
KyotoLefty (5572) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 28, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler pour from the Mikkeller booth at Borefts, 2013. Black with lace. Big nose of vanilla, chocolate, sweet and luscious. Roasty flavor of cola, chocolate, coconut, wood, vanilla. Great.
Benzai (5743) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - SEP 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled from bottle @ Borefts 2013. Thanks to whoever brought it to our table. Opaque pitch black color, no head. Smell and taste malts, vanilla, sweetness, lightly roasty, liquorice and alcohol. Medium to full body, medium carbonation. Good but not as good as expected imo.
Nocturne (546) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Mikkeller Bar SF. Dark black with a brown head that quickly vacates. Huge rum notes in the aroma. I can’t get enough! Very smooth and drinkable, with an almost minty and buttery edge, however the heavy barrel presence starts to make me wonder what other flavours it might be smothering, and also whether rum really complements a stout. It certainly worked well enough here, but they don’t strike me as perfect bedfellows. Quibbling aside, a brilliant beer, but fell slightly short of the hype for me.
jcwattsrugger (10726) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - SEP 18, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
@RBWG-JAX Grand Tasting-thin lt brown-black that sheets. A-rum/wood, anise-dk malt. T-rum/wood, vanilla, rich chocolate-dk malt, some balancing hops. Occasional.
wheresyourball (369) - El Cajon, California, USA - SEP 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler shared by Steve. Black pour with a small tan head. Roast, rum, vanilla, chocolate on the nose; some tartness from infection up front, followed by coffee, chocolate, spice, wood. Very smooth, finishes bitter.
fluffy (1048) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 1, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
like Rare, but with more alcohol burn. again, not that fascinated with it. decent of course, just not super exciting.
johnnnniee (1823) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growlerette received in trade from MeadMe, thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a thick inky black color with a tiny tan head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is heavy on the alcohol and rum with bits of roast, chocolate, dark pitted fruit and caramel. The flavor is chocolate, brown sugar, and caramel with a heavy presence of ethanol, rum and bits of earthy wood. Faint smokey malt and bits of dark fruit round out the flavor nicely. Medium to thick body with a light level of carbonation, and a slick, oily mouthfeel. This one gets a bit hot and is a sipper to be sure. This grew on me as I got towards the end.
Ataraxia (234) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 24, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Opaque black, thin khaki lacing. Black rum, plum, cherry, chocolate syrup, leather, and charred wood. Light sweetness at the front, liquor bitterness in the back. Silky smooth, viscous, and full-bodied. A bit boozy, but plays well with the flavors. Lingering bitter finish that’s very pleasant. Using rum barrels seems to result in a gentler barrel character.