Rumbah | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This double bock provides smooth sailin' in rough seas. The fact that this luscious lager was aged in rum barrels creates the illusion that the open sea is a safe place. And while riding out these waves of grain, you may fall victim to the dangers of pirates, rum, bock. OK...maybe the beach is a bit over-rated.

30 IBU

Added by AKBelgianBeast on 09-26-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 28 |  Reviews: 25
Reviews by AKBelgianBeast:
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Marko's turn in the Crew Brew series. Cheers Mark!

Rumbah is a "Double Rum Bock aged in "Pirated" Rum barrels" 10% abv, 30 IBUs.

Pours a clear dark ruby red/brown color with a minimal white head that slips away pretty quickly and leaves ok lacing.

Nose has some grain and dark fruits with a little bit of spice character almost.

Taste is quite nice. Big lagery grain flavor with a sweet dark fruit background. A touch of caramel and sugar in here. Pretty smooth at first, but the barrel aging profile starts to rear its head around the early stages of the finish. As the sweetness fades off the palate, some alcohol heat arrives, and an almost bourbon like wood profile comes around. I guess it's from the rum barrels ;) Some slight oakiness in the aftertaste, where some sugar and crisp grain lingers.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. I would like to be just a touch thicker in this particular beer, but the carbonation is fine.

Drinkability is pretty decent for a Barrel aged beer, but you will know this one is 10% when it warms your stomach.

Overall a tasty beer, and one i think will get better with a little bit of time. I like how it is noticeably lager, but with a clear and present rich malt profile and a good barrel aged character. A good beer, It could be a little more complex, IMO, but a tasty beverage nonetheless.

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Photo of nickd717
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber via trade thanks to akbeerfiend.

Pours reddish-amber in color with an off-white head that fades to thick foam.

Aroma is caramel, oak, rum, and musty earth. Interesting.

Flavor is good - caramel malt, green apples and other dried fruits, candy corn, dank barrel, and rum. Slightly tart and dry.

ABV is well-hidden. Medium-full bodied with a dry mouthfeel and soft carbonation.

Pretty good beer overall, if not great for a doppelbock or something -bal aged. Drinkable.

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Photo of naproxen
3.32/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big thanks to AzureLimits for sending this one my way, it's been on my wants for awhile.

The lighter color of this beer threw me off at first, I had to recheck the bottle to make sure I read "Doppelbock". It poured out a hazy medium chestnut/amber hue, with very minimal head. What did surface disappeared into just a white ring within a few moments.

Maybe the rum from the barrels played a part in the ligher color, it sure smells like I'm ready for an island vacation. I honestly am searching even at the end of the bottle for something else besides the rum in the nose. Nope.

Only a little bit of carbonation here. The slight sour tones I'm getting actually tickle my throat more, causing a mild puckering of my lips. The rum is the most prevalent flavor, coupled with sour apple and no doppelbock. It finishes really dry.

It was almost a chore to finish, but Adam and I split it like champs. I don't know if the base beer was an issue from the start, or if the barrels were way too wet, or yes. In a blind taste I never would mark this a doppelbock. Ooooh yeah let's not forget, it's 10% and not going to let you forget that. Another MS knocked off the list, but not my favorite.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

dark hazelnut brown. Lots of carbonation visible throughout the glass. A nice three finger high head of tan colored lace rose up above it and hung around for a few minutes before finally settling down to just a thin film across the top of the glass. Some decent side glass lacing as well, completed it very nicely.

The aroma was rich and sweet. Lots of great earthy and grainy notes mixing in well with a good amount of caramel sugar. The flavor followed suit nicely, with the dominant flavor of caramel really taking hold. Some nice bready malts being located under that as well. The alcohol was very well hidden, and not a factor at all. Nice smooth finish with the long lingering flavor of nutty caramel on the tongue for a few minutes afterward. The feel was a nice medium-bodied ale with a good amount of carbonation and a smooth creamy feel. Awesome session ale for me, as the palate was rich and the feel great

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Photo of largadeer
2.81/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thanks Nick.

Reddish-amber with a slight haze, great color. It's topped by a thin white crust.

Sweet and oaky aroma; caramelized sugar, vanilla, tart berry, stonefruit. The sourness is mild, but it doesn't gel with the rum barrel sweetness.

