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RATINGS: 50   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
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To celebrate the 375th anniversary of Maryland’s founding at St Mary’s City, Brewers Alley offers you a ’taste of the colony’ with our 1634 Ale. Crafted with molasses, malted rye and malted wheat, then adding caraway spice for flavor, we hope to evoke the rustic flavor of beer enjoyed by Lord Baltimore’s adventurers.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
radio_nowhere (940) - Maryland, USA - OCT 20, 2012
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dlovell2 (950) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 23, 2014
On tap at Brewers Alley. Pours amber color with off white head. Toasted malt aroma with molasses and rye spiciness. Flavor starts carmel malt with molasses followed by rye spiciness and caraway finish. This is the most rye I’ve tasted in a beer. Very interesting. Glad to have tried it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrSilverworm (7229) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2014
Taster on tap at the brewpub. Clear kind of darker amber orange color. Thin khaki head. Leaves pretty good, thicker lace. Really nice, interesting flavor profile. Molasses works pretty nicely with the rye, makes for a very unique, kind of candy-like flavor... without being sweet, though. Moderate bitter, light to moderate sweet. Pretty cool. A little bit of dark fruit aromas, some honey, crackers (graham crackers?). Lighter body. Smooth, lightly soft, lighter carbonation. More dry finish. A little mild overall, but this is pretty solid, interesting, tasty stuff. Impressive in how unusual yet well-rounded it is. Would be cool to see them amp this up a bit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (4893) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2014
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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ROGUE (2145) - Newark, Delaware, USA - AUG 27, 2013
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
hampale (44) - Jaffrey, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 14, 2013
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
GJF (1290) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - AUG 10, 2013
on tap at the brewpub. an interesting experiment, but doesn’t quite work. The caraway is far too strong here. Not a pleasant finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
snoworsummer (2631) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 8, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nearbeer (3901) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 22, 2013
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ben4321 (4260) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 17, 2013
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
Overall Impression: 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...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
radagast83 (5204) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 16, 2013
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%.

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