tomthompson89 (1982) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 9, 2007
Im jumping the gun a little bit since this one was fresh from the tank unfiltered, at the brewery with John, But im sure it will be out for spring reviaval. great interesting beer, very cloudy nice mouthfeel, interesting nose not overpowering. Another big alcohol at 7.7 or it was at the time of tasting, so well hidden. lovely aftertaste slightly buttery finish. great beer pootzboy (1779) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 8, 2007
A wonderous elixer! On tap at the Castle on King
A rich prtien-hazed orange color in the glass with a 1 finger off white sticky cap.
Aroma is lush: rich spicey grains over some light honey-like tones and wet grass.
Starts thick with spicey-tangy rye malts.... mid way you get some light hop s and some tangy sweetness...finish is delightful, rich and malty, spicey with a caraway seed-licorice root taste.
This is a flavorful "big" beer and the rye spiciness just sets it off wonderfully....hides alcohol well...drinkable and satisfying. The brewer gets 2 extra points for imagination and originality....rare traits in the Ontartio "me too" craft brewing market.
VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 20, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2007 On tap at Magpie - clear deep gold with a fairly frothy white head. Aroma expertly mingles sharp hops and a subtle malt sweetness. Flavour very intriguing - a surpising caraway prominence and very sweet because of the rye. Some underlying hops as well as a spiciness. Alcohol is very well hidden. Church Key is a great brewery and I hope to taste more of these unique experiments from them. Props for taking a chance..... shintriad (701) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 8, 2007
Strong pumpernickel flavour, spicy yet mild. Thick, creamy and sticky body. A bit one-dimensional, but enjoyable nonetheless. A great experiment by a respected brewery. Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 29, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2007 On tap at the Cloak and Dagger, rating 1700. Dark copper, big white head. Sweet aroma, hint of grain. Taste is very sweet, some alcohol, some bread notes, and lots of caramel in the finish. Thick foamy mouthfeel. In tastes the 7.5% that is listed. Flavourful, without coming close to the superior rye beers from folks like Bear Republic or Founders. Good beer. Cheers to Church Key for trying something new yet again.
Update: tried it out of one of the neat bombers that they had for sale at the brewery and it was good - probably better than on tap. The nose was improved, and the taste was really nice - lots of caramel and fresh grains. This is one solid beer.
Slacks (615) - Bolton, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 6, 2007
Draught @ Volo: Billed as "Catch Her Rye" at Volo by our cranky bartender.. asked him what it was, he said "rye beer". Cleared that right up, slapnuts. Came dark copper colour, just a small ring of white head. Aroma is mild, breads and grains, just a hint of rye. The flavour is terrific, great whiskey-style malting with nicely done caramely sweetness for balance. I love John at Church-Key simply for his non-stop efforts at offering something untraditional. I should also note that until I read it now I had no idea it was 7.5%, the alcohol is very, very well hidden. GregClow (3402) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 11, 2007
Bottle shared with tupalev, jerc, mabel & blankboy - courtesy of tupalev. Bright copper-gold with a tiny white head. Nice fresh aroma of wheat, rye, and roasted corn. Medium mouthfeel. Flavour is fairly sweet, with a nice rye tang, some other grain notes, and a stickly, orangey finish. Hides that 7.5% very nicely. An interesting beer. jercraigs (10651) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 10, 2007
Bottle courtesy of Tupalev. Copper body with a small white head. Massive aroma of cream corn, yeast, and ambiguous fruit and an underlying grainy rye. The aroma is pleasant, but a bit odd. Similar character in the flavours - fruity with a rough hewn grainy foundation. Smooth average palate. 7.5% abv was very subtle, I would not have guess that from the taste. Interesting. Did not love it, but it bodes well for future specialty releases. A solid effort. mabel (9246) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 28, 2007
[303-20070509] 650mL (c/o tupalev, w/ him, blankboy, GregClow, jerc). Caramelized veggie aroma with a sweet background. Clear, brown orange body with a quick head and some central groups of medium-sized bubbles. Tastes like a watered-down root vegetable smoothie, kinda boozy and a sweet long aftertaste. Medium-full body. Very interesting blend of aroma/flavour. blankboy (7735) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 10, 2007
Bottle (650ml) shared with tupalev, GregClow, jerc & mabel -- courtesy of tupalev. Pours a clear copper-orange with a small diminishing white head. Aroma of lots of caramel malt along with some yeast and grain. Sweet flavour of caramel malt, bread, grain and a hint of rye. Alcohol’s well hidden. Medium bodied. Pretty good, kudos to Church-Key for making more then mainstream Lagers and Ales.