kramer (4564) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a dark amber body with a small wispy beige head. Nice earthy and spicy rye nose with some complementary hops over a slightly sweet caramel and bourbon base. The flavor is very spicy with a hefty bourbon laced finish bringing on some vanilla and alcohol. I don’t especially dig the barrel character of this one, seems to be a bit overdone. Mouthfeel is fizzy and lively, helping cut the heavy body a little bit. Not bad, but a touch too boozy and alcoholic.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 2, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bourbon and rye come through big in the nose: vanilla, light vegetal. I am less enamored of the flavor. Almost too much rye (I can’t believe I just typed that!) and has a slightly sour note in the finish. I would probably prefer a little more sweetness to hang all that barrel-aged character on.
egajdzis (5169) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Red brown color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of vanilla, rye malt, caramel malts, nuts, and alcohol. Taste of nuts, rye, burnt malts, vanilla, and bourbony alcohol in the finish.
craftbeerdesign (2138) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 1, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
tasting on 7/30/10. deep red pour with a 1/4" white head. light bourbon nose with dark fruit notes. medium to big body with sweet malts and dark fruit. some dark cherry coming through the most. more of the same on the finish. overall a tasty beer, but the barrels didn’t shine enough for me.
MaBeer1972 (1244) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 31, 2010
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Not very good at all. A thick and gooey beer that came out with a gusher! I didn’t like the aroma and taste at first, so I gave this the benefit of the doubt and let it warm up a bit. Still no good. The aroma is of fresh leather. The flavor is sweet, dark and mysterious. Heavy body. This brew goes nowhere for me.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 16, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A damn fine beer, I would drink it until my liver gave way. Nothing offensive at all, just beer bliss. Would get again fo sho. Really surprised me, The base beer really shines through, loads of spiciness, great body, not very thin at all, mild barrel flavor, really an outstanding beer.
zdk (1805) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 15, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
cotton candy arouma. spicy, mint, caramel candy sweetness. apple and peach fruitiness darkened by some bourbon booziness. Finishes dry, bitter and vineous.
nimbleprop (4150) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle pours a transparent, copper amber with a thin, creamy beige head. Smells like cherries, vanilla, wood pulp, butterscotch. Flavor is caramel, milk chocolate, vanilla, wood, malts. Finish is a touch hot and a touch astringent.
Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy copper with a small off white head. Some cinnamon, clove and a touch of nutmeg. Faint rye notes with light herbal hops. Lingering mouth feel.
markwise (4175) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 10, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks kiefdog for the share. Pours opaque copper amber with a tan head. Nose is orange, sugar, rye, whiskey, vanilla, bourbon, caramel, and slight grain. Flavor is similar with lots of bourbon, vanilla, whiskey, caramel, rye, and sweetness. Very unique, barreled rye beer. Medium body with lingering bourbon and vanilla. Extremely palatable for a rye beer.