BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 17, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pour a dark amber hue with a thick mousse brown head that foams high and settles low, somewhat cloudy. Nose is deli rye bread and caramel mostly, quite rich and aromatic. Flavor is smooth, easing rye and bready malts from the start, not bitter or biting, followed by caramel and brown sugar with hints of toffee, light hop bitterness with grassy-earhy character, finishes slightly sweet. Medium-full body, soft carbonation, fluffy smooth texture. One of the smoothest Rye beers I’ve had, avoids the sharpness typically seen in this specialty style and has good balance with other malt flavors so the rye isn’t in-your-face, super!
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 17, 2010
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours cloudy dark brown with a big, fizzy tan head with good retention and some lace. Smells smokey and roasty, smoked meat. Tastes sweet and malty with that roasty, smokey meat flavor and some bready, rye flavors. Thin to medium body, overcarbonated.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Murky reddish brown. Huge foamy tan head. A head that diminishes slowly. Aroma is sweet caramel, rye, a little bit of chocolate. The flavor brings more of a cocoaness out. Medium sweet. Too lively in the mouth, i.e., overly carbonated.
ChazMania (642) - Pasadena, California, USA - JAN 15, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I really enjoyed this beer. Poured a huge dark brown, perhaps overly carbonated, foamed up a few fingers in my glass. Aroma was nut, caramel and brown sugar along with some brighter spice- nutmeg. Flavor was smooth and yet complex, a ton of flavors happening here; cinnamon and coriander, pumpkin and pepper, but nothing was overpowering. It just seemed to balance out well and was very enjoyable.
JohnnyJ (4045) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 15, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark brown with large off-white head. Fruit, toasted malt, bread, earth, berries, and a touch of banana. Good, drinkable beer, but not steller.
Tmoney99 (9984) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a clear dark brown color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted malt and earthy aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy nutty sweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet tingly finish of moderate duration. Solid drinkable brew.
Skinnyviking (6287) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 15, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Very agressive high creamy light brown long lasting head. Hazy dark brown body. Sour berries cocoa caramel alcohol aroma. Dry and somewhat metallic cocoa caramel light sour hoppy flavor. Low carbonation. Long aftertaste.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 14, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml from Total Wine, Durham. Was very much looking forward to trying this new one from The Bruery, and I found it a mild disappointment overall. Unruly pour for sure, with a lot of time before it settled down. When it did, the gleaming deep amber and frothy head looked appealing enough. Strong sweet malts in the nose, with a rough bready character and only a faint bit of rye in all honesty. Tasty toasted malts, relatively flavorful as a big brown ale (kinda dubbel-ish) but there’s very little in the way of the pert, spicy rye character I’d hoped for.
jonas (5445) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JAN 13, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark opaque brown, golden lacing head. Light bready nose, orangepeel aroma. Ryebread edges in the back, apricot and orangepeel. Nice balance, best use of rye so far and very enjoyable. medium to light body, somewhat overcarbonatef. It does not have much to do with a Danish julebryg - it is much better.
emacgee (3797) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 13, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark ruby amber with a profuse sticky white head. Slowly breaks down leaving a sticky lace. Nose like a loaf of sweet bread with caramel notes and an intermingling of allspice and caramel. Rye shows as a spicy character in the flavor and aroma. Mild toasted/munich malts. Flavor is very malty, caramel and toasted malts, sweet and bready, munich malt, mild spicy character, some Juniper flavor. Palate seems way overcarbonated, almost hard to taste because of this.