Rumbah - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 28 | Reviews: 25 | Display Reviews Only:
3.5/5 rDev -5.1%
Bottle shared by Javier at Strong Ale 2011. Thanks, I needed this.
A: Reddish brown with a beige head.
S: Sugary dates with rum and oak. Esters are pronounced, reminiscent of apple and pear. The malt base is bready and sweet.
T: Restrained rum notes blend with oak and Caribbean bonhomie. Pear accompanies apple and banana. The fruit is expressive. Malt is bready and sugary.
M: Medium in body with matching carbonation.
Overall: An okay beer. It didn't seem infected, but it certainly lacked the requisite island flair I had expected.
12-08-2011 17:32:44 | More by HopHead84
4.2/5 rDev +13.8%
dark hazelnut brown. Lots of carbonation visible throughout the glass. A nice three finger high head of tan colored lace rose up above it and hung around for a few minutes before finally settling down to just a thin film across the top of the glass. Some decent side glass lacing as well, completed it very nicely.
The aroma was rich and sweet. Lots of great earthy and grainy notes mixing in well with a good amount of caramel sugar. The flavor followed suit nicely, with the dominant flavor of caramel really taking hold. Some nice bready malts being located under that as well. The alcohol was very well hidden, and not a factor at all. Nice smooth finish with the long lingering flavor of nutty caramel on the tongue for a few minutes afterward. The feel was a nice medium-bodied ale with a good amount of carbonation and a smooth creamy feel. Awesome session ale for me, as the palate was rich and the feel great
10-02-2011 04:37:02 | More by mikesgroove
3.23/5 rDev -12.5%
Well, I have to admit that a dopplebock aged in rum barrels sounds very interesting, and could well be delicious. I could see how the malty, warming notes of the Dopplebock would play well with the buttery caramel, vanilla, and spice notes of a rum. It starts out looking good as well, pouring a nice amber with excellent clarity, a pancake head, and some decent lacing. After that, things strive for completeness but fall a bit short, like a runner pushing for that third wind and not finding it. It's still respectable, but it could have been a great beer with some rethinking and finessing. Slightly sour, which is a somewhat jarring note in the way I expected this beer to come together, with some plummy fruitiness and a touch of sour apple. Where is the lovely Dopplebock maltiness? Where is the rum? As it is, it's merely a somewhat drinkable passing curiosity. Ah well, try it again with much more malt and a good stiff dark rum.
09-02-2011 02:58:47 | More by Georgiabeer
4.72/5 rDev +27.9%
Bomber poured into my Delirium snifter, Rumbah is a clear garnet with a big off-white head that leaves heavy lace, very nice. Picked up at the brewery on release, and cellared appropriately since.
Smell is really nice, but way different then originally, an acidic tartness, a little constrained though. Served at cellar temp, about 50F.
Taste is fantastic! I had this on draught when it was released, and it has evolved dramatically, much to my enjoyment. There are clearly some bugs at work, slowly chewing through malt and adding a nice green apple tartness. A little caramel like rum comes through on the finish. Wow, I'm really liking it. The doppelbock base is still there, but the lacto tartness really takes it to the next level. Reminds me a lot of a Cascade sour now. Looks like the made the same "mistake" with this dopplebock as they did with Good Mojo, but I'm happy for it!
Mouthfeel is dry, light, with the classic MSBC creaminess. They are the most consistently great carbonation out there.
Drinkability is very good. Smooth as silk for a big brew, the taste is just so beckoning, I need more and more with every sip. I have a few bottles left, and I will have to age them for several more years at least, as these have huge potential. Reminding me a lot of a less oaky De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva. Would be a 5 if it was made more the once.
02-24-2011 02:05:35 | More by ccrida
3.25/5 rDev -11.9%
From notes. Very active, copper/amber, with moderate but dense tan head that retains well. Leave patchy lacing.
Spicy, clovey, and malty sweet first. Some boozy heat evident with a swirl. Pleasant and inviting.
It goes downhill from here. Taste is fruity tartness and mild bitterness actually overpowering the malty sweet body. I don't taste the rum at all. I get some caramel later. Alcohol is well hidden. Maybe I'm getting just a nip of the wood? Not really impressed.
A bit of a bite, strong warming, with a full body, though it is not as rich as I'd hoped. It has an overall dry character that I'm not into.
I recall enjoying this more in the fall of 09 when it was fresh and on tap. This sample is not as rich and malty as I'd like, but it is very unique and interesting. I will always try everything I can from Midnight Sun, and I commend them for stepping away from the styles they do most often. But this one didn't really do it for me.
02-17-2011 18:02:23 | More by sprucetip
2.78/5 rDev -24.7%
Thanks for sharing this one, Bobby.
