MIBRomeo (2541) - 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 (7746) - 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 (14350) - 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.
S_Side_Smitty (436) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours brownish with a thick light tan head. Aroma is oak barrel and tobacco. Taste is smooth, light syrup and creamy mellow malts. Flavors are hard to pinpoint. It’s nice, but I was expecting more.
TylerGreenDC (271) - - MAY 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft. Interesting... Aroma of a youngish Scotch. The sweet flavors you might expect from a richly ryed beer are evidently mellowed out by the rye-barrel aging, I suppose? Kind of a surprisingly mellow beer, especially considering the ABV. Will be interested to try the 2014 version later this summer.
olr1984 (1048) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle pours a hazy amber with a tan khaki head. Big oak vanilla and caramel taste.
Braudog (5599) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - APR 29, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, caged and corked. OK, so right up front, if you don’t like whiskey, you won’t like this. From the original aroma right into the very, viscous, alcohol-laden burn in the drink, this is all about the barrel-aged component. This is dark, cherry-oak colored and thick. Settle in, maybe smoke a cigar. (#5502, 4/29/2014)
markducommun (171) - Wilmette, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear, red gold with a thin tan head. Nose is heavy vanilla and caramel sweetness, maybe a touch of mango. Bitter, with some sourness, also some umami. Muted sweetness towards the end. Incredibly upfront alcohol, medium body. Some carbonation. Really excellent.
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ansalon (1286) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - APR 15, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at Gothenburg Beer & Whisky Festival, April 12th. Pours mahogany with a low off-white head. Aroma of caramel, honey, apple, toffee, Taste is caramel, apple, honey, rye bread, raisins. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Aftertaste is caramel with some apple tones.
conway (1329) - - APR 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark ruby with a thick rocky white head. Aroma is heavy rye barrel and dark fruit. Taste follows suit and adds a buttery and boozy note. Medium creamy mouthfeel with light carbonation. Boozy and tasty.