talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 26, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch 2010-1. BB 01-13. The pour is a hazy, rusty-chestnut color with a beige, full, fluffy head which settles to a small, creamy layer and leaves some tight, sporadic lace. The nose is full of oak whiskey notes; vanilla is prominent, toasted caramel, whiskey, charred oak, spicy rye, and faint brown sugar and raisin notes. The flavor is much of the same with more spicy notes coming from the rye and the whiskey notes; plenty of rich notes from the malts and the oak (raisin, toasted caramel, vanilla, toffee), scorched oak, spicy whiskey, spicy rye, and leafy/citrusy hops noticed moving into the finish. The palate is nice with a nice warmth, moderately full body, soft to lively carbonation (but seemed more due to the spice), and a round, velvety mouthfeel. The finish is average length for an 11% ABV beer with a moderate hop bitterness (notes of pink grapefruit/leaves/earth), light raisin, dry/scorched/whiskey oak, light pepper, and brown sugar. From the beginning, I though the the spice and rye whiskey notes were going to be too much; but actually they seemed to add to the already complex beer. Very drinkable for a young beer and sure to become even more complex. The hops were a perfect fit to the already sweet, spicy, oaken beer. This brewery continues to create incredible single batch beers, even though their everyday beers are marginal at best. The beer became more likable, the more I drank.
DigitalMan (193) - Idaho, USA - MAR 24, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Deep orange brown with thin light brown head. No rye in the aroma, but it comes out late in the aftertaste. A bit too sweet and just doesnít quite fire on all cylinders. Love the unique stuff this brewery tries, though.
heemer77 (5060) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAR 20, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
A light tan head sits on top of the dark ruddy brown brew. The initial smell gave me straight, rye bread with little else. However, after a little more smelling, I got some caramel notes along with a little bit of old wood. The taste was spicy rye right up front with some bread crust to balance it. After settling in, I found it to be very boozy and heavy in the mouth. I had some hints of the barrel age booze character, but the rye malt of the beer dominates it. I get that this is a big beer, but there is no subtlety and it is almost like eating instead of drinking. A massive brew that is a one trick pony, but if you love the flavor of rye, this is your beer. For me, it was over the top and interesting, but not a pleasure.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle. big, big spicy rye and barrel nose. dark turbid amber pour with a resilient off white head. flavor is slightly harsh but tasty nonetheless. lots of vanilla barrel tannin but compliments the earthy spice of the rye nicely. fairly heavily hopped, which again compliments the high percentage of rye. creamy texture with an aggressive hoppy and spicy finish that lasts forever. very well put together.
cho7a7 (5) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2010 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Serving Type: Bottle (750 ml)
Glassware: Chardonnay Glass
Color (hue and head): Reddish Amber with creamy, ivory head
Clarity: full, deep, opaque, cloudy
Aroma: grainy, malty, semi sweet, lighter aroma than expected.
Taste: balanced, rich, energetic, light hop, slight malt, clean (whiskey) finish, minimal aftertaste.
Grade: 94/100 (A)
bearlybrewed (41) - Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours with a light mohagony brown with an offwhite head. Aroma is of rye whiskey, light oak, vanilla and maybe a little hoppiness. Palate is light and somewhat carbonated with rye whiskey on the front with some spicey oak on the back end. Finish is of hop and maybe a vanilla end. Another superb rye beer with an extra love bite of rye.
CanIHave4Beers (2768) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAR 15, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep hazy red with an absolutely enormous head and great lacing. The aroma is great on this pungent beer lots of calvados, some woody almost funky notes, some alcohol some fruitiness with some good banana notes. Just a little bit too much booze in the aroma. The flavor is lots of wood and lots of rye snappiness with some cherry and spicy hoppiness. There is a good strong earthiness all around on this one. The beer is mildly sweet but finishes dry, as it opens up the rye whiskey really starts to show itís self. A really beautiful beer.
Ernest (5905) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 14, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Head is initially large, frothy/fizzy, off-white to light brown, mostly lasting.
Body is medium to dark amber.
Aroma is moderately malty (toasted grain), with notes of raw wood, whiskey/alcohol, celery/squash, peach skin.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic.
Very lean and rather vegetal (sourish/acrid) on the nose...grainy, boozy, woody. More whiskey-ish than beer-ish. Disappointing.
vyvvy (3422) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAR 14, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours amber / tawny with a smallish off-white head. The aroma strikes me as a lot of the rye barrel it was aged in and very little of the beer aspects and it seems fairly dry as well. Medium / thick body with a bit of sharp carbonation. This is more of the same as the aroma but it has a touch more sweetness, but is still fairly dry. There is a bit of spice as well. This is so over the top with the whiskey that if you are like me and are a fan of beer, but not whiskey it wonít be very enjoyable. Many of the barrel aged have some sort of balance, but not the case here. This is for the whiskey drinkers out there.
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 6, 2010
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Laser guided beer, knows exactly what it wants to do and accomplishes it...it is exactly what it claims to be and itís DAMN GOOD. End of story!