A: The pour is amber in color, maybe a bit light for a doppelbock, with an off-white head.
S: Smells sour. Not what I was expecting from a Rum barrel Doppelbock. I also get some raisins (perhaps the cause of the sourness), booze, sweet oranges, and a bit of oak. Molasses, and slightly roasty malts are there too. Overall though, the nose isn't very potent.
T: A little bit more of what I was expecting on the palate. Moderately sweet with some caramel and molasses, but I don't really get very much rum (other than a definite booziness). Dark fruits such as raisins, which are somewhat tart.
M: The body is medium, sort of smooth, with a carbonation that seems a bit low.
D: Really quite meh, and the unfortunate sourness doesn't really do much for me.
12-10-2010 23:55:25 | More by womencantsail
4/5 rDev +8.4%
Poured a amber brown with slight reddish highlights that had a thin head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass. You could definitely spot out the rum aroma along with caramel, a little molasses, toffee, oak character, and some fruitiness. The caramel flavor was more potent on the palate with rum, oaky, and molasses accents but it also had underlying fruit notes. The brew was medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, mild booze, and creamy finish. It drank pretty good and was a solid dopplebock but was diggin the rum character as well I thought it added some dimension.
12-10-2010 18:18:58 | More by Gobzilla
3.05/5 rDev -17.3%
Bittersweet orange with bright apricot accents and an expansive crown of pale caramel colored foam that is loaded with visual personality. Persistence and lace deposition are both pretty impressive, especially for a high-ABV, barrel-aged brew.
Unless the aroma opens up a little with warming (note: it doesn't), we're looking at an average score. There may be hints of medium-dark malts, but rum is nowhere to be found. Here's hoping the beer is much more aggressive on the taste buds.
Midnight Sun Rumbah tastes like a rum barrel-aged doppelbock... but it doesn't taste like a well-brewed rum barrel-aged doppelbock. There isn't enough malt, enough malt flavor or enough rum notes. Tanginess is at least as prominent as sweetness. And this could have been such killer beer.
It's unlikely that age (estimated 14-16 months) has taken much of a toll, but it's possible. Flavors include a weak brown-caramel maltiness, tangy fruit, and a very small splash of amber rum. Wimpy, wimpier, wimpiest. The problem isn't that this offering has too many negatives, it's that it has almost no positives. The alcohol is masked pretty well, if that's important to you.
The body/mouthfeel is more 7.0% than 10.0%. It's nice and smooth (thanks to laid back bubbles that are buried deep within the liquid), and even has some lightly viscous hang-on. All things considered, though, it's underwhelming.
Rumbah Double Rum Bock sounds great on paper and looks inviting... but it's all downhill from there. I would love to see what a complete reworking of this basic receipe would taste like if the brewers at Midnight Sun used more malts, darker malts, added brown sugar, and aged the beer for a longer period of time in dark rum barrels. Thanks to sprucetip for the opportunity.
11-17-2010 13:54:13 | More by BuckeyeNation
District of Columbia
3.33/5 rDev -9.8%
Big thanks to AzureLimits for sending this one my way, it's been on my wants for awhile.
The lighter color of this beer threw me off at first, I had to recheck the bottle to make sure I read "Doppelbock". It poured out a hazy medium chestnut/amber hue, with very minimal head. What did surface disappeared into just a white ring within a few moments.
Maybe the rum from the barrels played a part in the ligher color, it sure smells like I'm ready for an island vacation. I honestly am searching even at the end of the bottle for something else besides the rum in the nose. Nope.
Only a little bit of carbonation here. The slight sour tones I'm getting actually tickle my throat more, causing a mild puckering of my lips. The rum is the most prevalent flavor, coupled with sour apple and no doppelbock. It finishes really dry.
It was almost a chore to finish, but Adam and I split it like champs. I don't know if the base beer was an issue from the start, or if the barrels were way too wet, or yes. In a blind taste I never would mark this a doppelbock. Ooooh yeah let's not forget, it's 10% and not going to let you forget that. Another MS knocked off the list, but not my favorite.
10-15-2010 14:14:19 | More by naproxen
3.48/5 rDev -5.7%
Bomber via trade thanks to akbeerfiend.
Pours reddish-amber in color with an off-white head that fades to thick foam.
Aroma is caramel, oak, rum, and musty earth. Interesting.
Flavor is good - caramel malt, green apples and other dried fruits, candy corn, dank barrel, and rum. Slightly tart and dry.
ABV is well-hidden. Medium-full bodied with a dry mouthfeel and soft carbonation.
Pretty good beer overall, if not great for a doppelbock or something -bal aged. Drinkable.
