j12601 (9548) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - OCT 15, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at a tasting at Paul’s place. Pours a hazed ruby brown with a thin beige head. Spicy rye and caramel, with a light amount of alcohol present. Bourbon, spicy rye, more bourbon fueled vanilla. Malty, thick and delicious. Sweet and malty finish. Nice stuff.
JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 2, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber pour and a thin white head. The nose is peppery and a bit sharp. A bit of unusual woody character. The palate has a whole lot of rye character. A touch of peppery flavour and a spicy sweetness. Lingering chewy palate and a long earthy/spicy finish. Decent but it doesn’t really come together like it could.
arminjewell (9237) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 11, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, huge thanks to Skyview. Hazy reddish brown pour, with thin, dissipating white head. Aroma has big bourbon, whiskey, rye and a touch of booze. Taste up front is sweet bourbon and vanilla, leading into the rye whiskey and spice, with a slightly sweet and boozy finish. Very complex and good beer.
sebletitje (9078) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 25, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dog Days of Summer Gathering, thanks growler.
aroma, woot woot, bourbon goodness, loads of caramel, malty, rye and butterscotch/vanilla and oak wood.
flavors, caramel malts, barrel is definitely more present here than anticipated in the nose, rye is mild adding just enough thickness to the palate and mild spices.
A nice beer, good use of the Buffalo Trace that at times seems to overtake most of the other elements of this beer.
marcus (9015) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 25, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours dark brown with a transient fizzy head and a strong rye whiskey aroma. There is a full-bodied treacle and anise flavor with lots of tasty whiskey. This 2010 beer has aged very nicely.
Plovmand (7812) - Helsinge, DENMARK - FEB 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Hazy deep amber pour with a medium off white head. The aroma is sweet malty and light hoppy with notes of sweet fruit, bourbon and caramel. The flavour is sweet toasted malt, tobacco, bourbon, hops, caramel, dark fruit and raisins. Sweet fruity finish. Very nice.
jredmond (7402) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle brought to Vinny’s January 2013 tasting. Pours a deep hazy reddish amber body with no head or lacing. Aroma is sweet molasses, bourbon, maple syrup and faint dark fruits. Mouthfeel is slightly boozy, with ntoes of maple, fruit malts, molasses, light vanilla, rye, and oak barrel. This beer reminded me very much of founder Backwoods bastard and Better Half. Nice.
nimbleprop (7354) - 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.
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 12, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle provided by Shawn at our "little" tasting: Maple hued with a creamy head and left very good lace upon the glass. The aroma has a distinct cotton candy and bubblegum character more than the expected vanilla, flowery and rye tones, some alcohol brashness along with crystal and doughy malts. Starts quite sweet with a sugary and malty overtone supported by dark and citric fruits, light bourbon and earthy yeast. The rye character seems a bit muted by all that sweetness but does come about as it warms, a minty and anise like twang towards the finish. While the mouth feel is a tad thin and soft, there is still a sticky and oily quality that more than makes up for that. A bit unique and interesting but methinks it may have spend a bit too much time in the regular bourbon barrels and not enough time in the rye whiskey barrel. As much as I love Rye, I found both Rye beers tonight sort of disappointing. That said, it would be something I would try again on a fresher palate.
vtafro (6554) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 12, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at a tasting. Reddish brown pour with some light tan head. Aroma full of spice, bourbon, some sweet caramel and of course rye, alcoholic tones apparent. Flavor has some sweeter tones, vanilla and caramel, bourbon, spice and rye tones.