Review: The Kraken Black Spiced Rum

This is not Captain Morgan, folks.

The Kraken, with its sea creature label and black-as-coffee liquid within, makes a striking impression on the bar and in the glass. The idea is kitschy: A drink as strong and dark as kraken (giant squid) ink, powerful enough to take him down. And, yeah, at 94 proof and laden with flavor, perhaps it is. (The label doesn’t indicate it, but the rum is distilled in Trinidad and Tobago.)

The Kraken — the rum, that is — cuts quite a profile in consumption, a truly monstrous hit of chocolate and molasses, cut with Christmas spices — cinnamon and allspice, cloves and maybe even some ginger. Vanilla is big on the finish. Overall the effect is quite impressive, and any spiced rum fan will get a big kick out of The Kraken.

Again, at 94 proof, it needs a bit of water if you’re sipping it straight, and it works just fine with your standard mixers — though last night I was bemoaning the fact that no good recipes exist using spiced rum. The price is also right.

A / $20 /

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84 Responses to Review: The Kraken Black Spiced Rum

  1. Awesome in Dark& Stormys too- ginger ale, rrum& lime. Yum!

  2. Tried The Kracken and Root Beer last weekend. It was excellent.

  3. I quoted a bit of your Kraken thoughts on my review today. Just thought I’d let you know!

  4. Kraken and Ginger Beer with a twist of lime is the merde!

  5. Fantastic mixing rum because of all the vanilla. Best rum and Coke ever, this is a must have.

  6. Drinking Kraken & 7 Up as we speak. Fantastic. Great vanilla finish. Paid $16.99 for 750ml. definitely worth adding to the collection.

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  8. Kraken with pineapple/coconut mix, dash of grand marnier, with 1/2 ounce if tequila rose

  9. I was introduced to this rum this past weekend. I saw a sign at my bar for Krak n Coke and I had to ask the bartender about it and she said it was new and mixed me the Krak n Coke and I loved it. I was shocked that on my second drink it tasted just a strong as the first one (most times by a second drink of Capt n Coke it tastes weaker) and by my second drink I was REALLY enjoying my drinks…LOL I am looking forward to stocking up my liquor cabinet with this lovely drink.

  10. My favorite rum, I always just mix it with coke.

  11. my friends and i tried this rum a couple of months ago and i was incredibly disappointed. we were all sort of proud with our selection at the liquor store, but eagerness turned to dead silence after we took our first round. everybody seemed to embrace it as they turned to mixing rather than shooting, but being very much a rum guy i refuse to take it anything but neat or on the rocks, for tasting purposes at least, and came away with a bad impression.

    based on your equally great views of some of my favorites (gosling’s, sailor, and kilo), though, i’m starting to doubt myself. maybe i should give it another shot.

  12. I love my spiced rums… everyone knows it… My fave till recently was Captain Morgan’s Private Stock, or their new 100, or Sailor Jerry.
    Though Private Stock being my fave…
    Then I found the Kraken.. hello!

    Try spiced rum and Dr. Pepper.. fantastic together. Or with some spiced apple cider warm with some spiced rum.. great for cold weather.. (or even just with apple juice, especially the “good” stuff like fresh Tropicana)
    Great review. Wanted to make sure I wasn’t alone in my new black ink drink adoration!

  13. i was wondering how to make the kraken lava colada’s that el torito resturants make. any one know how?????


    run hershey choc,syrup down side of rounded glass just dash havy cream,rocks akraken sprinkle with nutmeg if u like.

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  16. “needs a bit of water” ? lol

    Anyways, it tastes nice. I had a double shot straight, and I had some with ginger beer. tastes nice. It’s good on it’s own, but it’s also good with pop. I think it would be good with some nice colas or root beers, and I already know it’s good with nice ginger beer.

  17. Jonathon Storjohann

    Well, I gotta tell you. I’ve had rums from the caribbean to Jamaica. They are awesome rums. Captain Spiced is ok but like one of the readers it tastes weaker for the next rum n coke. But today, I had to try Kraken for the first time and man of war, I swore; from the first to the last drink its awesome in flavor. Coming from a true alcoholic taste tester. God bless.

  18. To all those people that compared it to KILO KAT here…

    Get Real and wake up!
    Remind yourself if u truly are a rum fan that its rare to find dark rums in spiced flavors and kraken is just that. For those who haven’t tried Kilo yet, dont waste your money on it. Kilo is too sweet (too much vanilla) and taste just like Brinley. Puke! :p

  19. Leaving the Captain was an easy choice, Kracken is it.

  20. Kraken and freshly squeezed grapefruit juice! A bit of work, but on a hot summer night… worth it.

  21. Just tried my first mixer with Kraken, topped it off with some NOS energy drink, tastes very much like a long island, with a punch.. ironic! I will no doubt try the root beer & dr pepper since it is a recurring theme.

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  23. A simple Dr. Pepper really compliments the flavor. If you can get it, I suggest Dublin Dr. Pepper which uses real cane sugar for the best simple drink. black fizzy blood of the earth!

  24. Methusala Honeysuckle

    The Kraken is my favorite drink now! straight up or with a ginger beer.

  25. Just had my first sip of Kracken. 100 times better than Captain Morgans. Have also had Sailor Jerry’s too. I think Kracken takes it by an edge. Also have had Matuselum. Kracken is referred choice from this point.

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  27. Makes excellent dark n’ stormies with Reeds extra ginger beer.

  28. Sexy bottle! Stuck my finger in one of her two holes and she poured like a dream! I mixed it with some coke zero and 4 drinks later….Here I am! I love the Kraken and NEVER going back to Captains. But I do love me some private stock. If any body has some kick ass mixes…please post them

  29. Crapton morgan and Sailor J are way too sweet for me, The Kraken is perfect, not too sweet and good taste. Try it with a Dr pepper, good stuff!

  30. 2:1 Dr. Pepper and Kracken, over ice. It is my drink of Choice

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  32. Kracken and San Peligrino Grapefruit- nectar of the gods, enough said

  33. Terry Anglin

    The best recipe is Kraken, some OJ, bit of pineapple juice and a shot of mango Gatorade

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