CheersMate (1298) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - MAY 25, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle from Green’s on Ponce De Leon. Nice fluffy off-white head sitting on top of a nearly transparent, brown and ruby-hued body. The head is fading away rather slowly. This looks fairly nice for the style. Hints of citrus hops popping out intermittently, with the whiskey presence only slightly noticeable. Brown sugar, whiskey, vanilla, and sweet malt aroma(s) are popping out more and hitting my nostrils as the beer warms, and as my nostrils become more accustom to smelling the beer. Slight rye presence in the aroma provides for a very confused i.e., messy aroma. Everything is decently pungent, but it [the aroma] lacks harmony. Wow, the taste is much better than the aroma. Definitely a hot alcohol presence that warms the back of my throat. At first I am hit with a subtle brown sugar, vanilla, wood, and whiskey flavor. Then I get the citrus hop flavor backing it all up, but only slightly. The lingering bitterness is quite nice, and the rye throws itself in the mix, and provides a nice flavor. After some time, the hops provide virtually no hop flavors to the beer, just lingering bitterness. A little too hot, and nearly messy in terms of flavor. Nice idea from Hebrew; it seems as though their brews are starting to get better and better. Very nice texture.
randy1301 (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 20, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle.Batch #1 Sazerac barrel.Pours a dark yet opaque reddish amber with a thick creamy off white head.Nose is heavy rye,earthy hops,bread,vanilla and caramel.Beautiful nose!Taste is heavy on the rye on the front and back end with hops,sugary malts and whiskey notes throughout. The taste lingers on the palate for a nice long finish.As I get farther through this beer I begin to understand and enjoy it more.Great use of both rye and rye whiskey.Top notch!!
chaz01 (190) - Miamisburg, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It looks like variations of this beer were available in draft, and they just recently decided to bottle this beer. The bottle I’m reviewing says it’s "Lenny’s RIPA in Sazerac 6 year rye Whiskey Barrels". Served in a champagne flute at a local beer tasting event.
A: Amber brown in color, very clear with a nice medium foamy head.
S: Mellow hoppiness and sweet caramel malts in the aroma complemented by a nice all-around oaky smell.
T: Very sweet whiskey notes hit you up front in the taste, along with caramel malts and a hoppy, somewhat grapefruit finish. Unique peppery spruce type flavor which I assume comes from the rye.
M: Full bodied with good carbonation
D: Full bodied sipping beer as the whiskey is very dominant producing nice sweet whiskey flavors. Not exactly a session beer but would go great shared with friends on a cool summer evening.
portableparty (1908) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 10, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is a dark redish copper color, with a thin tight head that dissipates. Aroma is sweet malt and caramel hops. Taste is a rich sweet malt and floral hops with a nice rye taste thoughout. Palate is rich and creamy with a chaulky dry finish. This is a very well balanced DIPA with an amazing taste of rye thoughout and with it being in a whiskey barrel just adds to the enjoyment! Very well done!
sebletitje (6238) - Enghien, BELGIUM - APR 13, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On cask at the Whole Foods / CCB Cask Event
pours amber/brownish, light off-white head.
Aroma of rye, bittering hops and mild whiskey barrel.
Flavors, thick grainy/rye palate with hints of caramel malts, rye, mild whiskey palate. Finish has hints of bitter citrus hops that blend nicely with the whiskey presence.
zach8270 (3175) - Henrietta, New York, USA - APR 1, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(draft @ Hop Into Easter - The Old Toad - Rochester, NY) Dark copper pour with a fluffy tan head. Sweet and malty with very light, almost negligible hints, of the whiskey barrels. Sweet and very dry flavor at the start, probably from the rye, with a very light amount of hops. The barrel aging certainly cut down on the hop bitterness. I didn’t get a whole lot of wood flavors from the barrel aging. Mainly sweetness and rye. Sweet aftertaste.
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at Cigar City Brewing Cask for a Cause. Dark brown, small tan head, scant lacing. Aroma of scotch and caramel. Taste has chocolate, malt-o-milk balls and plenty of alcohol. Nice brew.
Hank1980 (942) - Athens, Georgia, USA - MAR 4, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Poured a reddish brown with a small beige head, some nice lace. Nose was sweet caramel, little acetic, light citrus hops. Taste was similarly sweet, with some of the acetic notes accompanying, light booze as well. Finish was bitter and warm. Overall, a decent brew. Barrels may not do this brew justice.
blipp (5595) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JAN 26, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Pours hazy orange with an off white head. The aroma has whiskey, citric hops, and a sour hint. The flavor has sweet malts, whiskey, light floral hops, and again, a light sour note. Kinda messy and jumbled, and I’m pretty sure the sourness isn’t there on purpose. Still mildly enjoyable though.
ChainGangGuy (4274) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Appearance: Served up an opaque, dark, deep amber body with an inch or so of bubbly, light beige foam.
Smell: Looking forward to this one! Caramel cubes layered with a jolting, frown-inducing medicinal, band-aid-riddled phenolic scent. Some earthiness, some booze, but I’m rather done smelling it for now. Well, I WAS looking forward to it.
Taste: Toasty, caramel candy-coated malts with a modest sweetness. That zippy, spicy rye component still remains, as does the citrusy hops and bitterness. As you get into it, there’s this odd, off-putting phenolic acetone flavor leaking in from the aroma. I must say, it really spoils the whole proceedings. Bitterish, sourish finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Not altogether pleasant. Sorry, He’Brew, but the thumb points down on this one. I’ll be sticking to the standard R.I.P.A. in the future.