noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 24, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a slightly hazy amber to copper brown. A finger of off white head leaves generous lacing. The first sniff yields a pleasing malt aroma, slightly caramelized, but the nose quickly fades. Flavor is very nutty and distinctly bitter without much aroma hops. This comes off well here. Some orange peel and perhaps some cinnamon. Rye flavors emerge from the caramel malts in the finish, and there’s some weissbier banana-clove notes in the linger.
thegreenrooster (3423) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 20, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pour is a murky looking brown with a average tan head. Aroma is some rye and grain but nothing really stands out. Flavor is again some rye and spice but overall kinda watery and bland. I didn’t get a lot of what others got off this beer. A watery brown ale more or less.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - FEB 18, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from drewbeerme, thanks Andrew. Dark amber pour with a white head. Smells of rye and somewhat toasty malt. Nice and smooth with a little bite in the end, some caramel, pretty good drinker
vyvvy (4531) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - FEB 16, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear chestnut brown with a dirty tan head. The aroma has toasted malt, hazelnuts, rye and a hint of bitter hops. Seems both smooth and crisp. Medium body that starts smooth, then semi-sharp carbonation comes in making it a bit rough. The flavor starts like the aroma, but the finish has spicy hops and lots of dryness from the rye. This is a very nice beer and hope this stays a seasonal from them.
jamvin23 (162) - chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On Tap. Pours amber with a generous fluffy white head. Aroma: malty with some grassy hops. Flavor: semi spicy malt presence with a slight hop presence.
mixinnixon2000 (227) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2009
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap. pours dark amber color with a nice light tan head. rye flavor is there along with some spices and hops.
WabashMan (1017) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A decent rye, though not up to the quality of the two Founders ryes of note. Pour is very nice...a very dark amber, with a nice, light tan head. Nose is somewhat dominated by the rye. Flavor has some nice spice notes, but it’s just too short in the finish to get top marks. Good flavors...but they disappear all to quickly.
fidelis83 (2120) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - FEB 10, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark amber with a 2 finger solid beige head that has great retention, and leaves some lacing. Aroma is biscuity, grassy, straw and a bit spicy. Flavor is much the same with a nice grainy spiciness, sourdough, earthy hops. Finish is dry and spicy with earth tones and slightly bitter hops. Really nice stuff.
Narnad (1486) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours an amber color with a red tinge and a very thin wispy white head. Light aroma of caramel malt and rye. First flavor I got was a spicy noble hops taste, moving into a light rye and biscuit malt flavor. The flavor as a whole is pretty light. Overall I wasn’t too impressed with the beer when compared to other stuff of theirs but it was still a very drinkable beer.
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The "mild" refers to little usage of hops and not a low abv ale per the classical sense of the term. Enjoyed the bottles from a six pack over the course of a week or so, and this malty ale slowly grew on me. Dark amber color with a towering tan head and heavy lacing. Malty nose that smells of an English Ale persuasion. Nuts and biscuits with some mixed berry aromas. Malty with a tangy sweetness and hearty body, finishes a touch dry to my surprise. Tasty malt flavors with accents of bread, toffee, berries, nuts and an organic peaty quality. Best served at cellar temperature.