TheAlum (6956) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tulip draft on tap at Hopleaf (Chicago, IL). Pours a nice deep coppery hue, a good glow, healthy haze, with a big frothy cakey tannish head, light, sticks around, laces well. Aromas are a healthy dose of citrusy hops, lemons and grapefruit, florals, faint pine, with a touch of melon, moving into toffee, oranges, a touch of spiciness. Initial is really crazy, a blast of vanilla beans up front which mellows the initial hop onslaught, a growing bitter hop bite, lemons and florals, grass, touches of grapefruit. Some toffee, biscuits, and toast, the vanilla really sticks on the initial moving into decent florals, bitterness into the finish. Lingering touches of spicy and mellow vanilla envelopes the palate, kills away the big hop bitterness, cool and sweet. Into the backend, more soapy and floral bitterness comes out, touches of more mellow orange, some earthy maltiness, toast, biscuits, lingering toffee into the end of the middle. Finish is orange and lemon, decent bitterness, lingering vanilla, touches of spice. Really interesting, the vanilla transforms the beer, but not for worse. Very interesting, strangely enjoyable with the vanilla not getting too crazy. Some Orange Dream bar elements..
drewbeerme (3917) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at hopleaf, nose has citrusy hops, plasticy caramel malt, flavors stale doughy malts, citrus, grapefruit, oak, hints of vanilla, sweet booze finish. Perhaps a little fresher this could be good but as is not impressive.
boamr (310) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an amber color with a huge amount of head to it. Can smell the hops as soon as I poured it. Nice piny hop smell to it. Wow very hoppy for an amber ale but I can pick some of the oak. Would of been a nicer beer if it weren’t as hoppy.
Rusty (1545) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 16, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a reddish brown with a huge thick and foamy off white head that leaves tons of lacing. Aroma is several hop varieties, herbs, oak, caramel and malt. Flavor is hop forward with the oak following immediately. A bit of caramel and malt in the finish, but any sweetness is masked by the oaky tannins and hop bitterness. Enjoyed this one.
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - APR 12, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Dosbeerigos. Dark red color, not a lot of lacing but a pretty fluffy head. Hoppy aroma with hints of oak and malt. Flavor had hints of herb and hops with a nice malt backing. Not a lot of notes on this one but it was a great beer.
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 3, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at a recent BA/RB tasting... Poured reddish with an off-white head. Decent hop flavors with decent amount oak and malt tones. Some spice and citrus. Mild tanginess and hand some hard candied tones. The finish had some tea-life spiced, earthiness.
fonefan (44144) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 3, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
[ Courtesy of Secret Winter Santa ]. Clear medium to dark red amber color with a large to huge, frothy to creamy, goodr lacing, fully lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, berry, moderate to heavy hoppy, citrus, orange - citrus, wood - vanilla - oak. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and heavy bitter with a long to average duration, dry, thin, light salty. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to lively. 
nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAR 30, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from my friend Jeanine - thanks, Doc! Pours a hazy amber color witha frothy offwhite head. Smells and tastes of red apples, orange citrus, oak, and vanilla. I can dig it.
chibuck (3510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another bottle provided by Mike; I think...I’m really confused here, what is going on. Is the Bruery finally making good beers? Last few, including this have been beyond solid...Medium copper, really clear. Tons of carbonation, good retention and lacing...The aroma is a hoppy rye beer, not complex but very solid...The taste is really good, great combination of so much going on, rye, oak, hops. The finish is oak vanilla that is outstanding, makes me want to keep coming back for more.
A really great rye beer, get this one.
Dedollewaitor (15575) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 29, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ J&C, Friday session, 2011. Thanks. Pours clear amber with a large creamy white foam. Nose is oak, vanilla and dark fruit. Fresh and fruity hops. Lots of vanilla and hoppy peach. Smooth body. Ends dry!