ChainGangGuy (4489) - Marietta, 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 (2273) - Odense S, 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 (1234) - 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 (4626) - 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 (4576) - 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 (1767) - 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.
DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 25, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Toronado (San Diego, CA): Pours dark brown with reddish highlights and no head. This is my first specialty grain, so i may be iffy on the rating. I found it to have a sweet toast aroma as well as some maple and brown sugary notes, Flavor is very sweet, with a lot of caramel, toffee and rye. Definitely a sipper, for as it warmed, I could taste some prune and raisin notes on the tongue. Drinkability: Thick and rich. Pairing: Toasted nuts, aged cheese. Rebuy: Yes. #286 on 25022010, DG.
bb (7305) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 25, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Mahogony brown beer with a huge tan head. Citrus, earth, and yeast aroma. Dark malt flavor with earth, light spice, light yeast, and light citrus. Medium-plus bodied. Earth and yeast lingers with spice and darker malts.
Christian (11628) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 23, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark copper with a small tan head. Aroma of raisins, caramel, candy and dark malts. Dry and roasted flavour, with a slightly sour edge.
brokensail (12498) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 22, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A: The pour is a dark brown color with a fluffy off-white head.
S: The nose is a bit different. The rye is present with its mild spiciness, but the other aromas are a bit muddled with some caramel and fruit.
T: A lot of different malt flavors going on here. Some caramel, rye, and perhaps even a light smokiness.
M: The body is medium with a moderate to high level of carbonation.
D: A bit disappointing, to be honest. The flavors just don’t quite make sense or come together very well. The booze isn’t necessarily present, but you can tell you’re not drinking a 4% beer.