obguthr (5578) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAR 5, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Brown sugar and rye nose. Shimmering brown, thick yellow frothy head. Lots of rye, with a little brown sugar. Alcohol is fairly evident. Not my cup of tea, or mug of beer, as it were.
Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - MAR 5, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Appearance was a nice ruby brown with a small tan head. Aroma is toasty, lightly hoppy, and rye. Sweet malt is also present. Taste is also on the sweet side, with plenty of rye and hop bitterness. Some light fruit notes as well. Very nice. Mouth was medium with soft carbonation and a bitter finish. Overall, a decent brew.
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - MAR 4, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle. Pours very dark brown with lighter brown/amber highlights and an immense light tan head that eventually settles into a persistent spotted disc of foam. The aroma is chewy malty with a very slight acidity - almost vegetal (like hint of tomato and/or carrot). There are also notes of caramel and peppery phenols. The flavor is very malty - bready/toasty/toffee up front with brown sugar and dark malt character growing towards the back. There is some rye flavor evident in there, and it blends masterfully with hints of chocolate, roasted nuts, maple, and stronger flavors of rum cake. The finish is spicy and dry with touches of alcohol, rye, chocolate, and spices (caraway, white pepper). The mouthfeel is luxuriously carbonated - very richly bubbled with a creamy and seemingly light body that turns viscous and ropey as you swish it and release the carbon dioxide. Overall, a very pleasant and interesting beer.
smith4498 (3505) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown color with tan head. Toasted malt and coffee aroma with some spiciness from the rye. Flavors of roasted malts, coffee, molasses and rye. Medium to full body with moderate carbonation.
ChainGangGuy (4770) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Issues forth an obscured, medium brown body with a tall, expansive, airy, off-white head.
Smell: Sweet, spicy nose smelling of toasted bread (crunchy crusts and all), caramel, brown sugar, and a bit of cocoa, with a spicy component of rye boosted by the Belgian yeast and a lightly tart fruitiness.
Taste: Baked dark bread with some notable toasty tones to it and brushed with a layer of sweet dark caramel sauce, cocoa powder, and dark brown sugar. Rather light touch of roast. Taste of tart, juicy hard-pitted fruits along with raisins. Zesty zip of rye grain throughout. Earthy, additionally spicy yeast character. Drying, fruity, lightly spicy finish.
Mouthfeel: In the vicinity of medium-bodied. Well carbonated.
Drinkability: A pleasant, flavorful, engaging beer that drinks with ease. Go on, give it a try!
hallinghansen (2815) - Odense SV, DENMARK - MAR 1, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by ChristianScheffel, thanks. Unclear brown body, with a large bubbly offwhite head. Aroma is spices, raisins and brown sugar. Flavor is brown sugar, spices, dark fruit. Alcoholic aftertaste. I was a bit dissapointet with this beer.
Zymurgeist2 (1784) - Redwood City, California, USA - FEB 28, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy brownish-red with a beige head. Head is big, but thin and full of carbonation. Aroma is full of rye and malt. Mouthfeel is very carbonated and sweet malt with the rye. Rye is pronounced on the front palate and follows through with caramel and bread-like flavors. An interest roasted/smoke on the finish.
drfabulous (6418) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big ass carbonation pour. First taste is rye, malt, and some spices. Warms nice with some really winter flavors taking over. This is a by the fire beer. It just needs to get that carbonation under control. Send some to Lost Abbey.
badgerben (4849) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 27, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Murky brown color with a towering head that settles down to only large. Strong aroma of rye, maybe some caraway, nuts, dark chocolate. Strong, rich, dark malt flavor. Lots of breadiness. Chocolate, a bit of dark fruit. Some rye spiciness. Full body. Lovely.
GranvilleTim (1854) - Granville, Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown pour with a tan head that was huge. Aroma is rye, spices, little caramel. Taste is rye, spices, earthy, and some dark fruits came out later in the drink. Very subtle sour taste in the aftertaste. I really like this style, though I am not familiar with it. On a side note, it went well with my fajitas.