Death By Coconut - Rum Barrel-Aged
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American Imperial Porter
4.18 | pDev: 9.57%
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Death By Coconut - Rum Barrel-AgedDeath By Coconut - Rum Barrel-Aged
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strohme2 from Michigan

4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Stovepipe can, dated 11/27/17 “Rum BBL in the Bronx” printed on the bottom. Picked up by a friend from the NC location in 2019 and sent to me. Poured into a tulip glass.
Pours a dark and dirty solid black with a finger’s worth of khaki crown. That head disappears leaving a ring around the interior of the glass; sparse lacing too.
That nose is killer! Toasted coconut, dusty and dry cocoa, caramel, it’s reminiscent of German chocolate cake. Plenty of rum in the nose too. At this point it blends well.
As far as the taste goes, it’s mostly rum but that’s not such a bad thing.
Spiced rum, candied coconut, vanilla cake, notes of cola sweetness.
On the thinner side but I realize this isn’t described as an imperial porter/stout. Mild carbonation.
Overall, most rum barrel aged beers I’ve come across seem to choppy or too rum heavy. This one definitely has a big rum profile but it doesn’t overpower or control the beer. It kept my interests throughout.

Sep 11, 2019
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours dark chestnut with light tan head that settles to a thin cap. Few spots of lacing around the glass.

Aroma - Big rum aroma, coconut, chocolate, light spice little caramel.

Taste - The rum and coconut are really balanced, little bit of bakers chocolate coming through, the rum cuts the usual mounds bar flavor while it is still there the rum really adds a little depth to the flavors.

Feel - Nice feel, great carbonation slightly slick the rum adds some nice heat with a touch of dryness on the end.

Overall - Well done addition to the regular DBC, really tasty and easy drinking.

May 24, 2019
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mothman from Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap. 2016 version. Light tan head. Black color.

Porter body. Big rum flavor. Has a charred flavor. Chocolate and very faint coconut. Maybe it has faded. Something feels a little off here as it has a slight burnt rubber flavor. It’s okay.

Oct 25, 2018
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours an opaque fudge color with a one inch tan head that retains well before turning into a ringlet; a few strands of lacing

Smell: The rum is strong, here, along with milk chocolate, caramel and coconut

Taste: Roasty, up front, with chocolate and caramel tones building; the rum barrel arrives, through the middle and persists into the finish, with the coconut becoming more prominent, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Enjoyed this beer as it does a good job with two difficult adjuncts - coconut and rum barrel treatment

Aug 22, 2018
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Tony210 from New Jersey

4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours fairly dark with a light tan head that fizzles out quickly. Hugs rum aroma - like you are sniffing a glass of Caribbean aged rum. Some chololate and coconut in the background. First taste is big rum barrel, coconut, some chocolate, sweet molasses, touch of vanilla extract. Finish is remnescient of a combination of: Malibu rum, coconut suntan lotion, pina coloda flavored BuzzBall. Slightly artificial, but not too much. Carbonation is a little fizzy. Light to medium bodied. Overall I definitely enjoyed this beer and would gladly drink it again. It is interesting, as it is not an imperial version, and it has roughly the same body as it's non barrel aged version, so I am not sure where the abv comes from. It clearly tastes like it sat in a rum barrel for an extended period of time. It also tastes as if there were still a large amount of rum still in the barrel when they dumped the beer in, thus giving it the 11.5%abv. I love it nonetheless.

19.2 oz can - thanks for the trade Bo!
4.25 rating

Feb 14, 2018
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GeneralBurden from Minnesota

4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap dark black with a creamy lacing. Picking up rum and coconut smell and taste. Dark cocoa and coconut lingers on the finish. Mouthfeel is thin and creamy.
Rum brings the alcohol heat which imparts a warmth throughout the body. A smooth buzz from a tasty beverage.

Jan 26, 2018
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Korbynlehr from Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Whoa Nelly! The rum aroma is heavy. Pours dark like an espresso with head that reminds me of crema on a latte, except this quickly reduces down to near nothing. Nose hits with the rum and coconut. Taste like a coffee with coconut flavoring. This is a great beer that no where near drinks like 11.5%.

