ajnepple (6625) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 23, 2013
On tap at Black Bottle Brewery. Deep reddish brown with a one finger off-white foam that’s mostly diminishing. Smells like malts, caramel, spices, rye, alcohol, wood. Medium plus body, slick and smooth with average carbonation. Nice balance and very drinkable at 12%. Malty and spiced with a touch of rye whiskey heat at the finish. The good stuff. dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2013
Bomber poured into glass. This was just a little too strange for me. Has an interesting aroma, like a mix between some off sour thing and some sort of grain I can’t pin point. A little hard to swallow really, but that’s just me. high_on_hops (809) - Burlingame, California, USA - JAN 20, 2013
A 2012 bottle. It pours a dark caramel color with a small off-white head. It has a medium aroma of rye, dark malt, and some apricot and other dark fruit. It has a great, rich flavor of dark fruit and rye up front, with a malt and faint whiskey aftertaste over a relatively smooth but full body.
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Bottle shared much thanks to Dave. Pours out a muddy copper color with a small off white head. Aroma is of whiskey, oak, caramel, rye grains and some light sweetness. Taste has a strong prescense of alcohol, grains, lots of lingering sweetness, some grainy rye, more whiskey. ACHops (1584) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2013
On tap @ Uber. Pours cloudy pale golden with thin head. Aroma is boozy sweet malt, notes of spice and raisin. Taste is sweet syrupy malt, smooth body, rye barrel notes on the finish. Most rye beers have heavy bitterness, which this doesn’t. It may just be hidden by the abv though. Thick, big beer. I can’t get much nuance out of this though.
Iphonephan (6989) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2013
On draft at rustico in arlington. Pours a medium amber with an off white head. Caramel and toffee notes in the nose. Sweet raisins, toffee and vanilla. Bitter finish. BLuke01 (32) - Frederick, Maryland, USA - JAN 14, 2013
On tap at The Columbia Ale House. Pours a deep amber with small off-white head. Smalls of roasted malts caramel toffee with rye whiskey notes. Tastes of amazing dark fruits covered in caramel. Boozy whiskey lingers but does not kill the pallet or over power the malt backbone. Amazing beet would would to taste the evolution of flavor in 4 or 5 years. jeremyh70 (1103) - Missouri, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Pours a hazy auburn with big head and decent lacing. Get spicy and boozy aromas on nose with dark fruit and vanilla and oak from barrel coming through. Sweet taste of caramel malt with spiciness either from rye or alcohol, which is apparent but surprisingly subdued for 12%. Can taste some oak and vanilla from barrel. All flavors blend nicely, finishly a little sticky but not cloying. Moderate mouthfeel with medium carbonation and full taste. Really good for a high alcohol beer. Beautiful combination of flavors. One of my favorite barrel aged beers so far.
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Bottle: The aroma consists of heavy caramel, mild toffee, citrus, and faint rye. It pours a transparent amber with a small off-white head. The flavor starts with moderate caramel and toffee. The has candy corn, rye, citrus, and faint vanilla. It’s medium bodied with soft carbonation and mouthfeel. jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Apple cider color with creamy, beige head / Nose of cider, rye spice, and whiskey barrel / Medium body, good balance, mostly dry with lightly bitter, somewhat hot, finish / Mild flavors of apple cider, caramel, cinnamon, rye spice, and whiskey barrel / Very dry, without a lot of fruit, but then that’s rye for you. (Would like to try again in a quieter setting.)