FROTHINGSLOSH (4442) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at Zeno’s as Zeno’s Oaked Rye. +++ Sampled on draft this beer poured a medium caramel color with an enormous fluffy and foamy tan head that lingered forever and left incredible lacing - just a gorgeous looking beer. The aroma was strong piney and grapefruity hops. The flavor was intensely strong grapefruit and pine with an off bourbon undertone and sour pineapple that tasted a bit spoiled. The finish was incredibly long. Fairly full bodied.
auerbrau (3117) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - SEP 25, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Zeno’s Pub - State College, PA. Interesting amalgam of fresh rye bread, heavy grass and pine c-hops, and a nip of bourbon or scotch, it’s low. Very hoppy aroma. Dry. Pours a very murky red-brown, with a fast-settling creamy dark khaki head. Flavor quickly reveals a really creamy, cherry-filled vanilla flavor. Wow. Lots of oak. Holy shit, this tastes like the freshest, best root beer float I’ve ever had. Crazy. Foamy, silky mouthfeel. The barrel does SO much for this beer without obliterating the spicy, zesty lime-like hop flavor you get in the back. The rye has faded backwards, but it adds malt complexity and something for the barrel to stand up against. The finish is a bit nip thin. Otherwise, This is unique and ragingly delicious. I love the root beer float character.