umich03jm (1994) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAR 31, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Slows Bar-B-Q. Pours clear, deep ruby red with a small foamy head that fades to a ring. Aromas are rye, vanilla, oak, cherries, and caramel malt. Taste is very smooth. Light sweetness from caramel and a little fruitiness. Awesome subtle bourbon barrel character. Very light hops show up in te spicy rye finish. I really thought I wasnít going to like this buts itís great.
tastybeer (1729) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Copper pour, off-white head. Little retention/lace. Aroma of maple, barrel, toffee, caramel, vanilla. Taste is sweet, barrel, maple, soft rye, vanilla. Palate is soft, coating, warming, sweet finish.
koleminer20 (602) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
From notes. On tap at Founders on March 19. The pour is a brilliant garnet/ruby with a filmy white head and leaves some gorgeous lacing. The aroma has some delightful bourbon characters; vanilla and a light bourbon character that meshes so well with the hoppiness thatís naturally present. The flavor is pretty great as well. Itís got a light bitter bite that Redís Rye does, fading through a great vanilla sweetness and into a nice rye spiciness. The mouth feel is very velvety with a creaminess to it and the carbonation is just wonderful. There is a wonderfully dry, lightly bitter, spicy aftertaste
bwa5879 (669) - 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 (1935) - Michigan, USA - FEB 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2014 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 (343) - 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 (230) - 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 (412) - 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.