Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - FEB 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle thanks to thirdeye11 - drank side by side with the bourbon barrel version.
Deep amber brew with some white head. Lots of rye in the nose with caramel and toffee. Rye dominates the flavor as well with grapefruit and caramel malt.
pineypower (2834) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - FEB 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Dmac for sharing. Pours out a nice copper color with a small whispy off white head. Aroma is of rye, spices, caraway, caramel malts and light alcohol. Taste is grainy, with rye, caraway, caramel, light earth, some spice and a bit of a warming alcohol note on the finish. Interesting brew.
drowland (7111) - Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2/25/12. Bottle shared at RBWG 2012. Hazy amber pour with a very small ring of khaki head. Sweet caramel aroma with brown sugar and slight fruitiness. Richer, sweeter flavor with more sugar and fruits. Nice!
dmac (4965) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle via trade with TheAlum, thanks man. Poured a super deep amber/muddy brown body underneath a smaller foamy light beige head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, rye seeds, bread and candy. Nice fuller body with small bubbly tight carbonation. Flavor is nice with a slight hint of rye towards the end, initial flavor is far more sweet with notes of candy, caramel, toffee, bread and a dry finish. Good stuff.
Damico (3003) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours clean amber with a small white head. The aroma is light sweet malts, not overpowering at all like the BA version. The flavor is light sweet malts as well, with not bite or resiny sweetness for such a high ABV, making it very smooth for my palate. The body is lighter as well which helps, overall decent.
arkurzynski (1886) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to motortoddhead. Deep orange/brown/red in color with off-white head. Slightly hazy. Deep passion fruit, citrus, spicy rye, toasted bread, light caramel in the nose. Ultra-smooth citrus, rye spice, and caramel with baked bread, biscuit, toasted malt in the finish. Light hopping throughout, mostly citrus/grapefruit. Most apparent in mid-flavor and finish. Slightly creamy and lighter than expected on the palate. Melding of flavors and pure smoothness make up for this.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Name: Hi-Fi Rye
Date: August 20, 2011
Appearance: cloudy amber, wispy beige head
Aroma: sweet caramel aroma, touch of fruityness
Flavor: sweet caramel flavor, balancing earthyness, touch of candy, light spicyness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Score: **+ /4
DalzAle (2012) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by maximum12. Clear dark copper pour, a little carbonation and a nice boozy hop aroma. Flavor is nice spicy hops and a little booze mixed with some sweet caramel throughout. Very good.
arminjewell (8857) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour big thanks to maximum12/Craig for the pour! Nice clear red pour with thin white head, aroma has notes of caramel, toffee, some spice, nice rye notes in there, touch of vanilla, slight cherry notes as well. Taste is a nice mix of caramel and toffee, some vanilla, caraway and rye spice, hints of sweet slight oxidized cherry, finishes fairly dry. Pretty nicely done, a bit one dimensional overall but good.
nimbleprop (6355) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 28, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle pours a mostly transparent, copper amber with one ring of off white head. Nose is nice and spicy, definitely get those caraway seeds, malty, bread, malts, multi grain bread, yeast, sweet, caramel. Flavor is sweet, malty, spicy, you really get a ton of spicy rye, some herbs. Finish is lightly sweet, a little dry too. Super smooth. Love this. Completely drinkable even at 11% ABV. Great job.