Caribbean Rumstout | Hornbeer

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Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ricke on 09-13-2009

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Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by Chrily:
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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Photo of ricke
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.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of biboergosum
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.

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Photo of Mar02x
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!

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Photo of Sammy
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.

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Photo of aztraz
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

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Photo of pester
5/5  rDev +25.9%

Photo of mikesgroove
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.

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Photo of Nicolaiw
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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 Beer-Ed
4/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

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Photo of killcore
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SayBoom
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dkline39
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of nhindian
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.

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Photo of bark
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.

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Photo of patrykfus
3.4/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AlexAfonin
5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of HotHabanero
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.

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