ellolovey (483) - Georgia, USA - NOV 9, 2012
22oz bottle shard with Unclemattie. Pours a hazy brown with a frothy tan head. Aroma of sweet malts, molasses, roasted malts, and booze. Taste is sweet and toasty malts with lots of sugar and molasses. Hints of rum from the aging. Nice sweet finish. unclemattie (4406) - Georgia, USA - NOV 9, 2012
Boxed, 22oz bottle. Hazy brown color, thick beige foam. Thick lacing. Aroma of demerara sugar, molasses, palm sugars are present, light brown sugar, and toasted oak. Nice toasted scent, some booze. Creamy texture, Toasted flavors, brown sugar, oak, and rum. More Rum comes out as it warms. (3515) Wordsworth (166) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2012
You can really taste the molasses and rum on the finish despite the front being a smooth brown ale flavor. Good beer but not amazing kidmartinek (5007) - austin, Texas, USA - NOV 7, 2012
A thin deep reddish amber colored beer. The head is an off white ring. The aroma... all mediciny. The flavor all licorice or "anise" for you herbal snobs. Fail as usual. Stick to summit hops and the pre-AB in bev recipes except for the horrible "hefeweizen". XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2012
Almost a chocolate brownie like scent, bit of coffee. Similar taste with a nice chocolate/booze blend.
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2012
Poured into a perfect pint. I love brown ales and rum barrel aged beers, so I had to buy this. I was a little disappointed to see the mediocre scores on this, but hopefully everyone is wrong.
3.0 A: Not very brown for a brown ale. Clear, dark orange amber color. Two fingers of frothy tan head. Retention is average for the ABV, I suppose and clouds of lacing are left sporadically.
3.5 S: Loads of dry toasty maltiness and nuttiness. Molasses and burnt sugar underneath. Earthy rum notes with oak and vanilla, but no booziness. It’s not bad, but it desperately needs some more power.
3.5 T: Again lots of toastiness and nuttiness followed by molasses and burnt sugar. The rum is more aggressive in the taste and it’s appreciated. It gives notes of earth, caramel, toffee, and toast. Oak and light vanilla. Soft citrusy fruitiness. The booze is well hidden again. The taste is better than the nose, but not enough to bump up the score.
3.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation, but lacking creaminess. Could also use some more body. I was expecting a rich mouthfeel on this beer and I didn’t get one.
3.5 D: It’s decent all around, but it just leaves me wanting more. I wanted bolder flavors with more depth and more viscosity. Worth a try, but not a second buy.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 09-06-2012 22:12:19 ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 9, 2012
A - Pours a cloudy brownish-red with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel malts, toasted coconut, brown and residual sugars, oak, vanilla, molasses, with a touch of dark fruit and booze.
T - Starts off with a mix of rich sweet caramel malts, brown sugar, toasted coconut, and vanilla. Through the middle, some oak and rum comes through with some more residual sugars, molasses, and a hint of dark fruit. The finish is a mix of sweet caramelized malts, brown sugar, toasted coconut, oak, vanilla, rum, and a bit of booze.
M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and warming finish.
D - Very drinkable. Nice imperial brown ale with some great balance and complexity from the rum barrel aging. Robbievegas (469) - Las vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 9, 2012
Picked this up in the bottle from Total Wine in Henderson, NV. Great brown ale with hints of molasses, palm sugar, and rum (from the aging process in the Puerto Rican rum barrels) overall a good beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 7, 2012
Bottle. Pours with a lightly hazed brown body with an off-white head. Aromas are of red fruits, rum, caramel, low oak, sweet, tropical fruit, molasses, brown sugar and nutty. Low esters. Flavors are super sweet, slightly metallic, caramelized, toffee. Diabetes sweet. Rum, brown sugar, malty, nutty, metallic, grainy. Medium carbonation, warming, chalky, medium bodied. Not repeatable. bluejacket74 (1995) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - OCT 7, 2012
22 ounce bottle, bottled on April 5, 2012. Served in a chalice, the beer pours a reddish/brown color with a half inch light tan head. The head fizzled away quickly, and there wasn’t much lacing. Aroma is sweet and malty, it smells like molasses, brown sugar, caramel, nuts, vanilla and some rum. It tastes like molasses, burnt sugar, rum, vanilla, and a bit of chocolate. However, the taste isn’t quite as nice as the aroma is. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it’s thinner than I thought it would be. It also has low/moderate carbonation. I think it’s a decent brew overall, but at $12.99 a bottle I probably wouldn’t buy it again at that price. With that being said, it’s worth trying.