JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 5, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark copper to umber in color. Tall lasting aged canvas colored head. Malted and caramel aroma in the front. Some definite rye in the background. Bits of spice and leather as well. This is my type of brew. Malty and chewy. Lots of malt and rich flavors of the specialty malt mingling together. Some spice as well from the rye. ONly a bit of bitterness from the roasted malts, but there is a gentle nip in the finish and linger. A bit syrupy at times. Something tells me this would be a killer lager. But I am going against the grain here.
heemer77 (5156) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 5, 2008
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Deep and rich brown rust colored body with a dense light khaki head. The aroma is lightly malty bread with a pleasing fresh dough quality. There is also a little bit of cocoa and iced tea. The taste is heavy with tree bark and some over steeped tea. The finish is way off with some strange almost plastic or paper like notes. Great smelling, but the flavors are just weird.
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 5, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz. Bottled a few weeks ago. Pours a dark, pretty, clear amber color with a big ole dense white head. Plentiful lacing. Aroma is malty, slightly spicy, slight vomity. Like a mild brown ale. Rye is noticeable though subtle. Flavor is smooth, full bodied, lowly carbonated with a round, flat body. I am really digging the carbonation/body on this, almost cask like. Flavor is mild and the alcohol is hidden well. Sessionable. I bought a six pack of this because I was in the mood for something of this nature and it is really hitting the spot. I did not know it was a rye but it really does not come off that way too much. Solid.
hogan873 (449) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice amber body with a thick tan head that results in decent lacing. The aroma is light, but I can note some caramel, malt, and just a whiff of grassy hops. The palate is a bit complex with both creamy and bright being good adjectives. The flavor is quite good. The malty sweetness introduces itself with caramel and biscuit evident. The rye and hops finish the beer off with a good bite. A very flavorful and extremely drinkable brew.
HonkeyBra (3654) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2010 Pours amber with a slight off white head. Aroma is a bit underwhelming, with a light, bacony, rye smell. Flavor is a mild blend of rye, spice, caramel. Very drinkable, yet underwhelming. But, its supposed to be mild right? I think this might be better on tap, or at least very cold.
Re-rate: I didnít get this beer before. Now, Iíve had it many times over the last few years and itís petty good. Dark bread, rye, fruit. Cool spiciness. Pretty great winter session beer.
Headbanger (3491) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle(Trader Joe’s-Naperville)-Pours a nice medium amber body with a big off white head which emits an aroma of rye, malts, and hops. Taste of rye, malt, caramel, spices, and hops. This medium bodied brew is very well balanced and quite drinkable. Nice job.
jimmack34 (640) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a rich amber with a generous fluffy white head. Smells malty with some grassy hops. Tastes very aggressive for a malt, a sharp and semi spicy malt presence with a balancing hop presence. Very good . tons of flavor and very drinkable.
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Found this one bottled at Lighthouse in Wasco, Illinois. Nice reddish brown pour with a thin, lacy head, and a toasty malt nose, maybe a bit of baked bread, and nuts. Mild maltiness is pronounced in the flavor, but the grain profile is different due to the rye: it’s more complex and a bit drier. Interesting, highly drinkable, this beer is a keeper.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I had this at the Clybourn brewpub after FoBAB 2008. It poured a deep chestnut body with a bubbly head that produced little of any lace. The aroma is mildly hoppy (floral) and toasty. I didn’t really catch the rye in here. It tasted of toasted whole wheat bread with dark malt and a balancing bitterness. Not really impressive, but I was probably jaded after the day at the festival.
TheAlum (6146) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle six packs available in the Chicagoland area. A new early winter seasonal from Goose Island that apparently did a test run at the brewpub earlier in the year. Yay! Nice dark chestnut pour, largely clear, with a decent enough offwhite head that laces some. Aromas are muted, a touch of biscuity malt and some light hop notes. Taste is similar, very smooth and balanced, biscuity malts coupled with a more serious toffee bit, orange marmalade in the body, a touch of toasted malts, and a light herbal hoppiness. Extremely sessionable, very nice. Won a point overall because of the sheer fact that I really liked this beer and it’s subtle yet present character. Cheers!