undsioux7 (870) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep amber/copper/reddish hue with medium off white head. Aroma of caramel, bread, spice. Taste is pretty much the same with a hint of bitter chocolate. Good stuff.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 7, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of Buebie poured into a pint glass.
Pours a clear dark amber with a big two-finger creamy head that has great staying power and leaves thick sheets of lacing. It’s a really solid looking beer.
The aroma is dominated by caramel with a slightly roasted character and a biscuity malt backbone. Definitely some rye and a hint of chocolate as well.
The taste is mild and smooth with caramel malts leading the way and some bready malts in the background. The rye is not as present as the aroma but chocolate is there in the finish.
Again, this is seriously smooth with good carbonation and goes down so easy. It’s easy to feel the presence of the rye on the palate.
This is a very drinkable winter ale that is a nice change of pace compared to some of the over-the-top beers I’ve tasted recently. Simple, smooth and very drinkable.
Narnad (1517) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a great dark caramel brown color with a very small and quickly diminishing. Aroma is quite bready, some sweet caramel and dark fruit notes finishing with a light noble hops. Flavor is really great. The rye flavors hit fast up front and move into sweeter caramel and some chocolate notes in the middle. The beers flavor ends with a nice Munich malt bite, some spicy notes and an almost sour dough flavor which lingers after the beer is swallowed. Beer is surprising smooth and has a lot of complex flavors melding together well. The medium body and medium carbonation really mesh well with the beer. Overall this beer was excellent and I look forward to finishing off the couple I have left.
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Source: 12 oz bottle from a sampler purchased at Friar Tuck’s in Peoria.
Glass: Poured into a lager glass.
Appearance: Poured a clear red/brown color with a half finger of tan head.
Aroma: Sweet malts, brown sugar and earthy hops.
Flavor: Sweet malt, with an earthy spiciness and a hint of chocolate.
Palate: Medium/full body with soft carbonation and a chewy mouthfeel.
Overall: Very nice. Pleasant surprise considering some of the other offerings in this mixed pack.
nuplastikk (5570) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 12, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Here’s an interesting style. 12oz bottle. Sweet, malty aroma, not much too it. Deep amber-brown color with a nice off white head. Smooth and creamy, with a slightly sour Rye edge to it. Fruity in some respects, lots of mellow malt character. Easy drinking, relatively true to style, this is a pretty cool offering.
fidelis83 (2270) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - DEC 12, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2008 Wow, only the 10th rater, I think thats my lowest number ever. I just finished a Firebrick...not impressed, lets see if they did a little better with the second Vienna from the same mix-pack. Pours medium burnt orange with a 1 finger dark beige head. Aroma is nice, walnuts, toffee, toasted yeasty bread and a really bright grainy note that must be the rye. Flavor is very nice, crusty french bread, a touch of baking cocoa, grainy malts, a really nice spicy, herbal middle that extends to the finish when the bitter hops come in and make a pretty good showing with a little citrus. All in all not bad at all.
CanIHave4Beers (3876) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JAN 9, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The rye shines through on this one. Plenty of roasty and sweet malt in the nose, a little lace on the glass. This tastes very nice and somewhat complex the rye adds to this beer more than it does to many other rye beers plenty of spicyness seemingly from the grain instead of much hops. There are sweet flavors like chocolate and sweet malt that are very well balanced by the dryness of the grain.
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours amber with a thin head.
Aroma is earthy bready malt, almost a sweet and sour type dynamic to the bready tones ( rye or sourdough?)
Light fruity tones.
Flavor was caramel and bready maltiness, almost peppery and smokey tones, and a light herbal hoppy finish, very tasty and quaffable.
ross (2128) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - APR 10, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Sean, and I think this originally came from Chad. Thanks whoever! Poured a little bit into my glass to see what it looked like then drank the rest from the bottle. Yellowish brown color with a tan head on it. Smell is fruity and has some hops and wheat in it. Interesting aroma. Taste is smooth and malty, rich, but not too rich, not really a bitter hop presence but there is enough there to know that its got some in it. Good enough to drink, surprisingly good really.
Dubbercody (213) - Vancouver, Washington, USA - FEB 1, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from trade. Pours dark amber, smells bread-like, with a bit of pepper and rye. Nice flavor, the rye comes out a plays well with the malt and a bit of balancing hops. For a bock, it’s quite drinkable, even though it’s a bit on the thick tasting side. Cool beer, I’d drink it again.