BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 26, 2010
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
2010 Bottle thanks to captain cougar. Pours with a near black body with a large and fluffy off-white head. Aromas of rye, citrus hops (orange mainly), cereal, alcohol, brown sugar and light roast. Very floral and pretty estery as well. Flavors of rye, bitter and astringent roast. Husky, acrid, roasty, chalky, messy! Very confusing after such a nice aroma. Creamy carbonation. Something is seriously wrong with the acidic nature and acrid taste of the grain bill.
OldMrCrow (2413) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Vanilla and molasses nose; rich molasses and rye flavors. Nice hop finish kicks in late, almost pushing black IPA territory. I really like that. Good flavor intensity, very nice mouthfeel -- not over the top, but definitely rich without being hard to drink. This is a terrific beer, and I’m rather surpised to find it not rated higher.
TheAlum (6956) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle courtesy of an TheEpeeist trade. Thanks, Chris! Pours a nice roasty brownish dark hue, edges and bottom lighter brownish orange, dark bodied overall, a huge cakey light brown head laces very well and stays very large. Aromas are roasty malts and flourishes of biscuits, big dry floral and piney hops, some grapefruit, roasty cocoa, touches of rye and bread, caramel, roasted malts move on more, but the hops are fresh, potent, and dry. A touch of vanilla and creaminess, largely roasty malts, some light sweetness, and a big bite of dry, piney hops. Initial is medium bodied, with moderate hopping, dry and floral, a creamy body of bread, biscuits, some light cocoa moving into dry roast aand piney floral hops. Doses of rye, bread, biscuits, not overly sweet, some bakers cocoa, but a gentle creamy lighter body. The dry piney and floral hops are strong, good dry roast, man.. This one definitely surprises. Alcohol well hidden, feels much lighter bodied than it would suggest.. Good complexity, dry bitter and roasty.. Just the way I like it. Quite a nice surprise.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark black-brown, tan ring. Aroma is pepper rye and roast. Taste is roasty then a biting pepper finish.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Pours a dark brown with a little bit of a garnet tint to it.
S: Roasted malt, some spicy rye, and a bit of citrus hops. Very nice combination.
T: A good amount of hops with roasted malt and spicy rye coming through. Somewhat dry with a bit of chocolate.
M: Medium body with good carbonation and a nice zest to it.
D: Very nice all around. The new Heavy Seas lineup continues to impress.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-03-2010
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 27, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
THOUGHTS: Not a bad beer, but nothing all that spectacular either. It had too much hops and not enough roasted malt for a porter, in my opinion. Only when it was very warm and the bottom of the bottle was poured in did that change. The rye seemed to soften the roasted malt, making the resinous, rubbery hops to dominate.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, dark brown that was nearly black in the glass with red highlights when held to the light. The aroma was weak. There was light to moderate roasted malt, chocolate and coffee; moderate to heavy resinous hops; light yeast; rye at first, and Band-aid. The initial flavor was sweet and light to moderately bitter; while the finish was rather sweet and very light to moderately bitter with an average to long duration. There was roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, resinous hops, more chocolate as it warmed. The roasted malts blended nicely with the hops, but then the hops took over a little too much. The medium body was a bit oily with rather fizzy carbonation and a slightly metallic and ever so slightly alcoholic finish.
Butters (4047) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 13, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at Lithy’s Tennessee/Ole Miss tasting. Dark brown pour with good tan head. Rye, which I dont care for. And a bunch of dry herbal hops. Meh.
JaBier (7027) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - NOV 5, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at the Heavy Seas tasting at Blacklick Wine & Spirits back in October. Dark brown pour with a thick tan head. Aroma of grassy hop, roast and grainy malt. Grassy hop flavor with a bit of roastiness and breadiness before a bitter finish. Tastes like a rye black IPA.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Sam’s, Durham. Pours dark and frothy like a Black IPA. Both nose and flavor benefit from a nice bit of spice from the rye, framed by what tastes like a more than usually hoppy porter, but not at the expense of depth in the maltage. Bit of coffee in the roast profile too, giving the whole thing a hint of smoke and char. Not bad at all.
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 14, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Serving: 22 oz. bottle from Total Wine Sterling.
Aroma: The nose is roasty with a good bit of rye, slight burnt notes, and earth.
Appearance: It pours a cloudy, dark brown color with a thin, off-white head.
Taste: The flavor is roasted malt, spicy rye, and coffee notes.
Palate: Medium bodied with average carbonation leading to a lingering roasty finish.
Overall: An interesting mix of things are going on here. I am not usually a huge rye fan, but this one seems to work. Definitely worth a try.