MIBRomeo (2569) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 28, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Murky muddy cloudy brown w/ a hint of red pour and a huge frothy small bubbled thick tan head w/ thick lacing. Aroma is delicious extremely well blended mix of sweet roasted malts some other light grains a good amount of sweetness hints of tobacco toffee mixed hops light citrus (very light) touches of grass and clearly whiskey and a hint of vanilla. Big rich full well coated thick palate. Flavor is delicious. Sweet and syruppy but well balanced with a lightly dry hoppy finish more of a floral taste with vanilla, the rye whiskey comes through clean and clear as a nice subtle addition with a slightly warm alcohol note in the swallow. This stuff is just flat out DELICIOUS! One of the best things I’ve tasted in quite a while.
MarinEvelyn (643) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 28, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
initial aroma reminds me of toast and maple syrup. malt, caramel. rye, fruity.
Taste-slight boozy, malt, caramel. Something smooth, creamy, possibly vanilla. very slight bitter finish. Had the Templeton Rye Whiskey beforehand, can taste that in the beer.
mrclasen (1) - - APR 24, 2012 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is the first beer that I have reviewed online because this is the first beer that I have felt so compelled to give it the proper praise that it deserves! This beer is fantastic. While I was in Lucan, MN, I decided to swing by and pick up a bottle. I pourded it from the Bottle and into a snifter. The Templeton Rye Whiskey is present and noticable. However, the whiskey flavor blends extremely well and doesn’t overpower the other flavors. In fact, I much perfer this beer over Backwoods Bastard by Founders. Overall, this beer is one of the best Brau Brother Beers that I have ever had and I will definately purchase this beer again if I can find it.
jhatlestad (34) - Maple Grove, Minnesota, USA - APR 28, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Surprisingly tasty beer, upon first sip, Belgian style came to mind. Aroma is not overpowering. Quite smooth.
FURLYSURIOUS (263) - Orono, Minnesota, USA - APR 17, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very excited to try this one... what a marvelous idea for a brew. Poured from a 750ml to brandy snifter:
Pours a murky oak/ruby with a loose, large-gauge cap of off white, fading out to a thick ring. Perfect lacing. Big bathtub like bubbles are left in the emptied half of the bottle.
The nose is complex - tons of rye, as one might expect, boozy goodness, charred wood, very earthy. Bits of caramel or toffee underneath.
Tastes like no other beer that I can think of. Big smooth whiskey/caramel sweetness up front, then come the waves of rye and toasted bread, then some barrel and booze, and finally a deliciously tart afterburn. Incredible.
The feel is slick and velvety. The burn of the booze is very modest but, with that said, I’d venture to guess that this is in the 11-13% range.
Overall, this is fantastic. Extremely unique, approachable and delicious all at the same time.
DalzAle (2002) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - APR 21, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Clear and very dark brown pour, little head, nice lasting lacing on the sides of the glass and good malty/rye whiskey aroma. Flavor is a wonderful blend of caramel and malt initially, then peppery dry wood and some slightly warming whiskey on the finish. Body was a little thin, but that was about my only criticism of this beer. Well done, I’ll be buying a few more of these for sure.
SirPip (16) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 26, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is spicy and alcoholic, with a lot of rye coming through. Weak coffee color with a light non-persistent head. Very malty, with most of the bitterness coming from the alcohol. Finishes long with molasses and apricots. Very cellarable. Lightly carbonated giving it a rather heavy and persistent mouthfeel. Whiskey!, that’s what;s dominating the finish. I love it, but then again I like rye whiskey.
IrishBoy (3926) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 22, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle from DalzAle. Nose is rye bread, rye whiskey, light vanilla, sweet toffee, and a hint of butterscotch. Lightly hazy cherrywood brown with a medium, heavy lacing, long lasting beige head. Flavor is light sweetness, a nice dose of whiskey, toffee, and a hint of bitterness. Finishes with pleasant whiskey notes, very light bitterness, and alcohol warmth. Very pleasantly different with being made with malted rye rather than barley.
superspak (3215) - Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled in spring 2012. Pours fairly clear red copper amber color with a nice 1 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, toffee, vanilla, coconut, toast, molasses, bourbon, oak, and rye spiciness. Incredible aromas with great balance and complexity of the barrel/malt character. Taste of big caramel, raisin, apple, toast, toffee, molasses, coconut, oak, vanilla, bourbon, earth, floral, and rye spiciness. Slight bitterness with a lightly tart fruitiness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, raisin, apple, toast, toffee, coconut, molasses, oak, vanilla, bourbon, and light rye spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of malty flavors; with a great balance of malt/barrel flavors; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy and slick mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding barrel aged rye barleywine! Huge balance and complexity of flavors; and extremely smooth to sip on. An extremely enjoyable offering.
beerbaaron (1576) - Arizona, USA - MAR 28, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark ruby brown/mahogany. Small, lasting beige head, lots of lace. Aroma is unique, very toasty, rye, fruity, caramel, sweet, malty. Full body, toasty, sweet, hop/rye/booze finish. Soft carbonation. Pretty smooth. Had some (a few ;) of the Templeton Rye whiskey prior; can definitely taste it. Woody, toast, caramel, vanilla, rye, whiskey; unique and enjoyable. Belly warming.