Indecipherable (8) - - NOV 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not overly rum flavour, get a bit of cherry/tart aroma and flavor. Quite black, thin head...decent beer overall
daknole (8539) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 27, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown pour, medium brown head. Quite roasty up front, some barrel notes, but not a lot. Prunes, raisins, carbonation is quite bubbly. Not bad not super amazing.
wchesser (1007) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from a buddy in Aptos. Dark brown-black. Nose is dark malts, oak, light coffee. Taste is light coffee, very much muted from the base beer I recall having on tap, some sour funk, wet wood, with a tart finish that thins out the palate. Had after some bbq, and it was a nice palate cleanser for sweeter barbecue sauce elements. Improved as it warmed, becoming more complex, with a hint of the rum if you look for it, and more coffee. Rum really barely discernible.
NielsenRatings (8273) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 7, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle @ Steve_0’s palace, courtesy of Stephen. Thanks! Pours a deep brown appearance with a dark brown head. Some twanginess in the nose. A bit of dark fruit, chocolate, and roast as well. Somewhat boozy, kind of barrel forward. Carbonation is a bit heavy. Some burnt and fruity notes as well. Ehh.
Steve_0 (2229) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home with friends, courtesy of Scott. Thanks man! Pour is deep brown, almost black with a frothy brown head and good lacing. Roasty, somewhat ashy, cocoa, woody, light rum, somewhat tangy, dark fruits, and spice in the aroma. Taste is black licorice, tangy, toasted malt, cocoa, light coffee, wood, and rum with a somewhat roasted tart finish. Meidum body with medium-to-soft carbonation. Not bad.
arminjewell (5716) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, big thanks to Scott! Dark brownish black pour with off white/tan head, aroma brought notes of slight roast, coffee, hints of slight vanilla, hints of rum in there, slightly grainy. Taste is a mix of roast, coffee, vanilla, slight rum into spice, earth, slight grain, hints of dark fruit, finishing fairly bitter, dry.
50belair (1850) - Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a kaki head. Sweet berries, chocolate, and caramel notes. Sour cherry aromas. Good body and mouthfeel.
GT2 (7875) - Carlsbad, California, USA - NOV 30, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL. Clear deep cola brown. Medium tan foam. Excellent sour stout nose with cranberry, chocolate, dark cherry, bright lime. In taste, up front its all heavy carbonation, big effervescence from the Brett. Really nice sour stout flavor profile with acidic dark cherry, lactic acid, cranberry, chocolate, heavy mineral water. Refreshing, light bodied, sharp dark saison carbonation. No alcohol. No sugar. Nice sour stout.
illidurit (2051) - Petaluma, USA - NOV 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at the brewery. Pours dark brown withman enthusiastic khaki head. Aroma is pleasant with chocolate, cola and mild dark fruit. Flavor is subtle but tasty. Chocolatey porter with tart red fruits midpalate, mild rum influence. Dry and airy on the palate. Carbonation is very high from the bugs, and the spirit has thinned the body.
birdmachine (163) - San Jose / San Luis Obispo, California, USA - NOV 11, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2014 Bottle, 22c label, reviewed from notes. Aroma is somewhat flat, with no rum presence, but light cherry and earthy funk/must on the exhale; somewhat off from the normal Chavez aroma. Pours a dark brown with nice tan head that sits on top of the beer for a bit. There is some spotty lacing with very faint legs. Taste is interesting, with moderate tart cherry and strawberry notes reminiscent of Puckered Chavez. The fruit flavor comes off as rather sweet at first, but fades into very light roast. The body is moderately full with a very lasting astringent bite on the finish. The rum is hard to pick up on, and maybe even absent from the overall flavor of the beer. The sweet fruit could be the rum working with some house funk. Overall, a musty/funky porter with faint roasted qualities and sweetness from the barrel. Not really what I was expecting, but not a big miss for a “Wood Aged" beer.
bytemesis (2573) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @SARA. Shared among friends. Pours deep brown with a small tan head and nice lacing. Aroma is tart cherry, oak, light funk, roasted malt. Loses its tartness as the beer breathes and becomes more standard porter-esque. Flavor is medium sweet, lightly tart, perhaps rum although certainly not pronounced. A fair amount of woody astringence present. Medium body, high carbonation.