DrSilverworm (6937) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Swingtop growler, shared by John. Dark brown, slight red color. Thin khaki head. Dots of lace, mostly loose. Bigger body. Smooth, lighter carbonation. More dry finish. A lot of rum flavor in this, tastes like someone poured actual rum into an imperial stout. Not bad, but a bit over-the-top. Moderate bitter, some alcohol warmth, light hint of tart. Tastes like 14-15%. Enjoyable stuff, but maybe a bit over done with the barrel.
merc7186 (2239) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: Dark Opaque Hue, Passes No Light, Brown Head Ring, Minimal Lacing
S: Vanilla, Oakey, Chocolate, Mild Bourbon
T: Vanilla, Chocolate, Mild Bourbon
M: Average Carbonation, Medium to Full Bodied, Mildly Boozy
Overall, pretty solid Imperial stout with great flavors, mildly boozy
jbeatty (1098) - New York, USA - NOV 2, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler, thanks to captiveodyssey, 11/2/2013. Pours thick black, thick tan mocha head settles to a nice crema on the surface. Aroma is dark chocolate, dosed with vanilla, molasses, and drizzled with dark fruity syrup, with great sweet fruity rum notes, lingering coffee and roast underneath. Taste is hazelnut chocolate, spicy caramel and strong rum, burnt brown sugar, booze. Thick body, just short of viscous. Really delicious.
alexsdad06 (5866) - Ohio, USA - NOV 2, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler shared by a friend. Pours dark brown to black with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor have some heat, barrel notes, roast, dark chocolate, coffee, good drinking beer that I’m glad to have tried.
Advocate_Ames (446) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark black with no head. There was only a weak ring that hugged my glass. In the aroma I picked up on mild vanilla, defined rum, oak, and chocolate malts. In the flavor there is fruit like coconut rum, chocolate bitter malts, roasted malts, sugar sweetner, and vanilla. Overall a fine beverage. I don’t taste any infection here but I think many ppl taste fruity rum and assume its infected.
Prufrockstar (1129) - 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 (4251) - 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 (6695) - 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 (8910) - 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 (882) - 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.