Vir4030 (588) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2012
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pretty malty and flat out of a cask at the brewery. The hops are there, but the are not driving the beer. Friendly folks, though, and I like the keg I got.
portableparty (2263) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 3, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can. Pours dark copper brown in color with a big tight khaki soapy head that fades to a film and shows lacing. Aroma is piny bread and malt. Taste is very malt forward with rye and a bitterness with pine and spruce. Palate is full and sticky with a dry finish.
GranvilleTim (1840) - Granville, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish-brown pour with a dark tan head. Aroma is citrus hops and a little rye. Taste is nice malt backbone with a citrus hop aftertaste. The rye flavor comes out at the end. ok lacing.
fidelis83 (2270) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAY 1, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep garnet with a 2 finger beige head that has great retention and leaves pretty good lacing. Aroma is big on citrus hops, a little tropical fruit and a little, earth, chocolate and rye. Mostly the hops coming through though. Flavor is earthy rye, caramel, light chocolate, autumn leaves, citrus, a little pine and leafy hops. Palate is medium bodied, creamy on entry, medium carbonation, slightly slick, off dry finish. This stuff is pretty intense on the rye flavor. Good though. As it warms it get a little boozy, probably well above it’s ideal drinking temperature though.
MacBoost (1682) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - APR 25, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Gift from pepsiedcan. This beer presents itself in a full 16oz pint can, clocking in at a whopping 9% ABV. Pours a dark ruby color with a huge off white head consisting of fine bubbles. Aroma is of caramel, biscuit and some muted hop notes. Initial taste is very malt forward with bittering hops, but it fails to deliver on its hop-a-potamus promise. Instead, it relies on malted rye to get its point across. Standing on its own, this is still a solid brew, but not the hop bomb I was expecting. Decent.
FURLYSURIOUS (263) - Orono, Minnesota, USA - APR 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a copper red with a healthy cap of tan head. Slow, steady beading and good lacing. The nose is earthy with layers of citrus, like fresh squeezed tangerine all smothered in caramel. There’s quite a pine bite on the tongue that transitions through rye and toasted grains. Drawn out, bitter afterburn. Overall, this beer isn’t perfect but it’s complex enough to keep things exciting.
BVery (9162) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can. Dark pour with a cream head. Big hoppy and rye nose and taste. Really nice brew.
heemer77 (5234) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - APR 16, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2013 New rating from a can. Dark brown body yellowish khaki head. The nose is toffee with fruit. Taste of sweet dough and almonds. There is also a hint of the rye and some bits of roasted coffee. Notes of rye throughout. A little thick and sticky in the mouth. Decent.
GlassBrass440 (314) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 8, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
The color is almost black but when held to the light its true clear mahogany identity shows through. The snow white head lingers momentarily before being swallowed by the darkness beneath. Aroma starts like a traditional Roggenbier with lots of rye right off the bat but then the hops kick in and take it to another level of complexity with the citrus and pine playing a nice accompaniment to the rye. An astringent bitterness starts the flavor but rounds out to a northwest hop profile with a dry rye character keeping it grounded. The finish is dry with a lingering astringency. This is much more bitter than your typical pale ale and is closer to what I would call an IIPA, though no one style captures the entirety of this beer. A for originality and C+for execution.
rjwhite41 (55) - osceola, Iowa, USA - APR 7, 2012
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from a pint can into a pint glass. Pours an extremely dark brown/black with a hint of dark red with a small off white nearly tan head that last forever. IPA level of carbonation, perhaps a bit on the high end. Smells of pine and floral hops with some grapefruit and roasted caramel. Starts off with a big rye flavor followed by the hops, grapefruit, pine and floral. Finishes with a strong bitterness and the spiciness of the rye. Basically a IIPA, with the rye and dark roasted grains thrown in. A little too much going on in my opinion.