drjay44 (2708) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAY 1, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
651 ml. bottle. Pours a medium, well retained, beige head, with light lacing, over a clear, black brown (SRM 33) body.....nose is rye spice, coffee, notes of smoke, hints of chocolate, minimal hops, with light herbal tones.....taste is heavy rye, light coffee, cereal, finishing with a moderate hop bitterness....mouth feel, medium body, moderate astringency, creamy, light acid finish. The style is an oxymoron. This is not an unpleasant beer, but it is quite difficult to characterize because of the strong rye character against the other milder contributions of the other ingredients. BJCP 7/3/13/3/6
partywithanM (103) - Kansas City, Kansas, USA - MAY 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bomber. Good notes of roasted malty yum. Very dark and robust rye flavors with a surprisingly drinkable finish. It’s dark but not over the top.
SrSilliGose (3264) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 1, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2014 Tap. Notes of earthy rye, grainy chocolate roast. Bit of pine and soap hops. Bit of muddled kolsch essence peaks through, but very much dominated by grainy earthy milky cocoa and pine hops. Okay.
BBB63 (6122) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A Black Rye KOLSCH you say... sounds like a recipe for disaster but...
Well this is not half bad, really more of the rye imbued Schwartzbier or even a rye porter than anything else. Nice roasty, slightly chocolaty, smoky, earthy and pumpernickel bread overtones with some herbal and resiny hop undertones. The rye does add that "grainy or chalky" note about the finish but hardly discerning.
This is sort of winning me over the more I drink it. Yeah I would tell folks to give it a go.
mikedR (1313) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - APR 30, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very nice. I'm not familiar with this style, but as a black-oriented ale it is superb. Incredible black roasted rye malts. A bit of the Stone hoppiness you'd expect.
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Brewfoolery (21) - California, USA - APR 30, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Amazing Grapes. Puss with a creamy foamy head that stays firm. Coffee notes come forward far more than toffee. Clean finish, but carbonation seems to be present with mild acid note that lingers.
peteinSD (1394) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 30, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Stone O’Side. Dark brown pour with a tan head. Light roast and chocolate in the aroma. Taste clean toasted grain with some chocolate and a touch of malt sweetness and slight thin bitterness. Clean drinker. Pretty good.
ismith87 (71) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 30, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A - 5 - dark brown black beer with a nice tan head on it that sticks, good Lacing
S - 9 - smooth milk chocolate and light coffee
T - 9 - coffee, black pepper, spicy rye malt, cocoa
M - 5 - feels heavier than it is at 5.4%, alc covered aftertaste roasted malts and spicy black pepper
T - 16 - great and different beer, extra points for feeling more robust than it is.
DrSilverworm (6818) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pint on tap at Dutch’s. Black color, though kind of translucent around the edges. Nice thin light brown head, leaves plenty thicker lace. Awesome aroma on this. Great dark chocolate, brownie, roast malt, hint of coffee. Lightly spicy rye malt note; good light earthy hop. Good chewiness to the texture, chewier than many 6% stouts are. Super-smooth, lighter, lightly soft carbonation. Just a light slickness to the finish. Medium-plus body. Moderate bitter taste, light to moderate sweet. Very impressive, interesting enjoyable and balanced stuff. Indeed, it’s satisfyingly dark yet still easy-drinking.
fidelis83 (2001) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - APR 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour with a 3 finger, creamy mocha head. Aroma of dark chocolate, char, smoke, roast, and some fruity and bready yeast. Flavor is roast, chocolate, earthy grain, char, a little smoke, pine, spicy hops, bready yeast, berry and tree fruit notes. Medium body, creamy entry, light carbonation and slightly drier finish with a light, chalky minerality. Good stuff overall, can’t really say it reminds me too much of a Kolsch though.