Caramelized and fruity on the palate, tart apricots, berries, some toasted grain. Medium body, lightly drying in the finish with mild tannins and astringency. The sourness is off-putting, otherwise this is decent.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another last-minute addition to the tasting, courtesy of the very generous randawakes. Thanks, Kyle! Beer number 23 of the tasting, number 14 of day 2.

Pours a light brown color with hues of peach thrown in for pleasantness. Not really a doppelbock color. There is a light head with some spotty lacing.

Big nose of cinnamon and spiced rum. While not my doppelbock signature aroma that I am looking for, this is really intriguing, and I am wondering where it will go. It almost smells like Big Red gum. Light butterscotch once it hits the palate, more up the doppelbock alley that I am used to. This is followed again by a big cinnamon flavor. A decent backbone of raisins and dates gives depth, as the rum lingers almost imperceptibly in the background. There is also a light tartness to this.

Somewhat biting on the first sip, it mellows as the beer moves from cellar to room temp. The cinnamon and spice are a bit too overstated. I am having a bit of trouble finishing even my small serving.

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Photo of Reswald
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 22 oz. bomber, purchased in Anchorage on 10/13/2009 and poured into a snifter glass.

This is a doppelbock aged in a used rum cask. It weighs in at 10% ABV and 30 IBUs.

Appearance: Pours a dark, almost opaque ruby with a thin white head that does not last.

Aroma: Strictly malt and dark fruit; no hops at all. Maybe some spicy notes.

Taste: Malty sweetness, first and foremost, followed by some dark fruit flavors, then some of the oak flavors from the cask and a bit of heat from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Pretty good, though perhaps a little thin towards the end.

Drinkability: Not bad for such a big beer.

Overall: The strong malt backbone, coupled with the high alcohol makes for an excellent dessert or after dinner beer. And while I'm not much of a rum drinker, I do use it in cooking fairly frequently, as I appreciate the strong, sweet flavors it tends to impart to dishes. Pair these two flavors together and you've got Rumbah. It's well-balanced and flavorful, with the rum notes and malty-sweetness playing well together.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.81/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks for sharing this one, Bobby.

A: The pour is amber in color, maybe a bit light for a doppelbock, with an off-white head.

S: Smells sour. Not what I was expecting from a Rum barrel Doppelbock. I also get some raisins (perhaps the cause of the sourness), booze, sweet oranges, and a bit of oak. Molasses, and slightly roasty malts are there too. Overall though, the nose isn't very potent.

T: A little bit more of what I was expecting on the palate. Moderately sweet with some caramel and molasses, but I don't really get very much rum (other than a definite booziness). Dark fruits such as raisins, which are somewhat tart.

M: The body is medium, sort of smooth, with a carbonation that seems a bit low.

D: Really quite meh, and the unfortunate sourness doesn't really do much for me.

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Photo of portia99
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (bottled 4th week of September '09) courtesy of alaskajoe. Thanks Joe! Poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a translucent amber color with no head to speak of...just a thin collar of white foam around the edge of the glass.

S - Sweet and sugary, slightly spicy - maybe cinnamon...not much dimension to it, but it does smell pretty good.

T - Quite malty throughout...nice and caramelly, very smooth. Rum influence is mild but adds some complexity and actually smoothes things out quite a bit. Hops are subdued, maybe a bit of grassiness. Very clean tasting overall - quite enjoyable.

M - Thinner than I expected, but just shy of medium bodied. Carbonation is low, but definitely adequate for this one. This one just kinda glides down the throat without much resistance and begs you to take a followup gulp.

D - Pretty high in alcohol at 10%, but it is masked pretty well. Very smooth for a barrel aged beer. First rum barrel aged beer I've had...quite good. Have to look for more of these types of barrel aged beers.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Kyle, you really brought every Midnight Sun you could get your hands on to the tasting, didn't you? Thanks a bunch, man!

Mildly hazy burgundy with a dense off-white head with great lacing. Solid stuff.

