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Stroh 160 Tasting Notes:
Aroma: Used bowling shoes. Fresh horse urine. Burned Christmas ornaments.
Taste: Charcoal briquette lighter fluid. Plutonium-90. Soil. Toffee.
Finish: You're kidding, right?
As others have mentioned, it's hard to even label this as a rum. It's an overproof alcohol with some mix of flavours going on, but any taste is almost immediately lost to the inevitable burning of cheap alcohol. Avoid.
Rum or not - that is the question. But it burns all the way down..
Is it or isn't it a rum? Debatable. One source says it's made from "sugar cane by-products" (whatever that is) and another source says it's made from sugar beets.
Before I share my views on this...er..."rum"...let me explain that I am also a chili-head. That is, I love hot sauces. However I know my limits. You're not going to ever see me eat a Carolina Reaper pepper....ever...nor slather on a lot of hot sauce made from the Carolina Reaper pepper, the hottest pepper on the planet reaching as high as a little over 2 million Scoville units (for comparison, the typical jalapeno ranges from a mere 2,500 to 10,000 Scoville units).
Well it's the same for rum...especially this "rum"...or whatever you want to call it. At 160 proof it's double the ABV of typical rums. In fact, the neck label on my bottle reads, "CAUTION FLAMMABLE".
The aroma in the bottle hints of vanilla extract and maybe caramel. The lower label on my bottle reads, "Rum with artificial flavor, certified colors (FD&C yellow #6, FD&C Red #40, FD&C blue #1 and FD&C yellow #5" so it is possible they used some sort of vanilla extract or artificial caramel flavoring. The color is sort of a dirty orange reminding me of some bad cough medicine my mother gave me...uh...forced down my throat when I was a kid.
On the tongue...uh...my tongue got somewhat numb sampling it straight. I THINK I detected some vanilla and sweetness but I can't be sure. However I think it removed a layer of tissue down my throat. I shudder to think what my stomach lining is going through.
I have had worse rums than this but I have had more better rums. Frankly, this Austian-based "rum" is way overpriced. I wanted to try a bottle since I have read a lot about it so my curiosity got the better of me.
DEFINITELY NOT A SIPPING RUM!!!
I do plan on trying some...a small amount...in some Coke Zero sometime...not tonight...and perhaps also with some orange juice to see if that helps.
Stroh Rum eignet sich eigentlich nur für Heissgetränke.
It's hard to review this as if it was actual rum, because it's arguably not. It does taste great with coke and can drink you under the table if you're not careful. Works amazing with hot drinks, hot chocolate or tea and it's great at low temperatures.
Not something you'd drink in a club or on a sunny terrace.
Fullbodied fruity nose with notes of rum essence. The palette is very powerfull and brings emense heat, but you can sense a few fruity, barrel, rum notes underneath the burn. It's better then the 60%vol stroh, but still the dominant flavou seems to be rum essence. Should be reserved for hot cocoa after a day on the slopes.
A "rum" for the party animal. Drink it straight if you dare. Nothing good about this one.
Yes, yes... it's Austrian not Carribean, it's waaaay overproof, it's not even "real rum" as some say, but still... it has quite nice aroma imho when mixed with cola, and when mixed 1:1 it has a surprising smoothness given it still keeps then a robust 40% on board! Thus a perfect drink if you want to feel a pleasant effect quick and without consuming volumes. Not to be sipped or drank straight quite obviously, unless you are a robocop... or a Polish student :)
Puke and alcohol poisoning is all i can remember from this.. never again in my life! Tastes horrible pure and with coke so no thnx!
Blood awful and not at all rum-like.
I drank some of this irresponsibly a long time as ago as a dumb kid at a party and woke up in the morning with a broken leg & no memory of what happened.
I tried some recently for nostalgia purposes and it was still unbelievably bad.
I would advise anyone to swerve this rum.
It has been over twenty years since I've had Stroh Rum. Last time I had, the bottles were clear - not tinted. Now I just can't find it here in the D.C. Metropolitan area. As I recall, it was some good hardy rum just the same!
Stroh 80 and Coke. How can that go wrong?... A taste of Austria and stupid drunkness...
Den er Go til en rumgrock eller te med honning eller lign.
Although the Stroh 80 was the very first rum I tasted over 30 years ago and now having sampled over 400 aged rums, Stroh is really not a rum at all, has no aged rum qualities, no traditional rum flavors, but hey, we all need to start somewhere!
The top 10 worst rums I have ever tried:
1. Barbancourt 4y / 8y / 15y
2. Bounty Dark Rum from Fiji
3. Stroh 40 / 80
4. Plantation Pineapple Stiggin's Fancy
5. Villa Rica 23y
6. Mocambo 15y / 20y
7. Captain Morgan different variations
8. Don Papa 10y / 15y
9. Bacardi flavored "rums", all of them
10. Kraken rums
Only for shocking people and watch their reaction. Not even a rum in my eyes. Smells more like cat piss
Fy for ¥©€, den smager da bestemt ikke godt, den er helt ubehagelig
There was a time, when i thought rum was bacardi blanco & Stroh 80, i remember the shock when i first tried a real sipping rum. I was surprised how wrong i was what real rum should taste like.
Straight from the bottle: undrinkable, like gasoline.
Mixed with cola: still terrible.
In deserts and stuff: okay, but do is any other cheap normal rum
Overall: glad the bottle was a gift, otherwise would have been a waste of money.
Only as a medicine when I am sick. i drink it in a tea and go to bed. in the morning i feel better.
Mest en joke og høje procenter for pengene. Det er ikke rom i min bog
Tried a shot of it straight... not the best of ideas!
To be honest, at 80 ABV I expected more alcohol astringency upon first sniff. But after initial tasting...WHOA! Like spiced gasoline! Pretty repulsive on its own but makes for a decent mixer in small doses. I've rated it five bottles due to its unique flavor and mixing quality (in small doses!). Just don't try this neat. Blechhh!
This is clearly a spiced rum, as the taste is more spice than rum.
I'm not great with spices, but I think it has butterscotch, nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves. Nicely sweet too; kind of like a Christmas cake.
Really not that bad, but it's got a lot more spice than rum flavor, and I prefer rum.