umich03jm (2765) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - FEB 3, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2010 bottle thanks to northenbrews for sharing. Cloudy orange pour with a very small head that fades to a thin ring. Aroma is almost entirely rye whiskey with hints of Belgian yeast and raisin. Taste is smooth rye whiskey, some spicy yeast, bread, and a hint of raisin and caramel. Medium body.
Pailhead (5667) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JAN 3, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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Bottle: The aroma consists of Belgian yeast, maple, banana, rye, and light caramel. It pours a hazy orangish-brown with a small off-white head that quickly fades to a minimal film outlined by a very fine ring. The flavor starts sweet with caramel, maple, Belgian yeast, and banana. The finish has light citrus, orange peel, and rye. It’s medium bodied with light-moderate carbonation. Overall, it’s a little on the sweet side for me.
tectactoe (3118) - Michigan, USA - JAN 3, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: 2010 vintage. Thanks, Jeff. Super haze, murky brown & dingy copper. Not much head, just a small beige ring. Aroma of tart wheat, raisin, mild prune, some light caramel, faint papery oxidation, toasted bread, some Belgian-like yeast notes. Don’t smell much rye, but it’s definitely in the flavor. Nice, semi-spicy toasted rye notes right up front. Toasted bread, caramel, a touch of tart prune & raisin with a small hint of black licorice in the back-end. Again, some mild staleness in the flavor, likely a bit of oxidation setting in. Low carbonation, slick & oily mouth feel. Finishes surprisingly dry. Not bad but it was probably a bit better a few years ago.
merc7186 (2568) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 15, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 Version. Bottles in March 2012. Bomber into snifter glass.
A: Reddish/Orangish Hue, Passes Some Light, White Head Ring, Mild Lacing
S: Honey, Maple Syrup, Sweet Wine Barrel, Brett
T: Malted Rye, Honey, Maple Syrup, White Wine
M: Average Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Sweet
Overall, a great rye beer with lots of Brett on the nose but you get more sweetness on the taste. Solid.
Atom (1777) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL bottle 2010 pours a murky golden/orange with a small white head. Aroma is very cider like, caramel, oak wine barrels very present, and a small barn yard yeast presence. Steady dryness with a nice balance of Belgian yeast, Brett, white wine, and oak. Really nice!
reggiedunlop (3451) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 bottle...pours a golden amber with a white head that disappears immediately. Aroma is almost like a rye whiskey with a hint of apple and wine...some fig. Flavor has fig and raisin leading into a hybrid of rye whiskey/white wine...interesting...some honey and apple...mead-like. Mouthfeel is light and the finish is dry and warming/oaky. This is a very mead-like beer and tasty.
mcberko (9345) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 30, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. bottle, pours a cloudy, murky brownish orange with a small white head. Nose of rye, apricot jam, apple cider and wood - exquisitely complex aromatics. Flavour is uber-complex, with apricot cider notes, rye, Belgian yeast, some wood barrels and a bit of a vinous quality that becomes more pronounced towards the finish. So much depth here. Ends in apricot cider and red wine notes. Absolutely fantastic stuff.
Lukaduke (2689) - Gray, Maine, USA - NOV 28, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a slightly hazy orange golden color with a subtle touch of bubbly foam. On the nose its rich complex and ever changing. Nice dank citrus fruit, cider, earthy spiced funk and some boozy caramel sweetness... interesting beer. The palate is just as complex with lots of citrus played off some spicy rye on the mid palate and a boozy dark fermented fruit that lingers in the finish.
AdamChandler (3589) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 26, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Picked this up in June / July at the Waitsfield Farmer’s Market. 2010 Vintage. Paid $30 a bottle for this so finally cracking it open. Enjoyed in a snifter.
A - deep burnt gold appearance. Hazy and low carbonation
S - LOVE the smell. Big dark fruits, burnt orange peels and brown sugar. Hint of breadiness.
T - WOW!!!!!! This is huge! BIG brown sugar, big raisins, big plums, candied apples and loads of spices like coriander, sugar, pepper and honey! WHOA. Awesome! The only down fall is that I get a lot of the alcohol booziness on the finish. Has an almost bourbon finish.
M - Heavy body, light carbonation.
O - Fantastic and wonderful. Wow. Thanks Sean!
phaleslu (7545) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle shared by Keir- thanks again, Keir! You are one fine man. 2010 vintage. Cork & cage, first time I’ve seen that from Lawson’s. Cork was a bitch to get out, too. Pours a dull amber-orange-gold color with no head. Aroma of oaky and bretty funk, mixed fruits, dry cereal malts, caramel, and brown sugar. The flavor has the same funk, with floral notes, muddled fruits, caramel malts. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a funky, heavy mouthfeel. Sneaks up on you. Drinks like a big saison.