Rum - Spiced

The Kraken Black Spiced Rum

Rating Information

  • Proof66 Rating
    464 / 745
    Rabble Rating
    4.4 / 5.0
    Price (USD)
    $20
    Proof
    94.0
    N/A

Rating Description

Tier 1
This is a Tier 1 score in the Rum category. It means the spirit has won the highest recommendation at least once and probably many times.

Proof66 Notes

Kraken Spiced Rum--or, as they would have it, "the beast in your belly"--claims to base its heritage on a large shipment of rum supposedly brought down by the mythical Kraken. The rum itself is black and meant to evoke images of the squid-like ink.

The brand is owned by the Kraken Rumn Company but appears to be produced in Indiana at the Lawrenceburg Distillers (they may be bottling/blending Kraken rum but sourcing it from the Caribbean).

The 2011 Wine Enthusiast review cautions that Kraken is "too intense for sipping alone," but  "tempered with mixers like ginger ale and lime juice, it has the potential to add rich spice and intrigue in all the right places

San Francisco World Spirits Competition

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Beverage Testing Institute

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Wine Enthusiast

  • 2011
PiggDogg PiggDogg (7) (2014-11-12)
The case can be rightly made that The Kraken is technically a ‘cocktail in a bottle’ (short mixed drinks typically consisting of distilled spirits with different admixtures, as vermouth, fruit juices, or flavorings, usually chilled & frequently sweetened). I agree with that assessment. The Kraken certainly contains spices, probably vanilla & other tasty stuff. The Kraken is certainly not a pure & unadulterated rum. In any case, The Kraken is great & a solid 5 star. It’s a best buy for the price, & a must have in any home bar. On this past Saturday, we had a totally blind tasting from 6 tasters, consisting of the following drams: #1/Best Of Show, Kraken (by a solid, unequivocal #1 vote of 5 of 6); #2 El Dorado 21y (great & a full step better than #3); #3 Zaya 12y (excellent); #4/#5 Angostura 1919 (excellent) & Cap’n Morgan Sherry Oak (another cocktail in a bottle); #6 Zacapa 23 (good, but surprisingly low grade); #7 El Dorado 3y White (good, especially for a mixer); #8 Myers’s Dark (medicinal; strictly a mixer & good at it); #9 Matusalem 15y (kerosene; grand name & high reputation, but bad grade). Remember, The Kraken is a ‘cocktail in a bottle’. However, this ‘cocktail in a bottle’ is one that can top, in admittedly an unfair competition in favor of The Kraken, the truly magnificent El Dorado 21y, a true, top-notch sipping rum. Hat’s off to The Kraken.
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Comments
Irishman (2014-11-13):
Maybe you got your bottles mixed up in a drunken haze? Kraken is tasty and a lot of the rum-n-coke guys seem to like it, but to say Kraken is better than El Dorado 21 and Zaya 12 is just pure non-sense.

jaketaz jaketaz (74) (2014-10-02)
Not my favorite thing ever, but objectively it's worth a 5 just for being a perfect example of a spiced rum. Quite spicy, lots of different flavors (molasses, clove, licorice, vanilla, citrus peel etc) going on. Great bottle design, higher-than-usual proof, competitive price, drinks well alone or in a punch cocktail, and EASILY beats out the Captain and Bacardi spiced rums. Cruzan 9 is also good and very cheap, but this stuff is of a little higher quality and complexity.
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DakotaGuy DakotaGuy (57) (2014-06-14)
Meh. I wanted to like this, it's just OK. I much prefer Sailor Jerry or even the good ol' Captain. Bottle is cool as hell, though.
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Funkenstein Funkenstein (25) (2014-05-26)
Good for sipping, but definitely better for mixing. Seems to be fairly versatile.
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tnmike1 tnmike1 (6) (2014-02-07)
Don't get it. Tried it and OK as a dark rum but to me not much spicey flavor
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179605 179605 (2) (2013-11-13)

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Notasoxfan Notasoxfan (10) (2013-08-21)
a nice change of pace from my usual Captain... definitely a darker flavor. Ok on the Rocks or straight, probably best as a mix in.
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Dakota Dakota (136) (2013-08-13)
Its ok nothing special
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monkeyxx monkeyxx (40) (2013-07-07)
Better than Sailor Jerry, good general mixer, but, Cruzan Blackstrap takes the dark rum cake.
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flintquatch flintquatch (165) (2013-03-24)
this is quite possibly my favorite rum. Great meddling of spices and a noticeable sweetness that offsets any real burn. This kicks Captain and Jerry overboard!! Holds up amazingly mixed and is good enough to sip straight
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Paulie Paulie (9) (2013-03-22)
Best rum ever!
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dynamo dynamo (2) (2013-02-17)
Fantastic, smooth rum. Strong, so I like it on ice, but my husband can handle it straight.Pretty addicting, interesting flavor. Also quite good mixed with root beer.
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bdehoog bdehoog (73) (2012-11-20)
a great unique inexpensive robust mixing rum great with dr. pepper.
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silverking silverking (9) (2012-10-01)
First off, the bottle is spectacular.  Sip it on the rocks or mix it with a little ginger beer to make a dark and stormy.  Excellent rum and very reasonably priced.
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Irishman Irishman (253) (2012-09-27)
Kraken is a Captain Morgan killer. Much better flavor profile and not crushingly sweet like the Captain.
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dcp5082 dcp5082 (10) (2012-09-04)
I tried this rum partially as a joke, I saw a commercial for it on ESPN the bottle looked cool and the rum was on sale for 15 dollars, so I said what the heck its cheap i'll give it a shot. Oh... was I surprised, this rum is very good. Excellent flavor, hints of oak, caramel and molasses. Very smooth considering its 47% ABV. Recommend wholeheartedly.
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athenasblueprint athenasblueprint (1) (2012-08-15)
Makes a mean Cuba Libre. I enjoy the strong vanilla notes in this abyssal dark spiced rum. A bit intense on its own in my opinion, but a very nice addition to any dark drink and pairs nicely with citrus.
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Majortom Majortom (5) (2012-07-16)
Best on the rocks or with Coke. Also works well with coffee.
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TheSippingLife TheSippingLife (111) (2012-06-09)
Cashing in on some recent Hollywood mania with old mythological beasts, The Kraken spiced rum is the stand-out bottle in its category. It's smooth, tastes great, mixes well, sips like a champ, comes at you with a bigger bouquet the more you have, and is just above dirt cheap. It handily crushes the absurdly concocted, stupendously oversweet, kitschily marketed competition like Captain Morgan Tattoo.  If you spend money on anything else in the black/dark/very dark spiced rum category, you're wasting your cash. If however, you are choosing between this and a dark/very dark aged rum, you might want to be careful, as the aged variety can still easily surpass this. But if you need an alcoholic swiss army knife for $20 or less, this one is literally perfect for everyone. This bottle won't last long on my shelf.
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voldron voldron (10) (2012-03-19)
If you don't have this rum then you need to stop what you're doing and go get it! One of the most flavorful rums I've had in a long while. Deep and rich flavors.
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Phizbin Phizbin (189) (2011-11-25)
Aroma of deep, robust molasses. Tempered it with a bit of water... Really nice and smooth. Very nice. Like putting muscles on a drink.
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Spindali Spindali (5) (2011-09-18)
This is by far my favorite of all the spiced rums I have tasted. The flavor doesnt overpower the liquor and vice versa. The scent of cinnamon and vanilla flow out once you open it and it is amazingly dark in color. I mix it with pepsi when I drink it. It's alcohol content will definitely get you feelig warm after the first couple of shots.
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