hopdog (11527) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle acquired in trades with stine & ughmash (thanks!). Poured a dark brown color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of wood, some rye breadiness, earthy, roast, chocolate, and some whiskey. Tastes of chocolate, vanilla, wood, whiskey, caramel, rye, and some coffee. Smooth and creamy body. Iím glad I have a few bottles of this one!
elmatador00 (519) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 10, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy of Ughsmash. Pours a dark brown with basically no head. Aroma is mostly whiskey. Tastes of caramel, wood, whiskey, burnt malt, slight sour fruit. Finishes with a sorta dry taste. Palate was silky, yet not overpowering with booze as expected.
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thereís a lot of adjectives in this beer name that normally indicates superlative beer, such as "imperial," "rye," "aged," and "whiskey barrels." For all those words, I wasnít tremendously impressed with the beer underneath the label. It was good, but not as good as the Devil Made Me Do It Imperial Porter. Still, I accept that some of these "Brewers Gone Wild!" series beers will be better than others, and this beer hasnít dampened my enthusiasm for this series.
Appearance is black, opaque and foamy. Aroma was a little whiskey-like, a bit grapey, and a bit roasty, but it was also a bit watery. Flavor was less intense than I expected, and the ABV of this beer is lighter than I thought it would be. Mouthfeel is a bit watery. Not a bad beer, but it didnít live up to my expectations set by other "Brewers Gone Wild!" offerings.
Iíd recommend this beer, as Iíd recommend any beer in this series, but this is definitely not their best work.
I bought this bottle at 3 Cellars in Franklin, WI.
Ibrew2or3 (8159) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 8, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of Quake1028. Pours dark brown with thin light brown head. The mild aroma brings forth a nice oaky barrel agedness along with roasted malts, faint burnt malts, sweeter notes that seem vaguely malty and a background of rye bread. The taste has an initial rush of roasted malts with a hint of burnt malts. Then the tasty wood oak notes enter and are accompanied by a streak of sweet caramel candy. The burnt malts and mild dryness enter toward the finish creating a very nice balance.
WeeHeavySD (3380) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 8, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bonus from Kmweaver, though also got 2 bottles today from motortoddhead. Made it an easy decision to open this one. Shared with my GF Cyn, friends Chris and Geoffrey. Pours black with a tan ring. Nose is sweet, roasty, nutty, chocolately and so many other notes. Taste is sweet, malty, whiskeyesque and really a nice rye character. Tyrananena has yet to dissapoint for me. and this is damn yummy. Great beer, without a doubt, a seriuos brew.
JK (5732) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 7, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From Skyview. Very dark brown and lightly carbonated. Whiskey dominates the flavor and aroma. There is some malt sweetness. I recognize the quality but the whiskey is not for me.
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 6, 2008
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Iíve never heard of a rye porter. The Breweres Gone Wild series really is ballsy. Touch burnt woody barrel aging is quite apprent but not over done. Rye is a clear note. Lots of vanilla. Creamy. oily. The coffee and chocolate notes do not go over board. Unique.
Quake1028 (636) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from tytoanderso. Thanks bro!
Couldnít wait to try this one so it went from my doorstep to the freezer to our tasting table. Cola brown body, could stand to be a bit darker I would imagine, but still looks fine. Two finger thick brown head that is semi lasting and leaves a good amount of drip lacing. The rye influence is immediately apparent on the nose, along with dank liquor barrels, coffee beans, chocolate and dark roasted malts. More rye in the flavor, lends a nice spicy note throughout the experience that makes this one pretty unique and a lot of fun. Chocolate and licorice are also apparent, along with a musty quality from the barrels. A little thin at first, but evens out and this isnít supposed to be too overwhelmingly thick or meaty I donít think, given the style. Finish brings one last kick of rye, barrel influence and coffee beans that carry on for quite a while. I want more of this.
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 5, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
dark brown with a light brown head.nice complex aroma of nuts,vanilla,chocolate,roasted malt,and coffee grounds.the flavor is super complex,yet melts together well.i grab everything from the aroma plus some caramel,whiskey,pine hops,rye,and smoke.mouthfeel is smooth yet full,and the palate is long lasting.awesome beer.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 4, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Intricate design of a barely translucent and chocolaty black array. A darkened cocoa smudge resides on top. Aroma is divine elaboration. Chocolate oats and sweetly charred rye flakes. Milk chocolate covered mocha beans settled with an embalming Godiva liquor. Cocoa nibs on cocoa powdered biscotti, lightly dipped in a caramelized whiskey sauce. Good things are on their way. Flavor buds blissfully with vibrant rye and just the right hint of acidity. The cocoa complexity comes through with a dry talc and soot like feel combining at once with the delicatessen milk chocolate squares. Flaked rye intermingles with bourbon and a whiskey and rye accented crŤme brulee. You can feel the palate break like the caramelized crust layer on top. Like dessert, like mouthfeel. Itís a joyous, full bodied occasion.