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Rum King - Indeed Brewing Company

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Reviews: 30
Hads: 319
Avg: 4.35
pDev: 8.05%
Wants: 134
Gots: 96 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
Indeed Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: josephwa on 12-01-2013

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Reviews: 30 | Hads: 319
Photo of bsp77
4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Black with billowing brown head that lingers.

Smell: Molasses, semi-sweet chocolate, vanilla and oak. Definitely can smell the rum barrel aging.

Taste: Lots of molasses and oak, with lighter notes of chocolate, char and vanilla. There was a harsh, burnt and charred aftertaste at first, and then which I noticed again after pouring the second half. It seems to be due to the colder temperature, even though it was cellar temp (55). Once it got closer to room temperature, it improved.

Feel: Full body with carbonation in check. Semi-dry finish. Smooth, but not quite as much as some big stouts.

Overall; Great beer overall, and the use of rum barrels is different and noticeable. Despite being happy with it overall, I think I prefer the use of bourbon barrels.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: black with frothy tan head
A: rum and chocolate
T: this is very rum forward. Age on this should help, but still pretty good stuff.
F: suprisingly thin for a barrel aged stout
O: it's such a rum bomb fresh, it needs to mellow out.

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Photo of Mdog
4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black, huge brown head.

Smell: Cocoa powder, licorice, chocolate, booze.

Taste: Chocolatey, sweet frutiness, bit of wood. Fruitiness in the mid-taste is bright and tropical which brings a lightness in feel that is unexpected. Not too boozy.

Overall: I finally got to try some Rum King after picking up a bottle at the brewery. Very good stuff, the rum barrels bring a fruity sweetness that is a neat treat in a big chocolatey stout. Really good!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this thing is insane! one of the boldest expressions of rum i have seen in a beer, a real nice base stout to boot, dry and true to style, with hints of licorice and anise, but a lot of that probably comes from the rum too, which suggests marshmallow, char, vanilla, clove, raisin, leather, and molasses, complex to say the least. its all there in nose and in flavor, and its impressive so much can be happening yet the beer seems to flow rather effortlessly. lots of body but infinitely less sweet than what we are used to in the style, and for me that really makes it. i love the carbonation too, not sludgy even though its big, it feels alive at the same time, which is all too uncommon in beers like this. i found it weirdly drinkable too for how strong it is, just a warming kiss of booze on the back end, but the rum flavor is sensational, and i am sure this ages with the best of them. probably the most ambitious of the beers i had from indeed, this one has a loyal following and for good reason. if you find a bottle, buy it up!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.51/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: incredibly dark coloring, richly roasted brown head, lasting long, leaving lace, looking beautiful.

Aroma: screams out of the glass, all manner of dark, delicious aromatics, and that's from looming over it, not getting in close for a sniff. Very tempting…here I go…maple, charcoal, anise, and, hey, how about some rum, too? Deep stuff, dark and rich and definitely decadent. We're still just smelling, here.

Taste: Ah! Oh, yeah, I meant to say it, …AH! It's got it all, and so much more. Really rich, dense and deep, just so sweet. Fullness of body, longness of length, finish with no finality. Intense is a word, and it's apt and then some. Bee-yoo-tiful.

Whiskey and bourbon-barrel-aged imperial stouts are well known and legendary, but rum barrel-aged? Not quite so much. This is kind of amazing. It's ridiculously intense, incredible, rich and rewarding. Love. It.

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Photo of StoutFox
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Great beer, tons and tons of rum. A bit light on the mouthfeel and mixed with the rum flavors and the heat from the alcohol definitely didn't finish the bottle on my own. But with a couple friends it was a joy and different enough to make it exciting. If you like rum BA beers definitely seek this out.

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Photo of outsidej
4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Seems like they tweaked the recipe in 2014, and the results are pretty amazing. Don't think there was a better imperial stout produced in Minnesota last year, including Darkness and Silhouette. The rum this stout picked up really just adds an intense, deliciousness.

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Photo of kudsak
3.96/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pour dark and thick, with a rich brown head. Instantly smells of sweet rum. Tastes sweet, with a strong alcohol rum taste. Very full body. Overall a decent beer, but not one of the best imperials stouts that I've had.

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Photo of TooGood
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Phenomenal beer. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, the rum barrels added wonderful fragrance to the beer. Taste was spot on. I let the bottle sit for 5-6 months before opening and will wait on my second bottle for another 6 months or so.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served from a 750mL bottle into a snifter.

