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RATINGS: 170   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
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Doug’s Original Stout aged in Rum Barrels


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4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 17, 2013
500ml, swing-top growler courtesy of newcigarz. thanks, tony! pours an impressive and imposing slick, dense black capped by a rich, creamy, dark mocha head that leaves heavy sheets of lace that stain the edges of the glass. aroma is incredible with huge notes of chocolate brownies, mocha coffee, truffles, caramel corn, and sweet vanilla backed by rich barrel notes, ash, smokey rum, spices, and dark fruit skins. flavor is sublimely delicious with huge notes of devil’s food cake, buttercream icing, toffee, and mocha espresso backed by rich, rum soaked figs, raisins, and plums followed by heavy vanilla, toasted barrel, coconut, and a touch of red wine. palate is reminiscent of the other great FL imperial stouts with a dense, thick, motor oil texture that coats the mouth and finishes with sweet cocoa, rum, and dark fruits. overall, a truly world class imperial stout that definitely lives up to the hype.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bursprak (954) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 29, 2015
Bottle @ Dangerous Bottle Share 7.0. Thanks for sharing guys! Pitch black pour with a small tan head. Nose has loads of rhum notes, raisins, molasses and some spices. Taste is rhum forwarded, spices, vanilla, molasses, dark dried fruits, savory notes, chocolate. So smooth and easy drinkable, ABV is well hidden.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
RasmusOtt (1353) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 23, 2015
Bottle shared @ the ever awesome dangerous bottleshare #7 . Pours black with a brown head. Oh yeah! Aroma on this is just insanely good. Chocolate, vanilla, dark sweet fruits, very slight roast, fudge and a nice rum character. Woah! The taste is sweet and barrel infused with notes of vanilla, dark sweet fruits, chocolate, sweet rum, brown sugar, dark chocolate brownie, sweet licuorice and slightly roasted. The alcohol is present but blends in very well with the rum. This is simply amazing! Just straight up awesome!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Klimaet (437) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - MAR 22, 2015
Shared at Dangerous Bottleshare #7. Pours pitch black with a thick mocca head. Aromas of sweet barrel notes, fudge, coffee, dark chocolate, light cinnamon, vanilla plums, light tobacco, dark fruits, salmiak licorice, malts. Taste is fudgy, vanilla, light cinnamon, pepper, salmiak licorice, sweet licorice, pretty strong roast, plums, coffee, dark chocolate, dry woody notes. This is crazy good! Holy shit, in need of more Cycle stuff - now, please.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tectactoe (2881) - Michigan, USA - MAR 19, 2015
Growler: Thanks, Mike. Thick, viscous looking pour. Completely black with no head, nada. Barely even a tan ring around the glass. Huge rum character on the nose without being overbearing. Boozy & semi-tropical rum cake, molten chocolate, toasted graham cracker, molasses, vanilla, plums & figs, & some burnt brown sugar with a robust alcohol warmth. Flavor has lots of the dark fruitiness up front; raisins, plums, figs, black cherry, all with a heavy, dense sweetness like they were coated in rum then rolled in brown sugar. Chocolate, caramel, rum, vanilla, & heavy molasses towards the finish. Big, boozy presence without being hot or abrasive. Heavy bodied, slightly chewy mouth feel with a moderate oiliness. This stuff is great.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gEUS (1322) - Linden, BELGIUM - FEB 19, 2015
bottle at home. Pours like real thick black, viscous, steady dark beige head. One of the most roasted aromas out there, also dark dark chocolate like 99% cacao with a tad fruitiness from the whisky barrels. Huge body, thick oily and sweet, some green parpica bitterness in the mid, smooth silky finish. Taste is freshly grinded heavy roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate. Beautiful, lives up to the stories told... and balanced!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
SudsMcDuff (6470) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2015
hhad a couple of times . . overall; this beer is quite rich but its mouth feel seems to vary .. . rum, cookies, earth, and barrel .. . black .. medium foam .. . seems like it was bettter when it first had it .. . . i like a lot of meat on my sandwiches- sounds dirty but its the truth.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (8328) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 4, 2015
My Bottom Line:
This luxurious Imperial Stout seduces with its harmonious mélange of brown rum, milk chocolate, roasted cereals, molasses, fruit jam and resinous hop bitterness, all thriving in a rich, almost viscous body.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy slice of foam garnishes the darkness.
-Mild vanilla also suffuses the generous residual sugars.
-The barrel flavours are superbly integrated.
-Alcohol warmth and wood rise slowly in the finish.
-If you feel like having dessert, this is an exquisite one.
-For all the overrated Imperial Stouts on this site, this one actually deserves the hype. Bravo!

On tap three different times at the brewery taproom. Lucky me!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jjgmd (1608) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2015
At the brewery in St Pete, pours a deep intense black pour with a beautiful coffee Java head. Nose is through and through whiskey, with vanilla and dark fruits, with strong cherries. Taste is chocolate and dark fruit malt, heavy and velvety and laced with strong rum. Finishes on the same dark fruit rum notes. Exquisite !!! Quaff Score 9 / 10

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zgaier (1537) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2015
On tap at Cycle Brewing. Pours pitch black with a brown head and very nice aroma of rum, vanilla, and chocolate. Taste is strong, nice strong run notes with dark fruits, vanilla, chocolate, and alcohol into the warming finish. Complex and delicious brew

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kermis (6077) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 1, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2015 Bottle shared with Deanso. Pours near black with a thick, short lived, brown head. Massive aroma as soon as the bottle was popped of dark chocolate, boozy rum and oak barrel, fudge, molasses, light licorice notes, forest leaves and deal fruity, almost slight vinous notes. Flavour is heavy sweet and bitter. Warming in the mouthfeel with a medium oily texture. Full bodied with a strange pleasant moderate prickly carbonation. First tick of 2015! :-)


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