madmitch76 (14312) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
23rd October 2011
Hazy dark red - amber beer, tidy pale tan head. Light palate, dry. Tangy fruits - dark cherry, raspberry and some dark berry fruits. Dry finish. Trace of rye spice. A curious beer, not quite had anything like this before. Like the tangy fruits but where is the dark malt.
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 14, 2011
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
(11.2oz bottle) Pours a clear amber-brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, vinegar, grain, and raisins. Flavor of roasted malt, sourness (infection), rye, raisins, nuts, caramel, and plum.
argo0 (11329) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 21, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
33cl bottle. Large beige head atop hazy dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, roast, rye, some coffee, grapefruit. Taste is moderately sweet, coffee, some roast, light rye, vinous. Effervescent medium body.
bhensonb (10702) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 17, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Wine & Cheese in Clayton, MO. Pours very darkly ruddy brown with a very temporary 4 finger foamy beige head. Strong aroma. Lots of activity - rye/coffee - hop. Almost burns the nose (foam breaking up rapidly). Med body. Dark malt. Chocolate note. Some hop. I can taste rye, but itís like this is supposed to actually be a porter. Bottoms out with something herbally hoppy - but not very many IBUs. Strange and interesting. Iíd drink it again.
3fourths (7861) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 7, 2011
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
bottle. effervescent with cola-sized head bubbles. musty dried corn husk, malt vinegar and egg shell dirty phenolic nose. highly effervescent, fizzy, syrupy, thin and lifeless. candy chew and dried fruit, it seems to resemble cola and malzbier. obvious faults.
jercraigs (7456) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 2, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2011-10-02. Very dark brown body with a large foamy tan head that fades. 3+ Dusty malt aroma, sweet caramel malt notes. 6+ Flavour is similar, dry toasty malt up front, sweet malt middle has pleasant caramel accents and toasty rye malt accents. Minerally touches around the edges, partly due to the high carbonation. Smooth average plus palate has a lot of carbonation. Decent, sort of brown ale like. Bottle from Premier Gourmet, Buffalo
deyholla (6490) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 31, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a clear deep brown with a slight red hue and a large tan head that dissipates rather slowly. Aroma is full of sweet roasted malts with caramel and coffee. Flavor is a bit more tame with roasted malts and coffee with a bit of underlying caramel.
phaleslu (6204) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330 ml bottle from Wine and Cheese Place- kudos to Paul for getting some New Zealand beers in this year. Pours a dark brown color with a massive, foamy beige head that sticks for a surprisingly long time, given the bubbly consistency. Aroma of rye, coffee, dusty grains, earth, toast, roasted dark and chocolate malts, and dried leaves. Flavor of rye, coffee, roasted malts, earth, rust, faint leafy hops that show up halfway through and depart quickly, chocolate, and minerals. Light-bodied, with high carbonation and a roasty, spicy, mineral mouthfeel. Dry finish. Unusual beer but not bad.
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 20, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle, thanks to mora2000, dark brown pour with dark tan foam, aroma is sour and chocolate, flavor is nutty cherries, roast
BBB63 (5946) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 14, 2012
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle and served in Duvel snifter right next to the Golden Rye Ale: Murky brown hue with a huge (possible infected) head but minimal lace. The aroma has notes of old chocolate candy, some crystal and bready malts, much less rye character than the Golden, and some oxidization. Flabby and old skool malts with little hop nor rye character reminds me much of a extract beginner homebrew kit. The chocolate and coffee notes does add some complexity but not enough to make me really enjoy this. While there is some band-aid undertones it did not come off infected on the palate as I feared... just old and boring (much like me and I do not like myself that much either). For all those bubbles on the head the mouth feel is quite tepid, thin and ashy. This may have been good when it first was available in the States (or perhaps on tap) but now it is simply a weak attempt to expand the market. Very disappointing.