Viscous and oily in color and appearance, a chewy cappuccino-frothy head forms. It's substantial in height and mass and lingers for quite some time over the oil slick body. Beautiful. 5

Barrel-heavy aroma offers oak, fresh tobacco, sweet vanilla and caramel. Light bourbon notes and faint booze and chocolate. Maybe too much barrel aroma and not enough base beer but it smells great. 4.25

The barrel presence is pronounced on the palate, giving the tobacco, oak and bourbon-y spice the nose had. There's also a noticeable sweet and sugary flavor that is in fact subtler than the booze and barrels. The finish especially lingers with the earthy taste of barrels and cane sugar. The deeper I get into this beer the more it starts tasting if coconut. 4.25

Smooth, creamy and medium- to heavy-bodied mouthfeel with a slightly residual sweetness feel. The booze can feel potent or mellow from sip to sip but never becomes offensive. 4.25

Just a day earlier I ran through a number of BA beers with friends, many which had big-time hype or world-class reputations, and this tastes on par with the best of those.

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Photo of maedhros09
4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap, served into a chalice-style glass.
Look: Deep black with dark tan head
Smell: Big rum and roasty
Taste: Sweet rum is in the forefront, with roasty chocolate and vanilla flavors in the background. Minimal bitterness.
Feel: Thick yet well carbonated
Overall: The rum was definitely stronger than I expected, but it blended well with the other flavors of the stout. Aside from the over-strong rum, it was a nicely balanced and complex sipper.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.82/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22oz waxed bottle poured into Snifter

A: deep rich black color with a fairly nice head of a chocolate semi whitish head that sits nicely

S: Rum, raisins, toffee, vanilla a slight bit of oak

T: Very oaky barrel taste with a deep rich roast and some hints of leather with raisin and a little rum nice lingering taste of sugary rum

M: Not super thick but definitely full and lush especially for a barrel aged beer

O: This beer is astonishingly good I would have never thought the rum would compliment the base beer so well but it's just clicking on all levels nice sharp and roasty IS taste then very beautiful barrel tastes of rum and sugars

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.99/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 Bottle. Lots of cocoa, vanilla and maybe some molasses. Taste is light on overall flavor. Detecting almost no barrel except a drying oak finish. A little less than medium mouthfeel. Not impressed with this. Not worth the hype. Would be a decent non barrel aged stout.

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Photo of mjpolzin
3.96/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid beer. I loved the rum barrel taste. As much as I love bourbon barrel beers, it was nice to get a different type of barrel for once that my beer had been aged in. What really kept this beer from being great though was something was missing on the backend of each sip. I expected something more-a nice roasty stout taste or even a hot alcohol burn. What I got though was a little bit of a thin taste. Still very good though.

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Photo of barhoc11
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is easily one of the best smelling rum barrel aged imperial stouts I have ever had, I just wish the taste followed the smell. The taste was a little lacking in mouthfeel and even had a slight metallic taste. This was a good beer overall

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Photo of zeledonia
4.61/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Tasted 27 November 2014, Thanksgiving Day, reviewed from notes. I've been wanting to try this one for a while.

Pours black, thick, and viscous. About one finger of chewy mocha head, dark tan.

Smells like dark rum, molasses, some char, cocoa, coffee. All kinds of stuff. Everything you might expect from an imperial stout, plus those dark rum characteristics. Some slightly bready notes, too, that are a little surprising in this mix.

Taste is super rich; molasses is probably the most prominent flavor, though it fades out. Molasses and dark rum. So much flavor, though. So deep and rich, little variations playing off each other like a fine musical composition.

Feel is thick, chewy, and heavy. Carbonation is there, but the beer is so thick that it just feels like it's foaming. Flavors stick around, yielding waves of chocolate, molasses, char, rum.

Wow. This is a killer beer. There's so much flavor. For how strong it is, the alcohol is really well hidden. Fantastic, and I wish I could drink it more often.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Rum King pours a black color with a big brown lacing head. There is a strong boozy roasted malt aroma, with hints of vanilla. The taste is big, slightly boozy, big roasted flavor, great hints of vanilla. Very creamy, great body, great feel. Overall one of the best stouts, and best beers I have ever head. So drinkable, all the flavors come together perfectly.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a waxed 750 ml bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice.

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big two finger tan head which slowly fades into a thinner creamy layer. Leaves some good lacing.

Smell: A rich, roasty, and sweet dark malt driven aroma with good hints of chocolate, coffee, and rum. Dark roasted barley malt with big hints of dark chocolate, coffee, cream, vanilla, toast, biscuit, caramel, toffee, oats, and yeast. Sweet hints of molasses and cane sugar. Solid barrel presence with fairly boozy hints of rum, wood, and oak. Spice hints of anise, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Dark fruit hints of raisin, prune, and fig. Hops are pretty light. A very good smell.

