EithCubes (4420) - New Jersey, USA - APR 30, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Corked and caged bottle via kuphish. Managed to get a marble rye to taste alongside. Bottle 8821 of 12148. Orange-amber pour with a beige head, laces and lasts forever. Muddy malt and light alcohol in the nose, but not normal beer booziness, totally whiskey-flavored, very nice. Taste is basically less alcoholic whiskey/rye but with a nice, thick and sweet malty underbase to round it out. Is not hot and extreme, just seems like the blending really cut out the harshness. Soft, full body with some alcohol, warm but toned down (would have guessed half of this number), as ku says, could "drink the hell out of this". Kudos to these guys for a smooth and classy, mature undertaking - takes a lot of confidence to show this much restraint.
drjay44 (2353) - Salida, Colorado, USA - APR 29, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml. bottle. 5597 of 12148. Pours a tiny bubbled off white head of long duration, over an amber (SRM 10) clear body.....nose is vanilla, bourbon, light dried fruits including cherry.....taste initially is light brown sugar, then light malts, leading to a harsh terpene and whiskey bite, finishing with a lingering bitterness....mouth feel is light, carbonation makes it fizzy. It is not well balanced and the wood, alcohol and whiskey components dominate at this time. This is too young and I should have aged it for a year or two before tasting. BJCP 6/3/12/4/7
j12601 (6453) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the Rosso release at Captain Lawrence. Pours a light hazy tanned brown with a thin beige head. Clean vanilla, with a little isopropyl behind it. Spicy, toast, big carbonation and a nice pudding flavor. A bit of warming alcohol on the big bourbon filled finish and some ample wood notes.
Ratman197 (8518) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 28, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 29, 2010 750 ml corked and caged bottle poured a clear tarnished copper with a lasting amber head. Aromas of rye whiskey, oak, vanilla, toffee, spice and white pepper. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of rye whiskey, oak, pepper, earthiness and toffee with a smooth dry lingering rye whiskey finish.
badgerben (4334) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 28, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch 2010-1; Bottle 10482/12148. Deep brownish, dark copper color with a large and very persistent head. Sweet corn aroma (despite not being a bourbon barrel), charred oak and vanilla. Very oaky and charred flavor. Plenty of caramel and sherry-like notes. The rye is fairly subdued and is oddly missing that screaming black pepper I find in many rye beers. Still, I enjoyed this immensely.
travita (3504) - Frisco, Texas, USA - APR 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks to barzigkin. The smell is rye, malts, sweet, caramel, and hops. The look is clear, deep amber in color, beige colored head. The taste is malts, rye, heavy alcohol, caramel, sticky, and whiskey. A little different.
mar (4481) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 27, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle thanks to barzigkin. deep amber with a thick cream head. rye, whiskey, wood, vanilla, and more rye. nice on the palate, definitely some rye, vanilla, bourbon, and alcohol in the end.
kwoeltje (2152) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - APR 22, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
(bottle) brown/amber with off white head. rye whiskey aroma. Flavor is also dominated by whiskey.
SudsMcDuff (5375) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - APR 21, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark sap colour, good big foam, subtle sturdy lacing .. . light rye, light caramel, light wood flavours .. . really 11%??, well done .. . stoked to have tried it. …if I ever saw an amputee getting hanged, I’d probably just start calling out letters..
Mora2000 (5164) - McKinney, Texas, USA - APR 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to my brother for splitting this bottle with me. Bottle No. 7,873 of 12,148. The beer pours a murky brown color with a tan head. The aroma is strong rye with some oaked notes and dark fruit. The flavor is very nice with rye, cherries, vanilla, oak and a strong, spicy hops and rye finish. The alcohol is fairly noticeable. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.