Ktwse (1835) - SWEDEN - JUN 6, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours clear burgundy-amber with low to medium off-white head. Aroma of caramel, vanilla, rye malts, toffee, citrus hints. Taste is vanilla and caramel sweet, somewhat boozy, with smooth sweet finish. Rich creamy body with soft carbonation.
Nisse666 (4028) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 5, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at en Öl och Whiskeymässa 2014, 2014-04-11 Göteborg vintage 2014
AR: wine gums, rye
AP: wee hazy amber, wee frothy head
F: heavy sugary, rye wine, grainy, fizzy, tutti frutti, alcoholic sense
snoworsummer (1858) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a bottle. Pours hazy brown with lots of particles floating around and a fizzy beige head. Tastes like strong booze, sweet malty grains, light raisin and dries apricots. Nice warming feeling. Smells like sweet musky grains, strong strong alcohol, and dries fruits.
sonnycheeba (3295) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 3, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours mostly hazy brown with ruby highlights and creamy beige head. Aroma is bready and toasted malts, caramel, booze, rye, raisins, prunes, and light spice. Flavor is chewy malts with a bit of graininess, light rye, oak, vanilla, alcohol sweetness and spice, and faint bitterness; dry finish. Medium/full body and medium carbonation.
JHeath99 (782) - - JUN 3, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by sonnycheeba. Pours hazy reddish amber with beige colored head. Aroma of wood and booze straight off. Taste is caramel with a boozy undertone.
Syndicate (72) - Idaho, USA - MAY 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a hazy copper with almost zero head. Nose is sweet caramel, toffee, whiskey heat blended. Taste definitely warms the palate with the whiskey bite yet finishes quite sweet.
charule (953) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Three Aces. Poured dark amber with min head. Aroma of caramel sweet fruit. Light carb med bod. Taste is sweet and balanced. Tastey
MIBRomeo (2536) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark mahogany pour small white head. Aroma is certainly whiskey tons of rye a nice spice. Full well coated palate. Whiskey rye spice sweet sugars AMD a warm swallow. Good not great.
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Candied fruit, vanilla and alcohol warmth whip up a cushy sipper of a brew.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam settles atop the dark red.
-Malt flavors are smooth and refined.
-Caramelized sugars are also tasted here and there.
-Mouthfeel is soft and conducive the easy sipping. This is not as heavy as expected.
-Rye adds mild spice suggestions, but it is not at the forefront of this brew’s profile.
fiulijn (14290) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 22, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Corked bottle from QFC, Capitol Hill, Seattle; vintage 2014
Hazy amber color with compact head. Intense aroma from the barrel, Bourbon like; but then it gets replaced by some soap feeling, vegetables, tomatoes. Smooth mouthfeel, full bodied; straws and malt flavor, some barrel, light peppery/spicy touch, some vegetables, high alcohol perception.
At first it has a great nose, but then it goes downhill. It’s chaotic, and excessive.