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This Rum-Aged Beer Is a Winter Warmer: Indeed's Rum King 2014

While the coming of colder weather is sometimes a bummer, at least that means more imperial stouts. The annual Rum King from Indeed, a black and boozy pour, is a complex, layered beer to bring some warmth as the earth goes barren for the winter.

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As an imperial stout, Rum King stands out because of its rum barreling and its soft, creamy head. The flavors within are textured and heavy with chocolate, vanilla, and cherry notes. The rum barrels give the beer a unique sweetness, along with a bit of alcohol sting on first impression. The sweetness really boosts the beer's rich finish. After the first impression, the rum subsides and the roasted body comes through. It pours a robust 10.5% ABV.

"Last year we decided we would have liked more roasted malt character to come through, so we increased the roasted malt this time around," says Indeed's Josh Bischoff. "When dealing with barrels of any kind there is going to be variations from year to year or even barrel to barrel. So the character that the rum barrels bring to the table are going to have a significant impact on the final product. This year's barrels' rum character was a lot more intense than last year's version."

The beer made its premiere at last weekend's annual Hullaballo party and is on tap in the Indeed taproom. Rum King 2014 can also be found around town at Pat's Tap, Prairie Taphouse, Bulldog NE, and in 750 ml bottles at South Lyndale Liquors, Surdyk's, Thomas Liquors, and more as supplies last.

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