craftbeerdesign (2254) - 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.
msante79 (2224) - 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 todayís 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. Canít 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.
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.
That1Guy (2194) - Colorado, 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.
Fred82 (2143) - Quťbec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at saturday night hotel tasting. EBF 2011
Appearance : Clear amber.
Aroma : Spicy rye with malt. Nice rye.
Taste : Spicy rye with malt, nice malt.
Overall : NIce stuff but nothing special. Nice rye and malt on the finish. Rather sweet. Ok.
HonusWagner (2127) - Florida, USA - SEP 4, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A solid somewhat sweet barley wine with minimal hop character but a nice spicy element from the rye. I like this beer quite a bit.
holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap@ the maproom. Dark brown with a beige head. Sweet nose some grain touch of alcohol though nothing too strong in the nose. A little overly sweet lots of earthy hops that rye and toasted malts that also contend with that earthiness. Sweet but decent. Slick body Long earthy bitter finish.
DalzAle (2026) - 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.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deeply hazed ruby pour with light off-white head that releases a very strong alcohol nose along with spicy and earthy hop notes and darkly roasted grain sweetness. Flavors are very strong: roasted barley sweetness, rye cereal spiciness, alcohol dryness in the finish, herbal and earthy hop bite, and very robust malt bottom. Texture is thick and vinous, with a luxuriant oily quality that needs to be sipped slowly and allowed to open up as it approaches room temperature. Very impressive experimental brew! Canít wait for the BA version to mature.
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured into a snifter. I had the BA version yesterday, so I figured Iíd have this while the memory is still fresh. Iím not sure what vintage this is, but the bottle lists the ABV as 9.5%. Oddly enough there was some what appeared to be rust underneath the heavy layer of wax. Big thanks to SteveFinny for this.
4.5 A: Lightly hazed deep amber plum color. One finger of beige, superbly dense creamy head. Retention is about average for a beer this big, but a good deal of lacing is left.
4.0 S: Shockingly, this smells like the BA version, but without the bourbon and barrel. Big aggressive spicy earthy rye and plenty of caraway seeds too. Plum and fig fruits, caramel and some toffee. It was tough to pick up the caramel in the BA version, so I guess thatís how this one is a bit different.
3.5 T: Maybe itís because this is the second time through this beer, but the taste isnít nearly as powerful as it was in the BA version. Yes, the spicy earthy rye and caraway are still plentiful, but this isnít slapping my taste buds silly. Thereís also less fruitiness, a touch more bitterness, and more toffee and caramel. Itís still tasty, but isnít as impressive as the one I had yesterday.
3.5 M: It might be because it has more carbonation, but this is a lot thinner than the BA version. Heavier medium body instead of syruppy heavy body. Carbonation level is much better though. Doesnít have the major chewiness, which I like, but it also isnít particularly creamy.
3.5 D: Tasty beer, but the BA version killed this, but that might have something to do with the vintage. Who knows. Worth a try
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 06-15-2012 04:45:14