arminjewell (5587) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, thanks to Kyle for the pour! Dark reddish orange pour with thin white head, aroma brought big notes of rum, nice caramel, toffee, slight dark fruits, hints of earth, slight spice in there, touch of hops but pretty hidden. Taste is a mix of dark boozy rum, some slight earth, nice caramel, burnt sugars, toffee, hints of earth, grain, touch of spicy hops, finishing with some sweet rum and dark fruit notes. Actually was pretty good, but a bit hot.
drowland (5893) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JUL 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
6/29/13. 22oz bottle shared by nulledge. Murky amber pour with a small khaki head. The aroma is boozy with lots of rum and some caramelized bananas. The flavor is sweet, also boozy, with caramel, bananas, bubblegum, and brown sugar. I’m thinking the barrel and sugars messed this one up a bit... not bad.
TheHOFF43 (1612) - Bloomington, Minnesota, USA - JUL 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours barley wine brown. Lots of rum on this, boozy for sure. Sweet caramel with the booze makes this work, but it might be a bit too boozy.
Ibrew2or3 (6440) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 1, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Share courtesy of dak. It pours with a clear amber body that supports a thin light tan head of foam. The aroma offers up mostly sweet dark fruity esters with prunes and figs and dates as well as some sugary smelling malts. In the background is a touch of oak. The taste is smooth with just the right amount of boldness. I get plums, raisins and figs to go along with a mild sense of sugar coated bitter hops and spicy rye bread. Deep in the background are notes of smooth sweet rum-y goodness and oak. Darn nice stuff. Great sipper as all the flavor notes come together wonderfully and build a smooth nectar rich like bridge to flavor paradise.
douglas88 (5472) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber drank whilst watching the final BSG episode. Awesome! Frack me. Anyway, pours a deep ruby hue with a small white head. A big fruity nose with some chocolate and light barrel. The flavor combines big sweet berries, molasses and caramel and sweeter rum and heat. A bit warm but flavorful and nice. A decadent treat.
daknole (8330) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light toffee colored pour, light brownish/yellow head. Flavor of brown sugar, burned sugar, raisins, light hops. Good brew.
ryecatcher (615) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 3, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Pours a caramelly brown with a thin off white head, so-so retention. Nose is big on sweets: malt, caramel, rum, brown sugar. Mouth is big and creamy, boozy warmth intermingling with toffee, vanilla, jaggery (Indian unrefined sugar), dates, rum... Sweet and dessert-like, would be perfect for the holidays. Outstanding brew.
bytemesis (2427) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUN 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - thanks much to jlanning215! Pours clear chestnut with a small tan head that slowly dissipates leaving decent lacing. Aroma is toffee, rum, molasses. Flavor is quite strong rum overlying rich malty toffee and molasses. Woody notes prominent, along with some astringence. Medium sweet, light bitter. Strong warming finish - this is really an ABV forward beer. Nice, but would actually prefer to have the barrel pulled back just a bit.
JaBier (4415) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle purchased at Aficionado’s and sampled at Kurt’s Blarneywine tasting on 3/16/13. Clear reddish copper pour with a medium tan head. Aroma consists of malt, rum, roast and light hop. Malty and caramelly flavor with rum and light chocolate before a sweet finish.
beernbourbon (1249) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Brandon, thanks! Pour is dirty brown with a thin tan head. Aroma and flavor is really sweet and malty. The rum really comes through and is a little abrasive. Smooths out as it warms. Sweet and hot. Nice beer.