Rum Wowzenbock
Deschutes Brewery

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Belgian Strong Dark Ale
4.24 | pDev: 5.19%
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Notes: The base recipe came from another Great American Beer Festival award winning Portland Pub brew called Wowzenbock. In this Strong Dark Ale, presence of Willamette hops are subtle against Vienna and Munich malts and Wheat. Aged in Spanish Rum barrels for 16 months gives this beer flavors and aromas of toasted caramel, sweet rum spice, tropical fruit, light coconut and banana esters and finishes with light oak tannins.
Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 16
Photo of Marius
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared at Pre-Borefts Ratebeer Tasting 2016. Dark mahogany pour, clear, with a tan head. Notes of cherries, sherry, caramel, toffee, macerated fruit, vanilla, oak. Smooth texture, medium to full body with a bitter-sweet finish.

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Photo of arizcards
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a wax sealed bomber while visiting the brewery in late August for $22.00. Bottled on 12/16/2015.

Beer poured burgundy-brown with a nice off white head with the initial pour.

Nose is dark fruits and rum barrel characteristics.

Taste is dark wine like, dark fruits, some coconut and banana. Rum barrel alcohol was very warming with the first couple of sips.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall an interesting brew. I love the stronger bocks for their wine like characteristics. The rum cask aging definitely softened this brew as well. Definitely a splurge at $22 but a fun one at that!

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Photo of ricke49
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The most striking characteristic of this brew is its 'dryness'. It's actually dry, in the dry-wine sense. That being said, it drinks like few (or none) other 'beers' I've had. Rum - raisin - malty, but very limited in the sweetness aspect. Super dry mouth feel. It's unique, and I'd say it's more interesting than it is outstanding (I liked it, but no actual love). Glad Deschutes created it; glad I bought it - though likely a one-time experience.

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Photo of Dactrius
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown with minimal head. Upon opening the bottle I smelled tons of rum but it seemed to dissipate quickly and the nose is far more balanced now. The taste is awesome highlighting the bock and with tons of dark fruit from the rum. Doesn't taste 12% at all. Really nicely done. I've only had a few barrel aged bocks but they're surprisingly good and it's odd that more people don't make them. Pricey at $22, which hurts a bit, especially since they don't reduce the price at the pub when you buy it to go.

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Photo of GoneARye
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Pours a deep dark brown with a small ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. Smell is a cornucopia of aromas: raisin, brown sugar, vanilla, oak, and rum. Taste follows. Lots of vanilla from the oak compliments the malty sweetness of the beer and the rum. Alcohol is a little hot, but this bottle is very new. Can't quite decide if I get something slightly tart or if that is the alcohol. Caramel, stone fruit, and dark sweetness round out the taste. Mouthfeel is mild carbonation and accentuated by the alcohol. Great to try, would love to see thus after a year or two in a cellar.

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Rum Wowzenbock from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 16 ratings