djd07 (4899) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 19, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Matt. Pours a clear copper with small frothy white. The aroma is rye and roast. Thin mouth with light smoke and roast, strong rye, nice booze, very good.
slowrunner77 (6336) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 13, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"Seemingly hoppier in the nose than it really is thanks to shit tons of rye. Really nice beer at 10+%. Complex malts and spice, some earthy hops, and an increasing rye whiskey barrel presence as the beer warms. I really liked this one."
Travlr (14434) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 20, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Cloudy amber color. Aroma of lightly spiced caramel. Taste is also spiced.
GenDV138 (2580) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - AUG 18, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bottle at the DC Local Tasting. Slightly hazy yellow with off-white head. Aromas of caramel and booze. Tastes of spices, caramel, light citrus. Medium-light body with a dry finish.
solidfunk (4782) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 18, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Red pour, not much head. Booze, caramel and some citrus. Booze a little too prominent. Ok head and lacing. Rye doesn’t help with big booze here. Bottle thanks to nimbleprop.
nimbleprop (5416) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 17, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
22oz bottle pours a hazy amber with a single ring of eggshell head. Nose has a ton of booze, nail polish, some dried fruit, some wood pulp, a little cleaning solution. Flavor is boozy, tart, raisins, dried apricot, vegetal, wood pulp. Sort of astringent, vegetal finish.
obguthr (4295) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - AUG 17, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Lightly spicy, somewhat vegetal, caramel nose. Clear copper, medium yellow head. Wood, dried leaves, caramel flavor. Woody finish. Rustic, but too sweet.
jkwood04 (4364) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle in a tulip. Pours deep amber with a lacy, off-white head. Aroma of a lot of caramel and toffee, a good amount of rye, some light oak and vanilla, and light bitterness. Flavor the same with a decent blend. Thicker texture. An interesting beer, but not the best.
cmonster (997) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours like motor oil. Thick and viscous. Dense dark orange in color with a medium head. Decent retention and spotty lace. Bright, medium sweet, and spicy grain and vanilla oak aroma. Equally sweet flavor that finishes a quite bitter. Full body, thick texture, soft carbonation, and a lengthy finish. Very nice, strong beer.
jgb9348 (4943) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 1, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice deep copper coloured body with a light brown glow, some hints of deep amber and a tint of ruby, all with a perfect, three centimetre tall tan head - this one is very nice looking. Aroma of alcohol, oak, rye, tobacco, bright hops and plenty of sugars. Full-bodied; Deep, super pungent alcohol and rye flavours with a lot of caramel, banana, clove, yeast and pit fruit flavours - very cloying on the finish and almost a meal in itself. Aftertaste shows a nice hoppy flavour with a lot of rye, somehow even more alcohol and a deep, syrupy, resinous, oaky and very dry rye and vanilla finish. Overall, a very pungent and super strong beer with some nice complexities and a solid balance between sweet, malt, oak and alcohol. I wish this was just in a small format bottle - the density and gravity of this beer is just too much to handle in 65 cL! I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Belmont Station in Portland, Oregon on 12-April-2013 for US$12.47 sampled at home in Washington on 01-September-2013.