Caribbean Rumstout

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #2,091
Ranked #16,260
3.97 | pDev: 9.32%
Very Good
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Notes: We have brewed on this beer in a long time and we finally think it is a should. A very majestic stout with a hint of roasted barley malt, smoke malt, coffee, some spices and to top it all a drop a of rum. The beer has been seasoned on oak wood. This beer can stored many years in a dark closet or cellar, but is also ready to drink when it leaves our brewery. Buy an extra bottle and stash it for a special occasion in some years. It will develop like a god wine- only get better and better by the years.
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Beersnake1 from California

4/5  rDev +0.8%

Jul 21, 2014
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pitch-black coloration with a medium, creamy, mocha-colored head. Smells of roasted, caramel malt. distinct dark chocolate and lighter coffee, as well as hints of dark fruit, spices and rum-soaked oak. Taste is an excellent balance of quite roasted, slightly caramelly malt, distinct dark and bitter chocolate, lighter coffee, brown sugar and dark fruits, with notes of plum and raisin, as well as some spices and hints of leather, tobacco and earthy, rum-soaked oak. Finishes semi-dry, with a light bitterness and some roasted malt, chocolate, spices and oak lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium/rich body and medium carbonation.

This makes for a great rum-barrel-aged Stout that completely lacks the strong booziness I've experienced with many other examples of the style and really brings out those spicy rum and earthy oak barrel notes, with a strong chocolate presence as well, bringing to mind spiced-up, rum-soaked Caribbean Chocolate Cake, while never feeling too sweet or boozy. The overall flavor profile really tends towards the roasted, dry and bitter end here, which I love, with just a little sweetness coming through, while hints of smoked and spicy accents provide a bit more depth to this. Overall this makes for a terrific, quite complex and well-balanced beer that is only slightly let down by a body and mouthfeel that could be more full and thick. Goes great with some chocolate-covered German gingerbread!

Jan 05, 2021
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.59/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a super huger dark brown foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of roasted malt mix in with light lactose notes and some subtle fruity ester. Taste is a good enough mix between some medium roasted malt with notes of fruity ester and some light lactose notes though this beer is more dry then sweet in the end. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Good though something is missing to make this beer something I would go for again and again.

Oct 09, 2011
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.61/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle share with Brian. In a word, decent spice in finish. The rest, some smoke and coffee, and way too woody character. So-so drinkability. Dry like anything.

Feb 27, 2018
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bark from Sweden

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The colour is black; the large compact head is brown. Some lacing occurs.

The smell is... stout-y: Somewhat raw flavours of chocolate. Alcohol, roasted barley, window-cleanser (ammonia), soap (phenols).

The first taste is very chemical and organic. Some oily hints. Sweet-bitter flavours. Hints of fruit candy. I noticed some oat-like smoothness. Earthy-frowsy rum cask matured notes in the background, as well as roasted notes of black coffee and spicy notes of rum and mulled wine. The aftertaste is sweet with distinct notes of rum and heavily roasted malt. Dark rum in the finish.

The carbonation is low, the small bubbles are smooth. The liquid is very smooth ant a bit sticky.

A very complex and a bit demanding beer to drink very slowly.

Apr 24, 2010
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baggio from Sweden

4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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A: Black as motoroil with a creamy brown head.

S: Roasted malt, Rum, Coffee, Caramel.

T: Rum, Dark chocolate, Grain, Dark caramel, Mild coffee.

M: Very little carbonation. Liquid is smooth and filling without being thick. First taste is somewhat coffeebitterish but it ends sweet with a hint of rum. Lovely.

This was a very pleasant stout. Just the way i like it with a balanced sweetness from the rum. A beer to sip on for an hour
or two.

Apr 25, 2010
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tpd975 from Florida

3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From my favorite trader outside the US, actually quite possibly my favorite trader anywhere, bosse.

A: Pours a nice deep dark flat black. Thin fizzy head rises as quickly as it dies. No retention or lace.

S: Aromas of roasted malt, dark fruits, cane sugar, and chocolate. The roast is there with hints of acidic coffee.

T: Coffee and chocolate forward. A bit fizzy like most rum barrel beers seem to be. Nice roast with hints of char and light smoke.

M: Thin in body, very zippy mouth feel, almost biting at the tongue.

D: A solid beer overall. One I am glad to have tried.

Jul 09, 2010
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mikesgroove from South Carolina

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

the last beer of the weekend for me, this one i had waited to try till after everyone had left. served chilled and poured into snifter, this one was consumed on 10/30/2010

the pour was a nice inky black color with a good bit of light tan lacing forming around the sides and the bottom of the glass. a light coating which faded over time, but still produced some nice effects.

aroma is an odd blend of tobacco, leather, deep cooca and a nice balanced roasted malt. very well done if not a bit dark. searching and warming produce a light note of alcohol as well as some nice touches of barrel and oak notes. this follows through well on the profile as most of what i pick up is cocoa and leather with hints of vanilla mixed in. not the fullest stout but it has enough character to keep me interested and certainly lets you know that it is a sipper.

overall a solid offering, not the greatest thing in the world, but still a nice stab at the style.

