Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JUL 28, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz. bottle. Hazy orangeish color, not much of a head. Sweet yeasty aroma. Very smooth, slight smokiness, a little alcohol in the finish. really good.
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 30, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle from Badbeer. Pours a brown/orange color with a fizzy-ish white head. Smells a little smokey and malty, yeasty sweet. Tastes just faintly smokey. More sweet and sugary than anything alse. A little oxidation. A little on the syrupy side, good carbonation.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 3, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fall 2005 bottle consumed January 2008. Poured very carefully so as to avoid the mountain of sediment at the bottom, but to no avail. The body is a hazy, glowing orange amber with alot of floating particulate and sediment. A small, foamy, off-white head settles quickly to a wispy film with a small edge. Nice micro-bubble carbonation is still showing, despite its age. Minimal, sudsy spots of lacing dot the glass. The aroma is rich and inviting, though not overly complex. Decadent caramel malts blend well with lightly smoked grains, and the unmistakable scent of still fresh rye. A bit of a boozy element is present, which caused me to look up the ABV.......12%! Wow, I am surprised by that. Moving on to the flavor, sweet caramel again shows strong, followed by increasingly strong smoked grains. That sharp rye component acts more as an overtone. There is a bit of oxidation showing, but not enough to significantly detract from the goodness of this brew. I’d bet that this was well cellared, as it has kept up nicely. The mouthfeel is medium in stature, silky smooth and still moderately lively. Finishes with medium duration, with rye being the primary lasting element. I would love to try a fresh example of this, and can only hope that Dan Carey will brew it again. For now, I am content to have sampled a truly unique, if not slightly past its prime, artistically molded brew.
drewbeerme (3809) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2007
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
12oz bottle. thanks to pantanap for saving some for me. pours lots of sediment light brown with thin white head. the aroma is pretty oxidized, a sour rye bread mostly with hint of smoke. flavor is much of the same, probably way past its prime.
pantanap (3323) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle.....poured a lifeless apple cider brown with only off-white wisps that resembles any type of head.....aroma was sweet medicinal, very sugary, and some wheat/rye qualities (reminded me of batch 8k) and the slightest amount of roastiness....taste was sugary, malty, and lightly spiced. a little honey and a pervading alcohol presence. it was difficult to pick up any smoky undertones.....is this really a smoked?
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 28, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a 12oz Bottle. Mostly transparent, honey orange colored pour with a dissipating head of fizzy off-white. Aromas of light smoke and jewish rye bread. Some spicy bubblegum and clove yeast phenolic characters present as well as some fruity banana esters. Medium-full bodied, creamy mouthfeel. My initial impression was that this was way too sweet, but considering the 12% ABV, the weight isn’t surprising or unusual. Sweet malty beginning, saturated with sticky caramels and clover honey, and then transitions into a darker rye flavor. The smoke character really begins to pick up mid-palate, but gets swallowed up in the finish, which is too sweet to allow the pleasing rye or nutty malt tones too linger.
badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - DEC 23, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Review from Jan. 8, 2006
Pours a hazy golden orange color with a half inch of head that leaves excellant lacing. Smell is wonderful with banana, yeast, bread, bubblegum, and a very slight smokiness. Slight smokiness in the taste, banana, clove, and various breads finished with a bit of orange at the end. Mouthfeel is full bodied with little carbonation making this silky smooth. Drinkability, if I had more of this or better access my fridge would be full of this.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Badgerben’s Cellar Reduction night. Dark orange color with fain head. Rye with a faint smoked character on the nose. Sweet smoked malt with a definite rye character. Faint tartness as in all Unplugged beers I’ve tried.
kmweaver (3200) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 16, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle, courtesy of Schutzenliesel. Thanks, Tom! Tons of flakey protein in this one (Mike got the first pour, which was much clearer); hazy, yellowish-orange color; small off-white head. Light smoke and overripe fruits in the aroma; an odd, grainy funkiness. Medium mouthfeel: light smokiness and rye at the front; funky, overripe fruits and a surprisingly large show of alcohol; muddle and past its prime. Medium, toasted grain and smoke in the finish; very light, spicy smoke presence.
3fourths (7526) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - NOV 14, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tawny orange colored body with a series of slow-crawling bubbles from the bottle of the glass. I got the first pour and mine was mostly clear, just a bit of chill haze, while others has some large protein globules. Sweet briny nose of honey, corn, malt liquor and chemical cleaner, and only a soft presence of the smoke grains (smoked rye?). The flavor is where it shows up, though, with smoky, sharp, biting corn and then a chewy and thick rye body. The rye presence is very heavy, but it’s actually really tasty, unlike most other rye beer. The smoke isn’t even a meaty smoke, it’s not like jerky, BBQ or smoked salmon, instead it’s distinguishable simply as smoked rye, which is nice to see. Interesting stuff. Weird but really good.