b3shine (3580) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 9, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft to snifter at Dutch’s. Looks solid; an opaque dark reddish-brown with sticky off-white head that dissipates into lacing. Smells good too; sweet and boozy with a nice vanilla undertone. Dangerously drinkable too. This is good beer!
NobleSquirrel (3429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the 3rd year anniversary party. Will have to re-rate a bottle in a few months. Pours a hazed orangey gold with a sticky white head. Nose is big. Faint citrus and a hit of molasses, rich malty sweetness and booze. Sharp alcohol in the nose overall. Clean fermentation, though. On tasting, it is on the hot side with aggressive alcohol prickling the palate. Could use a touch more body. The rum notes are more subdued on the palate but do offer some raisin notes. An interesting beer that should mellow nicely in the bottle in a few months time.
Pawola22 (3262) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a deep amber colored body with a bit of an orange hue. Finger-width, creamy, light brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is rich caramels with some wood, hints of molasses, and a nice rum note. Touches of toast and a light fruitiness. Flavor is similar. Rich caramels with a bit more of a molasses sweetness, wood, some vanilla, and a nice rum note. The rum gives off a slight fruitiness and really adds a nice complexity to the rich caramels. Finishes dry and somewhat woody with a deeper caramel, some toast, a light woody spice, and a pleasant rum note. Just barely a hint of alcohol warmth before leaving a lengthy aftertaste. Fuller, somewhat sticky body with a creamy, light carbonation. Overall, this is pretty impressive. The rum barrel adds a nice complexity to the big caramel malts without overpowering the base. Really well done anniversary beer.