prosper0 (14) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 31, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured into a pint glass with very little head and the color a very clear copper. The nose is strong with caramel & rye malts with quite a bit of alcohol present. Slight floral notes in the aroma as well. The taste has a stong caramel almost liquorice taste which masks the hops in this beer. The aftertaste lingers on the tongue and the alcohol is very present. A little disappointing for a double IPA to have the hops masked by the rye whiskey. If you like rye whiskey and english strong ale, this is for you. It’s not for me.
cbfobes (1935) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Dexters, pours a very dark orange/copper almost with a sticky white head, the aroma has a little bit of booze mixed in with a good amount of rye and hops, the flavor has a decent hop front but the whiskey really takes over the beer in the finish, not bad but I personally enjoyed the non BA version more.
BeerNeedy (124) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUN 28, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle poured with little to no head. Deep red color which was slightly hazy and zero lacing going on. The taste is complex and yet smooth and the finish is mellow with no high alcohol burn. This ale is a definite rival to 90 minute IPA and will definitely be in the rotation going forward!
Fatehunter (962) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - JUN 22, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured out of a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass. Copper, almost transparent with a nice inch and a half of dirty white head.
Smell: A lot going on here: toffee, honeysuckle, brown sugar and charred maple-wood.
Tastes spicy, slight hop bitterness, wood and alcohol.
Medium body but kind of soft too. Light carbonation.
Very good. The 10% ABV is hidden very well. It is very smooth. Probably one of the best barrel aged beers I have had. It has a great balance; meaning it isn’t obscenely sweet.
dfearnley (501) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz on tap.
Strong alcohol aroma overpowers a light sweet flowery aroma. Minimal head with bright amber colouring. The beer coats the tongue with very little carbonation. The alcohol aroma heavily influences the taste and all I get is a sweetness followed by burnt malt and lasting bitterness.
Not a great beer in its genre but still okay overall.
Blairgus (2183) - California, USA - MAY 19, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
19 may 2012, bottle. Med orange color, clear, steady bubbles. Nose is amazing! Huge alcohol, a bit of rye, raisins. Wow. Med body and moderately fizzy. Ugarit sweet, alcohol is very obvious, golden syrup or bourbon notes, slight bitter finish. Wow!
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thetmaxx (704) - West Sacramento, California, USA - APR 30, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured From bottle. Aroma is really hoppy I see where the Amarillo and Simcoe are in the aroma. Flavor is full of citrusy hops. Amazing! the Flavor also has Really nice Rye notes. I love Rye beers and this is clearly no exception. Palate is thick and oily The high alchohol is not noticed the whiskey is also quite noticeable I get the Wood Flavors well also. Overall amazing!
bootsjohn (68) - Texas, USA - APR 23, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap pour into a snifter at Goodfriend in Dallas. One finger white head atop a clear ruby/amber body. Immediate spice on the nose. Followed by some tangerine, ever-so-slight whiskey, and bready malt. First taste was quite the shocker. Rye is the first and last note, with an impressive wash of floral hop, citrus, caramel maltiness, whiskey burn, and a hint of vanilla. This brew is incredibly balanced given its high hop content. The rye whiskey barrel aging adds a wonderful, light additional rye character to the beer. Very enjoyable brew.
leeburg (223) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - FEB 16, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle, reddish amber, nice off-white head with good retention. Great aromas include sweet, dried fruits, notes of sherry, bubble gum, a lot going on in addition to the resiny hops, which are almost background noise despite the amount of them, and I have to attribute that to the rye. Flavor is initially both sweet and bitter, with a wide variety of hoppy characteristics. Coniferous bitterness with thick sweet maltiness, mouth-coatingly thick and a lingering bitter floral finish. This is pine sap and grapefruit peel balanced out by huge maltiness, and a notable alcohol presence with the rye complexity. As another rater below noted, it is definitely barleywinesque, so if you like full bodied, full flavored beers and are a RyePA or a barleywine fan, definitely do not pass this up.
hockey77 (2) - - FEB 10, 2012 does not count
4.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Unique flavor.... nice body,,,, very tasty,,,,, hopped up...... great brew! If you see this bottle its a must try