Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. Rating #53. Dark copper with a nice little white head. Spicy and it has a nice little hoppiness. Light flavor, the carraway comes through pretty nicely, real nice beer. (1555)
smith4498 (2843) - 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.
JulienHuxley (2428) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - SEP 23, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Shane (Weisguy). Beautiful amber-red pour with off white head. Aroma of toffee, spicy english hop, brandy, very nice. Hop bitterness is quite present in the taste, english toffee, strong, boozy, malty notes. Palate is heavy bodied with medium carbonation, nice long finish. Excellent barleywine style ale, done to my taste.
pineypower (2359) - Pine Barrens, 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.
Frank (2306) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Slightly reddish brown. Tan head in a ring w/ spotty lace. Banana-ish tuti-fruity sort of nose, reminds me of Juicy Fruit gum to some extent, overall very sweet smelling. Creamy thick palate. Lip coating cotton candy like sweetness. A bit of chocolate and darker malt character. The mouthfeel from such a large amount of rye in a high gravity beer is really something but this cloys a bit w/o quite enough bitterness to bring real balance.
Damico (2305) - 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.
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.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy dark copper color with amber edges and a half finger yellowish-beige head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Spotty lacing left behind.
Complex nose with lots of earthy pine, grassy hops, spicy rye, leathery malt and dark fruit notes. The rye is really prominent slightly overpowering things but as it warms, there are hints of caramel malt, toffee, plum and fig.
Medium bodied with a dry, earthy hop presence that compliments the spicy rye very nicely. Again, the rye flavor dominates but there’s also some grassy pine needle bitterness that lingers throughout. Some needed sweetness underneath from the malt backbone that gives off some toffee, caramel, raisin and fig. Pretty complex and well balanced with leathery malt and faint booziness in finish. The high is ABV really well masked making this beer deceptively drinkable.
msante79 (2194) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Waxed bomber from today’s release. Had this as a sample at the Piece Barley Wine Party but waited for the bottle to rate it. Pours deep reddish brown with thick light tan head. Aromas of spicy and earthy hops, citrus, and some bready malts. Flavors of thick and chewy malts, rye and caraway, earthy hops, light citrus and some spices. Finishes malty with some spice. ABV is really unnoticeable. Thick and creamy mouthfeel that coats the tongue. Really unique brew. Not really a barley wine as there is no sweet malty flavor profile. It is more spicy/earthy hops with rye and malt.
Rye beers can be really hit or miss with me and Bryan knocked this one out the park. Can’t wait to try the BA version as I think this will hold up well in the barrel. Would also be a good beer to age on citrus rinds as well.
craftbeerdesign (2138) - 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.