DrnkMcDermott (2988) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Loose bottle at HyVee. Interesting light brown color, kicks up a big foamy head, but maybe my glass had some dust in it. Smell is low on malts, with just a hint of spice, and the hops seem subdued so far. Tasting, though, really offers a hit on my tongue. First I think itís from having a lot of rye, but it seems most of this is from the hop. Bitterness is more from pungency, or like holding a wet hop cone in oneís teeth. Acidic, and maybe not ideal for most beer drinkers. But for hop lovers who want to try a different hop, this is an eye-opener. Malt leaves a lot of stickiness on my lips. Hop at finish offers a sprig of mint.
JPDIPSO (5450) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 3, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper with a light patina color. Taller, aged paper colored head with nice lace. Big fresh hops aromas, pure Spire B scents. Underneath lies some spicy rye hints. Initial sweet and spice hit the palate. Hints of licorice and pine. Slick light oily feel. Finishes with the rye bread and hit of herbal hops. This is one of those brews that makes me think. I like the components, but there are times I think they work and others Iím not so sure. I could definitely sit by a fire and have a few of these and try to sort out my thoughts. 8/12
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Best by 16SEP13
Amber lager with a sheet of creamy foam atop a brilliantly clarified beer. Smells primarily of malt, then some corn and flour tortilla and a touch of fruity hops. Flavor is all malt, some grass, some hay, some tea. The flavor profile seems really german in the hop character, with a hint of spice and raw grassiness. Medium on full for the style with a moderate carb and a wet finish. Nice beer, I am seriously on the fence for this one. On the one hand I feel like: "well, I would drink this." on the other I say, "I canít quite get my finger on this, so Iím uncertain of my feelings on this..."
Hmmm, totally torn on this one.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 6, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Slightly hazed amber with a thin tan topper. Aroma is herbal and noble with strong rye. Easy drinking brew packs a lot of rye with pale malts and semi-noble hops and a clean boring finish.
MrHangover (3802) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - SEP 14, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle at Deanís stickiest floor tasting. Pours an amber, clear beer with a small off white head on top. Aroma is grainy, caramel and toffee. Flavor is quite thin and sweet. Not too special, decent brew, nothing more, nothing less.
dEnk (4200) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - SEP 13, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle @ dean. Aroma is faint malt. Flavour is bitter of rye, some liquorice, bit of caramel. Okay.
kermis (9880) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 13, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle shared at THT. Pours clear golden with an off white head. Aroma of malt, fruit, caramel. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter. Light to medium bodied with soft carbonation
jmgreenuk (7085) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - SEP 13, 2013
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle at Deanoís monthly tasting, September. Poured a clear chesnut brown with a thin off white head. The aroma is malty. The flavour is medium bitter with a truly awful bitter finish. One to avoid.
Benzai (12588) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - SEP 13, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle @ Tasting. Clear amber color, small white head. Smell malts and grains. Taste malts, rye and grains and a bit yeasty. Average body and carbonation. Hmm average at best.
Zer0 (1201) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 13, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours clear copper. Aroma is not really there. Some malts. Taste is medium sweet and medium bitter. Long bitter dry finish. Medium body with soft carbonation.
sic1314 (4775) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - SEP 13, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured medium amber with an off white head. Aroma of caramel malt and the rye. Medium body, flavour of sweet malt, dry, bitter finish.