SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This poured deep mahogony in color, verging on black and the head dissipated to leave only some random lacing. The nose showcases the rye as this smells like dark rye bread along with licorice, dark chocolate, vanilla and expresso roast. In the mouth, the initial sweet smoky/burnt flavors of roasted malt gave way to those of bitter coffee and dark chocolate. While the flavors would lead one to believe this would be a thick, heavy beer this is actually light on its feet. Overall, this is a well-made beer though when looking for these flavors I prefer the heavier Imperial Russian Stouts.
theisti (3296) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - DEC 30, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle courtesy of tjthresh, enjoyed at my Holiday Mini Tasting. Pour is black, with a slightly brown tinge. 1.2 inch off white head. Aroma of coffee, malt, and very bright and active hops. Taste is porterish, with cofee, bitter hoppiness and some nutty graininess towards the finish. Also some licorice present. Quite a bit of carbonation in this one, possibly too much. Good, though the grain lingered too long in the finish. Thanks for hauling these back, Tom!
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - DEC 30, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted at theistiís Holiday tasting. Opened with a pop! Poured a deep black with an off white head. Lots of roasted barley and citrusy hops in aroma also some chocolate. Aggressive roasted/patent malt bitterness. Some tangieness from the rye. Long dry finish of roasted malt and hops. Not sure if I could drink a lot of this.
shrubber85 (7947) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 27, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Coffee, rye malt and pine hops aroma. Opaque black-brown color with large tan head. Mildly astringent - sweet coffee and rye malt flavor with a pine hops finish. High carbonation. An enjoyable beer.
ilovedarkbeer (2332) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 18, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours the color of coffee with a fizzy tan head that quickly turns into nothing more than an oil slick. Smells of raosted malt and bread. Tastes of rye bread, chocolate malt, roasted malt, Mouthfeel is harsh and the finish is dry. Not so great of a beer.
Nuffield (3714) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 16, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was very nice, especially so on a cold night. Iíve frequently found something unhappily odd about rye beers, but this one didnít do that. There are some rich dark strains here, deeper than porter but with a lot of toasty smokiness and musty chocolate. Not particularly thick but not in a bad way. Excellent.
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - NOV 26, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark chocolate brown (almost black) with an enormous, dense, frothy, tan head that leaves sticky, glass-coating, creamy lace, once it eventually recedes. With a proper pour, a half inch of liquid yields a glassful of head; it reminds me of what you get from pouring root beer over vanilla ice cream. Patience is a virtue with this beer, as you will be waiting a while for the head to diminish. Once it does, the aroma is quite enticing: chocolate, toffee and spicy rye notes commingle in a sweet-toasty harmony. Medium-bodied and creamy-slick with a moderately bitter, toasted finish. The flavor is of chocolate, chestnuts and mildly spicy rye with a supremely well-integrated hop finish. I really like Redís Rye, and this beer is even better. God, I hope that Founders expands itís distribution to Kansas City. They certainly know how to make extraordinary beer.
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - NOV 24, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, thanks to after4ever. Big sour rye aroma, with plenty of chocolate, coffee and brown sugar to keep it company. Medium body and light carbonation. Taste also features rye, chocolate, coffee and brown sugar.
after4ever (6251) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 11, 2007
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12-oz. Thanks, Sprinkle! Black. Thick, surging, bubbly tan head. Itís impossible for me, as a certified rye freak, to imagine a beer smelling better than this. Rye, char, roast, chocolate, and who knows what else on the nose. Bodyís on the high side of medium with nicely placed moderate carb. Chocolate, sour rye, and roastiness on the mid-palate. Lingering rye bread finish. Awesome stuff.
WabashMan (1014) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - NOV 2, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very nice brew. Pours dark brown-black, with very little head. Nose is hops, mostly, with some roast notes. Flavor is, in many ways, similar to a dry stout: roasty, rich, coffee, and hops. Very nice!