mcberko (19805) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 16, 2013
12 oz. bottle, sent from Alen (thanks man), pours black with a small light brown head. Aroma of rum barrels upfront, sweet roasted malts, some oats and chocolate. Flavour is very tart, with rum barrels which likely create the sourness, chocolate, tart red berries, a bit of acidity and alcohol. Palate is soft and medium-bodied, finishing on tart, chocolatey and rummy notes. Not usually being a fan of sour stouts, this one is very enjoyable. Great stuff. stumpyiliz (220) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 31, 2012
They will all get sour over the years.
Smell is nothing but rum and otameal. Flavor is tart chocolate. Almost similar to 90% cocoa chocolate bars; bitter but good. For what you get you can’t expect this beer to be anything better than what it has developed into.
madmitch76 (26366) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2012
4th July 2010deyholla (12582) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 30, 2012
Opaque black beer, short lived tan head. Smooth semi dry palate. Semi dry dark malt, tangy! Some woody notes. A little minerally. Finishes dry, smooth and minerally. What Rum?
Bottle. Pours black with a brown head that dissipates at the edges. Aroma has a good amount dark grains with backing tart fruits and rum. Flavor has a good amount of roast up front with a sour deep red fruit with a hint of rum. ChainGangGuy (4941) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 29, 2012
Appearance: Pours out an opaque, dark brown body with a very thin, khaki-colored head.
DrSilverworm (10000) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 28, 2012
Smell: A malty nose with notes of nutty, crunchy oats, semi-sweet chocolate, light coffee-scented roasted malts, and a flutter of booze, though not particularly rum based, and a touch of dark fruits.
Taste: A stronger, more pronounced chocolate taste than implied by the aroma, like a cupcake frosting. Sound sweetness. A spoon of oatmeal with a little bitty splash of rum stirred in. Moist prunes. Some earthy touches, with a hint of bitterness. Hint of whole black peppercorn. Dry, warming, choco-roasty finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-low carbonation. Some smooth slickness on the tongue.
Overall: Good, not great. Bare in mind these were from some old, old notes. So, either this bottle dodged the sour bullet or I caught it before the "Tot Taint", as I hear it’s called, took hold. Either way, it was good enough, though I didn’t get much rum-character out of it at the time.
12oz bottle, $10 at Jackie-Os brewpub, served in a snifter. Bottled 1/15/10. Little brown head, fading to minimal. Black color, little lace. Strong rum-barrel aroma, but it’s not over-the-top. In fact, it complements the roasty oaty stoutiness nicely, which still manages to come through. Chocolate slowly reveals itself as this brew sits for a bit. Smoky wood presence, which I’m enjoying (others might not). Light, crisp carbonation. Bigger body. Kind of sweet taste, little bitter, with good rum warmth. Smooth texture. An excellent and aromatic long-term sipper. Took me a while to finish, but with the super-long aftertaste dragging out the flavors, it held my attention and remained interesting all the way through. dionysus (1486) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 24, 2012
Bottle pours black with a beige head. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of roast, caramel, vanilla, oak, espresso, and vinous fruit. Flavor has a definite rum presence with additional notes of brown sugar and
blackstrap. Overall body is moderate to full, slick, and finishes with a nice sweet/sour contrast like a balsamic. Damn good stuff, and glad I had the opportunity to try it. kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
BelgianBeerGal (4244) - Panama City, Florida, USA - AUG 3, 2011
Date: May 08, 2010
Source: Tasting, Simpson Satisifier
Appearance: dark brown, wispy tan head, streaks of lace
Aroma: roasted aroma, light smokeyness, touch of spicyness, dark chocolate
Flavor: sweet chocolate flavor, touch of roasted, rum sweetness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Score: **+ /4
Traded bottle somewhere in the neighborhood of 2 years old...I think. Very nice looking pour: pitch black with a medium, foamy brown head. Pretty big aroma that makes me think of a quad, soaked with rum. Wow, the taste takes a bit of a left turn: adds in some sour notes; on purpose? That sourness kinda ruins it for me because it’s completely unbalanced. *Reading the ratings over the years it looks like some lacto sourness has changed this beer over time* djd07 (16289) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 10, 2011
bottle. Pours a dark brwon with a thick brown head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is chocolate and oatmeal. Thin mouthfeel with a acidic taste and funky flavor. Not much going on with this one.