puboflyons (3433) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 13, 2012
From the 25 ouncer. It pours a darker amber with loads of off-white, creamy head and upwardly bound carbonation bubbles moving nice and slow. The short description of the aroma is clean. But in more detail there is a mellow caramel sweetness, brown sugar, and a tick of hard liquor (rum). The body is medium to bold. The taste is incredibly sweet for a clear bottle of beer aged in rum barrels. I am always concerned about clear bottles but nothing offensive here. There is a vaguely boozy finish but all in all it is sweet and malty. keanex (1799) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2012
From an 11.2 ounce bottle with no freshness date. Poured into a Sam Smith’s pint glass.edgallow (4211) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 11, 2012
A: Clear brown with minimal carbonation activity, very little tan head that quickly dissipates.
S: Really oaky with hints of rum and brown nuts, very slight dark fruits. It smells good but I’m not too keen on it.
T: Tastes lot like a brown ale with nuts making the flavor with oak flavors through out. Slight spices and a slight rum flavor. The oak flavor is subtle but takes the palate overall leaves a cigar type taste when all is said and done.
M: Medium bodied, with light carbonation.
O: There’s a lot going on here, it’s worth a shot if you find a single of it. I wouldn’t buy a 4 pack, but it’s good enough to buy once.
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2012 12 oz bottle pours amber with a white head. Aroma of sweet malt and a hint of rum. Taste was of malt and a subtle sweetness. Cybercat (5834) - Georgia, USA - JAN 9, 2012
Strong aroma is rather sweet and has a definite overtone of rum-soaked wood, as well as caramel and malty notes. It pours a beautiful clear mahogany with a fairly thick and fluffy pale tan head. Sublime flavor has tones of rum, caramel, malt and wood, and is rather sweet but not cloying. Full-bodied, syrupy texture has just a little fizz, though. A truly satisfying beer to be sipped and savored. gwpom (297) - Akron, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2012
Ok, this one didn’t come in the box... in fact, was a B1G1 at Consumers, but hey, I’m always looking for a bargain, so I grabbed 4 bottles, knowing it was a deal. I was just a tad bit disappointed with the first bottle. The flavor was nice, the pour was dark... I just, I don’t know... expected more. Maybe I’ve been drinking too many heavier Belgians... this just seemed kind of lacking. But I really think that’s just where my palate is right now and not the quality of the beer. I look forward to enjoying the rest of my bargain.
KoNrRiI (1512) - Århus, DENMARK - JAN 7, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2012 0.33 bottle. Malty aroma with a predominant scent of vanilla and banana accompanied by some wood/earthy undertones strong enough to summon an impression of cask-drinking. Clear, brown color with some dark red hue and an average off-white head of rather mediocre retention. Flavor is remarkably sweet with some bitter addition. Medium body and slightly creamy texture which is nicely emphasized by a very soft, almost flat carbonation. I would classify finish as sufficient, because as it lacks neither strength nor balance it doesn’t impress with its length. I must say that the commercial description as well as label and color bring in mind a taste just like the one experienced. Nice and so to say straight-forward beer whose only shortcoming so far is being slightly too watery. DeliriumT (537) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 7, 2012
I’m truly astounded by the low ratings for this beer. This beer is much darker than it’s "original" counterpart and offers much more caramel flavour. However, just like the "original" it offers a strong vanilla flavour. There is a cinnamon-like spiciness on the nose and it washes down smoother than silk. All round fantastic Scottish beer which rivals many of the Brewdog creations. ReV2 (178) - Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2012
Pours flat with an oily appearance and a strange colo(u)r for a beer, overdosed on caramel colouring maybe? I suppose you’ve got to like rum to like this beer as it’s there in the background but not overly so. Oak resin, peat & vanilla dominate. Not very well balanced, sweet and cloying. A beer concocted by market men not brewers, however I did want to like this beer and bought a couple more bottles to lay down but it’s not a pleasant drinking experience for me, sorry. martinrumsam (565) - BARNSTAPLE, Devon, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2012
pours a clear medium brown with reddish hue . nice beige head that lasts a while . aroma vanilla , toffee , fruits , sawn wood . flavour starts like the aroma with a long more bitter finish. Fairly thin watery brew for 7.4% abv . no alcohol burn . not a bad beer at all . going to keep a bottle for a year or so to see if there is any change bcromwellsmith (5) - , New York, USA - JAN 2, 2012 does not count
Poured into a glass, from a 11.2 ounce bottle. Pours a reddish amber color, small head that faded quickly. The smell of rum is very apparent, mixed with caramel and molasses. The taste is sweet, the taste of alcohol quickly fades and it finishes easily. Very light on the palate - the small amount of carbonation compliments this beer well. Overall a very nice beer - probably not for everyday consumption, but a nice surprise once in a while.