alexsdad06 (7227) - Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours a dark brown color with reddish highlights and a medium frothy beige head. The aroma is roasted malts with a hefty dose of chocolate. Additional hints of light fruitiness, caramel, spices,and grainy bread. The flavor has more roasted malts, smooth chocolate, rye is noticeable, nutty, and lightly fruity. The alcohol does come out as it warms as does some black coffee bitterness. Medium to full bodied, smooth.
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.
Ernest (6836) - 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 Iíve seen in a while, but the beer isnít so bad. Sure, itís overly bitter, lacks richness, and itís a bit too hop accented in the nose for my tastes (was hoping this would be more about the malt), but overall itís drinkable.
PorterPounder (6395) - 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.
riversideAK (5738) - 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 (5638) - 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 (5524) - 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.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle Shared at Ryan & Maxís Tasting @ Pauls. Pours a brune body with a tan head. Malty body with hints of caramel chocolate and a spicy rye accent still coming across as a bit light and grainy however. Some light smoke notes and roasted malt. Decent enough.
Beerman6686 (5481) - 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.
notalush (5449) - 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 thatís not a problem for me.