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Bachata Rum Beer

Rating: 1.4

This one was a fairly random gift my parents brought back from Mallorca in Spain for me, a beer that tries to seem Cuban on the label but is actually brewed just down the road in Manchester by a company called Flagship Brands at the SHS Drinks brewery which seems to mainly produce ciders so this one is already off to a poor start. The beer is a rum flavours offering which isn’t in itself a bad thing since I quite enjoyed trying Innis & Gunn’s Spiced Rum Aged beer earlier this year, although the same brewery’s Rum Cask offering wasn’t so good. Anyway, this one definitely looks like a cheap gimmick beer and it’s not one I’m holding out much hope for but maybe it’ll surprise me, here’s hoping.


Appearance (2/5): This one pours an unbelievably clear looking, slightly amber tinged straw that makes the beer seem diluted in water. The head is a fine, foamy one about half a centimetre tall that holds better than I had been expecting with little movement initially before turning to a fine lacing across the surface after a minute or so.
Aroma (1/10): Quite a strong aroma from this one and it’s not particularly pleasant either with quite a lot of skunk and off-notes filling the room soon after I poured the beer. There is some sweetness if you really try to detect it and some lime comes through too but these smells are soon followed by what I can only assume is rum (or rum flavouring of some sort) and it’s pretty poor. The may also be some burnt sugar in there but in truth this beer smells terrible.
Taste (3/10): Sadly this one taste about as bad as it smelt, there was again some hints of sweetness initially before the rum flavours and burnt sugar took over. There was a huge amount of skunk and plenty of off-flavours to this one with some vanilla, corn and an ugly bitterness coming through as well; pretty much undrinkable but not quite as bad as the smell in the end.
Palate (2/5): Light bodied, lots of skunk with some sweetness at the start and hints of bitterness at the end. The beer features a lot of carbonation but isn’t quite gassy or overdone and the finish is a sharp, dry one.

Overall (4/20): A truly horrible beer from beginning to end, this one was a hard drink to swallow and one that I couldn’t finish in the end. The taste, not to mention the smell, was all over the place and ended up tasting like a chemistry experiment gone wrong. Do yourself a favour and give this one a miss, you’ll regret it if you don’t.

Brewed In: Manchester, England
Brewery: Flagship Brands
First Brewed: 2013
Type: Pale Lager
Abv: 5.3%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Mallorca, Spain
Price: Gift

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