JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2007 Glowing golden color with a persistent white head. Aroma has some very raw, yet sweet rye, honey, and bread. Flavor is dominated by rye - not your typical rye, but a raw, sticky, grainy rye that I found quite tasty, but that might put some off. Also got some light fruit, alcohol, honey, and a nice bite from those magnum hops. Nice mouthfeel, though the alcohol needs to fade a bit for this to hit its stride. Its a tad bitter, a lot sweet, and very unique. Iím interested to see how this one develops - hopefully the alcohol drops off in favor of the sweetness.
MadIndian (2278) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sampled with Stegosaurus. Gold pour with 3 finger head. Rye is correct, I could not put my finger on it for a while but that was the aroma. Sweet and fruity taste with a mild hoppiness finish. It was just okay for me.
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. Bottle sampled with Mad_indian. Pours golden with a decent size white head. Aroma of rye, floral, pale malts, and alcohol. The flavor is sweet, pale malts, rye, citrusy, floral hoppy alcohol finish.
jason (1674) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a clear golden body with huge head. I didnít think I poured so aggresively but I got atleast three inches of foam resting nicely on top. Looks perfect. If anything about this beer could be agreed upon itís the look of it. Aroma is of (whatelse) rye bread, light alcohol notes. Flavor has a slight alcohol burn, tasty rye bread taste, sweet honey, light malt and a slight hoppiness to it. Nice mouthfeel, full and filling. I think this may be one of the first really strong beers that is perfect for a warm/hot summer night. Has a nice complexity to it and again will be intresting as I could see this mellowing out to be mead like.
enenalan (21) - Linden, New Jersey, USA - JUL 14, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Holy rye! Then again, thatís what the bottle says. As a fan of darker beers, I was a bit hesitant to try this. Nevertheless, it was surprising. Pours a marvelous gold with a light head. The rye, shall we say, was more than noticable. The alcohol and flavor made it seem more like a whiskey and water. Pretty darn good.
adrian910ss (2274) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bomber. Pours a beautiful clear golden color with a medium white head. Strong jewish rye bread aroma with a very strong alcoholic presence. Taste is jewish rye bread galore with a strong alcohol atmosphere. WOW !!! This one sure clears out the sinuses. Very different and unique. Aging will only make this better.
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2007
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I had a few free samples today at Weyerbacher (made the 35 mile trip just for this). It seemed slightly medicinal at first but the rye flavor didnít have the stingy bready flavor I associate with Rye. The beer grew on me the more I sampled it. They told me the big point is its 50% rye but there was this nice bittersweet malty flavor there. They were selling 12 packs of 20s for $70 and those packs were flying out the brewery! This one doesnít thrill me as much as 11 and Decadence did but with some aging, it will be interesting.
I have to say Iíve never tasted a beer like this ever. After repeated samples, I was hooked but it resembles liquor more to me than any beer or barleywine Iíve ever tried.
The texture of the beer is medium dry. The beer is more bittersweet than sweet to me. Any hoppy bitterness is miniscule given the rye and pale malts. I asked a server about the Magnum Hops and she said they emphasize the rye flavor.