Gachupines (877) - USA - JUL 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber color with a thick off white head. Aroma is boozy, vanilla and oak with strong bourbon. Flavor is also boozy, strong hints of bourbon. Vanilla and oak with a touch of hops to cut threw just a little. A bit sweet, but finishes fairly mild.
GriffDaddy (64) - - JUN 28, 2014
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Alcohol in the front, alcohol in the middle, alcohol at the end and beyond. This is the hottest beer Iíve ever tasted and quite the disappointment. Behind the alcohol was some wood and whiskey, an indeterminate spiciness that was simply overwhelmed by the alcohol. Maybe the flavors were balanced, I could not tell. Part of the magic of great barleywines or strong ales is blending the alcohol in with all of the other goodness. I simply could not get past it here. Would I drink again? Maybe just to see if the first bottle was off. Otherwise, no.
BucannonXC5 (827) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Modern Times pint glass
From: Bine & Vine Bottle Shop in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $14.99 (received as a Fatherís Day gift)
Purchased: June 14, 2014
Consumed: June 20, 2014
Misc.: Champagne cork; Batch No. RR13324; Best by Nov. 2015; 2014 edition
Poured a dark caramel, amber, murky color with 3-to-4 fingers of khaki-tan rocky head. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom. Good foamy layered lacing along the sides of the glass. Good, thick retention on the top all the way down.
Smelled Jim Beam, whiskey, light bourbon, oak, vanilla, wood, caramel, light coke (or maybe that is what I was wishing), honey, Tang and slight urine. Very boozy.
Tasted pretty close to smell, but slightly better. Got Jim Beam still, whiskey, bourbon, oak, wood, unknown hops, dark fruits, vanilla, light caramel and toffee. Still pretty boozy. I know whiskey is often (always?) associated with rye, but Iím not getting what I usually get from a rye beer. Iím missing that iced tea and tea note that I usually get. Maybe Iíve always been wrong about what rye tastes like. Grew on me as it went down.
Medium body. Creamy texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Long, boozy finish.
I really liked this beer, but didnít love it. My ratings could have gone a few different ways, but it was definitely tasty. Booziness rules the day.
joeneugs (3175) - Livermore, California, USA - JUN 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml. bottle. It pours a deep red color with a fizzy, khaki colored head. The aroma has some hard fruit candy, alcohol, vanilla and touches of barrel. Theres some plum, golden raisins and unripe banana in there as well. The flavor is fruity with some hard candy, light baking spice and vanilla tinged alcohol in the finish. Lots of whiskey, vanilla, unripe banana, cane sugar, and plum. Pretty decent as a sipper, but a bit overbearing.
peteinSD (1363) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from the deepest reaches of my nearly exhausted cellar. Murky rust colored pour with a light tan head. Clean whiskey with slight rye spice and some background sweet malt in the aroma. Taste is whiskey dominated but itís balanced with some sweet malt and thin bitterness. Lightly coating mouthfeel. Good beer.
Oakes (12352) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 13, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Slightly brownish-amber, lots of rye, some alcohol, bubblegum, alcohol taste, light toasty rye and a fair bit of bubblegum.
swoopjones (5725) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. impressive beer from Boulevard. caramel colored medium bodied pour. rye malts, touch of citrusy hops, vanilla, whiskey. lots going on. great beer
neuromatt (1131) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 mL bottle courtesy of Chris, served in a stem glass at a tasting at Danís. Pours hazy toffee with medium off white head that remains and leaves a medium amount of fine lace. The nose has notes of rye, caramel, oak, vanilla, subtle grass and earth. The flavour is fairly sweet with caramel, chocolate, rye barrel and oak, along with grass, subtle hops and vanilla. The finish is long and malty with big vanilla notes. On the palate it is medium-full in body with a syrupy texture and soft carbonation. Overall, a very nice rye barrel-aged rye ale. Light and delicate, fairly complex. 2014-06-07
sudomorph (564) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy, dark caramel with some sediment. Thin, off white head. Aroma has notes of caramel, barrel notes, and slightly spicy. Sweeter. Taste is on the sweeter side. Caramel with spicy rye, and a dry finish. Medium-full body and carbonation. Slightly syrupy texture with an effervescent carbonation. Overall an awesome beer. Spicy rye with caramel.
Maltser85 (250) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - JUN 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mahogany red color with an off white tanish head. Aromas are slight oak, coconut and vanilla. Big rye spice with maybe the slightest bit of citrus. Malty sweetness as well. Mild carbonation. Barrel characteristics up front quickly lead to heavy, assertive spicy rye. Finishes smooth with a slight citrus bitterness mixed with a rye spice. Some caramel malt mixed into the middle/finish. Some heat in the finish, or is it spice? Medium bodied. Decent beer.