DocLock (7182) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Caponeís. Pours thick jet black with 1-finger tan head and concentric lace rings that stay around forever. Nose is roasty chocolate malt, corn flakes, oaky whisky, cacao, prune. Tastes rich, dry, complex, with a roasty chocolate malt flavor, cacao, blackberry, oaky port, hops, and black cherry notes. Well hidden alcohol. This one is very good, and an example of barrel aging done the correct way, the best beer by Full Pint, and proof that these guys are on their way up the ladder.
BMMillsy (955) - Florida, USA - NOV 12, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2013 Bottle from a great trader. Pours a dark black with a verrrrry small brown head, very creamy looking. Rich aroma of chocolate and spice, a bit of roast, sweet brown sugar, and light barrel notes of whiskey and anise. Flavor is a big chocolate balanced with a beautiful whiskey sweetness from the barrel, a good bit of caramel flavor, and a roasty bitter finish. Very little heat here and nicely balanced spicy rye chocolate. Definite influence from the rye whiskey. Beautifully creamy on the palate with lowish carbonation. Like velvet. What a great beer. Seems very underrated to me.
mverity (113) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours jet black with a thin brown head. Nice brown collar throughout. Aroma is lots of chocolate, some coffee, lots of earthiness, and a little scent of bourbon. Taste has a really nice earthy chocolate tone. The rye/bourbon also comes through pretty well. Tons of malt. Tons of malt. Yes, it needed repeating. Mouthfeel is wonderfully creamy.
ROGUE (2078) - Newark, Delaware, USA - SEP 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Capones. Pours an opaque dark brown color, with ruby tinges and a thick, quickly receding tan head that settles to a collar with thin streaks of lace. Faint cocoa nibs, mild roasts, and some spicy rye fill the nose. Taste is nice, strong bold whiskey and malt heavy stout. The rye flavor comes alive with the chocolate, vanilla and added sugars. There is a presence of spices also that add some balanced flavor. Alcohol is strong but not overboard. Low to medium carbonation and a thick, deep, very smooth, complex body.
Daytonbeer (511) - Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours near black with off white head and no lacing. Aroma is loaded with rye, whiskey, and malts. Taste is dominated by whiskey and carmel malts. Good, but very strong. I can only have one.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours a near black color with ruby highlights. Thin creamy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of big whiskey notes, roast, chocolate, mild rye and fruits. The taste is earth, roast, wood, rye, whiskey, chocolate. Medium bodied, slight heat. Solid.
boto (1759) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - AUG 9, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz. bottle: This one pours an inky, opaque dark brown color. There was just a wisp of a tan head on it. Very little lacing. The nose is quite nice. Definitely has the aroma of rye whiskey, but not overly done. Chocolate malts and some roasted ones also in the nose. The taste os quite good. A bit of the rye flavor, but the alcohol is hidden. Chocolate, slight roasted malts and a subdued sweetness to it. A very fine beer!
matthewjk (800) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow! This is a beer defined by its namesake: rye. Abundance of rye and caramel on the nose and tongue. This one is a little hot, but this is to be expected @ 11%ABV. I like it, many wonít.
zach8270 (3037) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUN 5, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(bottle - 22 oz) Dark black pour with a thick tan head. Aroma is very inviting. Chocolate, coffee, whiskey and a hint of fresh baked rye bread. Flavor is big and bold just like the aroma. Lots of roasted coffee and malts with some light chocolate and a beautiful rye flavor that goes through the whole thing. Some light bitterness at the finish from the rye.
JaBier (4332) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUN 4, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample at the Pint Room on 4/27/13. Darkest brown to black in color with a medium tan head. Aroma of spicy rye, apple, grassy hop and some maltiness. Malty flavor with rye and grassy hops before a bourbon finish.
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured into a tulip.
4.5 A: Black color. One finger of light brown creamy/frothy head. Retention is very good given the ABV and a good sized ring of lacing is left.
3.5 S: Lots of smoke in the nose is the first thing youíll notice. Spicy rye, but also some tannic astringency from the barrrel. Plenty of roastiness, light chocolate, earthy mineral, and a touch of ash. Dry overall with not quite enough molasses to balance it out. Booze is well hidden.
3.0 T: The taste isnít bad, but itís missing balance. Itís too dry, roasty, and charred without having enough sweetness to make it work. Heavy roast, burnt toastiness, some tannic astringency from the barrel, and smokiness. Light chocolate, molasses, coffee, and currant. Rye adds an earthy spiciness and some light booze.
3.5 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Not a lot of creaminess, but not none either. Not bad here.
3.25 D: I usually like Full Pint brews, but it looks like they havenít figured out the barrel aging yet.
Serving type: bottle