bconley (352) - Fern Park, Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from dchmela. Oh my GOD at the hops. But still, really nice malty aroma. Has a very bready and wheaty flavor mixing with the malt. Very crisp. Really nice.
AndyReynolds (1068) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 21, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Bigmmartin. Pours a warm brown with thin head. Aroma is hops with a solid malt backbone. Notes of oats, brown sugar, and a tiny bit of rye stand out. On the palate, it is a bit chewy, but still smooth. The flavor brings the oats forward some and it finishes with a bitter bite. Wow, what a great beer. I was really impressed with this one.
KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - SEP 21, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Brown pour with a small head. Aroma is very unique. Never have I smelled both spice, chocolate and caramel together mixed with pine. The flavor is wonderfully blended. There is also a great hop presence and the flavors in the aroma come out in the taste as well.
Guerde (1221) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 19, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle from Skyview) Pours light brown with an off-white head that rings around the glass. Aroma is mainly of spicy rye, but there’s really not much else here. There’s a little bit of pine, grapefruit, and chocolate, but everything is pretty low-key. The taste is chocolate, grapefruit, pepper, and rye, with a lingering bitterness that dries the mouth. Mouthfeel is medium, with carbonation that’s a bit too high.
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 19, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[Bottle] shared by Skyview. Pours cloudy brown with a medium, quickly dissipating beige head. Aroma is pretty slight, has a touch of rye, some sweet malt, pine, and a hint of hops. Flavor is smooth and smoky, a hint of spicy rye, Slightly nutty and chocolatey.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 19, 2009
3.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I have high hopes for this one. I do like my rye beers. Unfortunately the lack of stoma is startling. I rinsed my glass three times before pouring and I still smell cedar from the last beer over this beer’s aroma. A nice hazy body. I’m getting lots of hops but not much rye other than in the finish.
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - SEP 19, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Has a great dakr pour. Off white brown foam head, light and sparse. Flavor is a mix of bitter/sweet. Has an enjoyable spicey with hints of chocolate and of course oatmeal.
zathrus13 (1736) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - SEP 18, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown, with a tan head. Aroma is grapefruit, roasted malt, and chocolate. Flavor is hops, chocolate, oats, roasted malt, and spice. Nice and creamy palate.
ChurchLady (19) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
this is such a great beer..It has an amazing mix of chocolate and caramel and alcohol without being syrupy sweet. . It is a smooth medium beer with depth ,but not so complex, that the flavors compete. It has a long finish that does not mutate into any bitterness.
neepsntatties (1420) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 15, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Got to try a bottle of this a couple nights ago, thanks to "hannont". Colour... very dark brown and an exceptionally thick, tan head. Nose... milk chocolate, oat cakes, pine resin and spice (the rye??). Palate... incredibly smooth and almost silky, more chocolate, though dark chocolate rather than milk, vanilla, creamy oats, resonant hops and ending with a spiciness that seems almost like the finish of a fine, smooth Bourbon (I assume the it’s the rye).