arminjewell (8582) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 15, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light brownish pour with thin off white head on tap at the brewery, aroma brought notes of big rye spice, some earth, nuts, hints of caramel, earthy and grassy hops make their way in as well. Taste is fairly nice, some nice caramel and toffee notes with a hint of nutty and earth go into spice, some grassy hops round it out.
wchesser (1427) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light brown with good carbonation. Nose is not very strong, but some earthy malt. Taste is mild with rye not really showing very strong directly, comes across more in an earthy, rustic element very reminiscent of a dry apple cider. Tasty. Would be great with a hot ham and cheese.
dnstone (2360) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 10, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a copper in color with white head. Malty but not too heavy. Not great notes on this one, sorry.
onceblind (5307) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear, light copper hued, like a new penny. Aroma of rye toast and biscuit. I tasted rye, wheat bread, a little sweetness, maybe toffee. Unsure. Somewhat 1 dimentional. Sorta tasted like liquid pretzel with no salt. There is some slight herbal spice, like clove or something. But not clove. Can’t put my finger on it.
crajun (1065) - , Texas, USA - JUL 23, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap at the brewery - ENJOYED this one; amber pour, this thing is smoov with a v! Very smooth; good palate with a slight hop at the end.. notes were sketchy on the details - just drink it!
That1Guy (2051) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - JUL 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Avery. Dark amber pour with a sticky head. Malt biscuit nose with plenty of rye. Flavor is even better and is smooth as hell. Cool bitterness in the finish. Pretty excellent.
ogiergrove (120) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - JUL 3, 2011
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not much on the nose. Pours a clear amber color. A bit bitter (rye?). Not really very flavorful, but crisp and refreshing
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 23, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at the tasting room.
Pours a clear, dark golden copper color with pale tangerine hues and a two finger frothy white head that has pretty good retention, slowly fading into a lasting cap. Sporadic rings and streaks of lacing. Visible carbonation bubbling up.
Slightly spicy aroma with faint floral hops and sweet malt. Hints of toffee, caramel, biscuit and light fruit. Apricot and hazelnut with brown sugar and cinnamon.
Medium bodied with a nice balance of zesty spice, earthy hops and sweet malt notes. Hints of pepper, brown sugar and cinnamon up front followed by the caramel malt, rye, biscuit, toffee and hazelnut notes. Sweet fruit notes toward the finish, mostly apricot and tangerine. Dry finish. Spice is a bit heavy for my liking.
bjt512 (292) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUN 14, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Avery Brewing Co. in Boulder, CO. A delicious update on the heller bock style, this sits a glorious grapefruit-flesh red in the glass. The infusion of rye adds earthiness and a hint of bitterness to all of that sweet malt, making for a dangerously drinkable (given the abv) beer. The body is smooth in the lagered style, although lighter than some other maibocks. Overall this is a winner, and I hope that Avery decides to put it in bottles so that we can drink it more regularly.
Nikiel (879) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 22, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at Avery. Pours a deep gold/brown. Smells lightly of caramel. Feels way thicker than expected and tastes slightly roasty with rye and a bit too much alcohol.