08-18-2010 21:24:33 | More by nickd717
2.8/5 rDev -24.1%
Reddish-amber with a slight haze, great color. It's topped by a thin white crust.
Sweet and oaky aroma; caramelized sugar, vanilla, tart berry, stonefruit. The sourness is mild, but it doesn't gel with the rum barrel sweetness.
Caramelized and fruity on the palate, tart apricots, berries, some toasted grain. Medium body, lightly drying in the finish with mild tannins and astringency. The sourness is off-putting, otherwise this is decent.
08-12-2010 05:27:23 | More by largadeer
4.33/5 rDev +17.3%
A: Pours a remarkably clear, tan-ruby with an impressive head of medium-tan bubbles. Very pleasing to the eye.
S: Sweet layers of malt at first, with a floral nose sweeping forth. Almost a crispy toffee, but lighter smelling than that might lead one to believe. A light almost "berry-like" floral scent hides behind the hopping, which I would attribute to the rum barrels.
T: Crispy, bready malt, with floral hops lingering and a light herbal flavour quickly following. Lightly spicy/peppery. Finish incorporates the bready malt with the light spice and herbal flavours. Nice drying finish that leads the glass back to the lips. Delicious.
M: Smooth, low-medium carbonation and not syrupy or cloying in the least bit.
D: This brew is ungodly smooth for something relatively dry and 10% alcohol (maybe attributed in part to the fact that it is a lager).
04-14-2010 03:28:05 | More by darklordlager
3.68/5 rDev -0.3%
Another last-minute addition to the tasting, courtesy of the very generous randawakes. Thanks, Kyle! Beer number 23 of the tasting, number 14 of day 2.
Pours a light brown color with hues of peach thrown in for pleasantness. Not really a doppelbock color. There is a light head with some spotty lacing.
Big nose of cinnamon and spiced rum. While not my doppelbock signature aroma that I am looking for, this is really intriguing, and I am wondering where it will go. It almost smells like Big Red gum. Light butterscotch once it hits the palate, more up the doppelbock alley that I am used to. This is followed again by a big cinnamon flavor. A decent backbone of raisins and dates gives depth, as the rum lingers almost imperceptibly in the background. There is also a light tartness to this.
Somewhat biting on the first sip, it mellows as the beer moves from cellar to room temp. The cinnamon and spice are a bit too overstated. I am having a bit of trouble finishing even my small serving.
04-08-2010 03:38:09 | More by NittanyBeerFan
3.68/5 rDev -0.3%
Kyle, you really brought every Midnight Sun you could get your hands on to the tasting, didn't you? Thanks a bunch, man!
Mildly hazy burgundy with a dense off-white head with great lacing. Solid stuff.
The nose is plenty spicy with cinnamon, brown sugar and a clean back character behind it. Rum is low, almost unnoticeable, but for the brown sugar and a little vanilla. The palate is interesting, opening with a light tartness followed by a blend of butterscotch, cinnamon and rummy brown sugar. Rum character is fairly low. Mildly fruity, there's some raisins and dates. Medium-light in body with low carbonation, the finish is drying with some sugar and tartness. Decent stuff. I think a little more barrel character and a more interesting base beer would have helped this immensely.
03-31-2010 13:37:15 | More by DefenCorps
3.18/5 rDev -13.8%
A: Pours a copper brown hue with an above average off white head. No real retention or lace.
S: Aromas of sweet malt, dark fruit, and an off sour tartness.
T: I think this one is infected. Strange tartness and light tartness. Hints of candy malt, with notes of raisin, and light oak.
M: Medium in body, tingly on the tongue.
D: Not really. Either a bad bottle or a strange beer.
03-16-2010 01:31:04 | More by tpd975
3.45/5 rDev -6.5%
Appearance: Pours a deep, dark copper body with a smallish, though lasting light beige head.
Smell: Particularly sweet-scented, fruity aroma of overly ripened, lightly tart apricots, lightly bready malts, and vanilla-flavored cane sugar syrup. Some slight background phenolics.
Taste: Sweet beginnings with a maltiness of basic baguettes and light caramel candy. Punchy fruitiness, still a bit tart, with tastes of apricots and plump green raisins. Small hints of vanilla and rum. Distant though pervasive background hint of funky phenols. Vacant hop character and nearly nil on the bitterness. Ample alcoholic warmth on the sweetish, continually fruity finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-low carbonation, leaving the mouthfeel fairly smooth.
Drinkability: A little too sweet, a bit hot, slight phenolic -- sadly, this one just wasn't to my liking. No worries in the long run though as Midnight Sun has a rather good batting average with me.
