satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
aroma is perfect balance of sweet malt and strong hops with a bomb of lightly metallic alcohol. flavor is of cold, old strong coffee, black cherries and sour grapes. lightly vinous qualities hide beneath the blanket of darkness. even at slightly colder then nominal temperatures, beer is ultra silky with the booze espically doing its best impersonation of an oil slick. even after my palate has adjusted to this booze bomb, the alcohol remains up front and a touch offensive. this beer needs to take a nap in my cellar, and i predict i shall do the same soon after this bottle has been drained of its contents.
changeup45 (1719) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2010 Pours a very dark brown color that almost looks like black in the glass with a big head. The aroma shows lots of pine, smells like wet leaves in the woods after a hard rain. Some toasty scent as well. Big piney hop flavors mix with caramel, oats, the rye, and toffee. Interesting mix of flavors that works pretty well although it’s a bit odd at times. Quite a bit of firm bitterness to this as well. Solid beer.
nickd717 (3601) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 5, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by mfielden on BA - thanks Mark! This was the least impressive of the four CCB beers we had, but still pretty damn solid. Dark brown color with a lasting tan head. Aroma is wood, nuts, citrusy hops, and spicy rye. Flavor is cedar, rye, chocolate, roast, smoke, and citrus/pine hops. Palate medium with some oatmeal smoothness but a tiny astringent.
tgncc (2998) - Bellmore, New York, USA - SEP 4, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma is piney hops upfront, caramel, some chocolate. Very nice. The appearance is beautiful, a hazy dark chocolate brown, thick tan head. The flavor is piney hops (some citrus after a few seconds), chocolate, roasty, spicy rye. There’s a lot going on here. The finish is a nice bitter finish of grapefruit and pine needles (more pine needles). The mouthfeel is nice: thick, silky. A great, unique beverage.
bhensonb (12048) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 4, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Josh, who I still haven’t talked into registering on the site. Still working on it though. Pours very dark brown with a four finger tan head (New Belgium "tulip"). Aroma has rye, dark roast caramel, mixed hop, and maybe some wood or smoke. Seems full bodied with creamy carbonation. Flavor starts with resin/citrus, moves on to harshish rye, and pops up some toasted malt. Some chocolate can be distinguqished. Seems a lot closer to stout than brown, but why quibble. It’s a pretty damn tasty concoction.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 4, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big thanks to emacgee for sharing this with the Carolina Crew! Deep amber-to-brown pour, with a thick chewy head. Sharp rye and peat in the aroma, along with the expected hop/roast combo of a nice IBA. In some sense, it reminded me of a bolder version of Foothills’ take on this style, with both body and flavor beefed up courtesy of the oats. But with all the rye, not to mention the wood and roasted malts, the beer ends up perhaps just a bit too dry to bring together all the flavors. Still, a tasty and ambitious brew.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 3, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Ethan for sharing! Copper pour with a frothy tan head. Complex aroma. Pine, chocolate, citrus, and caramel. Flavor follows suite with a blast of zesty rye
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark copper/chestnut brown color with dark mahogany edges when held to a light source. Massive frothy 3 finger light beige head that has amazing retention only very slowly and minimally fading into a pillowy 1 finger cap and chunks of lacing on its way down.
Aroma is pretty hop forward with some nice citrus notes, roasty caramel malt, rye and oatmeal. It really is a pleasant surprise how hoppy and citrusy the aroma is, especially for a darker beer. This characteristic is nicely balanced by the rye, oatmeal and caramel malt notes.
Bitter floral hop mouthfeel with a smooth, creamy medum body with roasted malt and oatmeal notes followed by sweet rye presence and bitter dry finish. The hops really shine through all the way through, lingering over the other flavors into the finish.
Lots of bitter floral hops up front with a nice sweet citrus fruit presence that blends perfectly with the rye flavor. There is a nice caramel malt backbone that is slightly roasty with a prominent oatmeal presence and a slightly smokey and dry bitter hop finish. The ABV is very well masked and this beer is very quaffable considering it’s complexity. Highly recommended.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Odd style, this one. Pours dark brown with reddish tint. Nice little head. Spicy rye and hops on the nose. Citric notes. Nice looking beer and lovely palate. Solid, but not all that.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - SEP 1, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Wow wow wow was this good shit. Pours a brown body with a tan head. Rich chocolate and woody notes, hints of citrus and oatmeal with a light rye bitterness. Chocolate wood, pine with a hint of smoke. Awesome beer.