Ibrew2or3 (7960) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 26, 2008
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours brown with modest tan head. The aroma is light pulling up notes of roastiness, faint burnt malts, a bit of tobacco and earthiness too. The taste is interesting. It starts both moderately thin yet creamy smooth bringing a quick pulse of sweet malts and brief lactose dryness. Then varied highly roasted malts going right up to burnt malts take over and dominate to the finish with a full rye twang spiciness tagging along. Wow, plenty of rye going on here. YUM.
Ernest (7164) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark brown. Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, toasted nuts/bread, cocoa), lightly to moderately hoppy (grapefruit, resin), lightly yeasty (dough), with a note of berries. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation. One of the most awkward bottle descriptions I’ve seen in a while, but the beer isn’t so bad. Sure, it’s overly bitter, lacks richness, and it’s a bit too hop accented in the nose for my tastes (was hoping this would be more about the malt), but overall it’s drinkable.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to TheBeerSommelier: Pours a barely transparent dark mahogany black with a spotty-lacing froth of beige head. Aroma of dry roasty dark malts and some grapefruity hops. Starts fairly full and sweet with nice rye flavor and very roasty bitter malty balance with a touch of citrusy hops. Finishes drier and bittersweet with some lingering dark chocolate and coffee flavors. An interesting and well-made brew.
PorterPounder (6976) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Savannah, Ga. - Habersham Beverage Warehouse - 22 oz bomber. Pours a very dark ruby red leading to black with a nice silky mocha colored head. Aroma is rather strange with some toe jam accents and baking bread. Flavor is an improvement on the aroma with some
strong citrus notes, hints of licorice, some Christmas spices and a touch of mint. Nice thick mouthfeel. Good collaboration.
vtafro (6057) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 7, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle Shared at Ryan & Max’s Tasting @ Paul’s. Dark pour with tan head. Grain, and malt flavors dominate, some smoke, rye and caramel notes, alright brew.
Beerman6686 (6053) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This poured a pretty dark brown almost black color with an off white/tan head. Aroma was really roasted aromas with hints of smoke and rye. Flavor was really unique, some sweetness, burnt/smoke flavors and a nice sourish rye finish.
riversideAK (6040) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUN 3, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rye spice, chocolate, sweeter notes as well. Pours darker brown, no head or lace. Rye, light chocolate, earth, light bitterness, caramel. Light spice, soft carbonation, lingering rye notes. Almost mentholly in a sense.
Suttree (5882) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 29, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown, thick beige head. Aroma is rye, of course, but also an odd white wine or saison aroma. flavor is more rye, then an unexpected but pleasent chocolate note and also some coffee. Really tasty stuff.
decaturstevo (5743) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JAN 27, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark hard aroma of roasted malt and almost coffee. Deep brown pour with hints of red. Burnt malt flavor and a semi sweet to a hard bitter finish. Full bodied smooth carbonation. A solid beer.
notalush (5638) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown pour, thick, off-white head - aroma of chocolate and black malts, with a strong, spicy rye presence - the flavor is quite bitter, with a considerable roasty character that compliments it quite well - the rye comes on strong through the middle, but then chocolate and vanilla bean sweetness pop up momentarily, only for the spicy rye to come back in the finish - I sure do like rye, though, so that’s not a problem for me.