ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a clear copper color. There isnít much head - not even a fingerís worth of white-shaded head - but whatís there tries its best to retain well. Some lacing is left behind.
S: A good amount of rye malt on the nose, with just a kiss of sugar cookie sweetness. An herbal touch of hop bitterness blends beautifully with the rye aroma. Perhaps too well, though: itís a bit one note aromatically.
T: This has a nice rye-forward nature. A pleasant spiciness opens the flavor profile nicely, with the earthier rye tones closing it well. All of this is accentuated by subtle hopping that provides a good flavor with low bitterness. Some of the fruity sweetness in the middle goes away once it warms up. This is exactly what I expected it to be, and thatís a good thing.
M: Most rye beers seem to prick the tongue slightly, but this does a good job of retaining a smooth texture, partly thanks to restrained (if not low) carbonation. The finish isnít really that dry, so itís not amazingly drinkable. Itís not suffocatingly sweet either, so itís not hard to drink, either. Basically, itís about as drinkable as youíd expect a good 8.1% brew to be.
O: If the whole modus operandi was to showcase the rye flavors first and foremost, Iíd definitely say they succeeded. While not the most complex, itís definitely a very good rye ale, and one where I wouldnít have regretted picking up a 6-pack of this.
IndianaRed (2879) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 23, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle nice Carmel barley wine aroma malty and sweet Rather sharp and soapy bitter flavors
yngwie (15382) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 23, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Lighlty hazy in the glass, dark golden in color and with a small, dense off-white to light beige head. Itís lightly rye-peppery on the nose, with pine cones and a resiny touch. Some pale malts too, but itís mostly on the hoppy side. The flavor is on the hoppy, bitter side, with grapefruit peel and pine cones. Some peppery maltyness in the back. Full body, nice carbonation. Lasting hoppy finish. Not bad this one. 150622
Meilby (9625) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 23, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 355ml @ Hotel room, The Latham Hotel, Philadelphia, PA
Pours hazy copper with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, rye, citrus and herbal. Taste is medium sweet and light to medium bitter with a long malty, caramel, rye and floral finish. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
iceman15658 (135) - Acme, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark and thick foamy head. aroma is a bit on the malt side. way too sweet for me
Bricks (748) - Delaware, USA - JUN 14, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Average color/head. Smell of sweet hops.. grain is prevalent. Good aroma. Citrus hops (Cascade?).. clean balanced taste, very good.
hophead1234 (46) - - JUN 8, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Poured a very pretty brown with nice head. Nice lacing around the glass. Spicy rye well used.
ElCapitan22 (260) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice looking amber color with decent lacing and head retention. Smells sweet, malty nd of rye. Tastes quite similar with nice strong rye notes at the end. A solid beer.
hfmejias (1036) - Dover, Delaware, USA - JUN 13, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 Fl. Oz. Bottle. Poured clear, amber in color, nice foamy off white head and some spotty lacing. Aroma of booze, grain and malts. Taste is also boozy, sweet from malts and certainly grainy from rye. Very nice quite enjoyable, while strong it is not hard to drink.
GJF (1365) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - JUN 9, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Bushwallers in Frederick. Copper color. Creamy, rich, bready flavors. It was served a bit warm and tastes of dirty tap lines--it wasnít great but Iím blaming the bar until I try again.
pinkzambia (1693) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 23, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Reddish brown with a tan head. Wonderful aroma akin to a barley wine. Rye in the flavor but with a nasty aftertaste.