radio_nowhere (680) - Maryland, USA - OCT 20, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at the Monocacy Brewery tour. Small sample glass, yellow-ish brown color with creamy off-white head. Aroma of sweet malt, light fruit with notes of caramel, molasses and some spices. Taste adds some nuttiness and some hops. Light body with dry finish. Pretty good.
jgb9348 (4439) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown coloured body with a slight haze and a nice three centimetre tall tan head. Aroma of molasses, caramelised sugars, toasted malt and a bit of grain and cereal. Medium-bodied; Dense malty flavour shows first with a rich earthiness, some metal and quite a bit of molasses and deep sweetness. Aftertaste shows a nice robust richness with the earthy malt front and centre and then the sweetness from molasses and some toast at the end. Overall, a nice offering - not amazing, but a solid beer with a good profile. I sampled this growler on draught from Brewer’s Alley in Frederick, Maryland on 13-November-2013 - Thanks Ed!
ROGUE (2086) - Newark, Delaware, USA - AUG 27, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Pours a slightly reddish copper color with a thin whitish head that falls quickly. A very mild aroma of a sweet molassas.Taste is sweet malts and molasses, and rye grains. Smooth and slightly creamy with a small bitterness shows in the finish. A medium body, and very smooth with very little carbonation and a clean finish.
hampale (27) - Jaffrey, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 14, 2013
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Picked up a bottle in a Mix-6 pack while traveling through MD. Glad I only picked up one. Very different from any other beer I’ve tried recently. I usually like rye beers but apparently not when molasses and caraway are added to the mix. More sweet tasting than i would have expected. I’ve enjoyed some Brewers Alley beers but not this one.
GJF (1196) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - AUG 10, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
on tap at the brewpub. an interesting experiment, but doesn’t quite work. The caraway is far too strong here. Not a pleasant finish.
snoworsummer (1503) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 8, 2013
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at the restaurant. Pours clear reddish brown. Tastes dry and spiced like nutmeg and ginger. Strange flavor. Medium body and low carbonation. Smells like rye and caraway seeds.
nearbeer (3374) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. Copper with a small lasting head. Nose is spicy, toasted rye bread and molasses. Flavor is toasted grain, earthy molasses, a touch of orange toffee, and a peppery spicy finish that showcases the rye and caraway seed. Light-medium body is well balanced and finishes crisp. A fine experiment that would make a nice session ale.
ben4321 (3472) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 17, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Location: 12 oz bottle from State Line, 2/17/13
Aroma: The nose has a lot of rye bread/caraway seeds, some spice, and some medicinal cherry
Appearance: This one is a dark reddish beer with a small beige that leaves very little lace
Flavor: This is a weird flavor, you can really taste the caraway, which works surprisingly well, there’s some additional spices that work alright, and then there’s the artificial fruit flavored medicine/cough syrup type component that come through in the later palate, and that doesn’t work at all. Really weird.
Palate: The body is light-medium, it has some stickiness, lively carbonation, and a lengthy finish
I seriously don’t know what to make of this one. Somehow it managed to both really work and be really terrible all at once. This is kind of a roller coaster of a beer. This is also a mess of a beer. I can’t imagine Lord Baltimore, the Calverts, Millard E.Tydings, Edgar Allan Poe, or any one else for that matter enjoying this one regularly, but maybe it grows on you...
radagast83 (4041) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 16, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at the brewpub. Poured a dark copper color with a small off-white head. Aroma was caramel malts, heavy on the rye spice character. Flavor was brown sugar, heavy on the spice notes, perhaps a bit too spicy and earthy and heavy, especially for only 5.1%.
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - OCT 19, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reviewed 8/29. 12 oz bottle poured into a beer mug.
A: Pours a slightly reddish copper color. There are tiny little yeast particles in the body, but don’t hurt the clarity too much. The head is pretty poor, a one finger eggshell color that fades to a light collar in no time flat, but leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.
S: Caramel, toffee, faint wheat, brown sugar, molasses, and a little bit of spice. The rye isn’t particularly evident in the aroma.
T: Sweet and lightly nutty to start, before finishing with a touch of savory spice and rye. The initial flavors are stronger than the finishing ones, but the balance between sweet and savory is pulled off decently. Not an intense or terribly interesting beer, but easy to drink.
M: Textured well enough, but it’s a little chalkier than I prefer. The dryness the rye malt imparts is a nice touch that aids drinkability. Carbonation is medium.
O: Decent, no more, no less. Basically the kind of beer you either A) buy to fill out a mixed six pack with, or B) get at a bar because you don’t want to have Fat Tire for the 439th time. It’s different and drinkable enough to be worth a shot.