BeerVic (4) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - APR 21, 2012 does not count
1.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
750mL @ Engine House #9. I hope for the brewery’s sake, this bottle had gone bad. I love a good rye beer; this was not one. Poured hazy amber. Very thin, almost no head. Aroma of dirty tap lines (from a bottle?) and musty, wet cardboard. No hop aroma whatsoever. Flavor, again, tasted like a beer that had gone bad (from light?, dirty lines?) No lacing, no mouth feel. Hint of rye sourness, but not nearly enough to make up for the overwhelmingly strong "off" flavors. Couldn’t finish a single pint glass. Simply awful. After reading some reviews, I get the feeling that there wasn’t a lot of consistency from batch to batch (assuming there were several batches).
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - APR 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. stolen from Carl. Oooh, rye is quickly becoming my favorite grain. Kind of a rusty red color that’s all sorts of cloudy. Rye makes it a nice smooth palate and offers up some subtle complexities in the malt profile. Hint of Belgian yeasts which seem to have tinned a bit.
douglas88 (5800) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 24, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewery. Pours a dark brown color with a mediumw white head. A sweet nose of grains and light burnt caramel. The flavor is a basic sweet grain forward brew with some light spicy rye and a bit of floral hops, very clean. Dry.
hopscotch (8785) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle… Pours cloudy with a mahogany hue and a huge, frothy, off-white head. Great retention. The bouquet furnishes notes of spicy grain, caramel and both black and white pepper. Medium-bodied and mildly astringent with airy carbonation. The flavor delivers spicy grains, moderate acidity and light caramel sweetness. Tangy, spicy, dry finish. Bottle courtesy of landhoney!
Scopey (6197) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Monk’s Kettle, SF. It pours cloudy dark brown, with a massive cream head. The nose is farmyard, orange citrus fruit, salted caramel, pine and rye bread. The taste is rye bread, farmyard, orange citrus, dark fruit (raisin, currant, cherry and plum), hay, caramel and a touch of chocolate, with a long dry finish. Medium body and soft carbonation. An interesting brew indeed.
maximum12 (24) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 14, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to my personal mule, lurpy1, for bringing this treat back from Sacramento. I’m almost to the bottom of my stash. When are you going back? 750 ML bottle shared with my wife.
Pours dark red with a ruby glint around the edges & persistent head, even with a gentle hand. Smell is wild: rye, spices, passing hops, even a shot of alcohol. Faint fruit, too. Lovely.
Upright Six is a beer you could assign random descriptors & probably be right. The spices & the yeast vie for attention when the brew hits the tongue; an almost saisonesque undercurrent merges with an understated rye spiciness. Peppery. Fruit is almost a tart blackberry or underripe blueberry; odd. Slight must right at the end. Grainy, too. Aggressively carbonated. Weirdly appealing & disappears like there’s a hole in the side of the glass.
Huge complexity on this one that doesn’t quite mesh together; oddly less than the sum of its parts. Lots of goodness in here, though. Good beer.
trevor211 (1298) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep, dark, reddish brown, with a lingering mid-size head. Powerful aroma -- slightly tart cherry cordials over caramel and bitter chocolate, with some roasted grains and a bit of wood. Really nice on the nose. Flavor is a bit weak at first. Starts with the same notes you find in the aroma, then shows a burst of pine-resin hops, then fades into toasted grains. It has a thick mouthfeel, but it finishes bone dry and fairly bitter. This would be a great complement to food -- I’m thinking a marinated flank steak or tri-tip. As it is, though, I wish the flavor had as much punch as the aroma.
Westmeister (1654) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 31, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Pours a mostly clear deep amber. Smell is fig, other ripe fruits and caramel. Taste is sweet from the caramel with a spiceiness and more ripe fruit. Nice.
iowaherkeye (2690) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JAN 26, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL bottle, no date from Best Damn Beer Shop, $10.99. Clear auburn brown with a one finger beige head, fading to a thick ring and sparse film before long. Tangy fruity red wine grape/cherry up front in the nose with some peppery yeast and rye, some roast and chocolate notes in the backend, but still pretty apparent. Tinge of caramel is in there as well, but only as it warmed. Flavor follows suit--quite fruity with plenty of rye and a fair amount of complementing chocolate malt and roast. Sweetness is quite restrained--sourness peaked at a 2 1/2, finish is dry. Bitterness peaked at a 3, earthy. Low carbonation with a medium body. Doesn’t have the typical white pepper and fruit notes of a more traditional saison, but very tasty nonetheless--I liked it quite a bit more as I worked my way through the bottle. Rate #100!
gramity (1307) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with a lasting off white head. The aroma has some spicy, toasty caramel, fruity yeast esters with some stone fruit, and earthy chocolate. There is some mild chocolate in the flavor as well as spice and fruity yeast. Medium bodied with a sweet finish.