“Modus’ Good Beer Week Beer for 2019, Born To Rum is a deep dark porter, brewed with Chocolate, lactose, toasted coconuts, five types of malt and you guessed it rum. Tramps like us, baby we were born to rum.”
Glassware: English pint.
Appearance: Glossy black with two and a half fingers of puffy light brown foam perched on top. Good retention and healthy lace trails as it ebbs.
Aroma: Initially we weren’t that crash hot on it but once it comes up closer to room temp it really flourishes…lots of vanilla, coconut and lactose sweetness which have been nicely balanced by the spicy and bourbon-esque rum characters. There is a delicate roasted note here too but it’s quite subtle…it’s all about those feature ingredients.
Flavour: Certainly more robust. The traditional toasted malt notes are much more pronounced with the vanilla and coconut sweetness playing 2nd fiddle. We can still pick up hints of the spicy rum as a surprising hop bitterness kicks in to gear late in the piece. It finishes dry, roasty and slightly bitter with good length on offer.
Mouthfeel: Creamy and well rounded with a bitter drying finish. Medium body, mild-moderate co2.
Overall: To be honest we would have preferred a little less bitterness but hey we’re not going to nitpick. It’s a pretty decent offering.