CardsFan25 (73) - - JAN 23, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour with a finger of head in a snifter. Vanilla whiskey aroma. Powerful vanilla and whiskey up front with a smooth whiskey rye finish.
Nephilium (1424) - Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, and a touch of rye whiskey. Pours a pitch black with just a ring of light tan foam. If you don’t like whiskey stay away from this one, the rye whiskey comes in strong at the beginning, fading over to rye malts, then to a touch of roast and chocolate. Long lingering roasted finish, with a full body and a slick mouthfeel. I enjoy it, but if you don’t like barrel aged items, don’t like rye whiskey, or don’t like rye, stay away from this one.
BlowOffTube (499) - Michigan, USA - NOV 1, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not bad. Some decent spicy rye whiskey barrel in kind of a thinner body. Some coffee and thinner body than what it should be. Little homebrew taste to it. Not bad.
phaleslu (6905) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 22, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle from Brian - thanks again! Pours a dark brown, clear amber at the edges and opaque in the middle with beige spots and a ring. Aroma of whiskey, rye, charred oak, brown sugar, caramel apple, and dark fruits. Boozy flavor- whiskey, oak, dark fruits, burnt sugar, tobacco, and rye. Harshly alcoholic, with a light-medium body and low carbonation. Kind of flat, really. Uneven. Disappointing.
outlawskies (453) - - OCT 12, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Whiskey is a bit overwhelming. Not sure if u am crazy about this. Julie gives it a 3
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
DialSquare (3027) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the daily growler in upper arlington. Weak note: dark brown-black. rye, coffee, chocolate malt, herbal. - 7.2
bubbleflubber (1873) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an opaque black into the glass, with a fully diminished head that leaves a trace ring of suds. The nose is of heavy rye with chocolate-covered cherries and light alcohol notes underneath. Flavors are indeed rye malt, bittersweet dark chocolates and a bittering hop to finish. Thick and full-bodied, the carbonation is semi-active on the palate and velvety on the palate. A decent take on the impy stout, especially with the infusion of the rye.
bytemesis (3681) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Pours deep mahogany, small creamy tan head, nice lacing. Aroma is whiskey, cocoa, rye spices. Flavor is very rye whiskey forward, which is no skin off my nose. Light body for style.
Dfonorow (1666) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at DLD 2014. Pour is black with no head. Aroma and flavor of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, roasted malt, and rye. Well balanced, alcohol is hidden, just a bit boring.
Darkmagus82 (1855) - - JUN 18, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Transfer from BA review on 5-27-12-
Poured from bottle into a snifter
Appearance – The beer pours a thick deep brown almost black color with a one finger tan head. The head is small but has fantastic retention with it fading very slowly over time to give a very nice amount of lacing.
Smell – The aroma is heavy of roasted dark bread and very light amount of dark fruit. These aromas are mixed with a light chocolate a good dose of a boozy aroma.
Taste – The taste starts out of roasted malt and some sweet dark fruit and caramel taste. These tastes slowly transition in the middle losing some of the dark fruit flavors with the bready flavors getting more intense toward the middle. The breadiness is mixed with some chocolate and a bourbon flavor that intensifies to the end of the taste. In the end the taste is nice of chocolate-rye whisky with notes of booziness, cocoa and rye bread.
Mouthfeel – The body is very thick and smooth and coats the tongue with all the flavors of the brew. The initial sweeter tastes and the later more bitter/boozy tastes really get to sink into the tongue. The carbonation level in some ways takes away from the creamy body however as it is slightly higher than normal for a beer of this beers strength. While slightly over-carbonated, the mouthfeel is still overall quite good giving a nice warming feel.
Overall – This beer has some very nice characteristics. It has a nice look good roasty and bourbon flavors that transition well throughout the taste as well as a very nice creamy body.