03-15-2010 21:06:14 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.73/5 rDev +1.1%
Thanks to bret27 for bringing this along to Woodshop 5.0. Pours amber with a thin white froth. Definitely rummy on the nose with a slight solvent note and some caramel. Also an unexpected lime-esque note, not sure what that's all about. Flavor is citrusy and bright with the malts in a backup role. A little hot but flavorful, just like rum is. I think the spirit aging thinned this one out a bit, but it's definitely worth a try.
02-23-2010 11:05:43 | More by illidurit
4/5 rDev +8.4%
22oz bottle (bottled 4th week of September '09) courtesy of alaskajoe. Thanks Joe! Poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.
A - Pours a translucent amber color with no head to speak of...just a thin collar of white foam around the edge of the glass.
S - Sweet and sugary, slightly spicy - maybe cinnamon...not much dimension to it, but it does smell pretty good.
T - Quite malty throughout...nice and caramelly, very smooth. Rum influence is mild but adds some complexity and actually smoothes things out quite a bit. Hops are subdued, maybe a bit of grassiness. Very clean tasting overall - quite enjoyable.
M - Thinner than I expected, but just shy of medium bodied. Carbonation is low, but definitely adequate for this one. This one just kinda glides down the throat without much resistance and begs you to take a followup gulp.
D - Pretty high in alcohol at 10%, but it is masked pretty well. Very smooth for a barrel aged beer. First rum barrel aged beer I've had...quite good. Have to look for more of these types of barrel aged beers.
02-07-2010 00:53:00 | More by portia99
3.7/5 rDev +0.3%
Pours a clear amber brown, almost tea-like, with a very small bubbly beige head that recedes quickly to a collar and leaves no lacing.
The aroma is fairly subtle but what is there is very sweet. Rum-soaked raisins come to mind, but there is definitely a toasted malt aroma that reminds me I'm smelling a lager, just a really boozy one.
The taste is tough to place for me. It's got a very boozy rum presence right up front with some spicy oak before the caramel malts and toasted grains of the lager come through. The finish is dry and woody with rum but also with a brown sugar and dark fruit sweetness.
The mouthfeel is medium and very sugary for a dobbelbock, though it still seems a bit too light-bodied, especially for a 10% ABV beer. The carbonation is lively, probably a little too much so.
I'm not exactly sure what to make of this beer as there are so many competing flavors that don't seem to meld as well as I was hoping. Don't get me wrong, it's still a good beer, but it left me wanting a little more balance and body. Very sweet and very boozy.
01-25-2010 03:13:57 | More by gford217
4.1/5 rDev +11.1%
22oz bottle from the cellar.
Pours sparkling clear, dark amber with a ruby hue and a half inch head of beige.
Retention is short and a few dots of lacing remain atop the mostly placid surface for the duration.
Aromatics lead off with rich malt and boozy rum. Loads of caramel with accents of vanilla, butterscotch, and toffee.
On the fuller side of medium bodied with a chewy, slick mouthfeel.
Plump, juicy malt laced with rum undertones start the palate. Hints of dark fruit, ripe figs, and vanilla follow through.
Finishes with a warming booziness, lingering sweet malt, and a faint tartness.
Perhaps not as rich and thick as I would expect a BA Dopplebock from MS to be. The barrel aging has added a minimal amount of complexity beyond the rum character. Certainly tasty though.
01-06-2010 01:45:58 | More by brewandbbq
3.78/5 rDev +2.4%
Mildly murky deep amber with a nice head that dissipates obediently.
Smell is kind of a hickory-hued pecan sticky bun with a hint of the expected rum notes, and a bit of essence of pretty ladies suntanning.
Taste is a more oaken prevalence, with LOTS of sugary sweet bread notions. The malt, wood, and rum are there and working well together. A bit sweet for me though.
Mouthfeel is heavy but neutral, a bit dirty, and all in all pretty pleasing.
As for drinkability...I still say it's a bit too sweet. And I have to wonder, with the sugariness, if this one becomes a headache inducer. A bit hot with the ABV too. Yet, it's likable. I think it's more a smaller dose beer though.
12-20-2009 05:19:54 | More by GIVEMEBACKMYSON
3.95/5 rDev +7%
Pours a mild head that dissipates quickly, brown amber color. Smell is sour and fruity. Taste is lighter, bockish, medium-bodied, sweet rum flavors. Still, this beer feels lagery. There is a noticeable aftertaste that is warming, oak aged-like?, and sweet rum.
The appearance and smell do not impress me that much, the taste fades into different stages, good, to eh, to good. The warming effect makes it all go away :)
12-12-2009 05:53:39 | More by randawakes
Rumbah from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.