umich03jm (3513) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2012
25oz bottle from trade with Crajun. Pours a cloudy dark orange-brown color with a small amount of head. Smells spicy and sweet. Whiskey, caramel, rye, and brown sugar. Taste is nicely balanced balanced rye whiskey and sugary caramel. Finish has a mild bitterness. Very long and somewhat dry finish that lingers a rye whiskey taste. Interesting beer, well made, nicely balanced. Glad I was able to try this. madmitch76 (25009) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2012
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Hazy reddish - brown beer. Big cream coloured head. Soft palate. Milky sweet nose with a little wood. Sourish cream with a little wood and vanilla. Mild whisky. Slight bitterness in the finish. A nice beer but it’s more Rye sour than Rye spice.
Bomber. Pours brown with thin head. Aroma is wood (oak), caramel, brown sugar, spices, and whiskey. Flavor is the same. Outstanding. oakbluff (451) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 21, 2012
Copper with good clarity, fizzy off white head, dissipates quickly. Nose- strong rye liquor nose with molasses. Taste- quite spicy, caramel, slight vanilla, boozy, toasty wood. Body is on the thinner side with drying hot finish. Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2012
Had on tap at Wild Monk in LaGrange. 2012 vintage. Served in snifter.
A: Pours a deep amber body, slightly hazy, with some plum like hues running through middle. A thin, light tan head forms on the pour and subsides to a thin collar and film. Some soapy splotches of lace of left down the glass.
S: Rye spiciness is with the whiskey coming through is prevelant up front and through each smell. As it warms more of the dark, bready malts and the barrel sweetness start to come through.
T: The barrel really takes over the taste here. Big rye whiskey flavors, some light oak and vanilla. Dark rye bread malts with a touch of some mild hops on the finish mixing with some alcohol. As the beer warmed the malt bill opened up and some caramel sweetness showed itself as well.
M: Medium bodied with some slight warming in the throat. Medium carbonation. The barrel presence really has a lingering effect on the palate.
O: As the beer warmed it got progressively sweeter and more complex. This does need some time to mellow out as the barrel is really taking over the base beer and you lose out one some of the fine qualities of the rye beer itself. Overall though, this was a nice beer and I will give the one I have in the cellar a solid year to see how it develops.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 04-26-2012
pushkinwow (2827) - Ottawa, CANADA - OCT 11, 2012
750ml bottle - think this was part of Summer Secret Santa. Hazy mahogany with a finger of dark biege head. Dough, whisky, oak, raisin, vanilla, bit of barley. High carbonation, moderate body, lots of vanilla sweetness in this one mixed with alcohol and fruit. Steasy66 (1155) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 9, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2014 Drinking this about 6 months after release. I really remember enjoying it a lot more closer to release. One major positive is that the beer is smooth, no way I would ever guess this was 11%. The barrel character is very nice, but the flavor profile lacks much of anything else. The rye is not strong. I think I made a mistake by cellaring this beer.
Re-rating a fresh 2014 bottle. Deep amber with 2 finger foamy white head. Aroma has tons of rye whiskey barrels, nice and sweet with some toffee. Flavor opens with some sweetness, finishes with some harsh whiskey. Not bad, but not amazing. jcnielsen (3412) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 14, 2012
Bottle. Sampled at Brad Fest 2012 in Minneapolis, MN. Pours a hazy brown color with white head. Rye, grain, bourbon aroma. Rye whiskey flavor. Good, but doesn’t measure up to some of the other Smokestacks. emacgee (4680) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 14, 2012
Pours a soft coppery red orange beer with one finger of sandy beige tan head. Nose is super rich and bursting with notes of fresh oak and spicy rye, lots of caramel and rich malt notes. Super rich flavor, oak is almost overwhelming. Tons of vanillin and spicy oak notes. Rich malt sweetness, dextrinous almost. Warming finish and full body with a low carbonation. DuffMan (10451) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 2, 2012
Bottle, shared with mmmIPA and my in-laws. Cloudy medium amber, light golden head, good retention. Aroma is warm rye, raisins, vanilla. Flavour is very rye-centric also, warm sweet rye, vanilla, raisins, light spice, wood. Warm finish, light bitterness. Very delicious, balanced to avoid harsh booziness or cloying sweetness. Loved it! My father-in-law thought it was the best beer he ever had! And he’s had a lot of beers with me.