stumpyiliz (220) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Amazingly black used motor oil pour with a fast disippating red cedar wood head. The initial smell is full of cherries and plums. The rum comes through at the end of the breath. Initial taste is tart with dancing favors of rum smoked malts and cranberry into raspberry. The finish is very tannic on the sides of the tongue. Rum comes through after the tannins die down and the final finish on the palate is dry rum wood. I am afraid that the tartness is a thing that will be prevelant and take over the palate if you age this beer. mcberko (19869) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 25, 2012
22 oz. bottle, pours pitch black with a medium light brown head. Nose is full of rum and raisins, without any booziness, and probably subverting the original characteristics of the beer. Flavour brings out the rum barrels upfront, along with raisins and loads of booze. There is a bit of tartness in there, due to the rum barrels, without being overbearing. Fairly viscous and sticky. Solid stuff, but nothing very interesting. Tmoney99 (15126) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured a dark brown color with an average frothy brown head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted chocolate, caramel and rum alcohol aroma. Heavy sweet dark chocolate malt, rum, wood flavor with a heavy sweet and small alcohol bite finish of long duration. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a another standout beer.
mixmasterob (1060) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 5, 2012
2011 bottle from Santa. 31/216. Huge thanks! Black pour with a small brown head. Aroma was very sweet, tons of rum, wood, caramel, chocolate and a light hint of booze. Flavors were also rum dominated although not as sweet, the caramel and chocolate are still present, very light roast. The sweet rum and wood dominate, good bit of fruit. Mouthfeel was rather light for the ABV making it more drinkable than it should be. Carbonation was fitting, light. Long finish full of rum with just a touch of bitterness and booze. I liked this very much. Why the low ratings? phaleslu (10899) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 15, 2012
22 oz. bottle via trade. 2011 release, bottle 191/216. Pours a deep cocoa brown with a small tan ring for a head. Aroma was sweet, with butterscotch, vanilla, dried dark fruit, oak, and rum throughout. Flavor of vanilla, butterscotch, cream, rum, oak, dark fruits, and boozy bread. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation and a mouthfeel that starts sweet and roasty and finishes more fruity. Not bad but doesn’t hold up to the other barrel treatments.
pushkinwow (2962) - Ottawa, CANADA - MAY 29, 2012
Bomber #66 of 118 of 216 but can’t remember from whom. Dark brown with a creamy brown head. Huge golden rum nose, molasses, vanilla, fruit cake, roasted malts, chocolate. Sweet and very rummy/alcoholic - overwhelms everything, get some malt and grains, sugar on the finish. Did not like this one nearly as much as the aphrodite. peteinSD (1468) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 11, 2012
Bottle from Jeff - thanks! Black pour with a slick of dark tan foam that quickly fades out to a ring on the edges of the glass. Aroma is heavy, sweet rum, molasses, underlying chocolate, and slight, dry roast. Taste is sweet rum up front follow by light chocolate, raisin, and more rum. Finish has a slight bitterness that gives way to an almost sour, fruit-like tinge but it’s probably just the interplay between the faded roast in the base beer and the sweet rum. Light mouthfeel; too light really. The rum dominates on the aroma and taste and the base beer is unfortunately lost underneath. Nice beer but I hate to see the heavy chocolate and roast of the base beer lost to the overly dominate rum. dimenhetfield (2554) - , Florida, USA - APR 4, 2012
Big thanks to Brewkakke for sharing this. Not a ton of rum in the nose but the sweet flavor definitely suggested that the rum is still alive and well in this one. A good sipper for sure. ucusty (2693) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 1, 2012
Thanks to pudd for this one. Dark pour with a thin beige head. Nice barrel character added to an already awesome stout. Big raspberry flavor on the finish TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2012
22 oz bottle shared by Kan. Pours a rich blackish opaque, darker and a rich tannish head dies to a ring, laces small. Aromas are rich rum barrel, brown sugar and rum, lots of vanilla, spirit, and spice. Brown sugar, roast, and cocoa. Cookies, spice, and fruit cake. Spicy, rich aromas. Initial is medium bodied, a touch thinned overall with touches of cocoa, toffee, and biscuits. A touch soured into the middle and finish, lots of oak, vanilla, cherries offer tartnesds. Mellow sourness, more oak, vanilla, a creaminess, and a bit of harsh spirit. Weird beer overall, as the nose is so rich. Touches of spice, roast, cocoa. Toffee, vanilla, oak, and sour cherries. Finish is mellow spice and sweetness, oak, vanilla, more spice, and gentle sourness growing. A weird experience. Score is a bit inflated from aroma and appearance.