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RATINGS: 203   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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A Robust American Ale brewed with four different rye malts, fresh centennial and crystal hops and our proprietary ale yeast. It is partly fermented in Tennessee rye whiskey barrels, then carefully blended. Enjoy the gorgeous ruby color, strong aromas of vanilla and black cherry, earthy flavors of nuts and oak and the warm, spicy finish.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pushkinwow (2100) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 6, 2014
Bottle, batch E!017. Mahogany with beige head. Huge gusher which we eventually got under control. Nice semi-sweet maltiness, chewy, prune, raisin, rye, oak, quite dry and becomes more bitter on the finish, carbonation actually dies down and becomes quite nice with a moderate body. Balanced and enjoyable.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AirForceHops (3516) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 20, 2014
22 oz. bottle. Batch E 045. With ABV of 9 %. Purchased at One Stop Market. Dark brown/ Black color, thin fast vanishing head. Nose is large oak with hints of whiskey, light dark fruit.

Flavor is mostly the same. Medium body with a soft carbonation. Starts with light rye with earthy malt and hints of tannins oak. Lightly vinous with red grapes. Is this infected? Lightly sour oak that lingers for awhile. I get mostly oak, dark fruit and red grape notes. Where is the whiskey? Because I only get oak. Not bad, still drinkable but not nearly what I had hoped for.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pinkie (470) - New York, USA - APR 26, 2014
This beer poured a murky dark brown with a thin loose head of foam that fell before I even picked up the glass. Nose is lovely. Mellow and spicy rye. Deep but not too bold. A light airy wood and a modest sweet whiskey. Dry dark fruit like raisins, nuts and a touch of expansive malt sweetness like toffee and caramel. A fragrant bit of vanilla and I canít wait to taste this. Taste is lovely. Spicy rye that has become modest with a bit of age and from the oak barrel. Deep and tall rye flavor that is not unbounded like most rye ales but rather proper and containing all itís loveliness so that you can have it but so that it does not overrun the other flavors. A touch of smooth vanilla and airy wood. A surprise in some brilliant tart cherry. The cherry really enlivens the palate and lets you taste all the malt sweetness by contrast. The mouthfeel is surprisingly light with some tiny prickly bubbles in the finish. A small warming form the alcohol Smooth and very mellow. This one awesome beer.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lothore (556) - California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
A- As others have stated, this one is a gusher. I opened it in the sink and it quickly gushed out as i poured it into my glass. Very cloudy, murky brown color with a huge, tan head. S- Dark fruit, toffee, raisin and a lingering funky sweetness that worries me. T- Bold whiskey notes, dark fruit, raisin, brown sugar and a tart cherry finish. The cherry is very possibly an infection and it just throws the balance out of whack. Either my bottle wasnít at the stage of the last two reviews or the infection hasnt nearly taken hold as much but it is still there, lingering. M- Thick with lots and lots of carbonation. D- This is not entirely undrinkable in itís current state however it looks like sour cherry notes are pushing it there and itís not nearly the beer it is supposed to be. I wasnít able to finish my glass and drainpoured the rest of the bottle. Worth a shot I suppose.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dfonorow (1600) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Bottle share. Pour is hazy brown with a small tan head. Aroma is mostly of caramel/crystal malt with some dark fruit in the background. Flavor picks up more of the barrel aging notes with some ripe fruit, caramel, oak, and booze coming through. Slightly bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NeZZeN (7) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2013 does not count
Smell is almost port wine malty oak. Almost no head that quickly falls to nothing and relatively no lacing. Now the taste is really intriguing, with lots of sweet rye malt with a little of the port and oak. Moderate carbonation with some warmth and a bit of alcohol through the nose. The feel is smooth and a little prickly from the carbonation....very nice as it warms. Overall a very good cold evening brew. Nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
charule (1281) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2013
Bottle my friend picked up from the brewery. Poured hazy reddish brown with tan head. Strong pleasant oak wine aroma. Moderately smooth assertive oak taste which is very complex.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shigadeyo (3075) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2013

8/07/2010: Ithaca Excelsior! Old Habit (Batch #E!017)... Aroma: Spciy, yeast; smells a bit like a barleywine might. Appearance: Caramel color. Flavor: Malty, marginally sweet; caramel; nutty finish; alcohol through the nose for sure. Palate: Medium-bodied; not overly carbonated; feels airy on the tongue. Overall: Pretty good.

1 Pint 9.4 Fl Oz bottle (Alc. 9% by Vol.) shared by Tmoney99. Thanks Tom! Rating #196 for this beer.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
italianjohn (2372) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2013
Ruby plum pour with a thin ring of off white head .... aroma of oak, light vanilla, dark fruits, caramel malts, earthy and a little boozy with some nuttyness .... taste is of dark fruits, light whiskey flavor (vanilla mostly), oak and a nutty/caramel malt flavor .... dry oaky finish with a nice dark fruity flavor .... definitely an intense barrel flavor and dry with a nice barleywine flavor and aroma

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertDale (3705) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUL 4, 2013
22 ounce shared bottle. Pours a cloudy reddish brown with an average tan head. Aroma of fruit, caramel, and whiskey. Taste is caramel, whiskey, fruit, yeast, and spice. Pretty good.


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