HighWine (946) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Monk’s Kettle served in a red wine glass. I was bummed that I couldn’t meet the He’Brew crew at Toronado a couple of weeks ago and thought this beer was draft only. Much to my pleasant surprise, here it is -- in a bottle! Garnet/nutmeg color in the glass. Off white head fades pretty quickly and leaves some big, foamy bubbles on top of the brew. The nose is sublime. Rye malt...rye whiskey...yum! Taffy sweetness in the nose is present. Taste is big like a barleywine. Sweet malt is huge with oak and then a deffinite bitterness at the end. Boozy for sure. Usually I would suggest aging beers that have this much alcohol heat but this is damn good right now. (Chances are I’ll buy a bottle and take it home to age it anyway.) I keep having to remind myself that this is technically a DIPA because it reminds me so much of a barleywine/ryewine. I"m sure as it warms up it will get even more complex and awesome. Lenny’s RIPA is plenty good and this version is exceptional.
redlight (2316) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
bomber @ redlight redlight. Spicy caramel and molasses with vanilla notes with hints of grapefruit notes. Pours a reddish amber with a thin white head. Rich malty spicy flavors caramel and molasses with earthy bitterness with pine notes and finishes with rich vanilla oak and rye whiskey notes. Excellent.
Tmoney99 (10396) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 17, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured clear copper color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy toast malt and rye bourbon alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a sticky texture and flat carbonation. Heavy rye bourbon sweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a standout beer.
Headbanger (3226) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 15, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle 6/15/10 (Binny’s Naperville)-60° in Snifter-Pours a clear amber with a huge off white head. Aroma of whisky, oak, and vanilla. Taste of the same with some sweetness and whisky. This full bodied brew is very well balanced and easy drinking. Another great brew from these guys.
popery (1347) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 7, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Oddly delicious. This beer is rather sweet and fairly cloying, however rye spice and the rye barrel work well with the sweetness. The rye is smoky, almost hot. There’s a lot of malt. Brown sugar, molasses, raisins, and lots of rye bread. It’s not really a DIPA, in my opinion. This is essentially an interesting barleywine. Hops are muted or, at least, masked by the rye and merely lend some bitterness in the flavor. It’s a fairly kooky beer. Lots of caramel malt. Definite alcohol heat. The total package is quite enjoyable. Definitely a sipper.
Nephilium (1307) - Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Batch #: 1; Cases 469; Bottling Date: 4/9/2010;
This starts off with a huge vanilla and oak aroma. It pours a clear red, with a huge sticky white head. The flavor on this is an interesting blend of vanilla, oak, bitter hops, and spicy rye. A bit heavy on the palate, this is definitely a sipping beer. This is a wonderful beer, although I think I would have preferred this to be released in Fall instead of Spring. I may be picking up a couple of bottles to set down until Winter comes.
bhensonb (10689) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 6, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from the Co-Op in Davis, CA. Pours clear ruddy copper with a 3.5 finger foamy beige/tan head. Aroma is sort of hoppy over roast malt and a touch of that smooth vanilla? aroma associated with whisky barrels. Medium plus body with foamy/creamy carbonation. Rye it is. Oaky it is. Very hoppy it is. I’d say citrus and floral, but the barrel/whisky aspect sort of confuses things. There’s a lot going on here, including some mild heat. It is very, very tasty.
lukeherinckx (134) - mount pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JUN 3, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice hoppy aroma. i can pick up a bit of the whiskey as well. nice deep copper color with a very thick off white head. taste is not as hoppy as i would expect, but they’re present for sure. whiskey really steals the show here, but it remains very balanced and smooth. Finish is very nice and warming, with a mild hop bitterness. Excellent beer.
after4ever (6055) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUN 2, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22. Pours a clear rubied amber with a thick, surging, creamy tan head. Not much lace, but still looks very luxurious. Big sharp spucy rye and pine nose, a little grapefruity. Very intense rye notes, a lot of booze. Sticky thick body with sluggish carb. Big brown bread, rye, molasses, pine, and grapefruit mid-palate. All over the place, really. Tasty, but seems to be jumping the fence every time you turn your head, just flavor and thickness and density rattling the posts at every turn. Takes some getting used to, even for a rye freak and a big beer freak.
wavers1 (872) - Notown, California, USA - MAY 31, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
hmmm, $14 is pretty steep for a iipa, ba or not. nice pour, a chunky cascading head! first off though, smells gresat, for some reason the rye barrel smells like candy. last thing i would guess is iipa, more like an old or scotch ale, flavor wise. very malty and sweet, much more so than hoppy in any regard. it is hoppy, but not nearly enough to overcome the combined sweetness of the malt and the barrel. good stuff.