Taste: Like the smell hints at, a nicely rich, roasty, and sweet dark malt forward taste with notes of chocolate, coffee, rum, and fruit. Dark roasted barley malt with good notes of dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, cream, toasted bread, biscuit, toffee, caramel, oats, and yeast. Good barrel notes of rum, oak, and wood. Sweet taste of cane sugar and molasses. Notes of anise licorice along with some light nutmeg and cinnamon. Dark fruit undertones with notes of fig, raisin, cherry, and prune. Subtle earthy hops in the background. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, slick, and somewhat syrupy. Some booze heat is felt but it feels smoother than expected.

Overall: A great spin on a barrel aged stout. The rum barrel and sugar add a good kick without making things a boozy, overly sweet mess. Rich and nicely refined.

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Photo of hardy008
4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark black with a two finger dark tan head from an aggressive pour. Has an amazing aroma with chocolate, roasted malt, molasses, vanilla, and rum.

Has a sweet flavor with chocolate, molasses, vanilla, and rum. There is some balancing bitterness from the dark roasted malt. The alcohol is warming, but not hot or boozy at all. A very well made beer.

Medium bodied with modest carbonation. Has a chocolate and roasted malt aftertaste. This is a beer that should age nicely.

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Photo of jera1350
4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Solid black with a dense brown head of foam and lace. Incredible smell. Rum, maple syrup, chocolate and coffee. The taste is of rich chocolate, sweet coffee, maple syrup in the background and very light rum on the end. Warm alcohol, but hard to tell that it was rum barrels used. Could have easily been bourbon if I didn't know. If only the taste matched the glorious nose. Either way, the overall product here is terrific. Drinks great and I think it will age just fine as well.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Smells fantastic...fudge, rum, spice...very nice.

Taste doesn't quite match up..lighter bodied, a bit flabby, rum adds a spicy kick but the base isn't quite up to the task.

Fun beer, happy to try, just cannot live up to the nose.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.97/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black body. Nice khaki head. Great retention and great lacing inside the glass. Chunky collar.

Smell - Very boozy. Rum. Sharp oak. Chocolate. Kinda fruity.

Taste - Fudgy. Sharp oak. Rum and bright fruity sweetness in equal portions. Very boozy. The wood is almost harsh.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Boozy. Medium carbonation.

Overall - It's a little tough to drink, but very flavorful. Rum barrels never quite do it for me.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Jeff for this one. 750ml capped bottle into a Cigar City snifter.

Pours a rich, 1 finger dark mocha colored head with great retention. Beer is opaque and pitch black. Lacing is thick and layered with excellent stick. An awesome and menacing looking brew.

Nose is a light booziness mixed with chocolate, roasted malt, liquorice and fudge. Pretty mellow.

Opens sweet and sticky. Molasses, dark fruit, cocoa powder, chocolate, fudge and brownie. Slightly bitter chocolate in the middle with some more cocoa powder and a touch of ashiness. End is molasses, wood and some fruity sweetness. Aftertaste is dark fruit and more cocoa. This is really good.

Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Slick and oily in the mouth and goes down smooth and rich. Messy finish with a surprisingly clean aftertaste. Really nice.

Really an awesome barrel-aged Imperial Stout and certainly one of the better Rum-aged beers I've had. Pretty under-the-radar and definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep black body with an almost reddish hue and a chocolate brown head. You get the rum sweetness on the nose. I'm not pulling much else. It's a little one note. That continues in the body. Nice stickiness but the body is a bit thin for my taste. You get a hint of boozy heat from the rum, but the light spice and coconut/vanilla flavor from the barrel really enhance this beer. I think the base beer doesn't have enough complexity to make this beer truly great. I'm not getting a lot of roast or distinct flavor that sets the stout apart. It is essentially a vehicle for the barrel in this case. If you're a rum fan, this certainly delivers that flavor.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

review# 800!!!!

thanks to will1256 for trading this bottle!

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: black bodied beer with 1 finger of light brown head. Head drops quickly to no head and a thin ring around the glass.

Smell: Rum, oak, dark fruits, molasses, brown sugar, and dark chocolates.

Taste: Loads of oak and rum notes. Vanilla. Hints of smoke and charred oak barrel. Dark fruits, dark chocolate, molasses, and brown sugar.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low carbonation levels. Sticky, sweet, and mouthcoating. Very smooth barrel aged stout. Wish that it has a thicker mouthfeel.

Overall: Not many rum barrel stouts out there... This is my second favorite. Rarer DOS is easily the best. My first barrel aged offering from Indeed brewing company. I could use a thicker mouthfeel to make this beer phenominal. I would say that Indeed brewing has alot of potential here and I can expect great beers from this brewery in the future.

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Rum King from Indeed Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.