BeerSkull (902) - SWEDEN - AUG 21, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A bit musty smell of sour caramel, brown sugar, toffee and bread. Soft and sweet taste of sweets and bread, no bitterness. Not a beer in my taste!
Nightfall (1280) - Hamburg, GERMANY - JUL 26, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
RBESG Sheffield 2009 Grand Tasting @ the Harlequin.
Amber color, sweet malty with spicy notes.Dry finish with low bitterness.
Snojerk321 (2970) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 18, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle... Dark, burnt orange lager with a small, creamy, white head. Good retention. Caramel, toffee and grapefruit aroma with hints of light molasses and ginger. The flavor is malty sweet and bready with notes of toffee and caramel. I’m not picking up much of the rye... a shame. Medium-bodied with a dry, almost caustic mouth feel and champagne-like carbonation. Sahara-dry finish. The rye only makes its appearance known in the mouth feel and finish. Rye’s probably my second favorite grain and I would have enjoyed more of it.
VTHopHead (1389) - Barre, Vermont, USA - MAR 20, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle/750ml - Bottled in 2008 and a bit over carbonated, this beer may no longer be in its prime. Loosening the caged cork signaled a near disaster... the cork began to push out as I untwisted the wire cage while I held the top of the cork... QUICK RUN OUTSIDE!! Disaster averted and I did not lose too much beer after all.
It poured a very dark , clear amber in color with a medium foamy head that settled to a thin covering over the beer, Aroma is malty and slightly sweet with bready yeastiness. Flavor was nice and malty and mildly sweet with plenty of bready yeasts and a fair amount of dark fruit (dates, prunes, etc.). A bit of the classic spiciness that you expect with rye in the grist. Finish lingers... dark fruits and the sweet malts... One of the better rye beers I have had... a bit sweet for my tastes, but still quite good, actually.
DarkElf (2961) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
29-Nov-10 (750-ml corked and caged bottle, Bottled in 2008: Purchased 11-Apr-09 for $13.99 at Gold Hill in Fairbanks, AK) Two years of aging seems about right for this beer. It’s a malt-driven beer, medium-sweet, plenty of toffee, caramel, milk chocolate, and bread crust, with backing flavors of dried fruits, a light grassiness and modest spiciness which help to offset the sweetness. Medium-full in body with medium but smooth carbonation and enough dryness to keep the sweetness in check. Less aromatic than flavorful, the nose is earthy, sweet, caramely, and chocolaty. The hazy, ruby-amber beer pours a tall, bubbly, light-tan head that rises to well over an inch before settling ever-so-slowly to a quarter inch and hold there for the duration of the session. Simply stunning head retention, and even the lacing is decent, with large, foamy patches scattered all around the glass. A solid beer and excellent one for aging too, this one excels in every category.
SanfordBrewer (1343) - Sanford, Florida, USA - NOV 21, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
lots of really nice fresh malt character, with a little spicy complexity from the rye.
badlizard (5158) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 2, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy dark copper brown with a fluffy off white head. Molasses malt and mild toffee aroma and taste with a grainy finish and a sticky palate. Alcohol is well hidden.
beernovice39 (2778) - Montana, USA - JUN 21, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2007 Edition. Pours a dark reddish caramel with a fast disappearing tannish head. Scent is perplexing (borderline unappealing), malts and something that reminds me of molded dark bread. As it warms up I can make out the cherries. Taste is soft malt and spice, dates, and dry finish. Different and not what was expected.
bigbish (415) - California, USA - MAY 8, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark amber with a thick lacy head that sticks around forever. the aroma is slightly yeasty with some bread notes. the taste is very crisp, with a dry tangyness that I really enjoy. very clean flavor, malty and very slightly sweet. Great beer
kuphish (378) - Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a deep mahogany with a large, frothy, off-white head. Rich malt aroma - bread crust and light toast with a touch of raisin. Flavor is lightly spicy with more bread crust and raisin. A little toffee comes through in the finish. Tasty. Medium-full body with light carbonation. Definitely malt forward with a sweet finish that avoids being cloying. No discernible alcohol. Overall quite tasty and repeatable, but missing some intangibles.