wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 9, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
crystal clear copper body with a great lasting off white head that leaves beautiful lacing. Solid toffee aroma with a hint of vanilla and just a bit of orange brightness. Bittersweet caramel vanilla raisin flavor with some spicy pine and a hint of orange. long balanced bittersweet toffee/caramel raisin orange finish lingering dry spicy pine and tart raisin. light to medium body. at first seems like an fairly uninteresting session beer but when you really give it some thought it becomes quite complex.
reberiii (483) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mild aroma, deep beautiful copper/brown color (filtered?), excellent taste, thin palate. Solid beer.
awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 9, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle thanks to Brother Eric. Pours transparent dark copper/brown with thin foamy white head. Nose is rich cedar and roasted rye malt. Flavor is cheap mild hops and some light malts, lacking in the rye department for taste. Not the best ’winter’ beer I’ve had.
youdictategood (467) - Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Deep brown pour with a thick creamy head. Aroma of toffee, dried fruit, a little chocolate. Taste is pretty heavy malt at first, then some breadiness and a little caramel. Dry finish. Mild is definitely the operative word here.
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - DEC 17, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz brown bottle served in a shaker pint. Poured a pale brown/amber with a finger of off white head. Aroma of cocoa and a bit of hops. Fairly malty with some chocolate malt. Spritzy mouthfeel, plenty of carbonation. A fresh hop flavor. I did not realize the rye aspect of the beer as I was drinking, maybe I should read the bottle. What I took for hops, may have been the rye. Definitely drinkable.
mcjay (463) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 11, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep amber/copper color with a nice off white head. Caramel aroma with a rich malty and slightly spicy taste and a dash of hops.
6ROW (461) - 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.
BillHick420 (456) - California, USA - DEC 7, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours black with a white head. Fruity aroma, some raisin and caramel notes, however somewhat bland as this brew lacks depth.
hogan873 (451) - 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.
thicksuds (449) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 28, 2010
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Solid winter beer, nice and malty, but not too thick, surprisingly light for a winter beer, spices present, but again not overpowering, hops present, but very slight. One of the more light and refreshing winter beers I have had, so if you don’t want to fill up on your beer this is a great choice that doesn’t lose too much in the flavor dept.