The nose is plenty spicy with cinnamon, brown sugar and a clean back character behind it. Rum is low, almost unnoticeable, but for the brown sugar and a little vanilla. The palate is interesting, opening with a light tartness followed by a blend of butterscotch, cinnamon and rummy brown sugar. Rum character is fairly low. Mildly fruity, there's some raisins and dates. Medium-light in body with low carbonation, the finish is drying with some sugar and tartness. Decent stuff. I think a little more barrel character and a more interesting base beer would have helped this immensely.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Bottle shared by Javier at Strong Ale 2011. Thanks, I needed this.

A: Reddish brown with a beige head.

S: Sugary dates with rum and oak. Esters are pronounced, reminiscent of apple and pear. The malt base is bready and sweet.

T: Restrained rum notes blend with oak and Caribbean bonhomie. Pear accompanies apple and banana. The fruit is expressive. Malt is bready and sugary.

M: Medium in body with matching carbonation.

Overall: An okay beer. It didn't seem infected, but it certainly lacked the requisite island flair I had expected.

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Photo of sprucetip
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes. Very active, copper/amber, with moderate but dense tan head that retains well. Leave patchy lacing.

Spicy, clovey, and malty sweet first. Some boozy heat evident with a swirl. Pleasant and inviting.

It goes downhill from here. Taste is fruity tartness and mild bitterness actually overpowering the malty sweet body. I don't taste the rum at all. I get some caramel later. Alcohol is well hidden. Maybe I'm getting just a nip of the wood? Not really impressed.

A bit of a bite, strong warming, with a full body, though it is not as rich as I'd hoped. It has an overall dry character that I'm not into.

I recall enjoying this more in the fall of 09 when it was fresh and on tap. This sample is not as rich and malty as I'd like, but it is very unique and interesting. I will always try everything I can from Midnight Sun, and I commend them for stepping away from the styles they do most often. But this one didn't really do it for me.

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3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mildly murky deep amber with a nice head that dissipates obediently.

Smell is kind of a hickory-hued pecan sticky bun with a hint of the expected rum notes, and a bit of essence of pretty ladies suntanning.

Taste is a more oaken prevalence, with LOTS of sugary sweet bread notions. The malt, wood, and rum are there and working well together. A bit sweet for me though.

Mouthfeel is heavy but neutral, a bit dirty, and all in all pretty pleasing.

As for drinkability...I still say it's a bit too sweet. And I have to wonder, with the sugariness, if this one becomes a headache inducer. A bit hot with the ABV too. Yet, it's likable. I think it's more a smaller dose beer though.

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Photo of randawakes
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mild head that dissipates quickly, brown amber color. Smell is sour and fruity. Taste is lighter, bockish, medium-bodied, sweet rum flavors. Still, this beer feels lagery. There is a noticeable aftertaste that is warming, oak aged-like?, and sweet rum.

The appearance and smell do not impress me that much, the taste fades into different stages, good, to eh, to good. The warming effect makes it all go away :)

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Photo of illidurit
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bret27 for bringing this along to Woodshop 5.0. Pours amber with a thin white froth. Definitely rummy on the nose with a slight solvent note and some caramel. Also an unexpected lime-esque note, not sure what that's all about. Flavor is citrusy and bright with the malts in a backup role. A little hot but flavorful, just like rum is. I think the spirit aging thinned this one out a bit, but it's definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.24/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, I have to admit that a dopplebock aged in rum barrels sounds very interesting, and could well be delicious. I could see how the malty, warming notes of the Dopplebock would play well with the buttery caramel, vanilla, and spice notes of a rum. It starts out looking good as well, pouring a nice amber with excellent clarity, a pancake head, and some decent lacing. After that, things strive for completeness but fall a bit short, like a runner pushing for that third wind and not finding it. It's still respectable, but it could have been a great beer with some rethinking and finessing. Slightly sour, which is a somewhat jarring note in the way I expected this beer to come together, with some plummy fruitiness and a touch of sour apple. Where is the lovely Dopplebock maltiness? Where is the rum? As it is, it's merely a somewhat drinkable passing curiosity. Ah well, try it again with much more malt and a good stiff dark rum.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a amber brown with slight reddish highlights that had a thin head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass. You could definitely spot out the rum aroma along with caramel, a little molasses, toffee, oak character, and some fruitiness. The caramel flavor was more potent on the palate with rum, oaky, and molasses accents but it also had underlying fruit notes. The brew was medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, mild booze, and creamy finish. It drank pretty good and was a solid dopplebock but was diggin the rum character as well I thought it added some dimension.

