XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - OCT 19, 2012
Had this at the 2012 Great American Beer Fest in Denver, Colorado. Nice sweet barrel notes, taste is very woody, dry finish. ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - OCT 19, 2012
Reviewed 9/29. Thanks to Momar42 for the bottle! About 6 oz poured into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a very dark brown color. The head is a one finger offwhite color with somewhat thick bubbles and good retention.
S: Fairly citrusy, but with that green piny note to it - Simcoe hops, perhaps? The darker malts don’t really come through, but the citrusy profile redeems things.
T: Much like the aroma, the citrusy flavors come through strongly. The first few sips are a bit questionable in its balance and drinkability, but once this opens up, it becomes quite pleasant in conjunction with the rye malts. Further sips show some chocolate in its profile. This *is* an older bottle, but still very enjoyable, if a little lacking in complexity.
M: Pretty dry - thank you rye malts - and drinkable. It’s not too heavy or light either way in terms or body, nor is it overcarbonated.
O: It’s another "man, this could have been AMAZING" fresh situation with this. Right now, though, it’s still really damn good. I’ll be on the lookout for a fresh bottle/keg of this. vt3stick (103) - Chicago, USA - OCT 19, 2012
Malty with a bitter aftertaste. Hops show through as you continue drinking. Very interesting beer. The hops show through after the initial malty bitter flavor. Well balanced, best rye IPA I’ve tasted yet. BillKismet (4060) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 18, 2012
Appears like a glass brimming with liquid chocolate and a thin white verdisgris cover. Wonderful piney hop nose surrounded in a layered forest of clean, roasty black barley. Leather and medium-dark chocolate notes. Entrancing. The body is piney and boozy. Certainly more rough around the edges than the aroma presaged. Sticky roast adheres to the back of the palate. Ends with an off-key, sour-bitter twang. jmohno (1619) - Iowa, USA - OCT 18, 2012
Black with thin head,scattered lacing.
Very fruity aroma,hoppy,fresh,resinous,orange,spice,citrus. Catpiss(simcoe).Grapefruit.Some malt/chocolate notes hidden behind the hops.
Taste is smooth,oily,hops,resin, big fruit-citrus,some spice, grapefruit,smooth mild chocolate ,slight roast/coffee towards the end. Nice smooth chewyness with notes of carmel malt sweetness. Very hop forward in a smooth black rye .
BiddleBrau (1221) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2012
Hmmmmm, really didn’t see this like everyone else. I now see it is a Rye brew which rarely appeals to me but this just didn’t hit the mark for me. Hopefully I get to try again. Brown with a tan head, lots of lacing. Weird musty aroma. I found the flavor unpleasant as well Looked good but I just didn’t appreciate this. DuffMan (10433) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 16, 2012
On tap @ Stone brewery. Dark brown, tan head, generous lace. Equally malty (roast, soy, bitter chocolate) and hoppy (pine, guava, light mint), with a distinct spiciness from the rye. Terrific balance, boldly flavoured, really really nice. conway (2210) - - OCT 15, 2012
Pours black with little head. Huge piney aroma. Taste is piney with nice rye spice. Lively carb.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone colinize (317) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2012
Served at great american beer festival 2012. Oh man this is a good beer. Has just about everything I love. dukeredhair (243) - California, USA - OCT 14, 2012
GOOD LORD! That is a lot of Rye! Look I get it, it even says it in the title but holy nutburger that is some serious Rye Spice. Aroma is hops. first and foremost most the typical West Coast style, lots of grapefruits citrus etc. hint of pine. App: black with beige head and nice fine lacing. Taste is almost entirely dominated by RYE. Initial hint is hops but that precedes an enormous RYE bomb. Palate is thick spicy and .... wait for it.... RYE- ey. Overall it was a bit hard to get through a bomber of this. Definitely not my face and a bit curious what all the love is about...