Jan 02, 2018
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light fizzy head, pitch black beer, light lacing

Nose loads of fake coconut, and tons of rum, like parrot bay rum, little cocoa

Taste big rum like tons of spiced rum and coconut rum, little cocoa, thin malt, big rummy alcohol,
Mouth is thinner watery, boozy, decent carb

Overall eh, liked it at first but then it's not great

Dec 28, 2017
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coconut and rum are usually the stuff of the Caribbean, but with a lush porter as its soul, the strong and dark ale of Oskar Blues take on a decidedly Colorado tone.

The rum barrel aged version of Death By Coconut carries a masculine garnet brown austere, faintly hazed and capped with a quite but confident creme-like froth. Decadence exudes as the sweet and sultry scent of dark sugars mingle with chocolate, a spiced rum tingle and an overall fragrance of sun tanning oil. Those dark sugars are woven together with the savory sweetness of molasses, brown sugar and toffee to much the delight of the initial palate.

As the middle palate is awash with the bold sweetness of the porter, its dark coffee, cocoa, pecan, and molasses flavors swirl in intoxicating fashion. Coconut glides across the tastebuds bringing its nuances of vanilla, cream and an overall nougat and malted milk candy character. Light on bitterness, a hint of marzipan, nutty and coffee flavors come with a malty sweet finish.

Rich, full and unapologetically decadent, the beer finish and trails into a long and sweet finish that it begins with. This continuation means that the ale is simple and dedicated to its flavors but lacking in the complexity and development department. The spice of rum, nutmeg and cinnamon surround the coconut into a long and savory afterglow.

Dec 21, 2017
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maximum12 from Minnesota

4.61/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I’ve drunk the crap out of this is cans & on tap, so I suppose I should review it. This 19.2 oz. can/dildo should carry me through the Vikings win & right to bed. And no, I’m not bringing the can with.

This beer has the most persistent head I’ve ever seen: after a half hour it hasn’t budged. The liquid is dark with plenty of red foil. The nose is a bubbling cauldron of rum with a side of rich malts that leans towards molasses. Very nice.

Death by Coconut – Rum Barrel Aged warms all the parts of my insides. The rum is strong, & brings plenty of, well, rum, spices, & a quick shot of alcoholism. It’s blended with exquisite beauty with the coconut, leaving this almost perfectly tropical. Lending unnecessary nuance & grace is soft chocolate, lactose, with a finishing boom of sweetness, with the rum adding to an already candy-sweet beer. Rich & oh-so-pluggable.

I – almost – happily paid $1/oz for this on tap in D.C. & - almost – happily shelled out plenty for the cans as well. Why? Because it’s a magnificent, world-class beer that I want to slug as often as possible. And this is my last can. I hope it comes back!

Sep 12, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

the rum edition is so much more dramatic and delicious than the whiskey one was, i really like what the sweet rum contributes, the wood is more robust, the liquor makes a bigger impact too, and with the tropical nature of all the coconut in here, there is a thematic congruence that i really like as well! its thick and shiny dark brown from the tall can, with a gorgeous aroma of fresh toasted coconut, almond, chocolate, and spice like anise and allspice, some booze and some cocoa too. the flavor incorporates all of this, but the coconut really stands out, especially towards the finish, mostly natural but a little sun tan lotion vibe too, sweet for sure, accented nicely by the rum, which i can really taste, and mellowed by the wood. the malt never get too dark here, less roast and bitter than i remember in the base beer, and i kind of miss it, as this gets too sweet for much volume drinking, at least for me, and a bitter thread in here would help it, but i like the forward chocolate in here, and the vanilla notes from the rum barrels too. alcohol only really comes out at the end, and its a lot with the sweetness and all the body, but as dessert type stouts go, this is pretty special! my critique is the can though, not sure it makes sense to cellar a canned beer, but this beer seems like it would mature nicely over time, i just dont trust cans for that purpose. other than that apparent design flaw, this is next level stuff if you dig the big flavored dark ones.

Aug 20, 2017
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FFFjunkie from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look is dark brown/Near black. Pours with 1 finger of tan head.

Aroma is rum, chocolate and coconut.

Taste follows nose. Sweet rum, chocolate and coconut.

Feel is creamy, smooth and light. It's a porter after all....

Overall a really nice porter and I think the rum and coconut go together well. It is a bit sweet and a bit thin but i think it came together nicely.

Aug 04, 2017
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chinchill from South Carolina

4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am reviewing the Rum Barrel DbyC served in July 2017.

Dark black with a full smooth body and light carbonation. Only a thin bubbly mocha ring.
Excellent mix and balance in the nose. The flavour however has a tad too much rum and the coconut is largely masked. Still, a nice mix of ingredients.

