madsberg (10231) - SÝborg, DENMARK - SEP 11, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled: Amber coloured. Clear. Beige medium sized head. Hops, chocolate and a light sweetness in the aroma. A light malty note as well. Flavour is hoppy and floral. Ends in a massive bitterness that last long on the palate. Nice one. Thanks Jeppe for sharing.
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 2, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with red hue. Thin offwhite head dissipates. Aroma is pine and malt. Full flavored, tastes of bread crust, pine, and LOTS of bitterness... this beer is great. Bitter aftertaste sticks around seemingly forever, but finally once it subsides I taste that unique rye. This beer is unique and complex- Iíll have another.
Cornfield (5482) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours like a pale ale, the head coats the glass, looks like a brown ale, has a floral hoppy aroma, fills the mouth like an IPA, and is an over-all delight. Iím not sure where the rye comes in. This is my first taste of a rye ale, and I canít detect a new flavor. Whatever. This is a great new brew for this hop-head. Congrats to the Bear Republic for taking chances.
rajendra82 (953) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - AUG 27, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This bomber was received via a trade that took place a little while back, and I am finally getting around to trying it now. The beer had a lovely coppertone hue as I poured it into the goblet, and the head on top was deliciously creamy, and beige with a thickness of about 2 inches at the beginning. The head was a bit short lived, but the copious lacing left on the sides of the glass while departing was a constant reminder of it.
The aroma was primed with piney and citric juicy hops, bready rye malt, and perfumey alcohol. The taste was like buttered rye toast with a touch of honey dunked into tea made of hop leaves. The mouthfeel felt a bit thinner than the alcohol in the aroma first suggested. The aftertaste was peppery and dry, and left me longing for the next sip. This is a very well crafted beer that will be missed due to its local unavailability. But for now Iíll pour me another glass.
WabashMan (1012) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - AUG 24, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Like most American Strongs, I generally compare to Arrogant Bastard, which is one of my favorites. This just didnít measure up. The look of the beer was great. Very dark and a nice head, but the nose was a bit weak and I was less than impressed by the hop character. Certainly not a BAD beer, but not a GREAT one either.
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 23, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
creamy medium tan head, nice vertical draping lacing. dark ruby/amber in color. nose is piney, hop, and sweet malted rye. medium carbonation. medium mouthfeel. start is slight alcohol/rye, sweet bourbon (southern comfort??!!). then the mega hop flavor and finish with some sweet balance. not much aftertaste, but itís hop bitterness. alcohol well played.
SDalkoholic (2146) - Linda Vista, California, USA - AUG 20, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2005 Well after few months of this on the shelf i learned it doesnít age well. Beer is full of dead yeast and protein and there wasnt a huge heaping of head created when you pour. Now its basically so flat it wont create no head or leave behind any lace. My ratings numbers still stand as before, but i feel more experienced to revisit this beer again. Nose has a hop presence and hint of pine. Flavor is hoppy and has some grapefruit along with pine and finishes with a bitter note. Very good strong ale just wish i had a fresh bottle.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - AUG 20, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
POured with such an appropriate amount of head fit for a trappist glass. This of course was left right on top of a good dark red brown body. Aroma is what I would expect from an american strong ale. Good inblance of the strong hops goodness overpowering the malt trying to catch ground. Flavor is smooth....Initally, then there is a good sweetness to it, then when it hits you, Itís bitter like my Ex, and thats mighty bitter. After that, I still just taste the bitterness. If you wait long enough between tastes, the bitterness will subside enough (if that says anything) such that the rye will give a slender spice to the mix, nicely complementing the hops, the hops and also more hops.
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - AUG 18, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Attention IPA lovers- you must get this one! This has got it all- sweet, sharp, spicy hops with ample malt to back it up. About as close as a you can get to the IPA/Double IPA border which means you can have a lot of it without getting dizzy. I love the dark red appearance- it is a great advertisement for the bigness of this beer. Big, bold, juicy- I donít know how the Rye (18%) figures into this magical elixer but it works for me. Purchased at Binnyís in Chicago.
n2hops (1) - Manchester, Maryland, USA - AUG 15, 2004 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I found it to be just what a hophead would order. A lovely dark hue to it with a heavy load of hops to match. For all my fellow hopheads out there this is a must try.