hopslammer (30) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - OCT 30, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
THIS THING HAS SO MUCH HEAD!! it’s incredible. I poured like 2 minutes ago and there is still about 1.5 - 2" head with just barely any signs of dissipating. ok, there it goes...anyways..this is a dark ruby copper beer that is just "dark" in flavor. Hard to describe what I mean by that, but by way of the copious amounts of rye malts added to this beer..whooo boy. It is a spicy beer, not much in the way of bitterness, just the rye abasiveness. Very harsh, but very good, worth a taste if’n you have it ’round!
markducommun (305) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear deep reddish mahogany with an ample tan head. Spruce, caramel, hint of vanilla, bread. Quite strongly bitter, big malt sweetness. Chewy, oily, medium body, longer finish. Quite good.
tom10101 (3613) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 8, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sample @ EBF.
Appearance: Bright golden-orange with a medium off-white head and good lacing.
Aroma: Burst of eucalyptus with caramel, peppermint and booze.
Taste: Moderate sweet. A lot of eucalyptus and peppermint with an heavy caramel malt presence, boozy notes and moderate bitterness. A bit more "balanced" than the aroma, but still cloying.
Palate: Medium to full body. Moderate to medium carbonation. A tad creamy. Sticky eucalyptus finish. Warming, borderline burning finish.
Overall: We aren’t in the "easily drinkable" category. A flavorful, but boozy and cloying DIPA. Way too much eucalyptus.
mstrcrwly (558) - New York, USA - MAR 31, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass..dark orange with a fluffy off-white head..aroma of pine,resin,spices..sticky,chewy,spicy,hoppy..reall good rye DIPA.
JulienHuxley (3936) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 27, 2015
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Sample at EBF. Clear deep copper pour with lacy off white head. Aroma is dominated by caramel, eucalyptus, menthol, leafy hop, light medicinal notes, boozy, lots of raisins. Taste is bitter, lots of caramel, tons of menthol, leafy bitter hop, booze, raisins. Palate is full bodied, cloying and sticky, med carbonation.
thb (740) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 21, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Attractive crystal clear copper with half inch of lasting foam. Aroma is hop heavy, leaning towards the resin/tropical fruit end of the spectrum. Also a pungent spiciness (presumably the rye). Taste has a big grainy kick at the start, and the there’s definitely rye. Pumpernickel beer. Bitter and sweet in balance. Chewy and boozy, alcohol is really pushing into barleywine territory.
DCLawyer (1755) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 15, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle->snifter. Deep copper/amber with small offwhite head. A: bittersweet rye, malt, grains. T: same, with thick rye malt. Good.
Niall73 (2153) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home while visiting Jacksonville. Pours amber with an off white head. Big sweet bread, toffee, funky fruit lightly nutty aroma. Medium body, medium carbonation. Sweet ripe trop fruit, toast, marmalade, some pine, candy and a lightly bitter nutty light grapefruit finish. A touch too sweet and sticky but tasty.
Maxbier (601) - Maryland, USA - FEB 7, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear copper with tan head. Boozy, grassy, some tropical aroma too. Lots of bitterness up front, grassy rye malt sweetness. Concentrated mango peach and pine in the finish. Enjoyable but not at all sessionable. This has to be the only drink of the evening (ok, maybe two).
AnokaBrewer (71) - Anoka, Minnesota, USA - FEB 2, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper color, not much head nor much aroma. Great blend of hops and malt though. Some bitterness, then malty sweetness with a finish that is not bitter and doesnt linger.
scotchzombie (401) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 13, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours very hazy dark chestnut with a tightly foamed off-white head that sticks at a thick coating. Aroma is caramel malts, grains, some citrus. Taste is very, very sharp, dry and a bit cloying in the palate. Very rich and flavorful beer! A touch sweet to start and then boom! strong rye and bitter pine and grapefruit hop flavors roll along caramel malt backbone. Leaves you with a balance of bitterness and malt. Memorable for sure!