SSSteve (3773) - - 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.
Butters (3764) - 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.
nearbeer (3733) - 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.
burg326 (3704) - Florida, USA - JUN 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle pours a coca-cola brown color, aromas of chocolate, roast, malt, and some rye. Flavors follow suit, nice light rye spiciness overall.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - AUG 7, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a nice mahogany but too lively. Beige head sits nicely atop the beverage. Flavor is chocolate coffee powder, floral grass. Tingly mouthfeel that leavs a lingering film. Not bad but one is enough. Also, is this a malty beer? Is it a hoppy beer? Settle for one or the other guys!
nickd717 (3497) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 19, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber shared by chswimmer on BA. Thanks, Craig.
Pours a clear dark brown color with a light tan head that has decent retention.
Aroma is fairly simple. Roasty with rye notes, maybe some coffee. Didn’t really pick up too much else going on. Nice though.
Flavor has a little more going on. Once again, rye and roast are dominant. Some bitter coffee, and an earthy and resinous hop character. Good stuff.
Medium body and average carbonation level.
A pretty good beer overall. Fairly drinkable.
vtafro (3437) - 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.
Aubrey (3432) - 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.
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, 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.
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.