The smell of rum, coconut and chocolate mix nicely in the nose, also vanilla.

Taste is chocolate, coconut, nice bright rum and vanilla. About equally bitter and sweet lingering rum and wood dominated aftertaste.

Jul 23, 2017
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gatornation from Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap 8oz pour. Pours a dark brown /black with a fresh dark tan head. Smell i s mellow rum with fresh coconut it mixes with malted sugars. Taste is superb delicious barrelled rum with fresh coconut, notes of chocolate and some caramel a little dark fruit just fantastic. Silky mouth feel with mellowed rum and coconut. This porter/hybrid was stellar the barrel rum was the star mixed with the coconut, i could sip this all day staring at some Caribbean waters, very impressed with this brew.

Apr 12, 2017
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottom of can says Canned On: 12/07/16.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 3/4 inch tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a thick, solid ring behind.

S- Massive blast of rum right off the bat. Second whiff gives off the big coconut note expected, all with the intense rum character interlaced. Also notes of caramel, milk chocolate and burnt sugar.

T- Great interplay of dark roasted malt, rum barrel and coconut. The coconut seems more toned down than in the base beer which gives more room for the rum to come out.

M- One drawback to Rum BA beers, I find, is they often lack the creaminess and thickness compared to beers of other barrel treatments. This one rings true to that sentiment. Medium carbonation and a full body.

O- A good treatment to an already great beer. Not sure I would seek it out again given how limited it is, but certainly glad I got to try it.

Mar 16, 2017
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deadonhisfeet from Kentucky

4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Porter brewed with chocolate and coconut and aged in rum barrels. Poured from a growler into a MadTree snifter. Very dark pour with about a finger of tan head that quickly dissipates down to a thin lace. On the nose I get rum, burnt sugar, dark chocolate, oak, and some coconut.

Full body with a firm feel and a rich flavor. Up front the roasted malt greets you first, but is balanced by some sweetness in the form of rum and toffee. These flavors are all laced with dark chocolate, making for a wonderful profile. Coconut comes on near the finish just as the other flavors start to become milder. The finish itself is all chocolate, rum, and coconut.

Thanks so much to the Oscar Blues rep for bringing a keg of this to Party Town in Florence, KY for Friday Night Flights. I'm very glad I was given the opportunity to try it and take a little home. I'm a fan of Death by Coconut and this did not disappoint. The coconut doesn't seem as prominent as in the standard beer. Perhaps it's lost after time in the barrel, or perhaps the other flavors just overwhelm it. Nevertheless, there is enough in there to complement the other flavors and complete the profile.

Feb 13, 2017
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Slack from Virginia

4.61/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Brown in color and clear. About 1/2 inch of head that settles to a nice ring and cover. Very nice lacing.

Nose is very much coconut, booze, chocolate, rum, and a faint sweetness.

Taste is chocolate, coconut, sugar, a bit of malt, and a nice rum backbone.

Mouthful is medium and smooth. Carbonation is average. Finish is semi sweet.

Very impressed by the rum barrel version of this beer. The coconut nature is still very present as is the chocolate. The rum barrel just adds that background to bring everything together. Very much recommended for anyone who likes rum.

Jan 02, 2017
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chicagobeerguy from Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had the chance to try this beer on tap at the house of blues in Chicago. It was a great looking beer with a dark black body and a nice mocha colored head that dissipated quite quickly. The lacing though was great. The beer was definitely aged in rum barrels as that was the most dominant flavor. A very boozy beer that had coconut notes but was overpowered by the rum. This beer in short was an ass-kicker. Strong, boozy, with subtle coconut, cocoa, and vanilla notes. Not my favorite but glad I tried.

Dec 30, 2016
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark shiny black with minimal carbonation on top--only a faint mocha ring.

The smell of good rum really nicely comes forward on the nose, not harsh, but almost floral. This is really like a Caribbean cocktail, as the coconut blossoms here, better than the base, with some bright and sharp vanilla.

Taste is chocolate, coconut, nice bright rum and vanilla. Really enjoyable and fun.

Finish is surprisingly dry, which kept me sipping.

This version is much better than base, by a lot--rarely if ever do I say that about any kind of BA beer, but especially those that use rum barrel.

Dec 19, 2016
Death By Coconut - Rum Barrel-Aged from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
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