JMerritt (1850) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JUN 1, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the brew pub. Clear golden-red with a small white ring of a head. Sweet nose - vanilla malts, rye bread, some sort of candied berry (almost like a sugared mulberry). Spicy rye flavor is very prevalent up front, turning dry with some aspirin and calcium mineral notes. I get some sort of woody white oak in the lingering aftertaste. Solid.
Skyview (5272) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAY 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draught at the Blue Heron brewpub in Marshfield, Wisconsin. Pours a clear copper amber colored ale with a thin off-white head that quickly dissipates and leaves behind some spotty lacing. Aroma of multi-grain malt, mostly rye profile, a hint of crystal and citrus zest and a touch of floral hops. Taste is medium bodied, average carbonation with flavors of multi-grain malt with plenty of rye, toasted biscuit and a hint of toffee. Finish is semi-dry, mild bitterness with a balanced aftertaste of a crisp bitterness and rye bread flavors. Though one of the highest concentrated rye malt I’ve ever encountered, this one was very decent.