rmussman (1701) - California, USA - DEC 31, 2011
Bottle number 967 of the 2010 vintage. Really excellent. Sampled it with a group of stout lovers and they were all in awe of this brew. The rye is a gentle touch, but overall on its own this brew is really rich and thick. Great brew, looking forward to my other bottles. hallinghansen (3411) - Odense SV, DENMARK - MAR 3, 2012
Bottle # 1750 vintage 2009. Dark brown body with a small light brown head, leaving nice lacings. Aroma is chocolate, toffee, dark fruits, coffee, roasted malt, bourbon, oak, vanilla. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, sweet bourbon, oak, raisins, plums, burned sugar. The alcohol tickles on the lips. Medium carbonation. Mmm i clearly want more. hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - MAY 6, 2012
2011 green wax boTtle pours pitch black with a thick tan head with amazing retention. Armas are booze, spicy rye, chocolate and roared malt. Tastes are chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, oak, and rye whiskey. A really nice whiskey flavor prevails, but the beer is not hot. Drink at cellar temp up to 60 degrees to really get the depth of ths beer. Wonderful. jredmond (8518) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 1, 2012
Bottle at bills. Pours a deep chocolate black body with thin brown lacing. Aroma is sweet chocolate, light licorice, molasses, brown sugar and oak. Mouthfeel is medium with notes with sweet chocolate, molasses, licorice, bourbon and wood. johnnnniee (4404) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 22, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2013 2011 bottling courtesy of Secret Santa Alex, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a solid black with a huge tan head that slowly dissipates, but never leaves and sticks much lace to the sides of the glass. The aroma coming out of my glass is almost heavenly. Roasty chocolate caramel and coffee wrapped in a subtle but evident barrel treatment of vanilla, coconut, white frosting, and rye whiskey. The flavor starts off sweet and malty with lots of roast, brown sugar, and chocolate. The barrel notes rush in with vanilla, whiskey, light wood to remind us that this is no ordinary stout. Lingering roasty whiskey last long after every sip. Thick body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy creamy mouthfeel. This is a really good stout, I can’t believe I haven’t tried this before. Now to get me some more.
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - FEB 3, 2013
We did a taste testing of five different 50-50 2012 stouts. For the base stout, it’s quite frankly superb. Pours black, with a beautiful yellowish-white froth. Some coffee notes, little bitterness, but the predominating flavor is roasted malt.
Of the five we tasted, the mellow corn was tied as my favorite. The rye character of the barrel was well pronounced in the flavor, almost giving it a black IPA character. The rye was the yang to the mellow corn version’s yin. If you only taste two, Ritttenhouse Rye and mellow corn in my estimation are the way to go. drowland (8955) - Georgia, USA - APR 11, 2013
4/11/13. 2012 Bomber - Rittenhouse Rye. Tasted side by side with 4 other Eclipses. Krunk. Black pour with a nice tan head. Rich BA aroma, plenty of roast, fudge, coconut, caramel, and more - not as much heat as some of the others - with a bit of spice. Not my favorite of the bunch but better than the corn and Fitz. Not bad. Christian (13807) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 17, 2013
Bottle @ The Lost Tasting Of Abbey Beers, late edition, Odense 2013. Black with a lasting tan head. Big aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate, licorice, ink, ash and alcohol. Sweet and full bodied flavour with chocolate, roasted malt, licorice, vanilla, bourbon, charcoal and vinous alcohol. Great balance and intensity for a Super strong and sweet black beer alobar (3885) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2013
Pours used motor oil black with an an aroma of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and some roast. Complex flavor with vanilla, chocolate, caramel, and bourbon. One of the better I’ve ever had. gyllenbock (9712) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 21, 2014
Bottle at City Beer, February 2014.
Black with a small tan head. Nice aroma of roasted malt, vanilla, caramel and some whisky. More whisky in the taste, also oak, light coffee and chocolate. A smooth one to drink. The aftertaste was long and with some warming alcohol. An excellent beer.