djd07 (9563) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 18, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at The Hay Merchant. Pours a clear copper with small off white head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is strong bourbon, wood, vanilla, toffee, candy sugar. Medium body, similar flavors to nose, light booze, nice sweetness, very good.
jtclockwork (14617) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 1, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - pours dark brown white head - nose/taste of rye, alcohol, caramel, oak and sherry - medium body
vtafro (6418) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUN 1, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Brown Amber pour with no head. Sweet fruity, rye, boozy aromas. Rye, boozy, fruity and malty Flavors.
Niko100 (2626) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 31, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber/cider color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of smoky sweet malt, caramel/toffee, dark fruit, & spice; Flavor of roasted sweet malt, caramel/syrup, rye, spicy hops, and dark fruit; Finish is slightly tangy; Alcohol is well hidden; Nicely balanced; Pretty good.
superspak (4486) - Michigan, USA - APR 2, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 10/22/2015. Pours crystal clear deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of huge caramel, toffee, molasses, dark bread, spicy rye, toasted oak, vanilla, raisin, plum, fig, date, apple, herbal, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/rye malt, fruity yeast, oak, and moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of huge caramel, toffee, molasses, dark bread, spicy rye, toasted oak, vanilla, raisin, plum, fig, date, apple, herbal, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Moderate herbal hop bitterness and rye/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, molasses, dark bread, spicy rye, toasted oak, vanilla, raisin, plum, fig, date, apple, herbal, pepper, and oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/rye malt, fruity yeast, oak, and moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/spice/bitterness balance; with a slight hop/oak astringency on the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitter/spiciness that increases through the glass. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/sticky, and lightly slick balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an excellent rye English barleywine style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/rye malt, fruity yeast, oak, and moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the huge ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
arminjewell (9237) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour out of 500 mL bottle, dark reddish brown pour with slightly off white head, aroma brought notes of big caramel, toffee, dark fruit, the rye adds a nice spicy, toasted bread note, some slight booze as well. Taste was a mix of bread, toffee, toast, some nice dark fruit, raisin notes into some slight booze, vanilla, finishing sweet, slightly spicy.
hopdog (11196) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle. Poured an amberish color with an off white head. Toffee, caramel, rye, and some sugary sweetness.
Craftbrewhaha (80) - - OCT 1, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Love this beer a lot. Had it from the bottle. Not a lot of Rye Wines done and this one is definitely my favorite. Pleasant oak, but nothing too aggressive. I could drink this next to a fire all night.
nuplastikk (5709) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 30, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Massive barrel sugar tones. Aspirin dryness. Not sure what to enjoy here. Malty raisin brown tone. Rye. Brown malt. Grew on me a little. but too sweet and one-dimensional over. Oak comes through the more I sip at it. OK.
tmoreau (3573) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared 16.9 oz. bottle poured to snifters, displaying a clear & bright, dark copper color, with off white head froth, and spots & streaks of lacing. The nose was very malty, tainted with cocoa, spice, some caramel sweetness, and lurking alcohol. The taste was vinous notes, and cherry skins, with decent alcohol presence, earthy & lingering bitterness, and a finish that was dry, with a bit of tannic astringency, and still a touch of malt sweetness. Nice complexity.