Homer321 (1809) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - MAY 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Nose is less cherry and more booze. Lots of booze. Cocoa. Boost. Some booze.
jcos (1522) - Maryland, USA - JUL 24, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Dave. Pours murky brown black. Strong boozy rum nose. Vanillia, cinnamon, a bit too boozy for me.
brokensail (10645) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 20, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap @ The Bruery. Black pour with a thin ring of tan foam. Nose has a strong gingerbread and orange zest thing going on. Fairly sweet but still a touch ashy and roasty. A bit of vanilla extract and booze. Flavor is a touch sugary. Kind of brûlée-like. Roast, some ash, and a fair amount of licorice. Lots of gingerbread cookies. Sweet orange zest and some vanilla. Perhaps a hint chalky on the finish. Not exactly what I expected, not horrible.
tmoreau (2324) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared 750 ml. bottle, poured to snifters, showing a black/brown hue, with brownish tan head foam that reduced to a persistent ring and no film, but left some light spots & streaks of lacing, and a leggy coating on the glass. The nose was caramel sweetness, rum barrel, fruit, orange peel, and a potpourri of spices, a few of which were noticeable to me as cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and coriander? I guess I missed the ginger, star anise, and allspice. Medium to full bodied, the carbonation was soft, and the fruit & spices mellowed enough to notice some cocoa & treacle. Quite a syrupy sweet texture, with a low, rind-like bitterness, and warming disposition. I liked the rum barrel variation, and enjoyed the liqueur-like nature very much.
Jesterdeal (1814) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JUL 14, 2014
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle with the epic. Aroma is licorice, dark dark chocolate, and rum. Pours pitch black, thick, and flat. Taste is really disgusting. Notes of spiced rum, unsweetened black licorice, soy sauce and wet dog food. The viscous quality of this beer makes it extra unpleasant since that soy/anis/dogfood taste won’t go away. This was a drainpour and a disappointment.
Fritz123 (939) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - JUL 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Syb Pig Club bottle share. Thanks! Small snifter. Pours a dark brown with some small head. Aroma is very malty, boozy, cocoa nibs, dark chocolate, spice, and rum barrel. The star anise really shines through. The taste though...man I was expecting more. Besides the anise, it is a glob of chocolate, rum barrel, booze and thick malts. Full body, spicy rum finish. It just felt lacking though.
olr1984 (1048) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 9, 2014
2.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
750ml ,bottle. pours a dark black with a small off white head. big rum barrel aroma. man so many different spices i dont know what the fuck is going on. this might have been a good beer in the thanksgiving/fall season.
madvike (2682) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 8, 2014
1.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Bottle - Pours black with no head. Boozy nose, sweet with dark roast. A little spicy and pretty much just barrel--don’t get rum at all. Taste is molasses--this is a molasses bomb, with lots of sugar, a touch of spice and booze. Super sweet. Did I mention MOLASSES?? Thick with very little carbonation. This is one of the worst beers I’ve ever had.
Ricoslim (101) - - JUL 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had thanks to Prazak. Poured dark black with a tan head. Aroma is full of different spices hints of vanilla as well. Texture is light, but a nice boozy beer with nice rum and chocolate coming through in taste.
DrSilverworm (6033) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle, tasted at GreatMoloko’s place. Drink by 6/30/14 (so close!). Near black color. Thin ring of brown head. Loose bits of lace. Big orange, ginger in the nose. Medium bigger body. Smooth, kind of crisp soft lighter carbonation. Good moderate to bigger bitter taste. Moderate sweet. Alcohol works well. Good bitter balance compared to other massive bruery beers. Kind of spicy, but not too spicy. Cinnamon, orange citrus, rum flavors. Pretty impressive stuff. Works a lot better than the Avery rum porter thing.
48FanInCali (706) - California, USA - JUL 3, 2014
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Wow. That is one shitty beer. Spices are all over the place. Taste is medicinal. Absolutely nothing to see here.