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 (504) - 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 (1814) - 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.
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 26, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ok, just bought this recently. And really enjoyed it. Pours a dark rusty coloured reddish brown body (just like heemer stated) with a huge tan head. Aroma is slightly nutty otherwise, oaky with hints of darkfruit, milk chocolate and cinnamon. Taste is rather flavour with slight metallic notes but hints of bready malts, ginger and grain.
TheGuy (653) - Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2009 pours is a dark clear copper with light tan head aromas of malt rye grain and hops i love rye brews taste is of rye and caramelized malts overall not the best rye i have had but i would drink this one again clean ,crisp and smooth
Dogbrick (10889) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This brew pours a clear dark amber color with a medium fluffy off-white head that diminishes slowly. Small patches and strings of lacing. Aroma of malt and barley plus a little rye. Light body with flavors of bready malt, hops and rye. The finish has a doughy malt flavor and a mild hops aftertaste that does not linger long. Slightly above average overall.
badgerben (4777) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 22, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Copper color with a thin head. Big aroma of rye and caramel malts. Strong, spicy rye flavor. Plenty of dusty grains. Floral hop finish. Lovely.
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2008 My 500th rating of an American beer. It was nice to sample this at the brewery before its release and now try it from the bottle. Pours a darker dull brown amber with lots of soda bubbles and a thin bubbly white sudsy head. Smells like an ESB, wet grains, spicy toasted malts, caramel, light floral hop bite. This stuff is very mellow, a rye ESB, softly spicy, softly malty, softly bitter, slightly chewy and bready, light floral hops. Medium/light bodied with abrasive sharp carbonation. A good flavorful drinker .