jrob21 (2033) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 9, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown almost black color with a deep red hue. Pretty interesting look. Reminds me a bit of a lite porter and has some chocolate and bittersweet flavors in there. Aroma has a little cocoa to accentuate the chocolate experience I am getting. The back of the palate has a little bit of red fruit and the finish is on the surprising side of bitter.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 8, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an amber brown color with a brown head. Aroma is toast, rye, smoked malts, and some nice grassy hops. Flavor is smoked malts, caramel, toast, rye, and a slightly astringent bitter grassy finish.
dnstone (2000) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 2, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep brown in color with excellent. Flavor is light and smooth but chocolatey and roasted.
Notes: GABF visit
Kevin (1979) - Colorado, USA - JUN 4, 2009
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
lightly carbonated red black pour. the head sticks nicelty to the side of the glass. a real pleasure to the eye.spiced grass nose that seems peppery and metallic?thick like a milkshake, i can tell there is a lot of rye in this.the peppery hop note is strong in the flavor, more meaty than sweet.just a hint of light roast in the finish. i’m surprised by some of these robust flavors.a bit of gum and ivy flavors in here, the peppery rye is all over everything, finish reminds me of arrogant bastard, , and unfortunately that’s not really a good thing. tastes like bubblegum, nickels, allspice, and hops. i like experiments and i will continue to try them, but i just won’t have this one again.5 6 3 2 8
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - MAY 25, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from JCB, who we all know rocks out! Deep brown pour with a huge beige head. Nose is light chocolate and nuts, rye is pretty apparent. Excellent lacing! Sweet brown sugar flavors, chocolate and rye. Comes off dry. I liked this a lot!
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 25, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark, dark brown in the glass that has definite ruby tints when held up to light. The head is one-finger tall, tan and recedes very quickly to a ring with little lacing.
The aroma is big on smoked malts and rye. There is a hint of sweetness and a bit of hops but very secondary. Coffee was also floating around as well.
The taste has a sweeter tilt to it with some sweet malts and a little dark fruit in addition to the big rye and smoked malt backbone. The smoke lingers through the finish along with a bit of a hop kick.
The mouthfeel was completely unexpected and super smooth. The carbonation was fairly low but complemented the silky smooth palate. Much, much thicker than I expected.
This was much better than I expected and very drinkable. Highly recommended!
vtafro (1904) - 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.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 21, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Oldsmar Tap House (Tampa, FL). Pours a dark brown to black with tan head. Little retention or lacing. Aroma is sweet, caramel, ripe dark fruit, oak and woody notes. Flavor is more malty, some coffee, toffee and woody notes, slightly bitter lingering finish. Generally medium to full body.
RSRIZZO (1821) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 3, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours thick with a hazy brown coming out of the bottle. Carbonation is good creating a thick tight tan head. Aroma is roasted with a faint smoke scent and a hint of alcohol. Taste is rich and bitter. Starting with a bold/medium body it goes down smooth with a rich feel. Finish is a quick roasted flavor then a hint of hops and a bold bitterness. After taste is more bitterness. Its not bad, but not very complex the bitterness seems to dominate.
BeerHawk (1748) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - DEC 14, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by Butters or Springslicker. Both brought a bottle and I am not sure which we opened. Poured a red-brown with a thin off-white head that left spotty lacing. Aromas of rye, earthy and toasted malts. The flavor finds rye, chocolate, and some light spices. Medium to full body that starts sweet and ends bitter.