jcr (2386) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 3, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Dark, clear reddish-brown body. One finger of off-white head, quickly diminishing. Aroma of caramel, rye and spice (ginger and a hint of cinammon), nuts and toast. The flavor is lightly to moderately sweet and lightly bitter. The finish is lightly to moderately bitter and lightly to moderately sweet. Aftertaste of rye and tea with a touch of caramel. Medium body with a slightly syrupy texture. Lively carbonation. OK, though the sweetness rather than the rye jumps out front. One was enough.
ilovedarkbeer (2503) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap. Pours a dark reddish brown color with a medium sized off white head that is like large bubbly fish eggs. Nose is sour yeasty rye bread, and some caramel malt. Taste is about the same with a bit of a spicey back end. Not bad but not really my thing.
topherh (1916) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - DEC 30, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours reddish brown with a thin beige head. Aroma is grainy malt. Flavor is dominated by malt, smoth with a little spiciness from the rye.
auerbrau (3194) - Ithaca, New York, USA - DEC 30, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz Bottle. Slight roasty malt, with a bit of caramel, toasted hazlenuts and some butter. A bit...weird. Pours a red-brown, clearish, with little sustaining head. Flavor is okay. A little, caramel heavy toast and roast. A fairly calm beer. Lightly chewy. Salt. Oak. A touch of spicy and musky rye. This is drinkable, but I think I would fatigue of it quickly. A little more sugar than I would want from this style.
screigh (522) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 30, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a dark copper color with a small head. I can smell the rye but cannot taste it. Taste is a bit tart and a little dry. I even get the slightest hint of tobacco in the flavor. While this isn’t mind blowing it is very decent and differnt from what I would have thought a "winter" would be.
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a mahogany brownish red with a small white head. Aroma is definitely noticeable rye breadiness along with a spicy of kick. A small amount of sweet fruitiness that gives it a fruitcake like nose. Huge malt sweetness. That cake nose feels like it is transported to the flavor. Very sweet from start to finish with a slight bitterness that lingers. Slight ginger or clove spiciness also adds some kick. Medium to full body and moderate carbonation. This is actually a nice little winter beer. Not trying to be too much or overly hoppy which is sometimes refreshing amongst todays hop world. Nice malt and spice showcase.
Immiz182 (17) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 27, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Had it in a 12 oz bottle at the Goose Island brewpub. A decent beer but not one that I would go back for more.
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - DEC 27, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thick, off white foam floating above a crystal clear, copper red liquid with a steady stream of bubbles. Aroma of malt, rye bread. Spicey, rye flavor with a creamy mouthfeel full of malt. Hops balance this beer nicely but cannot make up for the lack of personality. A good beer but not very memorable.
hopheaven (91) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 26, 2008
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear, deep red copper in color with a tight, firm head. Has a very malty aroma; smells a bit like wet grains, leather and tobacco. Is very sweet up front and tastes of caramel malt and roasted barley. Some hoppiness comes through in the finish but this is really a simple, malt-dominated beer meant to showcase its distinct rye flavor. Slightly chewy; very drinkable; perfect for the season.
jaymobrown (1776) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this at the future in-laws. It was a dark cola color. A decent sized, half-white head. Nose of some malt, bread, raisin. Flavor had the same types of notes: malts, bread, rye. Some hops in the finish. Perfect for the occasion.