bhensonb (9814) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 23, 2013
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber from Malt & Vine. Pours dark ruddy amber with a half finger creamy beige head. Aroma is roast malt with a fair amount of rye notes. Very full bodied. Creamy. Flavor is heat enhanced rye. Rye spice. It’s like a flavorful barley wine. Or perhaps a beer aged in fresh oak. If there were more fruit aspects it could be a fantastic quad. Super brilliant ale. Get it if you can.
brokensail (9108) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 28, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Murky amber pour with an off-white head. Pretty hoppy aroma. Very floral and a decent amount of citrus and vanilla. Tons of rye, oak, dark fruit, and malt sweetness. Flavor is a touch boozy, but not bad. Oak, rye, and dark fruit. Citrus zest, caramel, vanilla, and a bit of booze and bitterness on the finish.
Leighton (8593) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at RBWG, thanks to Matt. Pours clear amber with a light cream cap. Boozy nose, some semi-dark malts. Big sweet flavor, quite boozy, some caramel, bread. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Warm finish with harsh alcohol, rubbing alcohol. Heavy, boozy.
after4ever (5728) - Brier, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22, capped and waxed. Pours a cloudy dark mahogany with a gigantic dense and creamy tan head. Lots of webby lace. Big peppery sweet rye nose, smells like good dark bread. Creamy medium body with pleasant carb. Caramel, toast, black pepper, and a hint of orange peel on the mid palate. Mild black pepper finish. Nice beer.
drowland (5686) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - MAR 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2/22/13. Rare waxed dipped walez, bro! at RBWG thanks to Matt! Ruddy amber pour with a decent khaki head. Rich aroma with rye spice, plenty of whiskey and barrel character, and some sweet malts, caramel, and breadiness. Rich malty flavor as well, again with a big rye and rye whiskey punch, with a wisp of smoke and alcohol. Not bad.
crossovert (5627) - Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Certainly an interesting beer. The rye isn’t super vibrant, im just getting standard barley flavors. THe whiskey adds sweetness.
5000 (5600) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle:   Deep amber, thick, moderate to large frothy off-white head, nice lacing.   Sweet pale bready nose, strong melon and pale biscuity notes.   Strong breadiness up front, noticeable alcohol.   Has a heavy
fruitiness to it as well.   If the Rye is there its real sweet.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Big pale bready finish, fruity, slight alcohol.   Not sure on the Rye aspect as this one seems too big that it
overshadows any rye.   While not alcoholic, its very warming.   Moderate to full body and mouthfeel.   Bready finish, soft melon like fruitiness, slight alcohol.   Not all that easy to finish as its a little cloying.
Its like a big American Tripel that isn’t as sweet as others.   Meh... decent in small doses.   Took me a while to finish the bomber.
riversideAK (5557) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wax dipped rare beer. Fuck yeah! Nose of strong rye malt, caramel notes, nice sweetness, vanilla, wood, spicy rye whiskey, alcohol. Pours dark amber, thin white ring of foam around the edges. Flavors of rye whiskey up front, rye malts spicy sweet grain notes toasted brown bread, earthy hop notes, wood, a little vanilla. Thick body, medium carbonation. A little alcohol presence. Nice interesting beer.
douglas88 (5115) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle wax dipped in red wax. Pours a mostly clear ruby color with a medium white head. A big sweet nose of fruit, vanilla and whiskey. The flavor is initially some tobacco, leather, big fruit, strawberries, later big rye whiskey, earthy, even smoky at times. Huge vanilla. Very good. The barrel addition is just perfect. Mellow and yet big flavors.
jgb9348 (4276) - 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.