Blood Lust - Jamaican Rum Barrel-Aged With Cacao Nibs And Coffee Beans
Spring House Brewing Company

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Stout - Russian Imperial
4.01 | pDev: 18.2%
Spring House Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 43 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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markgugs from New Jersey

1.57/5  rDev -60.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Trying for the life of me to understand how this beer has a 4.03 rating. It was unanimously the worst beer of our tasting, and in my personal opinion, one of the worst beers I've ever had. The nose was 100% green pepper, and the body was thin, lacking any barrel whatsoever, and quite frankly, disgusting.

Full-blown drain pour. Just awful.

Apr 16, 2015
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.15/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle shared by Barry yesterday.

This one pours a dark, dark black, with a half inch head mocha colored head, and not much lacing.

This one smells really oddly strongly of green peppers, and it slightly overwhelms the other aromas. I don't get much rum, with a bit of roasty coffee. I can pick up some slight chocolate.

The green pepper flavor is not quite as strong in the taste as the aroma, but it's still a bit of a distraction. The rum is still not noticeable at all, and not a whole lot of barrel-derived flavors. There's the green pepper, with some roasty coffee, and the smallest amount of chocolate. The flavors seem slightly muted and vegetal, and just a little bit disappointing.

This is medium bodied, with a somewhat creamy mouthfeel, and a lower level of carbonation.

This definitely seemed to be a bit of an off-bottle- I can't imagine those green pepper flavors were intended.

Mar 15, 2015
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Rifugium from North Dakota

2.41/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Unfortunately I had to bump this rating down from a 4/5, for more of an "average" score between two bottles.

First bottle, fresh, this beer was quite good, and the obvious best from SH's reserve society or whatever it's called. Good coffee on the nose, dark chocolate, nice translation of these elements into the taste, with a decent rum taste as an afterthought, the barrel not really coming out in a meaningful way. Nice body, nice mouthfeel.

A few months later, I cracked a second bottle, and it's pretty much totally infected at this point. Coffee still in the aroma upon first opening. The taste had soured immensely, bringing out rotten fruit and medicine, leaving this beer a shadow of what it once was a mere few months before.

$22 drain pour. Again.

Jan 09, 2015
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orangesol from Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Ted for opening this one at Ffej of November. Pours pitch black with a small half finger tall tan head, quickly dissipating to a light film, leaving light lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell is all butter and dark roast. This thing smells like buttered popcorn with a bit of the desired aromas trying to break through the buttery onslaught and for the most part failing miserably. As for the taste, there is less butter than the nose but it is definitely still there. The chocolate, coffee and spicy rum are there but not in the levels they really should be.

Overall another dud in a growing line of them. I would probably give it another try in the future just to see if it was an off bottle but I won't be seeking out any of these thats for sure.

Nov 17, 2014
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Seeing how none of these barrel reserve beers have aged gracefully, I took it upon myself to crack into this one as soon as I picked it up and got it adequately chilled. 750ml gold wax dipped bottle poured into a matching Spring House reserve teku. The brew pours black in color with a rich brown head 2 fingers strong that fades slowly leaving spotty lace. The look of this is pretty solid.

Initially the smell contains a pleasant note of chocolate, coffee and roast with a faint backing of licorice and tangy alcohol. Wow, they did good with this one! Well, that thought is very short lived. As it warms up and breaths a bit, all the mocha feel to this turns to a green vegetative aspect like bell peppers and young yeastiness.

The taste is slightly roasted with charred grain elements and plenty of dark fruity alcohol flavors tasting like raisin, molasses and slight citrus. Some black licorice blends with chocolate and a bit of neutral oakiness into the finish.

This is medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall its probably the best thing Spring House has released in their reserve society but sadly it fails as a barrel aged beer. The barrel incorporation is nearly completely lost and the coffee inclusion in this tastes more vegetative than coffee-like.

Nov 02, 2014
Blood Lust - Jamaican Rum Barrel-Aged With Cacao Nibs And Coffee Beans from Spring House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 43 ratings