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RATINGS: 529   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 28   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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Toffee brown, medium-bodied, with a creamy head and an aroma of raisins and freshly baked dark bread. Mild Winterís rich caramel malt and spicy rye flavors are sure to take the bite out of whatever Old Man Winter brews up for you this year.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (8969) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2010 Sample poured from a bottle at Cincy Beerfest. Pours an unusual orange-brown color with some cloudiness and a small tan head that doesnít last long. I didnít realize this was a rye beer until looking it up later but definitely picked up on that in the nose, with notes of caramel malts and other spices. Flavor also has a lot of rye, with notes of toast, earthy hops, caramel malts, nutmeg, and pepper. Medium bodied, with active carbonation and a sharp bite from that and the spices. Dry, spicy finish. Interesting beer, not at all what I expected. RE-RATE: Had at The Royale on a Tuesday night beer showcase, 11/30/10. This has a smooth, rich, nutty aroma and flavor that didnít hit me as hard the first time I tried it. I really enjoyed it this time around, though. Not a whole lot of other notes to add except that this is a really nice sessionable beer, even if the ABV is well out of true "mild" range.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strykzone (6174) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2010
Clear light brown in color with a nice uneven one finger head. Tat work lacing. The nose leads with grapefruit hops and is followed by rye. Caramel malt and bread dough. An interesting flavor profile. This beer seems to roll out flavors one at a time. It offers bread and spice up front. The rye is in the background and caramel malt kicks in next and also defines the aftertaste. The spice and rye blend beautifully. This is not a big or flashy beer but it is very well crafted. A delight to drink.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thebeertourist (5169) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 31, 2010
Bottle from kris Wines. Brown with a yellowish head. Caramel, fruit and a hint of smoked aroma. Balanced caramel flavours, smoked notes. Fizzy. Highly drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier (6412) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JAN 28, 2010
Pint at Barleyís Smokehouse. Pours a clear copper with a medium beige head. Sweet and caramel malt nose with a significant bread note and a bit of crisp hop. Bready flavor with sweet caramel and a semi-bitter bready finish. Say what you want about this "mild" ale, but Iím damn sick of rye beers that donít taste like rye and this one brings it. Bravo Goose Island, bravo.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsquire (4039) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2010
Dark amber out of the bottle with a caramel sweet and roasted grain nose. The first impression was one of toasted grain and toasted bread. Caramel sweet with all the food friendly flavors that I like in a rye beer. Too bad its a seasonal. Thanks to AgedOak for sharing.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bullit (4347) - Burgos, SPAIN - JAN 26, 2010
Bottle from The Cave. Dark red colour, off-white head. Aroma of caramel malts, burnt sugar, some spices. Flavour of caramel malts, spices. Ok beer.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ron (3389) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 25, 2010
Poured a nice deep red, with a large, foamy white head. Aromas of malt, chocolate, and i got a very small hint of coffee. Flavor is of mostly malt, not much else, and Iím glad not much rye in this beer.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerBaron617 (358) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - JAN 25, 2010
I got this courtesy of my pops. It pours a reddish amber with a small white head. I think this is a solid, no frills, refreshing ale. Itís not mindblowing, but I donít think it was meant to be. Would be great with good pizza, or a burger. Good stuff. Cheers!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GranvilleTim (1840) - Granville, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2010
Reddish-brown pour with an off-white head. Rye aroma with notes of toasted malt, caramel and bisquits. Taste is dominated by the rye which is ok with me, especially the aftertaste. Very easy to drink.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RichardW (1813) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2010
Bottle, via Beers of Europe. A strange beer, not entirely sure what to make of it. Reddy brown appearance, very faint burnt roast malt flavour, hints of caramel, with some earthy and grassy notes and a reasonable hop taste. Detected some chocolate late on, just to add to the varying characteristics of this brew. Dryish mouthfeel and finish, but a fairly rounded beer and quite English in style.


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