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Photo of gford217
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber brown, almost tea-like, with a very small bubbly beige head that recedes quickly to a collar and leaves no lacing.

The aroma is fairly subtle but what is there is very sweet. Rum-soaked raisins come to mind, but there is definitely a toasted malt aroma that reminds me I'm smelling a lager, just a really boozy one.

The taste is tough to place for me. It's got a very boozy rum presence right up front with some spicy oak before the caramel malts and toasted grains of the lager come through. The finish is dry and woody with rum but also with a brown sugar and dark fruit sweetness.

The mouthfeel is medium and very sugary for a dobbelbock, though it still seems a bit too light-bodied, especially for a 10% ABV beer. The carbonation is lively, probably a little too much so.

I'm not exactly sure what to make of this beer as there are so many competing flavors that don't seem to meld as well as I was hoping. Don't get me wrong, it's still a good beer, but it left me wanting a little more balance and body. Very sweet and very boozy.

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Photo of darklordlager
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a remarkably clear, tan-ruby with an impressive head of medium-tan bubbles. Very pleasing to the eye.

S: Sweet layers of malt at first, with a floral nose sweeping forth. Almost a crispy toffee, but lighter smelling than that might lead one to believe. A light almost "berry-like" floral scent hides behind the hopping, which I would attribute to the rum barrels.

T: Crispy, bready malt, with floral hops lingering and a light herbal flavour quickly following. Lightly spicy/peppery. Finish incorporates the bready malt with the light spice and herbal flavours. Nice drying finish that leads the glass back to the lips. Delicious.

M: Smooth, low-medium carbonation and not syrupy or cloying in the least bit.

D: This brew is ungodly smooth for something relatively dry and 10% alcohol (maybe attributed in part to the fact that it is a lager).

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Photo of ccrida
4.7/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into my Delirium snifter, Rumbah is a clear garnet with a big off-white head that leaves heavy lace, very nice. Picked up at the brewery on release, and cellared appropriately since.

Smell is really nice, but way different then originally, an acidic tartness, a little constrained though. Served at cellar temp, about 50F.

Taste is fantastic! I had this on draught when it was released, and it has evolved dramatically, much to my enjoyment. There are clearly some bugs at work, slowly chewing through malt and adding a nice green apple tartness. A little caramel like rum comes through on the finish. Wow, I'm really liking it. The doppelbock base is still there, but the lacto tartness really takes it to the next level. Reminds me a lot of a Cascade sour now. Looks like the made the same "mistake" with this dopplebock as they did with Good Mojo, but I'm happy for it!

Mouthfeel is dry, light, with the classic MSBC creaminess. They are the most consistently great carbonation out there.

Drinkability is very good. Smooth as silk for a big brew, the taste is just so beckoning, I need more and more with every sip. I have a few bottles left, and I will have to age them for several more years at least, as these have huge potential. Reminding me a lot of a less oaky De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva. Would be a 5 if it was made more the once.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from the cellar.

Pours sparkling clear, dark amber with a ruby hue and a half inch head of beige.
Retention is short and a few dots of lacing remain atop the mostly placid surface for the duration.

Aromatics lead off with rich malt and boozy rum. Loads of caramel with accents of vanilla, butterscotch, and toffee.

On the fuller side of medium bodied with a chewy, slick mouthfeel.

Plump, juicy malt laced with rum undertones start the palate. Hints of dark fruit, ripe figs, and vanilla follow through.

Finishes with a warming booziness, lingering sweet malt, and a faint tartness.

Perhaps not as rich and thick as I would expect a BA Dopplebock from MS to be. The barrel aging has added a minimal amount of complexity beyond the rum character. Certainly tasty though.

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Photo of tpd975
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a copper brown hue with an above average off white head. No real retention or lace.

S: Aromas of sweet malt, dark fruit, and an off sour tartness.

T: I think this one is infected. Strange tartness and light tartness. Hints of candy malt, with notes of raisin, and light oak.

M: Medium in body, tingly on the tongue.

D: Not really. Either a bad bottle or a strange beer.

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5/5  rDev +35.1%

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2.25/5  rDev -39.2%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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Rumbah from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 28 ratings