alobar (3493) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear copper color with aroma of caramel, raisin, whiskey, and vanilla. Caramel flavor with raisin, bourbon, rye, and vanilla. Outstanding beer!
echudy (151) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 12, 2015
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I really want to like this more than I do, maybe as it warms up it will open up. Great sweet scents mixed with hints of malt, alcohol and ale. Really deep amber color with lots of sediment. Has a nice subtle sweet flavor up front, with strong alcohol on the back end. It's a bit cold, so I assume it will open up more as it sits here
monk191 (1730) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 8, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very nice, boozy and interesting strong rye. Pours a beautiful bright cloudy orange-red with a white head. Smells abut fruity, of berries. Taste is creamy and boozy off the bat, with more berries, a bit of vanilla cream and marshmallow, and a good amount of rye spiciness in the finish. Quite good
trapped (2142) - New York, TURKEY - DEC 4, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught @ Third Avenue Ale House. Clear copper red with small foamy beige head, spicy rye aroma, low carbonation, strong rye whisky taste, abrupt finish with delicious rye whisky aftertaste. Very satisfying experience.
nearbeer (4825) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 27, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml. bb July 2017. Pour is clear copper with a spongy disc of foam. Nose is toasted cereal with apple and cream, toasted oak barrel and some spicy hair tonic. Flavor is smoky molasses, orange, peppery bread, dark fruit and resin. Medium-plus body is smooth with medium carbonation, completely disguises the 12 % and has a nice balance.
AndySnow (6581) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - NOV 27, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Where: Tasting 2015-10-09, bought from Systembolaget.
Appearance: Amber colour with an off-whit e head.
Aroma: Caramel, vanilla, raisin, bourbon, spices.
Body: Full body, low to medium carbonation.
Flavour: Caramel, alcohol, raisin, spices, bourbon, vanilla.
hopwine (669) - brooklynzzzzz, New York, USA - NOV 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big oak on the nose, spice. On the palate a bit of red apple, bit of pine/grass, sweet orange.
ElCapitan22 (332) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark amber color. Has no lacing due to the high ABV....smells like vanilla and caramel with similar tastes. Finishes warm....shit load of bourbon flavor here. A good beer, but rough on your sobriety.
tsd08460 (774) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - NOV 21, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: rye, woody, caramel,
Appearance: cloudy, amber, tan head
Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, dark fruits, vanilla
Palate: medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish,
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2015
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep crimson red color that appears a dark tawny mahogany in the glass with golden orange edges and a three finger frothy beige head that very slowly settles into a thick lasting cap/ring. Excellent retention, lingering throughout the pour and coating the glass with large rings and streaks of soapy lacing. Impressive looking beer.
Sweet, slightly spicy aroma with a delicate barrel presence thatís well integrated into the complex malt bill of the base beer. Was expecting, and actually prefer, stronger barrel notes but the nose if this beer is still inviting with a nice blend of charred oak, spicy whiskey, toasted coconut, peppery rye, dark fruit and sweet caramel malts. Dry wood with boozy sweetness and spicy rye from the whiskey. Subtle vanilla and coconut followed by vinous sweetness with some fig, plum and raisin. Caramel malt sweetness with toffee, roasted but and dark breads. The nose isnít all that impressive lacking bolder barrel characteristics. Still, itís not offensive in any way, just somewhat bland.
Thankfully, the flavor profile is anything but bland. Thereís and explosion of dry, spicy rye that dominates the palate, lingering over the barrel notes and sweet malt backbone into a bone dry finish. Nice balance of barrel, rye and malt sweetness of the base but itís almost too much rye. Itís a shock to the palate at first, but once the palate adjusts, the other flavors come through. Dry charred oak thatís slightly burnt but doesnít have much of a harsh toothpick flavor. Very nice spicy spirit presence which was lacking in the nose. Spicy spirit adding nice rye whiskey flavor without much heat. Some boozy sweetness and warmth in the finish but overall the high ABV is very well masked. In addition to the oak and spirit, there is some silky mallow and vanilla bean from the barrel along with toasted coconut. Underneath the barrel is a complex malt bill with heavy rye component countered by caramel and dark fruit sweetness. Again, the spicy, peppery rye flavor dominates but the other malt flavors come forward as it warns. Caramel sweetness with toffee, hazelnut, fig, date and raisin. Overall, this is another very solid release in the smokestack series. Complex with great oak, whisky, rye and sweeter malt flavors. Definitely a sipper but much easier to drink than anticipated.