Barley69 (26) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 4, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very Tasty beer - I love Rye beers and have brewed many myself - this is very different from a barleywine and the Rye to me stands way out - everything is on the sides and back of your tongue, - a hint of whiskey - I wish the whiskey flavor was stronger and I wish there was a bit more bitterness but overall the beer is great. Southern Tier and Ithaca are doing some really nice things on the east coast. we need more bourbon or whiskey barrel aged beers around here!!
alcohol is well hidden - I drank this beer cold to start and sipped it as it started to warm - is was way better around the 45 degree range. all the flavors were gone any colder than that.
good job Ithaca!
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 4, 2007
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark mahogany with a thin, dense tan head. "Damp," somewhat musty oxidized aroma of dark fruits, spice, earth, and grain. Mild toasted malt flavors with cola, sassafrass, and molasses with some grain astringency. All of these aspects play off of one another very subtly and never really leap out at you. Very pliant, understated body with smooth, lingering biterness and a light alcohol finish.
hopdog (8940) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled from 750ml bottle courtesy of TomDecapolis. Bottle labeled #359, release date June 07. Poured a medium to deeper mahogany color with a smaller sized tan head. Aromas of dark fruits, dark cherries, light wood, vanilla, brown sugar and nutty. Tastes of vanilla, light wood, dark fruits, chocolate, and very light whiskey. Alcohol content well hidden.
TomDecapolis (4477) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUL 31, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle # 359. Rating #1,600. Pours a translucent ruby amber with a smaller off white bubbly head. Aroma of dark fruits, vanilla, some woodiness, molassess, caramel, rye, some cherry. Flavor of various dark fruits, nice rye balance, sweet maltiness, mixed nuts, some toasted malts, hints of whiskey with some vanilla and cherries. The centennial and crystal hops come out in the tail end of the flavor a bit.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 27, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
The best rye beer I have ever had, and I love rye beers. Beautiful mahogany color. The oak is seamlessly integrated. Flavor is slightly nutty with a superb rich mouthfeel.
badgerben (4400) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUL 27, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 666. Awesome. Courtesy of Brewfiend. Dark brown color with a thin head. Slight chocolatey aroma. Very strong, sweet malt body with whisky and vanilla rounding it out. Almost some oak showing through.
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 24, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 893. Really deep dark reddish pour with a thin, dense and creamy tan head. Lots of caramel and vanilla in the aroma - good hops and a hint of sweetness. I can tell the alcohol is really going to come through when it warms. Nice malty barleywine. Iím not getting a huge amount of rye, but itís definitely there. Not hugely bitter, but bitter enough. Really well balanced. Good carbonation. I donít have anything bad to say about this beer, well done.
Skyview (5209) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUL 23, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 666 shared by brewfiend (Iíll lay off the devilishly good flavor jokes) :-p Pours a hazy caramel amber brew with a thick fast dissolving, head that leaves behind only a fine film on top. Aroma of pitted fruits, honey, some brown sugar, and some floweyr hops. Taste is creamy with plenty of alcohol burn that has some vanilla and bourbon flavors. Finish is over the top sweet, with a nutty and spicey malt aftertaste. One of the better barleywines to date.
JK (4436) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUL 23, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From Brewfiend. Whisky in the aroma and flavor. This is combined with moderate, bitter hops but also generous malt. Earthy and dry, but I didnít pick up all of the other qualities in the descriptions.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 21, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 666. Perhaps the single best Barley Wine Iíve ever tried. Whiskey, malt and rye on this dark brown beer. Faint light brown head. Incredibly smooth body that isnít cloyingly sweet like so many in the style. Strong rye body with whiskey hints and enough malt sweetness to remind me that itís indeed a barley wine. Absolutely amazing.