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All I could taste was sweet sweet sweet. Had some interesting floral notes, which was intriguing, but I just could not get past the sweetness. Would probably be okay in mixed drinks, but would absolutely not recommend with Coke.
This is the best dark rum I have ever had. Don't get me wrong, I would rather have a good aged rum but if you want a dark rum then this is one. Great dark color, excellent aroma and great taste if little after burn.
I certainly was not expecting the best mixing rum I've had to be from anywhere but the Caribbean. However, Koala Dark wins that prize. This vanilla flavoured rum with hints of coffee and chocolate was amazing mixed with coke, but was also surprisingly good over rocks or straight. Not quite as sophisticated a finish as more expensive rums, but still incredible.
Although it makes a fabulous float, it is too good (and costly) to be used on a mai tai. Never use it as a mixer, a waste of money and great rum. By far the best rum out of Hawaii. Almost a desert liqueur, as it is somewhat sweet, but it is fabulous on the rocks at the end of your evening, being smooth, rich, and flavorful.
Put me in the minority that enjoyed this on the rocks as much as I did in a mai tai. I prefer a sweeter profile, and this delivers. Nice, deep caramel and molasses on the nose that carries through the palette. It might lack the complexity of some of the finer aged rums, and the price runs on the high side outside Hawaii, but I would consider this to be a special spiced rum.
This stuff is like the best of EVERYTHING dark!! Aroma carries vanilla, chocolate, coffee, charred wood, licorice and root beer! The taste is not nearly as complex as the nose, but it's still pretty good: it enters with thick, vanilla custard, followed by a surprisingly pronounced cola kick. Then an odd, but somehow appropriate finish of overripe plums shows up with molasses.
Drinking on it's own is fine, but this stuff makes the best gosh darn rum'n'cokes ever!! At $40 a pop, it's expensive as a mixer, but if that old standby is your thing, this is absolutely worth the money!
Beautiful dark color & rich, spicy aroma. Great sipping rum!
Strong with the vanilla flavor, similar to Papas Pilar. A nice mixer.
On its own it was good. It was a bit sweet and less complex than your better aged rums but for the 45 buck I paid it was one I would by again for mixing drinks. Not a sipping Rum but mixed it was really solid. I was not expecting much from this Rum but it was a nice surprise.
I was very surprised at how good it was for not being an aged Rum. It is sweet but very good.
Definitely colored (and sweetened) with too much caramel (and who knows what else). You could mix it, just adjust the sugars accordingly. Expected better.
Sugar: 28 GPL. Surprisingly good rum at a reasonable price ($35. USD)
Normally, dark rums are for mixing and you wouldn't think of sipping them as most are "well rums" but this rum surprised and impressed me. I found tastes of vanilla, chocolate,coffee, and caramel are present but the coffee and chocolate are predominant. This is a smooth rum that finishes with just the right amount of heat. I would suggest this is the best dark rum for mixing out there, but I am going to serve this as a sipping rum. If you like Goslings Family Reserve rum then you will like this one.
I think Koloa is one of the best American rum makers. This dark rum is my favorite of all dark rums.
Smells and tastes of vanilla, chocolate, caramel, and spice. Perfect at 40%abv and quite easy drinking straight. An amazing rum from Koloa!
Zatim jsem jeste neochutnal, ale mam ve sbirce, privezla mi ho tchyne z Hawaie. V Evrope se neprodava a celkove je spatne dostupny. Otevru ho az na svoji svatbu, ale jelikoz vsechny lahve, co mam ve svem kabinetu mam opravdu doma v baru a nejsou dopite, tak sem patri :)
Smooth mixer, as good as any other. Nothing distinctive.
A nice sweet rum with an interestingly pleasant aroma in the bottle. It has distinct molasses and vanilla flavors. Although not a sipping rum, this would be fantastic in mixed drinks calling for dark rum. Definitely recommended.
Smooth with strong vanilla hint, a bit sweet but tasty.
A friend gave me a bottle of this.I was surprised how good this is with coke and alittle lime..Just like some fellow posters had stated,it is pricey so probably wont find this on my home bar.
Very dark in color. Heavy with vanilla notes. Bit pricey and hard to find on the mainland.
Pretty much sweetness all the way. That's it. For the price they ask, could be better and more refined.
This is a fine rum, with a nice nose and good flavor but I'm afraid priced out of its league. It lacks the complexities of a sipping rum, but will provide the right flavors to make your mixed drinks stand out...if that's what you're looking to achieve.
One of my favorite dark blends. Awesome with cola + citrus. Although it would be a great mixer, its too expensive and foo hard to find to be used as such.