NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from WLV. Pours a deep brown with a thin head that falls off. Nose reminds me of a pumpkin beer, different from the original pilot batch. Some sweet ham notes, smoke and black pepper, generic spice blend. Some alcohol is noted along with a sweet malty profile overall. On tasting, some rye spice to go with the spice blend, moderately sweet with a drying finish. Could use more black pepper and pop to really bring it back to the pastrami notes. Canít wait to try batch two.
djd07 (4899) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle during RBWG Grand Tasting. Pours a dark brown with small beige head. The aroma is strong spices and rye. Thin mouth with a lot of spice, pepper, rye, and bready malt. Crazy but good.
Thechasm442 (373) - Wilmington, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber to a tulip. Batch 543. The beer pours very dark brown with a thin tan head and little lacing. Aroma is full of spices. Nutmeg, allspice, ginger, cinnamon, clove, and coriander are super apparent. I can pick up the mustard seed as well. Taste is similar to the spices. Itís also fairly malty and has a bit of hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is somewhat sticky, and the flavors stick around. This beer is well executed, but feels kind of wrong at the same time, like it should not have been made. I would think it would be great with a holiday feast though.
zach8270 (3701) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 27, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(bottle - 22 oz) Dark brown pour with a thick tan head. Aroma is predominantly clove and coriander. Didnít get any of the other supposed pickling spices. Flavor is basically cloves. Not much else. Kind of a let down.
rzymol (113) - - JAN 6, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with reddish reflexes and coffee-like brownie medium head that goes into nice lacing although when poured again it acts like coca-cola. After a while it becomes completely flat. Aroma is very rich and intriquing, resembles me a good...burger. Sweet-sour sauce based on mustard, white dry wine, light roasted note, brown sugar, light corriander, vanilla, pepper. It is very well .balanced and actually made me quite hungry :-) Taste is malty sweet with spicy sensations on the tongue and bitter finish. Some pepper spices in the aftertaste, very cool. Perfect body for such beer, a bit oily but very smooth, creamy, almost coffee-like or stoutish in this regard. I was afraid about drinkability but it is quite high. A nice surprise, great one for colder evenings.
madvike (3032) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 29, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle - Pours mahogany with a ring of white head. Nose is menthol, clove, baking spice, and light bread malt. Taste is coriander, cardamom, smoked malt, and a yeasty finish with spicy rye. Thin with lots of carbonation.
mgajdaczewa (716) - Katowice, POLAND - DEC 7, 2014
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
W aromacie pomarańcze z goździkami, wędzonka objawiająca się czymś na kształt wędzonej papryki, banan, wanilia, cynamon... Spůjny i genialny! W smaku słodkie, sporo mlecznej czekolady, lekko kwaskowe, na finiszu wędzonka, wyraźny posmak musztady i kolendry. Konsystencja kremowa, alkohol dobrze ukryty, wyczuwalny w przelyku. Ciekawostka - warka z konca roku 2012, zdążyło się przez ten czas doskonale ułożyć. Szalone i bardzo smaczne piwo.
King_Alex_II (295) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer tastes wrong but is very good. It is mild at the first glance, but spicy in the aftertaste and reminds with its taste and smell of a greasy fast food shop. Very impressive indeed.
SinH4 (550) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 3, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Now this is a nice winter beer! Pepper catch, ginger, cloves, coriander. Combined with a nice smoky malt body. This belongs under the christmas tree. Hot spiciness. Great!
hopscotch (9891) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 29, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle... Pours dark brown with crimson flashes and a small, fragile, off-white head. The nose is both smoky and chocolaty, but Iím not picking up any pastrami-like spices here. Medium to full-bodied and lightly creamy with tingly carbonation. The flavor is too sweet, even for my sweet tooth. Itís loaded with chocolate crŤme and winter spices. Lengthy, syrupy finish. No pastrami-like magic here. Bottle courtesy of BBB63!
Tsekouratos (440) - Nea Filadelfeia, Athens, GREECE - JUN 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml bottle shared. Pours a light brown body with a slight brown, thin head. Aromas of spices, bread, cinnamon and spicy notes. Taste was everything you can find in an Easter meal. Cinnamon, bread notes, caramel, coriander seed, spicy notes (from the rye perhaps), malts. Sweet aftertaste, long. Medium body with low carbonation.