KajII (799) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - AUG 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. The pour was a rich dark brown with a large (2-3 finger) light brown frothy head that lasted a little while, eventually receding down to a heavy film with a large collar and excellent sticky spotty lacing.
The aroma was of a toasted cereal malt, pine hops and an earthy yeast with notes of rye, oats, coffee, dark chocolate, caramel and a slight nutty presence.
The taste was very malty with a slight caramel sweetness and a hint of chocolate and oats early on, progressing into a nice hoppy flavor with notes of coffee and rye towards the end. The flavor lasted an average time proceeding the swallow with a pronounced piney rye taste left lying on the taste buds.
Mouthfeel was medium in body with a dry creamy texture and a medium carbonation.
Overall a great job on the blending of flavors that created a smooth, bold taste and an awesome drinkability, which did a fantastic job of hiding the high ABV...
rdixon77 (1591) - Georgia, USA - APR 14, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Old rating. Dark Amber. Fun beer...all over. Rye, spices, earthy hops, bread, some fruitiness, oak. A bit muddled, but still was a good strong dark rye beer.
CousinBrenden (125) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 14, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brown pour with one finger head. Aroma of spice and rye and some oak. Full of complex flavors from the hops malts and especially the rye.
alliance100 (1014) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 30, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle - pours a lighter transparent brown . Soft fruity aroma . Hints of rye spice and alittle bready . Not bad .
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Theydon_Bois (12925) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle split at the Manny G tasting, from an IP trade - as Improv, 28/06/14.
Opaque dark mahogany brown with a big old frothy tan head.
Nose is dark fruit, brown bread, spice, earthy.
Taste comprises earthy hops, rye bread, spice, light cocoa powder, hints of tropical fruit peel, grain.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, light hop rinse in the close.
Decent enough offering but not one I’d rush back to.
Leighton (14430) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared in London - thanks to Colin. Pours clear amber with a huge, light tan head. The nose holds toasted grains, dry caramel. Medium to big sweet flavor with ripe berries, crunchy leaves, more caramel, toast, earth. Full bodied with lively carbonation. Lightly warming on the finish with toasted herbs, earth, leaves, grape skins, burnt grains. So so. Some interesting elements but not terribly drinkable.
Scopey (9412) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Colin. It pours deep brown with a massive light tan head. The nose is roasty, caramel, dried fruits, fruit cake, raisin, brown sugar and cake. The taste is rich, roasty, earth, toast, cocoa, dark fruit, brown sugar and ash with a dry finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Tasty and rather drinkable. Solid.
Enjoyit (3611) - Vadum, DENMARK - JUN 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown of color with a beige head. An aroma of oat, salty, caramel, hops and weak citrus. A flavor of cereal, citrus, caramel, malt, bitter and dry.
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown pour with an off-white head. Aromas of spicy, earthy rye. Flavor is similar with some nice sweet malt notes. Abv is very well-hidden. Very drinkable.
tmongoose (1732) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle shared poured a medium brown color and by the time I seen it no head on the glass. the aroma was malty spicey and hoppy. this was very good. the flavor was more of the same...just more intense. lots of spice from the rye. layers of sweet from the brown malts and possibly caramel undertones and plenty of hops. thank you sir may I have another.
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2013
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
This ’hybrid’ beer will be judged based on it being an ABA.
A: Pours a deep black ale which is nearly opaque, but maduro brown when light penetrates. Single finger, peanut head falls to a thick quilt of the same. Decent lacing.
S: Astringent and hoppy. Some coal like dark malts. Coffee and cocoa. Really not impressive here.
T: Strongly dark for the style. Oatmeal obvious offering some of the cream flavors. Hops are more subdued on the tongue than the nose. Good flavor on the beer.
M: Thinner than I had anticipated. Near thin body with medium carbonation. I was able to through a pressure top on the bottle and drink the next night over two sessions and the beer held it’s carb well.
O: Well done beer. I think this beer is decent, but not really on the high end of the ABA style. Would drink again, but wouldn’t purchase myself likely.
Serving type: bottle