bwa5879 (497) - Portage, Michigan, USA - MAR 9, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Deep mahogany red/brown with thin foam of white. Strong citrus hop scent with some bourbon notes. Taste similar to reds rye with citrus hops and bourbon accentuating the malts, astringent on finish with less rye flavor. I like this less than regular reds rye. The bourbon barrel aging makes a great beer very divided/disconnected. Score would probably not be so low but I consider this disrespectful to the base beer.
jaybes (17) - Hastings, Michigan, USA - FEB 17, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dreams do come true. My two favorite things in the world, bourbon and Reds Rye, finally together. Little sweet, and the barrel aging really knocks the bitterness off, which sucks. Would love to try this again dry hopped with Simcoe (hint, hint).
tectactoe (1047) - Michigan, USA - FEB 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Founders: Pours a nice color hybrid of copper, red, & orange, mild clarity despite the somewhat dark hue with a gray-tinted film that quickly disperses into nothing more than a small collar. Aroma is very bourbon barrel forward. Smooth booze with a huge vanillin barrel-aging component, lots of toffee, earth, & a slight tannic wood presence in the finish. The barrel has certainly dominated this beer, but itís surprisingly not overbearing. Taste has more of that smooth bourbon with a strong vanilla underbody; more toffee, caramel, & faint earthiness make a more suitable base. The finish has slight notes of orange peel & bitter pine tree, perhaps the only notable component of the original Redís to peak through. Definitely a strong barrel-aged character left & right, but still much more smooth & easy to drink than lots of BA beers out there. Nice.
njager246 (289) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 13, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is sweet... Bourbon and rye... A fair amount of bourbon and hops in the flavor... Nice1q
ebone1988 (175) - Wyoming, Michigan, USA - FEB 12, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2014 Aroma is bourbon, rye, hops. Appearance is deep red, off white head. Taste is bourbon, rye, hops. Sweet, yet spicy from the rye. Mouthfeel is perfect, soft carbonation, not too hoppy. Overall, this is fantastic.
teckdeck2008 (25) - Bryan, Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Roasted nuts, smokey, hickory. Rich hops, long and strong finish, grilled meat essence to it
robgibbens (387) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - FEB 24, 2013
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a dark amber, opaque. Lacing is OK. Aroma is rye and cherries. Sour cherries. Taste is mellow and balanced. Rye is very apparent, but not overpowering. Not a bad brew.
nycrat (2) - - AUG 16, 2012 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Perfectly balanced rye beer. The easy drinking hops even out the rye malt undertones. The hop flavors are fresh, medium bitterness, and very tasty. One of the best beers I have sampled in the summer 2012.
caseynswan (46) - - JUL 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Creamy head, thick russet color. A strong pungent hop smell without an overpowering hop flavor. Nicely balaced.
dutch23mp (250) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - JUN 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a nice deep red with a small tan head. A robust hop taste that tends to downplay the malts. Very heavy on the palate without going over the edge. Good quality brew and pleasant for a nice summer day.