jredmond (5549) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JAN 1, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at coles in buffalo, ny. Pours a dark red body. Aroma is slightly burnt roast. Flavor is very meaty.
yespr (31626) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 31, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 fl oz bottle. Pours a clear and deep golden hazzlenut brown with huge and off-white head. Aroma is roasted malt, light breadish and dark caramelish. Roasted malty flavoured with a light chocolate note and mild bitterness. Lingering malty roasted finish.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 30, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours smokey quartz in color sporting not much of anything in the way of suds...other than the light orangish-tan ones that came and went within seconds of the pour. The nose threw me off as unless the rye is taking the nose in a strange direction, the yeast notes showed lager characteristics, at least to me. Other than that, sweet toasted rye cracker is what’s left. Flavors are toasty and rye-influenced, lager yeast-like, with a crisp finish. Fairly toasty, with toasted rye and crisp hoppiness dominating the experience. body is surprisingly full for the alcohol content. Decent for what it is, though not a style i fantasize about..and i just get a taste that its bottom fermented despite the name and commercial description, and the brewmaster using the word "ale" 14 times in the video description of the beer on their website. Im probably just confused...The hop bill and/or the rye could be throwing me off. I’d like to note that i liked this beer a lot more the more i drank and analyzed. Damn glad i don’t rate everything from a 2oz sample like some geniuses...that would make all my ratings completely useless to both myself and everyone else.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 30, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brownish red in color with a quickly disappearing white head. Some lacing. Noble aroma with some fruits and spice - inviting. Medium bodied. Very tangy, lots of caramel and breadiness in the flavor with some lingering apple and yeastiness. It’s a nice quaffer.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Red with a whitish foam. Light toast aroma, caramel. Taste is sweet, caramel, toast, bready, dry.
BigBeer45 (1265) - Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
has a mostly clear red-ruby pour (it looks to have a little haze) with white and slight off-white bubbled one finger head that depletes to a ring and swirlies for a cover, left good lacing on the glass,
aromas of toasted malt, earthy scents, dark caramel, toasted Rye, faint spice and chocolate in the background,
flavors of toasted malt, caramel, hints of chocolate, has a dry toasted flavor I sense in Rye Beers, also, the Rye appears to give a sharpness or accentuate the bitterness of the hops,
nice and gentle hop bite,
less than medium mouth feel with a nice carbonation on the palate,
another nice Goose Island drink.
Silphium (3177) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium-deep orange-brown body, thin, clumping buff head. Toasty nose with brown sugar and grapes, tart. Toasty malt body with brown sugar and red grape notes, finishing bitter and leafy. Creamy, rich, and quaffable. Pour two at a time.
slitcher (266) - Freeport, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours an amber brown with a thick off-white head. Aromas of rye bread and caramel. Spicy flavor up front from the rye with a long dry finish. A very nice sesion ale.
Theis (13755) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 26, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at ØLbaren. Clear brown - white head. Ryebread, high malty, tobacco, light smoked notes, sparkling, chocolate, coffee, malt-bolcher, light hoppy, rye, aramel, light dry finish.
Braudog (5873) - Glenville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Nice Christmas in a glass look -- rich and deeply red with a solid head. The aroma is bountiful, rife with robust malt and a hint of winter spice. But this drinks quite evenly, without abashedness, certainly sessionable for th Noel season. (#3774, 12/25/2009)