Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - JUN 7, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark iced tea brown with three fingers of fluffy off-white head which diminishes, leaving behind a thin skin and wispy lace. The nose is of sweet toasted malt and marbled rye with a touch of a spruce-like hop note in support. Light to medium-bodied with a soft creamy mouthfeel, it has a pleasant, mildly bitter finish. The flavor is a really well integrated blend of toasty/roasty malt, rye and sprucy hops. I canít really quantify why I like this beer as much as I do. Iím just really digging the interesting and satisfying blend of flavors supported by a pleasing mouthfeel. This is among my favorites from GI, and easily the most interesting of their regular/seasonal offerings.
OldGrowth (2850) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JUN 1, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle from trade with General Gao. bottled 12/18/08. Good aroma, sweet, bread, wet cardboard. dark brownish orange color, good head & lace. Bitter sweet flavor, Medium body, oily creamy mouthfeel, mild bitter finish. Good beer, looked great, felt good in mouth, didnít get the rye out of it.
nuplastikk (4908) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 29, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Deep, murky amber-brown. Nice lively head that dies down after a minute or two. Mellow sweet malt, borwn sugar aroma. Rich and sweet, full bodied. Deep caramel and nut flavors, with a very pleasantly bitter, orange-vanilla undertone in the finish. The rye does give it a slightly odd taste, but also imparts a festive quality, which is nice in the winter. Better than I expected it to be for sure.
lb4lb (2570) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 19, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle as an extra in trade from FlssmrBrewer. Thanks! Pours a clear dark maroon with short lived beige head. Smell is dark caramel and mild rye. Taste is smooth and balanced with a malty caramel and rye flavor with a very light balancing bitterness. Still leans a touch sweet which is a nice change from the hoppy rye beers I tend to see. Enjoyable beer.
SrSilliGose (3284) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - APR 16, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
malty, dark reddish brown pour with a small white head. spices. caramel. bread
Dredd (711) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - APR 11, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Well crafted beer, sweet toffee malts in the aroma, great rubycopper colour. Flavour is mainly sweet toffee malt with some breadiness that finishes with some great biterness.
jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 10, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Didnít really notice the rye. Malty, carmally, fairly weak on flavor and boring.
6ROW (423) - corpus christi, Texas, USA - APR 2, 2009
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
brown pour with small off white head. great change to the normal winter ale.great use of rye.
Block (1649) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 29, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark red-brown pour with an off white head. Faint aroma of pale malts. Flavor of caramel, some roasted malts and spices.
Meatmallet (126) - Salem, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark copper color with a thin off white/tan head. Left lots of lacing. Smell is of sweet malts and a hint of rye spiciness and a faint hopps aroma.Very good taste. There is a hop bitterness to start before giving way to the mild caramel malts.Very smooth and drinkable. Carbonation is just right.