ARH (400) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 28, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap poured into a sampler glass. The notes are a very pleasant combination of tropical fruits, roasted grain, and juicy citrus. It pours a deep, rich, clear, woody brown-orange with lots of soft, fuzzy white head. This retains and laces really nicely. It’s a well balanced medium / medium-high sweet and bitter. The texture is viscous and thick with lots of soft, fuzzy carbonation. The full body finishes with orange, sugar, and bread crust. The alcohol is surprisingly well hidden. The aftertaste is a dry rye note which lingers, but it’s fresh and clean.
johnnnniee (2306) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 23, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Review from notes, sampled 2/23/2008
Received this in trade from jaustin72403 Thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a solid brown with ruby highlights when held up to the light. This off white head that dissipates quickly but laces the glass on the way down. Aroma is piney citrusy grapefuity hops with some caramel malt in there too. Taste follows the smell but adds a sharp rye twang to it. Hop bitterness hangs in there long after each sip. Great brew, I really enjoyed it.
Leighton (10969) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Blind Tiger. Pours a dark amber, shiney, with almost no head. Has a dynamic aroma consisting of toffee, caramel and both citrus and piney hops. Flavor is very sweet, with some ripe fruit notes and toffee, along with bready malts, and finishing with some citrus hops. Medium in body with smooth carbonation. Very good beer.
TeamTrappist (830) - jericho, New York, USA - JUL 29, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Blind Tiger. Poured a dark caramel brown with no head. Nose is hoppy malty and sweet. The mouthful is a bit watery but that is deceptive as the flavors although a bit disjointed are full bodied. Rich ad malty, with a hint of the abv. Lots of hop notes and a strong bitter finish. Big and solid.
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at Barcade. Pours a clear brown with ruby highlights. Sweet, plum, candy. Thinner than expected, right around medium body. Sweet, malty. Light bitter finish.
SacSirPlato (19) - New Buffalo, Michigan, USA - AUG 26, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Maproom in Chicago: Deep copper, reddish hue. The nose is a big complex array of toffee and big piney, spicy hops. Taste is bready, caramelly and big on citrus hops. Creamy palate. Finish is dry and bitter. This is great and very drinkable!
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - JUN 5, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Barcade: Very dark amber pour with an off-white head. Rich piney nose with toffee, grapefruit, rich rye character giving it a bakery bread hint. Cream and silky body. The flavor has some dark-grain bread notes upfront- toasted pine needles and just the perfect balance of soft yet chewy rye malts and resiny hops. The finish has a citrus-rind bitterness. Nice stuff.
JoeM500 (1905) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - MAR 31, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On Tap at Binnys South Loop. Dark brown with red tint, dark fruit nose-plum, prune, ripe cherry.Wet hop nose as the beer went to my lips. Rich mouthfeel, full flavor of prune and sweet caramel to start. Hearty citrus and green hops in the finish, sweet sticky body, hints of peppery alcohol and more hops after the swallow. Great lacing, left the pint glass covered. Quite a rewarding pint.
holdenn (2080) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Sheffield’s. Served in a goblet for $5. Pours a ruby brown with a soapy off white head that laces down. Cherries, plums, darkfruits in the aroma. Grapefruit and fresh hops peek out from under the fruity malts. Plums and dark fruits in the flavor. Grapefruit, pine, and a touch of anise. Creamy and smooth with a long bitter finish. Really fresh and bitter but not overly so. Very drinkable and delicious.
Cornfield (5482) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the tap this poured a dark brown body with some red around the edges and was capped by a creamy tan head. The aroma was nice, PNW hopping over a spicy dark caramel, nicely peppered. The flavor flattened out a bit, malty with the peppery tastes of rye, hints of roastiness and dark fruit, but the hops seemed to fade. Still, a fine brew.
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