Rum King
Indeed Brewing Company - Minneapolis

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #214
Ranked #802
4.33 | pDev: 7.16%
Indeed Brewing Company - Minneapolis
Minnesota, United States
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Notes: Complex notes of toffee and vanilla lure you in, with a roasty-toasty, malt-forward body burly enough to un-shiver those timbers. Make way for Rum King, a pitch black Imperial Stout aged in freshly emptied rum barrels. Smooth, assertive, and nearly ‘Navy strength,’ this seaworthy and spirited brew is a bold character to be reckoned with.
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a snifter
2015 vintage

A- pours dark black with a one-finger khaki head that reduces to a ring around the edge

S- rum soaked tobacco, leather, molasses, brown sugar. Caramel, toffee, raisin, fig Oak

T- dark fruits up front, raisin fig date, caramel burnt brown sugar, molasses, finish gives Oak, more rum. Chocolate dark fruit

M- medium body with moderate carbonation, creamy mouthfeel and finish

O- dark fruits, rum, chocolate, this has aged outstandingly well

May 22, 2019
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gatornation from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 12 oz can. Pour s dark black with a black cherry /brown head. Smell has chocolate,cocoa roasted malts notes. Taste had vanilla some dark fruits mix in some wood and Rum it finishes with chocolate ,and raisins. Mouth feel has sweet roasted malts with a nice BA Rum finish.

May 09, 2019
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DoctorZombies from Florida

4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black pour with cinnamon brown head; ok cap retention; little lace, incomplete ring, thin legs. Boozy barrel nose. Rum, bitter roast malt, bittersweet dark chocolate. Medium minus body, moderate minus carbonation. Overall a bit thin for the ABV, but I do like the boozy!

Apr 13, 2019
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gopens44 from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big billowing tan head doesn’t completely disappear as what does recede leaves great lacing, what stays behind leaves a mustache. Despite a foam hat, plenty of pleasant aroma starting with vanilla, nougat and sure enough, rum. Taste follows a different path as chocolate, toasted marshmallow and finally roasted malt and coffee dominates prior to a bold rum alcoholic finish leaves in front of dryness and a lingering, cloyingly sweet aftertaste.

Mar 17, 2019
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pouring this from a 12 oz. can into a snifter this beer pours out as black as motor oil with no highlights and forms a delicious looking one finger width dense caramel colored crown. (4.5)

The smell comes in with a strong rum presence warming the nostrils. Tropical notes mixing with chocolate backed by a dry wood smell. (4.25)

The taste brings dark fruit galore. Raisins and figs tangling with a dark bitter baker chocolate element. Molasses, toffee, slight vanilla bring in the balanced sweetness before fading into wood and alcohol presence. (4.25)

The mouthfeel is thick and chewy with the alcohol providing a warming effect that is amazing for cold days and the wood making sure the finish is dry. (4.25)

Overall, this is a very pleasant brew that I thoroughly enjoyed. I love how the wood brings the dryness and the rum brings a warming alcohol while the elements of dark fruit, bitter chocolate, toffee, molasses and vanilla all tangle together to make a really complex brew. (4.25)

Dec 16, 2018
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into glass. Bottom of can is stamped for canning date as '09/06/16 CELLAR UP TO 2 YRS'.
Very nearly opaque black body. Frothy tan head. Strings of lacing left behind.
Lots of rum notes in the aroma, along with dark, roasty malts.
Also lots of rum notes in the taste, along with toffee, chocolate, vanilla, and chalky roasted malts. Has a red wine vibe.
Smooth, silky, coating mouth feel.
There is current discussion that 'Rum King' does not age well, and is showing signs of infection, both for the 2016 and 2017 production. To me this can is more subdued than what I have had from taps at the tap room, but it is still drinkable. The vanilla seems to have smoothed out some of the harsher rum barrel notes. Certainly is not a real barrel aged powerhouse of an imperial stout.

I drank another of the '09/06/16' (for canning date) beers today. All of the aroma and taste components are still there but the rum barrel has mellowed out some, making for a very smooth sipper. The taste is quite sweet, but this does not make the beer undrinkable.

May 15, 2018
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CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Rum King - Indeed
Imperial Stout aged in rum barrels - 10.5% abv

L - 1 finger hazelnut head atop a jet black body

S - sweet rum, chocolate, some tropical notes, a little booze.

T - the rummy sweetness hits you first, but wow there’s a lot going on here. Chocolate, molasses, caramel, vanilla, dark fruits, leather, tobacco, roast. Medium-low bitterness, moderate sweetness, moderate booziness.

F - medium-full body with medium-low carb.

O - Every time I sip this I notice something different. Very impressive.

