Thorpe429 (4844) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
E!017 batch. Possibly infected. Poured into a tulip.
A: Pours A very dark mahogany with a bit of an almost purple hue. Pours with one of the most massively billowing heads Iíve seen and it stays up for a long, long time, leaving thick lacing in its wake.
S: Initial whiff is a bit of sourness, so Iím guessing this is at least partially infected; however, if I hadnít heard about these issues, Iíd think it was appropriate. The sourness fits in quite well with the zip from the rye and the bit of whiskey that comes through in the nose. Iím actually really enjoying how this has all come together, intended or not. As the beer warms, the sourness fades a bit as well, bringing out more of the whiskey.
T: A very slight amount of sourness (and maybe itís just my mind playing tricks), nice whiskey, spicy rye, a bit of alcohol heat, and hints of dark fruits.
M: Quite creamy and on the heavy side of medium-bodied. A slight alcohol touch.
D: Pretty drinkable. Nice complexity comes through, especially as it warms.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 02-23-2010
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 16, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Batch 17 bottle.
Pours a murky brownish red with an enormous frothy beige head. In fact, I poured the initial glass and when I went back for more, the beer had foamed out of the bottle. Great lacing.
Aroma has lightly tart cherries, musty earth notes and plenty of spicy rye. The whiskey is present but not dominant with some vanilla and oak from the barrel as well.
The taste starts out with a mixture of smooth, spicy rye and tart cherries. The backbone features dark fruits and yeast with a finish that definitely features the whiskey and some dry oaky notes.
The mouthfeel is crazy smooth due to the rye with the cherry tartness catching me off guard a bit.
This is a complex beer and, like others have said, itís unclear if the tart fruit character is intentional or not. Iím leaning toward a slight infection but I enjoyed the beer nonetheless.
boFNjackson (3580) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 15, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at a recent BA/RB tasting... Definitely an infected bottle. Poured ruby/rust color with a thick, khaki head. Tart, wild yeast notes on the nose. Lots of carbonation, foamy, very full bodies. Bitter, cocoa, malted grains and lots of alcohol with spicy yeast flavors. Finished with vanilla, whiskey, and a yeast funkiness.
gormanb (156) - Bowling Green, Ohio, USA - OCT 30, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
amazing aroma- oak, whiskey, chocolate, yeast, bread, brown sugar, orange peel. pours deep red/brown with sandy resilient head. taste is oak, whiskey, bittersweet chocolate, alcohol, brown sugar, maple, roasted rye malt, caramel finish. palate is sticky, full bodied with some carbonation. This is an awesome beer!
jrob21 (2012) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 7, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 14/20
There are a couple of interesting notes here. The hop bitterness on the finish is very c-hop ish but all other notes of the hops are muted by the rest of what is going on with this beer. In fact there is almost too much going on that it does not quite come through as well as it was intentioned I am afraid. Aroma is a little fruity, a little spicy, and a little musty. Hops, hops, and yeast. Working together a little strangely again. Some wood and nuttiness from the barrel. A little bit of gritty, musty, earthy, dirty flavors mid palate followed but a stinging hop bitterness. I got it, it is not complementary these flavors.
thirdeye11 (5001) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 2, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(750ml bottle batch E!017 thanks to Exiled) clearish deep red-orange with nice bubbles. Nose of sweet caramel, brown sugar, mildly acetic/vinegar. Taste of caramel, mild infection, tons of spices, cinnamon, toasty, alcohol with decent carbonation.
j12601 (5652) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - SEP 30, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle I took to the Backwoods Brewdown up at Hill Farmstead. Bit of a gusher, but eventually pours a murky brown with a medium sized beige head. Still pretty hoppy, with some fuzzy malt. Toffee, vanilla, cinnamon, plums. Malt, oxidization, plums. Very oxidized, heavy plum on the finish.
Mora2000 (4048) - McKinney, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a reddish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is tart dark fruit and roasted malt. The beer is definitely infected, but it doesnít smell too bad. The flavor is rye and tart cherries and other dark fruit. I also get some roasted malt. The beer is fairly dry and is nice and drinkable, even if it is not as the brewer intended. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
blutt59 (5687) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle, thanks to exiled, brown in color with foamy tan head, aroma of sour chocolate, flavor is malty sour chocolate, great cabonation balance, nice sour bitter finish
patrickfannon (1172) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 28, 2010
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. 24.5 oz. Split with James and Vin. Pours a deep, dark mahogany brown with a rich, tightly-bubbled, frothy laced out beige head. Fluffed laced. Aroma of initial rustiness, sourness and earth, following through to hints of vanilla, black cherry, oak, funk, and some seriously earthy yeast. Full, rich, luxurious body with a supple, slightly tart palate. Very unusual approach to a barley. Very tasty and unique.