Sunday, April 2, 2017

Boozing With Goodwood Rum Barrel Oktoberfest 7% ABV

I must admit that I am a fan of barrel aging and when seeing that Goodwood Brewing had a beer that was rum barreled well I was pretty much sold on giving it a go. The Rum Barrel Oktoberfest from Goodwood is a Marzen that comes in at 7% ABV and the idea of having that rum flavor piqued my interest.

What I found with this one was what I hoped; the rum came out nicely in the aroma as well as the taste. And it came out of the glass very easily without any issue of being able to pick it up. Is it boozy in the taste, yeah it is but you kind of expect that with some of these barrel aged beer. And with me not usually being a big Oktoberfest fan, this was something of a difference maker for me.

Not only did the rum come out in the aroma and taste, but so did the oak. These characteristics were able to add to what is the usual aroma and taste of the Oktoberfest, and for me enhance it. I still got some of the basic lager characteristics but they were taken down a notch after being replaced by the added experience. I will say though that the texture did play a little thin and watery, especially on the initial taste but by the finish, it seemed to end with a little bit of pleasantness.

Overall, I found this beer to be decent enough but unlike most lagers, I would say to let it warm up a little bit first. Doing so seemed to enhance the flavor from when it is taken right from the fridge. In the end, My Untappd score: 3.5 Out of 5.

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