Strykzone (4401) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUL 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle sent by Hayduke. Enjoyed during a facebook chat. This beeer poured a mahogany brown and was mostly clear. A tan that was one finger at best but that had strong retention. A very unique nose was sweetness and rye. The flavor began with huge rye and grain. That grain was complex and made me wish I was more familiar with varieties of it. Chocolate and rye were tasted but other nuances were missed. Late, some hops began to emerge. They were mildly bitter and offered soft fruit. This was such a fun beer to sample and rate. Beginning with a unique blast it later allowed nuances to be tasted. Thanks, Ron!
jsquire (3309) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUL 28, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Horse Brass pub in Portland. Clear ruby red color with a thin, off-white head that left strong lacing. Lots of sweetness in the nose, like the belgian candi sugar. Tons of malt sweetness but with equal tons of hops to balance it out. It is not an IPA hoppiness (I wrote down American Strong Ale as my guess for it’s style). I really liked it and wished it was available here.
DYCSoccer17 (3211) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 25, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
10 ounce sample from the Horse Brass Pub in Portland, OR. It’s amazing that it took this beer 6 years to acquire 10 ratings. Aroma is rather mild with light caramel and light fruity hints. Mildly metallic, too. Transparent amber body with an off-yellow head that leaves decent lacing. Starts a little fruity and sweet, before it becomes chewy, caramelly, and toasted with maltiness in the middle. Finishes with decent roastiness and some metallic hops. Pretty tasty.
hayduke (3130) - Eureka, California, USA - JUL 8, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This 22 oz. bottle poured a dark amber with a robust tan head and good lacing rings. Nose was crawling with malty aromas including rye. Medium body and smooth and chewy mouthfeel. Flavor is very malty, with all sorts of flavors including nuts. The finish was lightly bitter and with some subtle fruit that was delightful. This was kind of like an English Bitter but smoother and easier to drink than most. Excellent. This small brewery is making good beer.
theisti (3064) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - NOV 8, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bomber purchased online at Letspour.com. The pour is a hazed golden orange, with a wisp of an off white head. The aroma is sweet and chewy caramel, tangerine citrus fruit, and a round full dark fruit. The taste is caramel malt, resin, blended with big tangerine bitter hops, and sort of a husky finish. The dark fruits carry the long finish. The palate is medium bodied, a bit of an oily mouth feel, and the lingering bitter dark fruit finish. The big flavors make this feel more alcoholic than it actually is. Nice enough.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 3, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
RBSG 2004, on tap: Clear orange with a frothy head. Citrus (orange) bubble-gum and plums in the aroma, starts and ends lightly sweet. Full boded, chewy, with lively carbonation. Ends with a long sweet aftertaste.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very fruity and yet nicely malty strong ale. Not quite well balanced, but yet very drinkable and quite tasty. A nice hop bitterness kicks in on the finish, great lingering flavors on the palate.
troopie (2292) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - AUG 16, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught. My Border ancestors drank ale like this. Deep amber red with lasting off white head. Sweet malty aroma. Very full. Full bodied. Malt with some peatiness. Lasting malt finish, with enough hop to keep it honest. Excuse me, friends, I must now go and steal horses.
beersearcher (2268) - Glendale, California, USA - JAN 13, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The beer pours a light brown with orange tinting to it. The aroma is slightly woody with notes of caramel to it. Taste wise, I am getting quite a bit of cola taste. A little bit of English cider notes pop in and out as well and that also adds some sweetness to the proceedings. Also a bit of raisin in the distance. The beer really sticks to the roof of the mouth. I also capture some nutmeg like spicing at the back. Lots of notes here.
drpimento (2085) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 12, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not bad, not great. Poured at a good temperature with an average off white head and some lace. Color is a very slightly hazy dark amber. Aroma is super mild with only a hint of malt and hop. Flavor’s like nose, carbonic tang up front, followed by bitter/sweet. Not a lot going on. Body and carbonation are good. Finish is like flavor, average length, and forgettable.