Lectvay (183) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Popped open this bottle labeled 2013 tonight. Opaque reddish brown, Aroma is apple juice, plum, butterscotch, booze. Itís sweet, mostly sweet. Rich, smooth, malt character. Easy to drink despite the high abv. Very good.
dpjuart (1094) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy Aaron. Pours coppery amber brown with 2 finger white head, dissipating to rimming film rather quickly. Nose is all bourbon. Lots, and lots, of bourbon. Like I just opened a keg of bourbon. Flavor not so much. Mild rye notes, lots of bourbon, predominately vanilla along with caramel notes. Pretty delicious.
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle into a pint glass.
A: An aggressive pour yields a tawny colored body with an off-white shaded head thatís a hand high. The head retention is...well, frustrating - it also has a very frothy texture that aids the aforementioned retention. Thick rings of lacing are left behind. The only detractor is some chunky sediment in the body itself.
S: Iím getting a really wonderful yet subtle barrel note, loaded with vanilla and mild oakiness. The malts provide some great rye notes - itís spicy much in the way a Belgian ale would be. That, or it actually uses Belgian yeast (not surprising given the brewery) and the rye works beautifully with it. I also pick up a lot of the European hops, which add a wonderful dimension to this beer. There isnít a hint of the 12% anywhere. Aromatically, it really speaks to me - it says "DRINK ME NOW".
T: It drinks much like a (good) BSDA would, only with a pleasant rye spiciness on the finish. This really brings the rye malts in a good way, along with some peppery and dark fruit-y yeast esters. Come to think of it, the finish is also pretty vanilla-forward, as well. Also, I get faint grapefruit hints. A light booziness enters the aftertaste, but otherwise, the alcohol is masked admirably. The flavor depth is solid - itís not the most complicated beer ever. Considering the fantastic rye flavors and well hidden alcohol, I donít really care. Itís complex enough.
M: Itís not ridiculously full bodied, but it is relatively creamy and restrained in carbonation. Actually, the restrained carbonation makes it a bit syrupy compared to, say, Duvel. Hey, itís 12%. Better to be a bit sweet than a bit boozy as far as Iím concerned.
O: Oh yeah, this hits my palate in all the right places. Itís sweet, but not too sweet. Itís spicy, but not too spicy. Itís boozy...no fuck that, itís not boozy at all. Boulevard really worked wonders here - itís so good, I think Iíll kill this 750 solo.
RuNpali (59) - FINLAND - JAN 23, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (BBD 11/2015); A nice aroma with lots of caramel and a bit of alcohol. Appearance is clear amber with a beige head. Taste has some whiskey and caramel. The palate has a bit too much alcohol to my taste.
BVery (7961) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Murky amber pour with a cream colored head. Tons of rye whiskey on the nose and taste. Good carbonation. Fairly sweet. Really nice.
bytemesis (4649) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 18, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours clear amber, small off white head, decent lacing. Aroma is vanilla and caramel. Flavor is medium sweet, light bitter, vanilla and dark sugars, oak tannins, whiskey. Kind of hot, a bit simplistic. Medium body, some acidity.
DedicatedToFun (3935) - Santa Monica, California, USA - JAN 16, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, thanks EWood87, amber brown pour with off white head, nose is caramel, taste is sweet caramel, honey boozy, boo-yah
Clownoisseur (362) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2010 vintage. Pours a murky reddish-brown. Minimal off-white head, dissipates quickly. Spotty lacing. Aromas of cereal grains, caramel, vanilla, oak and a hint of alcohol. Taste has some sticky sweetness...molasses, caramel, toffee, vanilla...into spice, oak, light bitter hops and a warming barrel character. Nice smooth finish. Nice beer!
ekstedt (5990) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 24, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle (75 cl) from Systembolaget. Hazy brown, low beige head. Malty, sugary, minyy, spicy and boozy aroma, plenty of vanilla, boubon and wood. Medium bodied, low to medium carbonation. Semi sweet, low bitterness, some astringency.
darkstar4392 (2) - California, USA - NOV 9, 2014 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
So much rye goodness! Bready aroma gives way to honey. Sweetness from the barrel and the added cherries. Great mouthfeel with a nice lingering flavor.