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RATINGS: 110   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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A deep red malt-forward ale brewed with plenty of caramel malts and a touch of rye, brewed and dry-hopped with Palisade and Zythos hops.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maxwelldeux (3090) - Everett, Washington, USA - MAY 2, 2013
Can. Pours a mostly clear brown color with a smallish white head. Nose is a little hoppy, I think, with the rye really coming through. Taste actually manages to be neither sweet nor bitter, but very malty. Really interesting...

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick (7253) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2013
Sample at the Big Tap In on 04/20/2013. Hazy reddish-brown color with a medium tan head that recedes steadily. Stringy lacing on the glass. Malt, pine and hops in the nose. Medium-bodied with flavors of caramel malt, resiny hops and a touch of spice. The finish is malty up front with a hoppy aftertaste. Decent overall.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ryecatcher (655) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2013
Can at Wildfire Beer Dinner. Pours a deep amber with a medium white head, decent retention and lacing. Aroma is big and malty with some citrus and pine. Mouth is medium-full bodied, malt forward and bitter throughout. Chewy with caramel and orange peel, some hints of dried fruit. Decent.

3.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rrauth (1091) - North Carolina, USA - APR 13, 2013
Can. Hazy amber. Full tan head. Tasty. Not bitter. Not to malty even though its 8%. Nice ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rubbishystuff (1761) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2013
From BandC. A chewy big, spiciness from the rye. Muddy reddish brown appearance. Strong but not overly syrupy. The hop choice was interesting, herbal, piney, not too pepper it kept things cleaner than it could have gone. Serving: Can

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chudwick (1793) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - APR 9, 2013
bomber - pours medium/deep amber with tan head and nice lacing. Nose is resin, grapefruit, and rye. Flavor adds caramel. Taste is fairly balanced between the sweetness and the bitterness, but the bitterness wins out in the end. Makes me want to seek out more beer from Finch’s Beer. Refreshing though it has a medium body. Would go well with guacamole.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gonzosauce (157) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 8, 2013
A rich brown color, pretty opaque with a slim whitish head. Smells of a full kettle of wart boiling- a very recognizable and enjoyable scent. Strongly sweet but not overwhelmingly so, caramel, brown sugar and sweet goodness characterize this scent. Tastes good! Unabashedly sweet but in no way nauseating, and that’s coming from a couple of guys who prefer more bitter beers. The rye flavor has an understated but powerful influence on the taste, combining with a good nut-brown presence. Indeed, No hop finish to speak of, which often places a beer on the shit list, but in this case it’s not so sorely missed. There is a bit of a sweetness in the aftertaste that can be unpleasant, but overall this beer is pretty enjoyable. Mouthfeel is solid. This beer becomes better and better as you drink it (as most do). Points deducted for the after taste. Without any hop finish the sweetness seems to dissolve on your tongue like too much halloween candy. Strong and malty without being too sweet; the caramel and rye flavors blend well together. A recommended alternative for a brown.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
TURDFERGUSON (3912) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - MAR 21, 2013
Can I bought because I like pigs; kinda like a dumb blonde may pick it out wine. this beer has American beer style I hate the most written all over it. Hops are fairly light, herbal, and cheesy, lots of sweet boozy burnt sugar, leaving a nasty bite and flavor on the tongue.

1.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
cheap (3808) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Not impressed by high alky beers that are crude. Looks like dark hefe. smells malty. Taste? Must be an american wannah be barley wine. Nasty viscous stuff.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
drywallman (325) - Lake in the Hills, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2013
Poured from the 16 oz. can. It appeared a cloudy redish brown with a short lived white head. The caramel from the malt and the sweet nuttiness from the rye was very prominent, followed by the clean grassy tang of the hops. Deceptively smooth at 8%.


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