SSSteve (3379) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 23, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
viscous pours with a dark brown body under a large orange/brown head. looks like oil coming out of the bottle with very slow moving lace. smells chocolaty but not as potent as the appearance would lead. the thing that really stands out about this is the palate. milky, creamy, thick, viscous. flavors of chocolate, hops(orange), crisp rye pale notes and red apples. hints of almond and vanilla. i can’t remember having a beer this thick and creamy.
WeeHeavySD (3356) - San Diego (Hillcrest), California, USA - JAN 20, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber via trade with Ibrew2or3, shared with my girlfriend cyn, who has a thing for Rye beer. Pours a rich black with a 2 finger tan head. Nose is sweet rich and malty, with a big punch of rye. Taste is sweet and smooth and very rich and malty.
Aubrey (3347) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep brown with red accents. Nice tan lace but thinnish head. Light yet soft texture. Big roasty-burnt flavors and aromas made me think of chocolate and tar. Faint molasses sweetness. Black licorice bite without the anise aroma. Charcoal in the aftertaste. Malts were rather husky. Snappy hops were flighty, as they seemed to come and go too fast. Overall, I thought it had some nice things going on, such as the strong roast and bold grain bill ... but there were some objectionable things as well, such as the finish, which seemed a bit stark and bitter. Although, as the beer warmed, flavors did seem to improve, and a syrupy sweetness seemed to surface, which helped to balance things out.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A cola-brown body shows deep and dark at the center, translucent at the far edges. Creamy and tan in color, the medium-sized head displays good retention, leaving nice swaths of velvety lacing on the glass. The aroma is unique, a distinct rye overtone showing along with cocoa powder, burnt caramel, mild earthy spice, and hints of molasses. Flavors follow suit, cocoa powder sweetness countered with earthy hop notes, rye grains lending a unique freshness to the equation. There is a hint of nuttiness within, as well. Substantial and creamy on the palate, it drinks easy, but feels quite full bodied for a relatively low ABV beer. This is tasty stuff, and serves as a nice break from the mundane.
Butters (3324) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 15, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I just must not like rye. I have yet to have a rye beer that i’ve actually liked. Pours a dark brown with some tan head Aroma is wierd, a twinge of alcohol, slightly vegetal, and very earthy dark malt. (is that what rye smells like?) Flavor is burnt, almost like dirt. Bitterish finish, but not lingering. Not my thing.
puzzl (3172) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 14, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled, sent as an extra from someone in a trade. Straight up, this is the creamiest beer I have ever drank in my life. It is almost unreal. The head itself is like whipped cream, but even after that has faded the body remains so utterly smooth and creamy... mmmm. Lovin’ it. Great flavor, with mild spices, rye, roast, espresso and a touch of dark malt bitterness. Excellent.
Beerman6686 (3125) - 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.
nearbeer (3050) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 19, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml. Translucent deep chestnut with a half-inch head that lasts and leaves Swiss cheese lacing behind. Aroma of peppery rye bread, molasses and light licorice. Flavor is similar with some fresh herb-hops peeking through as well. Nice bittersweet charry finish. Heavy body is smooth, peppery-tingly and roasty dry. Damn fine lager.
alexsdad06 (3043) - 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.
lithy (3000) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
decaturstevo’s 2008 Zapit Tasing Tasting. Sample from a bottle thanks to Butters/SpringsLicker. Dark black with lots of red hints, thin tan head. Burnt roasty malt aroma, some rye breadiness and peppery spice. Taste is rye bread, more strong spiciness and burnt/roasted dry rye malt.