mmmbeer (1154) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
1 pint 9.4 oz bottle poured into tumbler- poured an evenly turbid darkened tan and lightened brown mixed color. 3mm off tan in color head formed and laced very nicely. Aroma of WHISKY (yeah!), a fair toasted malt, light caramel, and hardwood- very appealing. Hits the mouth with a wide body, malt was lightly sprinkled with molasses (donít taste like caramel), a whole lotta smoothness imparted from the treatment of rye in WHISKY barrels comes in the middle, finish is warming with a note of oak. Dayum- a toasted rye with provolone and pastrami would be AWESOME with this! However, in the land of Texughtucky, I get either BBQ, Mexican food, or fast food (itís not fast, and itís not food). Help me for I am in hell.
Glouglouburp (5562) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 20, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
In short: A Sweet & spicy boozy rye beer with a strong oaky presence. Brutal.
How: Bottle 750ml corked & caged. Donít know the age, donít remember where it comes from, maybe in a trade.
The look: Almost clear red-amber body topped by a medium beige head.
In long: Nose is unsurprisingly dominated by rye but also a disturbing higher alcohol (fusel-ish) presence. Taste is super sweet, toasted rye bread swimming in caramel, a whole lot of toasted brown sugar, a strong peppery spiciness sensation that I think comes from the alcohol, a lot of oak. Plenty of carbonation makes this palate destroyer a bit easier on the tongue. A strong oak presence in this beer but thankfully not too much oak tannins because that would just not work at all in this beer. 12% is apparent. This is brutal, really not my type of beer. I drank about the 2/3rd of the bottle then drained poured the rest, not because it was bad, I just got bored with it, the more I drank it the more brutal it was, at the end it was just a slice of toasted rye bread soaked in a strong spicy alcohol. Probably a good beer for the intensity lover, but a big ĎMehĒ from me, I donít drink beer by the 2oz, and I found that drinking a 750ml of this beer to be just too much brutality. Just about everybody seem to like this beer but I donít, Iím weird, Iím very weird, weird people have voices in their heads speaking to them, Iím even weirder than that, the voices in my head have a strange accent and I canít understand what they are telling me.
jcos (1175) - Maryland, USA - MAY 13, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Location/Date:Bottle split with Dave on 5/11/2013.
Appearance: Pours a dark caramel cloud.
Aroma: Aroma of rye, faint caramel.
Taste: Light bitterness, lots of rye, some caramel, whiskey on the finish.
Palate:Medium body, covers alcohol well.
Summary: Really interesting beer that at first I was scared to try as Iím not a huge whiskey fan. Really well balanced, alcohol isnít too harsh for 12%, nice stuff.
JulienHuxley (1708) - Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Jao. Clear (very light haze) copper-red pour, creamy white head with spotty lacing. Really whiskey forward, vanilla, light pickle bourbon notes, light peppery rye notes. Flavor is a tad boozy, really peppery, lots of rye (both the grain and the whiskey), something a tad vegetal in the finish. Full bodied with light-med carbonation. Interesting experimental beer, could have used a bit more residual sugar to mellow it out.
radarsock (478) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 10, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Consumed with Jblauvs at his Amesbury flat. Basically, it was sourdough- and raisin-laden strong ale accompanying ahsy and bittersweet undertastes. Not my thing, really. Murky, hazy brown; vivacious vanilla cream head two to three fingers. This was being saved for someone else, but if they hadnít blown me off I wouldíve given it to them. Not worth the price, either.
Dogbrick (6022) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This brew pours a brownish-amber color with a medium foamy off-white head that recedes slowly. Patchy lacing on the glass. Aroma of grain, malt and fruit. Full-bodied with flavors of oaky vanilla, grainy malt and subtle booze and rye. The finish is malty up front with spice and oak aftertaste. Pretty good all around.
szinck1 (14) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - APR 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From bottle (6 mos aged). barrel-aged nose. Slight haze, minimal head. Orange, cherry undertones and balanced whiskey finish - full body. recommended.
Sammy (7034) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A story in rye, rye dreams.Enormous head on beige body. Mild rye spice aroma. Above average body, Decent drinkability, just a drop of faint sour.
Bottle from IP with FlandersNed, expiry 1/13.
TheGooch510 (7) - Colorado, USA - APR 14, 2013 does not count
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very strong, forward, tasting Ale. I was intrigued by this beer because I really enjoy Templeton Rye, and thought it would be a great vessel to age a beer in. I (they) was right!
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GothGargoyle (570) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy orange with a good pale head. Aroma is honey, apricot, coriander, booze. Sweet and creamy mouthfeel, medium bodied, sweet on the palate with a hint of booze on the finish. Taste is apricot, honey, peach.
budznsudz (320) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - APR 13, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 14, 2013 Pours reddish amber with a white foam head that sticks to the glass. The aroma is wine barrel, sangria, coconut, and some tart fruit. The taste is rich caramel, fruit, oak, booze, coconut, and vanilla. Iím really digging this.