deyholla (5917) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 11, 2010
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Sampled at the 2010 Indiana Winterfest. Poured an amber brown with an off-white head. Strong malt note with notes of bread and a bit of mustiness. Flavor was similar with strong one note malt and an even stronger mustiness to it.
larsga (5893) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 20, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Biggish offwhite head. Deep brown body. Deep earthy malty aroma with peanuts and straw notes. Vivid and clear. Dry-sweetish strawy grainy earthy caramel taste with chocolatey notes. Rounded, smoothish mouthfeel. Fullish body. Dryish earthy roasty peas and wood aftertaste with caramelly notes. Excellent! (0.355l bottle, ?, CPH.)
drowland (5893) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - AUG 4, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Clybourn and had a bottle back home. The rye really does add a nice flavor. Everyone should give this beer a go.
after4ever (5861) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at sb. Pours an opaque dark mahogany. Dense creamy tan head. Mild caramel nose with soft molasses and walnut husk accents. Creamy medium body with soft carb. Caramel, molasses, nuts, and bread crust mid palate. Mild bread crust finish.
downender (5844) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Medium brown with a decent, off-white head. Chewy slightly sweet, cereal malts, tart fruit and a big, bitter finish. Good, but not particularly mild.
Svesse (5821) - Hšsselby, SWEDEN - JAN 9, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle, Monkís Cafť Wallingatan, Stockholm, 13 Dec 2011) Dark brown colour with frothy, beige head. Malty, fruity nose with dark bread, dark fruit, prunes, raisins and slightly spicy yeast aromas. Malty, fruity taste with notes of chocolate, caramel, dark fruit and a mild spicy bitterness in the finish. Medium body, slightly sweetish. Quite enjoyable.
phaleslu (5723) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2010 Sample poured from a bottle at Cincy Beerfest. Pours an unusual orange-brown color with some cloudiness and a small tan head that doesnít last long. I didnít realize this was a rye beer until looking it up later but definitely picked up on that in the nose, with notes of caramel malts and other spices. Flavor also has a lot of rye, with notes of toast, earthy hops, caramel malts, nutmeg, and pepper. Medium bodied, with active carbonation and a sharp bite from that and the spices. Dry, spicy finish. Interesting beer, not at all what I expected. RE-RATE: Had at The Royale on a Tuesday night beer showcase, 11/30/10. This has a smooth, rich, nutty aroma and flavor that didnít hit me as hard the first time I tried it. I really enjoyed it this time around, though. Not a whole lot of other notes to add except that this is a really nice sessionable beer, even if the ABV is well out of true "mild" range.
BBB63 (5701) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 15, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Clybourn and served in a MBA pint glass, My #100 Goose Island rating!
Coppery to deep brown hue with a small lasting frothy off-white head and very good lacing. The aroma has notes of caramel, rye, papery and chalky oxidization, hint of apple, and spicy hop vapours. The taste is twangy acidic fruits and snappy rye bread. Some grassy and herbal hops balance the palate. The finish is part bread and allspice. The mouth feel is lively and sharp, very refreshing. Outside a weak nose this is a very good brew.
SudsMcDuff (5649) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUN 1, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
iím gonna go grind a homeless guy, wait? what!?! .. . Pours a dark tawny brown, damn good lacing with low head .. . light berries, wood oil, reduced brandy, and light nuts .. . pretty tasty, name fits this nicely, it really is a mild xmas beer .. . another goose island class act .. . Iíve never seen eyes so dilated! I could lose myself in them...
blipp (5595) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Amber with a thin off white head. Light spicy rye aroma with some light sweeter notes. The flavor is well balanced. Rye notes are up front, but donít dominate. A light caramel sweetness, with some nice spicy hop notes. A very solid sessionable winter seasonal.