HOPSHARK (2) - USA - MAY 10, 2010 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I really really like this beer.... lets hope its brought on for a more regular production!!!
Its not a Porter, and tastes more like a IPA- but who cares! Its hop-heavy, you cant taste the 7.8% alcohol, and for being about as dark as a cola its very drinkable! Aroma out of the bottle is very nice and pours leaving a quickly receding, lacy foam around the cup wall and a thin head over the beer. The grand finale is finishing with a strong, deep, rye flavor.
So far Iíve enjoyed this beer from a couple Frikinís (THE BEST!), freshly on tap (very good), and from the bottle (a more common variety). All and all I have to say the extra hops in the firkin gave it a hop-nose that was out of this world, and the bitter complexity made it spot on.
I would never pass up the opportunity to try on firkin... Clipper City has a great formula! And I would continue to recommend a try in bottle or on tap as well... The Hop Rye Porter is one of Clipper City/Heavy Seas most unique and best to date in my boozed up opinion. Share & Enjoy!
garrison (757) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From a twenty four ounce bottle purchased at "Kellerís IGA" in the "Gaslight Clifton" neighborhood - This one poured a very dark brown brew with a tan head of foam and grainy aroma. Tastewise, this beer is definitely complex and respectable, with the cocoa-coffee sidebars that usually escape many imperial porters!
Braudog (5600) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - JUL 16, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Poured dark and silent with a big inch-thick top of foam. The aroma is of alcohol and pine. Easy to drink, this delivers mellow notes of vanilla, chocolate malt, and java. Bring on the ice cream sundae. (#3946, 7/16/2010)
milewide (1474) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 11, 2011
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Outstanding appearance! Clear brown color. Head was world class. Tall brown. Small bubbled. Long lasting. Lots of lacing. Spicy rye taste first. Roasted malt next. Touch of alcohol in finish.
williamherbert (1273) - Syracuse, New York, USA - AUG 4, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is roasted rye malts with a spicy peppery end. Flowery hops float above the spicy peppers. Great.
The appearance is smooth, light brown head. Flat, deep chocolate brown with plum/purple at the edges. Head is incredible.
The flavor is spicy rye and spicy habanero peppers mesh beautifully. Roasted caramel malts and mocha on the finish. A nice peppery burn at the end.
Feels creamy with a good deal of carbonation. Overall, itís less a porter than a strong ale infused with spices. Heavy and challenging and delicious. Spicy as hell.
bluejacket74 (1282) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - APR 24, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a dark reddish/brown with about an inch light tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. From the aroma you can definitely tell this beer has rye in it! The spicy rye aroma is strong, with some earthy hops and caramel and bready malt also noticable. Taste is similar to the aroma, the rye and earthy/pine hop flavors dominate, with some hints of roasted malt and chocolate in there, too. Thereís also a nice lingering bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís a bit slick and coating and is well carbonated. Drinkability is pretty good, itís smooth and very easy and enjoyable to drink. I think this brew is more a Black IPA than it is a Porter, but Iím not complaining. Itís a good overall beer, too bad itís only brewed once. Iíd like to see this brew become a regular offering.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAY 22, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nearly opaque brown beer with a thick dense tan head. Super sweet glass lacing. Aroma is sweet, balance of caramel and chocolate. Maybe a bit of rye, then again it could be my impressionistic brain... Flavor is big and caramely at first, then a kick of roast, followed by a blast of hops. The palate is luxurious but not teeth-coatingly so. A might fine brew.
wavers1 (872) - Notown, California, USA - JUN 15, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle courtesy of fiver29, thanks for a new importer rate! pours a slightly thinner brown than expected, nice large 2 finger head, consistent spotting. aroma is spicy with lots of rye, and some roasty smokyness of the base importer coming through. the taste is more balanced, nice spicy rye comes through in the finish more, and is not too much. the body is super creamy, smooth, velvety, very nice for a rye beer.
Thorpe429 (5012) - , 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
eaglefan538 (2865) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 20, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from SL. Pour was deep dark brown-black, off-white tan head, only a cm or so, but man, rings of lacing all the way down. The aroma was chocolate, roast, caramel, fruits, pine. The flavor was roasty, bitter rye, chocolate, piney hops, a touch of licorice. The mouthfeel was full, tangy (rye?), bitter, hoppy, nice.