DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I had to limit my drinking at JO’s 6th Anniversary and never got around to trying this. Thus, two days later I will find out what I bought. Poured into a snifter. Bottle 109/216, 2011 vintage.
4.0 A: Black color. Two fingers of creamy medium brown head. Retention is very good given the ABV and a short ring of lacing is left behind.
4.5 S: The rum plays a huge role in the nose, but it’s not just from the rum itself. It seems to pull out the base beer’s aromas with it. Tons of molasses, nearly as much chocolate, and caramel a bit behind that. The coffee is bit tough to find in this variant. I don’t know a whole lot about what rum is supposed to taste like, but I’m going to attribute the following to the rum and barrel. Moderate vanilla and earthy oakiness. Toasty, leathery, and boozy. The only thing I didn’t like is that the booziness comes off slightly like rubbing alcohol.
4.5 T: I can see why JO’s uses rum barrels for their stouts. The result is awesome whether it be Dark App or Oil. Like the nose, this is full of molasses, chocolate, and caramel. I’m still not picking up much coffee as I have in earlier batches and variants. Again the barrel adds a healthy portion of oak and vanilla. The rum adds a distinct flavor that only it can - somewhat fruity, leathery, and toasty, but in a completely non-bourbon way. The booziness is there again, but less in a rubbing alcohol way.
4.0 M: Medium to heavier medium body. This is only a touch thicker than regular Dark App (thickness is one of my main issues with regular Dark App), but it isn’t thick enough to justify adjusting the score. Creamy enough for the body. Super smooth.
4.5 D: Another great Dark App variant. There’s nothing really to complain about with this one. Good base beer flavors and great integration with the barrel.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-06-2011 01:54:57
Tmoney99 (14206) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
blklab2007 (2120) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 15, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle#160 2011 batch through trade. pour has a black color and a thin brown head that kept a ring on the glass. aroma has juicy rum barrel, vanilla, chocolate, decent roast, and some heat. mouth feel is full but not overly heavy and there is plenty of carbonation. flavor has plenty of barrel influence with rum and vanilla. medium roasted malts, chocolate, rum soaked fruit, and a bit of alcohol on the finish. I quite like the beer and think the big rum barrel flavors are nicely done although they are quite dominant overall.
JaBier (7674) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at Jackie O’s 6th Anniversary Extravaganza on 12/3/11. Pitch black pour with no head. Aroma is rum, chocolate and roasted malt. Boozy rum character right up front, then it smoothes out a little to chocolate and slight sourness before a roasty and boozy rum finish.
mixmasterob (1057) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 5, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
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?
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - APR 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
phaleslu (9925) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
alexsdad06 (9965) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with the group (2012, notes). Pours dark brown/black in color with a thin beige head. The aroma is roasted malt, chocolate,light rum notes,butterscotch and dark fruit. The flavor is dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, light coffee, rum with dark fruits. The finish is dry with some black coffee bitterness and a slight earthy character. I’ve heard this has issues recently, but fresh this was good.
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle, shared by alexsdad06. 2011 vintage, bottle 211 of 216. Very dark brown, red color. Nice thin lighter brown bubbly head. Good color.Dots of lace. Lightly tart, vinous smells in the nose. Light tart, lightly spicy in the flavor. Moderate bitter. Light alcohol warmth. Bigger body. Smooth, kind of creamy, lighter carbonation. Sort of a chewier texture. More dry finish. Dark fruit, light spice, some dark chocolate, moderate to bigger roast, some tannic character to the aroma. Very complex, tasty aroma to this, but it’s lightly over-tannic, hint of tartness to it. Overall, very interesting, enjoyable, tasty variant of Dark App. Excited to try a fresh vintage at the upcoming 8th Anniversary party.
Beerman6686 (6595) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This poured a dark brown color with a tan head. Aroma was of rum/booze, roasted malt, and dark chocolate. Flavor was not nearly as bad as the vanilla bean rum da. Rum was more subdued in this one, mixed decently well with the chocolate and roast.