Apr 29, 2018
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Ri0 from Wisconsin

4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured 12oz can into snifter - canned 9/2017. Color is night black with a 1.5 finger tan head that leaves behind spotty lacing on my glass. Aroma is deep red wine, rum and vanilla, dark fruit, and some dark chocolate. Flavor is rich dark chocolate cake, rum, toffee, with notes of vanilla and red wine. Very smooth and rich body with soft carbonation. The aroma may catch you off guard at first, but this is one delicious stout.

Mar 17, 2018
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RedhawkPoke from Oklahoma

4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Beer pours a dark black body with a slight expresso like head. Head quickly faded giving way to a small ring of head and fair amount of lacing.

S: Upon pouring getting lots of rum and a slight amount of oakiness. Along with the rum barrel smells also noticing dark fruits as the beer warms.. Figs and plums seem to have a large presence. Mix of oak and dark fruit aromas give the beer a strong wine like feeling.

T: Taste resembles the smells. Big amounts of rum give way to more wine like flavors later. Along with dark fruits and rum this one also has some faint chocolate tastes.

M: Beer feels a little thin for a double digit ABV. The finish is dry and wine like. Beer is smooth and easy to drink, but not quite what I want in a barrel aged stout.

O: Fairly solid beer. Rum seemed to fade away more than I would prefer. The dark fruit/wine presence was a bit much for me. Beer was smooth but would have liked to have seen it have a thicker mouthfeel overall.

Mar 11, 2018
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darktronica from Indiana

4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned September 2017, and pouring thicc for 10.5% abv. The nose is all rum and red wine, an interesting but excellent combination. The rum brings in a cherry and grape fruitiness--not quite what I expected, but maybe this is just a fairly vinous base RIS. Little barrel oak. Full bodied and exceptionally smooth.

Jan 26, 2018
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Sammydabull54 from Minnesota

4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 9/13/17
12oz can poured into a snifter.
Pours black and thick with 3/4 inch of tan head. Smells of dark fruit and slight coffee and rum. Big chocolate, toffee, caramel taste with a little rum. Great mouth feel. Low carbonation. Really nice overall.

Jan 20, 2018
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garymuchow from Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I want to give this beer some credit. The base RIS seems pretty good. Pours close to motor oil and seems black as night with a full, dense and persistent brown head. Aroma is rich and full as is the flavor. There are dark fruits just lying underneath the sweetness and alcohol flavors of the rum. Sometimes the rum dominates, but most of the time it's the primary flavor of a blended presentation. Body might be a tad light, esp. with how thick it appears upon pouring, but the lower carbonation helps with a rich body.
This is good

Dec 16, 2017
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap. Smoky black appearance, hinting at hidden depths of flavor. And this came to pass, in a sea of rum barrel, which honestly this beer to incredibly well. Big rum without burning or overwhelming the crew of chocolate, vanilla, toffee, coffee, brown sugar, nutmeg, and licorice. Great mouthfeel, boozy, smooth, thick, chewy, and a little bready.

Nov 14, 2017
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Masonz223 from Michigan

4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Smell: Right away you notice a big dark fruit presence. Raisins, and figs. There's a nice molasses sweetness. Espresso coffee, dark chocolate, dark roasted malts, caramel, light vanilla and booze. Some pine and woody notes as well. A nice mix between sweet and Roasty. This smells a lot like a regular expedition Stout from bells.

Taste: Yeah right upfront your greeted by the dark fruits Raisins, Figs also some Carmel. Mid plate you get some vanilla, bakers chocolate, a good amount of molasses and this bold espresso coffee flavor that drives into the finish. Where you get some dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, a light Rum flavor, as well as dry wood and a medium piney bitterness.

Feel: Medium body, creamy, but somehow a tad watery. The beer is really smooth on the palate. The beer is also pretty dry.

Overall: A solid beer. A tad roasty and bitter for my liking. But overall it's really well done. I imagine this beer would probably age nicely. 90/100

Nov 12, 2017
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ipeters1017 from Wisconsin

4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

10oz pour in a tulip glass. Pitch black with very little head. Smells of rum, toffee, vanilla, oak, and roasty malts. Taste is rum, chocolate, malt-heavy, slightly boozy, and caramelly. Very smooth and thick. Fantastic beer.

Nov 08, 2017
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BEER88 from Washington

4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 bottle with grey waxed dipped bomber. Look was jet black with a tan creamy head. Smell was roasted malts, light dark fruits, sweet molasses, and subtle barrel notes. The taste matched the smell but the barrel came out more as it warmed. Feel was full and slick, finish was long and full! Overall solid and I will definitely try newer years versions

Oct 07, 2017
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Fordcoyote15 from Kentucky

4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep black. Explosive foamy, soapy head.

Smelled like rum as soon as I cracked it (which was a struggle with their wax). There's sour cherries, vanilla and oak alongside it.

Tastes sweet, then roasty. Absolutely absurd amounts of oak, more than I've ever tasted in a beer. Lots of vanilla and rum. Light coconut, milk chocolate, slight dark fruit, chocolate milk. Wow.

