craftbeerdesign (2132) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
tasting on 8/20/11. light orange / amber pour with a thin white head. light rye nose with a touch of citrus... fighting a bit to get some aromas flowing. very nice body with rye, spices, pepper, grape, raisin, fig, and dates. sweet finish with more dark fruit layers.
ChainGangGuy (4233) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 23, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance: Slips out a hazed, amber-gold body in color and capped with a full, foamy, off-white head.
Smell: Some heady alcoholic wafts out ahead of the caramel-glazed pale malts, scant dark fruits, subdued snippets of rye, and light citrus.
Taste: Establishes a sugary sweetness at the opening sip, with a slight spicy rye bread element (though, I don’t find it ultimately plays a large role in the taste -- maybe a bit low-fi rye) and plenty of caramel sauce. Some dark fruitiness. Citrus and lightly resinous pine alongside a fair degree of bitterness. It’s certainly boozy throughout, finishing dry and a bit hot with a lingering bitterness to it.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-light carbonation. Some stickiness to the mouthfeel.
Overall: Quite frankly, I found this one to be simply OK.
StefanSD (1929) - Lakeside, California, USA - JUL 24, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
650 ml bottle from secret santa. thanks. Pours a translucent amber-brown color with a small off-white head that soon fades to a fine film. The aroma is displays lots of caramel, toffee and sherry with a bit of spice for effect. The flavor features the rye really well with spicy grains set in a sweet caramel malt backdrop. Earthy hops kick in giving this a nice IPA-like complexity, and also a bit of bread and biscuit fill in the back end. The palate is full and syrupy with prickly carbonation. Finishes long and sweet with lingering sherry and white pepper. Overall: I like the occasional sweet beer (as long as they don’t taste like saccharine), I love rye, and I worship barley-wines. How could this possibly miss, well it did not--this one came across as exceptional. I loved it. I tried pairing with a couple of cheeses as I occasionally wont to do: Goat Feta-not so good, Dutch Gouda-very good.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz, yellow waxed bottle courtesy of drunkenpolack. thanks, dave! pours a hazy, reddish mahagony with a thick, rocky, beige head and nice lacing. aroma is great with sweet, perfumy hops, caraway seeds, rye crusts, and raw pine backed by hints of dry earth, berries, and orange zest. flavor is damn nice as well with spicy, toasted rye, heavy pine esters, and slightly sweet citrus hop notes backed by light caramel malts and a touch of vinous fruit. palate is full bodied, sticky, and crisp on the palate with a light, herbal, toasted finish. overall, a damn nice barley wine and i’ve got to get my hands on the barrel-aged version.
Glouglouburp (5883) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
In short: A basic sweet and rye beer with all the focus on rye. Pleasant sweet rye beer
How: Bottle 22oz, beige wax. Consumed fresh, approximately 2 months after bottling, eartly 2011 batch. Bottle sent to me by FullObs, thanks a lot Brett
The look: Clear copper body topped by a medium off-white head
In long: Nose is caramel and a fresh slice bakery rye bread. Taste is slightly toasted rye bread crust, cooked caramel, mild old-school C-hops-like hopping. When I closed my eyes and forget about the style and color of the beer I could actually taste milk chocolate. Sweetness sensation is a bit higher than I would have liked. Alsohol is well hidden. I was hopping for some kind of cranked up Founders Reds Rye but that’s not what I got. This is a big caramelized rye beer, it could have used more hops that work so well with rye beers. I’m a sucker for a rye-based beer so I did enjoy this beer but I must say I expected a bit more. I like rye beer and I like Flossmoor so when I heard about that beer I said to myself “That Hi-Fi sounds good”.
That1Guy (1806) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - JUN 19, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Crushed with Honkeybra. Smooth as hell. Incredibly deceptive with subtle flavors. Very malty but also perfectly balanced. Just a fantastic drinking experience. One of the best non-barrel aged barley wines out there.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JUN 10, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
thanks susygreenberg! 60 percent rye? awesome. sunflower seed nose, rich. ruby copper. toasty, boozy, finishes hot. one sided.
hopscotch (8394) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle… Farewell to ibrew2or3… Clear, dirty orange ale with a small, fizzy, white head. The aromatic highlights are spicy rye malt, sweet-rich caramel malt and citrus-fruity hops. Full-bodied and velvety with soft carbonation. The flavor furnishes a boatload of hop and rye spiciness, lupulin bitterness and plenty of caramel malt sweetness to balance things out a touch. This one still leans toward the bitter side when all is said and done. Lengthy, bittersweet finish… the bitterness lingers a long, long time.
AmEricanbrew (5205) - Belcher, Louisiana, USA - MAY 27, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Courtesy of thirdeye 11. Clear amber color/ beige head. Mild caramel, seedy, spicy aromas. Medium bodied. Bitter, dry caramel, astringent, nutty flavors--just ok.
Cavie (3551) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAY 22, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle courtesy thirdeye11. Clear orange color with very little head. Aroma is sweet sugary malts and rye chips. Flavor is sweet bread and rye with some sharp woody notes and hops. Finishes with a tingle.