Nov 01, 2010
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Dec 30, 2016
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HotHabanero from Denmark

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled (Love Gunhilds labels). Pours black with a tan, foamy and two fingers high head. Good lacing. Nose of roasted malt and rum. Sweet flavour of roasted malt, brown sugar, coffee, ripe fruits, raisins and notes of rum. Full bodied. Oily texture. The finish is more dry. An very interesting and enjoyable brew.

Jul 31, 2011
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Jeffo from Netherlands

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
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
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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.

Jun 27, 2015
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ricke from Sweden

3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Almost black with a small brown head that settles kind of fast and leaves some lacings.

S: Not a whole lot of roasted malts, but still enough. Lots of vanilla and notes of chocolate and coffee. A hint of wood and a gentle note of alcohol. A pleasant smell, but it's rather mellow and laid back. The rum character is very subtle.

T: The taste is somewhat sweet with a gentle roasted malty backbone and lots of vanilla flavors. Notes of coffee, chocolate and dark fruits. Some oak-barrel and rum (faint). Somewhere in the background, a subtle hint of smoke is lurking around. The finish has some bitterness to it and sweet rum flavors. A slightly boozy flavor of alcohol in the end.

M: Medium body and a creamy and smooth texture. A slightly bigger body would have been nice.

D: Good. A very mellow character - the "in your face-mentality" often found in similar beers are far away in this one.

Sep 13, 2009
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DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.8%

Sep 21, 2013
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irishpride from New York

3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aug 09, 2015
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Evil_Pidde from Sweden

4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours pitch black, almost like motor oil. Head is thick and pale brown. Some lacings.

S: Molasses and rum, obviously... Roasted sweet malt, almost burnt. Dark dried fruits. Coffee and chocolate.

T: Nice. Strong black coffee, dark bitter chocolate. Then there's the rum. Molasses to the sweet roasted malt. Faint dark dried fruits.

M: Lovely bittertaste, sweet and lingering - you have the roasted feel for a long time as well. Body is full and carbonation moderate. Smooth!

O: A nice, interesting Stout where the rum surly makes the difference.

Oct 17, 2011
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bylerteck from Canada (ON)

3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle bought in Helsingor, Denmark at a small store by the ferry terminal. Shared with Warren from Ol Baren at the bar. From notes.

A - Totally black. Half finger tan head. Cannot see through it or see any carbonation.

S - Rum is really present which is nice. Kinda roasty as well with some sweeter notes and a little alcohol.

T - Dark fruit, some candi sweetness, rum, and some subtle chocolate.

M - Mild carbonation with a full body. Creamy feeling with a sweet lingering finish with a little alcohol burn.

D - Not world class but a good one. I could not have too much but it was great to sip on and I did not mind it a bit. The sweetness and ABV are probably the only things holding this one back.

Apr 14, 2011
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nhindian from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Jun 12, 2016
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olradetbalder from Sweden

3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Nov 20, 2014
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Chrily from Norway

4/5  rDev +0.8%

Nov 19, 2012

3.15/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap. ½ pt glass. Enjoyed on mar´13. Pure black headed by creamy & lasting crown, beige in color. Roasted malt & black coffee grain aromas, hints of rum & alcohol, woody hints to the nose. Smooth & creamy malt upfront is shacked by pungent heat & intense coffee infusion. Full body. Moderate to soft carbonation. Dense texture. Dry bitter finish & coffee on the aftertaste. Excessive –despite of its name- rum notes.

Mar 11, 2013
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Mar02x from Netherlands

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A pitch brown beer with a massive head. The brown foam just keeps on going and going. Quite exceptional to me.

S - Chocolate, coffee and a little rum scent. The scent smells like something really thick, what makes it nice and inviting.

T - Once on temperature it is a reasonable good beer. The only thing that makes it less is the bitterness. Where the alcohol is hidden is remarkable. A good taste of chocolate, coffee, some spices and rum.

M - Soft carbonation where one is expecting a strong one and that is a nice surprise. The warming alcohol comes very late after the bitter after taste, well done.

O - Not a bad beer at all, worth trying. Don't drink it to cold!

Nov 17, 2011
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samEBC from Belgium

3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Jun 05, 2017
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aztraz from Sweden

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Aug 06, 2013
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Kurmaraja from California

3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Feb 29, 2016
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Erik-P from Canada (BC)

3.59/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dec 16, 2016
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