Caribbean Rumstout | Hornbeer

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hornbeer
Denmark
hornbeer.dk

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ricke on 09-13-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
39
Reviews:
15
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
9.39%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
6
For Trade:
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3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biboergosum
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle - from the fractured English in the label description, I can only infer that they aged this stout with some sort of rum-based oak - how, I have no idea.

This beer pours a solid black abyss, with very scant amber basal edges, and two fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat bubbly brown head, which leaves a bit of low-lying pinprick lace around the glass as it evenly bleeds away.

It smells of roasted caramel malt, bittersweet chocolate, gently estery smoke, oaky and fruity rum, and maybe a hint of earthy black licorice. The taste is gritty and grainy dark cocoa powder, biscuity caramel malt, some free-range ashiness, a mildly astringent rum-soaked woodiness, faint day-old coffee grounds, muddled earthy spices, and a suggestion of metallic alcohol warming.

The carbonation is adequate in its merely supportive frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and mostly smooth, the smoke retreating, and the sugary elements gliding right along their merry way across my palate. It finishes off-dry, but trending towards the latter, as the spices belatedly choose to come out and play.

Overall, this is a decent spiced-rum addled version of the style, lots of flavours abounding. Unlike its chili stout sibling, however, the smoke essence here is subtle, rather than medicinal and unpleasant, which is an obvious plus. Worth checking out, especially if you're an old rummy.

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3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nicolaiw
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two finger brown head, oily black
Aroma: roasted malt, coffee, little boozy
Taste: lots of coffee, molasses, sweet rum, dates, soft carbonation, very sweet, bitter chocolate

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Photo of Tdenham
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nhindian
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a very dark, flat black that looks both ominous yet inviting. The head is tan and voluminous, with long-lasting retention.

Aroma - The aroma is unique and complex. It is roasty and oaky, with a great spiced rum smell. There is a smoke note as well which was unexpected but adds even more depth. Milk chocolate rounds out the aroma with a sweeter edge.

Taste - Yep, this is a rum barrel alright! The two dominant flavors are the rum barrel and chocolate. The barrel lends some vanilla, oak and of course that big spiced rum taste, while the chocolate gives a sweet reprieve. The malts add a roasted note while bordering on smoked.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with somewhat low carbonation. I would've liked a little more heft behind this.

Closing Arguments - Overall, this is a neat beer, especially with the integration of the barrel. I wish the stout were a little more substantial to compete with the barrel, but alas. I've been meaning to try this beer for years, and while it didn't full live up to the pedestal I had it put on, it is still tasty.

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5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jeffo
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No idea where I got this one. Maybe from these Danish guys who stayed at Doopers house during Borefts. That was good times.

From a bottle into a snifter
bb4 29-01-2024

APPEARANCE: A black pour yields a two finger, thicker looking, creamy tan head with excellent retention. Black body with no carbonation evident. Head fades to a full cap and coats the sides of the glass. A ring remains and leaves falling dots of lacing down the glass. Good looking stuff.

SMELL: Spicy rum, oak, vanilla and some milk chocolate. Very little stout here, but the barrel and spicy stuff is nice.

TASTE: Follows the nose. Spicy rum, oak and a big finish of more spicy rum and oak, chocolate bitterness and some bitter coffee as well. Plenty of spicy rum and wood flavors linger on the palate as well. Pretty nice.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down okay and finishes a touch sticky. No real heat lingers.

OVERALL: Good stuff all around. I think I'd like to see more stout show up for top marks here, but the barrel is well done and the flavors are pretty well blended together. The look is definitely above average as well. One well worth checking out if the you get the chance, especially if you're a fan of spicy rum barrels. Recommended.

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4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

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3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.94 out of 5 based on 39 ratings.
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