Feels dry for how sweet it is. Also somewhat thin making it stupid easy to drink.

Overall - wow. I had mediocre expectations and got delivered a world class beer. How is this not on the top 250 considering some if the shit that is? This is better than 3/4 of the beers I've had on that list. Talk about a sleeper.

Oct 05, 2017
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Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

4.73/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours pitch black. It is a thick pouring beer. Thick, frothy brown head. Amazing head retention. Beautiful lacing on the glass.
The nose is rich with chocolate notes. I also get hints of the barrel aging - rum, of course.
The taste is out of this world. It was for a fraction of a second mellow, then my taste buds lit up. Chocolate, and on the backside I get the nice smooth burn from the barrel.
Feel is amazing. Nice, thick, rich. Full bodied.
Damn amazing beer. So damn good. Almost a perfect beer.

Jul 17, 2017
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Vidblain from Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have very mixed feelings about Rum King,

My first experience was with a can of 2016. It taste like rusty pennies. I was glad I'd only purchased one can.

When 2017's batch was released, I purchased a few four packs - several for friends, and a couple for myself. Apparently my retention for bad experiences is pretty stellar, eh. Well - those first few cans from 2017 were quite good while still fresh. I tucked this experience away, and ended up buying more cans for trades and shares. I didn't open another one for a few months. Those cans were delicious though - a deep brown pour with a pleasant burnt brown head, nice barrel notes and very present rum flavor. Subtle vanilla, nice chocolate. Damn fine - really enjoyed it.

So I waited and forgot about all of those other cans in my basement. I just recently opened one, probably three months later - it has that metallic taste, once again.

This is supremely irritating to me. The beer should age better than that, given the ABV and the barrel-aging. It should not have a life span of a couple of months, particularly when refrigerated. I will say that the beer does taste 'better' - note the relativity of that statement - when left to reach room temperature, but there's still something off about it. The aftertaste is pronounced and unpleasant.

I want to love and support Rum King. I'd definitely have to say that I prefer Indeed's Whiskey Queen though. At least that's tap only (for now) and reliable like that... no bad cans at least.

Jun 16, 2017
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Scotchboy from Idaho

4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016 canning from Aaron (thanks!), poured at room temperature into my Jackie O's tulip.

Pours a dark, opaque brownish black with tons of tan head that recedes to a constant ring. Big aromas of rum barrel pour out of this thing at this temperature, sweet and juicy rum character...vanilla, oak, and booze are all present on the nose...taste follows, semi-boozy chocolatey rum and char, vanilla and oak...not too hot, but just a bit of heat in the throat...more rum and char on the finish. Medium/full body with a nice dry finish that cuts the sweetness just a bit.

This thing is awesome, and I'm super glad it's in 12oz format. A bomber would be too much booze and rum sweetness (for me) but this thing is great as-is in a can.

Mar 25, 2017
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BradfordStuckey from Utah

4.01/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a tulip glass. Big roasty and boozie nose. The rum does not hide. It is a rush of what tastes like vanilla from the rum barrel. A bit oaky from the barrel that goes away as you drink it because the rum covers it up. Great tan head in the beginning that disappears as you drink but the carbonation stays strong. Heavy mouthfeel. good beer that I will drink again.

Mar 21, 2017
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HopBomb515 from New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black, tall tan head and sheets of thick lacing. Rum, char and chocolate aromas. Notes of roasted grain, dark chocolate, rum, coconut, light char and vanilla. Full, smooth, creamy, perfect carbonation and dry. Amazing stout and great rum barrel character.

Feb 19, 2017
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Lucular from Maryland

4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was one of my two favorite beers at Indeed (along with Wooden Soul #9) and probably my entire Minneapolis trip. Nothing more needs be said about this beer other than that it is as delicious as advertised.

Jan 17, 2017
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Cfred371 from Minnesota

4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Look: Rum King pours a dark brown, practically black, with a khaki head that quickly dissipated.

Smell: Rum hits your nose big, some coconutty notes, slight vanilla, but the rum is really what stands out.

Taste: Rum King really runs the gambit. Rum, coconut, vanilla, chocolate. So much is happening, and I love it all.

Feel: Medium to medium full bodied. Carbonation peaks it's head a bit more in the feel than I expected, and the beer doesn't really finish especially dry

Overall: I've had Rum King previously, but not in locations I could truly appreciate the beer. I'm loving what Rum King offers, and this is easily the best Indeed beer I've had.

Jan 11, 2017
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OompaMentor from Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can poured into stout glass. Rich, dark viscous look with a nice creamy head. Rum, dark malts, chocolate and hint of vanilla greet the nose. Full, thick feel with rum, dark chocolate coating the palate. Bitterness slightly overtakes the sweet, but this is a very nice winter beer.

Jan 07, 2017
Rum King from Indeed Brewing Company - Minneapolis
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 525 ratings