CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 7, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Pours a transparent dark copper amber with a thin ring of spotty-lacing off-white head. Aroma of semi-sweet toasty grainy rye notes with some English hops and light grapefruity character. Starts with average fullness and a light malty sweetness with some toasted caramel and spicy rye notes before a grassy hoppy, lightly citric finish. Pretty smooth and drinkable.
jb (2934) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 5, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at McGregorís Gates. Unimpressed by this, reddish highlights, clear. Very malty, some doughy notes, along with caramel. not much going on here. So so.
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours amber red with a decent head that reduces to a surface head of 1/8 th inch. Aroma of caramel, peach, and perhaps nutmeg. The flavor has some caramel and fruit, very mild spice. The palate holds up well. Overall, pretty nice.
shadey (2079) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 5, 2009
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
An draft at MacGregorís in Henrietta. Dark amber. Sweet and a touch fruity. Very easy to drink and quite tasty. It is what it claims to be - a mild winter warmer.
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 3, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, Mr. Goodbar Beer Club. Copper, white head. Nose is malt, a little nutty, rye. Flavor is a bit of spiciness nicely balanced by caramel & toffee. Quite nice malty but bitter finish.
blipp (8178) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 27, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Amber with a thin off white head. Light spicy rye aroma with some light sweeter notes. The flavor is well balanced. Rye notes are up front, but donít dominate. A light caramel sweetness, with some nice spicy hop notes. A very solid sessionable winter seasonal.
harrisoni (17278) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Utobeer. Clear deep brown with lasting beige head. Itís a mild. Whoohooo, America made a proper mild!!!!!! Itís not stupid big hop, oh but it is bitter on the finish. So itís a bitter then, so a premium bitter. With some Rye. Mild on the aroma, quite drinkable in the mouth, some cereal and then some moderate hop on finish. Decent premium bitter.
tmoreau (3714) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured to a fluted fest glass at Brixieís Holiday Beer Tasting in Brookfield, IL. The color was a brownish amber with a modest, off white foam to the head, and light streaks as lacing. The aroma was a little grain, roasted malt, a touch of caramel, and very light hints of coffee and spice. The flavor was similar, with smooth malt and a subtle hop bitterness to balance. Not a warming winter ale but one to refresh before the snow begins to fly, and after it is gone.
guerinfbfan (110) - Elmwood Park, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a nice deep red, with a large, foamy white head. Smells of malt, chocolate, and i got a very small hint of coffee. Tastes of mostly malt, not much else, and I didnít get any sense of rye in this beer. Nice beer.
TeamTrappist (832) - jericho, New York, USA - NOV 13, 2009
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Tap at blind tiger. Poured a medium amber. Nose was mild with some hints of malt. Fairly bland and easily sessionable. I really didnít distinguish the rye. Itís a pretty simple and fairly plain beer. Not bad but not so good.