Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by BrewEngingeer at the 12th Richmond Ratebeer Gathering on 9/18/10. Pours a clear plum color with a thin head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of rye, toffee and an earthy finish. The taste is sweet toffee notes, bitter rye and a faintly hoppy finish. Medium-full bodied. One of the hits of the tasting for me, easily. Damn good beer. Thanks James!
ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 13, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of BrewEngineer at the 12th Richmond Ratebeer Gathering on 09/18/2010. Aroma is very sweet. This beer is fairly dark brown. Taste is quite strong of rye and caramelized sweet malts. The rye kind of overpowers overything else so if you like rye and high gravity, this is the beer for you.
obguthr (3310) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 22, 2010
1.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
From Brewengineer @ 12th Richmond Gathering: Rye, dates, and bread on the nose. Dark copper, thin head. Cloying flavor of dates. Very syrupy. I like barleywines as much as the next beer geek, but this didn’t flip my trigger. Bad ryewine.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 18, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber, cream wax dipped. The pour yields a clear, dark, figgy-brown body with violet and crimson hues. A billowing head of smooth, consistent, beige tinted foam. Slowly settling to a thin, swirly film, the head leaves thin, tattered cobweb trails of hard lacing on the glass. Caraway seed is immediate and unmistakeable on the nose, as is abundant toasted rye, creamy caramel, and chocolate roast. Hints of stewed raisins lend a bit of dark, earthy, fruity sweetness, as warming alcohol and a hint of anise let you know this stuff means business. It’s not very hoppy, but the dark, dry roast brings thigs into balance. Flavors largely follow suit, showing notes of sticky burnt caramel, dry cocoa, toasted nuts, and maybe a bit of molasses. Raisin is there again, as is the spicy rye, caraway, and bready-peppery yeast. Alcohol is more prominent than I’d like, as a low, rolling warmth intensifies to an almost full-on burn at the bittersweet, burnt toffee finish. Big bodied, the palate is moderately carbonated,finishig with a sticky, cloyig consistency and the aforementioned alcohol burn. This reminds me a bit of Julio’s Rye(a)n Ale, only more boozy, not as well balanced, and minus the barrel character. In other words, it’s very solid, but it falls well short of Smuttynose’s rye wine masterpiece.
picknbrew (196) - Mechanicsville, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2010
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz. Thanks to BrewEngineer. Hazy dark brown. Aroma is sweet and alcohol. Taste is on the verge of cloyingly sweet. Spicy finish. Overall a little on the sweet side but not bad.
Butters (3562) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the Richmond Gathering XII. Big malty biscuit, caramel, scotch, sweetness helps to balance out the spicy rye character. Very good. I really like this for the sweetness.
maniac (3581) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of BrewEngineer at the 12th Richmond Ratebeer Gathering on 09/18/2010. Clear dark amber body with a very small frothy off-white head. Very spicy dark fruit and citrus aroma. Sweet caramel, citrus and big spice flavor. Medium body with moderate carbonation.
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Sample Date: 9/18/2010 Source:BrewEngineer) Caramelized sugars with dark fruits and moderate spiciness in aroma. Clear deep ruby amber with small white head. Sweet with nice warming. Moderate dark fruits and caramelized sugars with robust spicy bitterness. Full body and mouth feel. Finish is sweet and spicy.
smith4498 (2788) - Miami, Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from a trade with msante79. Pours dark brown color with khaki head. Aromas of rye, dark fruits, molasses and citrus. Flavors of spicy rye, raisins, molasses and citrus fruits. Medium to full body with moderate carbonation. Very nice. Thanks Mark.
jtclockwork (6213) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 2, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle with extreme thanks to not so Secret Santa Msante79. Amazing brew! Pours almost black with brownish hues and tan head. Nose is dark raisin, dark fruits and molasses. Taste of raisin, thick caramel, molasses, rye and spice. Beautifully crafted master brew.