cubs (10714) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 22, 2013
Bottle in Chicago with TheAlum. Thanks Adam! 2011 vintage. Pours a murky dark orange appearance with little head. Fairly spicy, caramel, a bit oxidized, a touch fruity aroma. Fairly rich spicy rye, light toffee, mild molasses, a bit fruity, herbal flavor. Very smooth for the abv. Steasy66 (1158) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 3, 2013
Caramel color. Small white head. Spicy rye and toffee aroma. Flavor is nice, spicy rye, some toffee. Drinks like a young barleywine even though its a few years old. Good but not great. corby112 (2813) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2012
Pours a hazy dark copper color with amber edges and a half finger yellowish-beige head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Spotty lacing left behind.
Complex nose with lots of earthy pine, grassy hops, spicy rye, leathery malt and dark fruit notes. The rye is really prominent slightly overpowering things but as it warms, there are hints of caramel malt, toffee, plum and fig.
Medium bodied with a dry, earthy hop presence that compliments the spicy rye very nicely. Again, the rye flavor dominates but there’s also some grassy pine needle bitterness that lingers throughout. Some needed sweetness underneath from the malt backbone that gives off some toffee, caramel, raisin and fig. Pretty complex and well balanced with leathery malt and faint booziness in finish. The high is ABV really well masked making this beer deceptively drinkable. DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2012
Poured into a snifter. I had the BA version yesterday, so I figured I’d have this while the memory is still fresh. I’m not sure what vintage this is, but the bottle lists the ABV as 9.5%. Oddly enough there was some what appeared to be rust underneath the heavy layer of wax. Big thanks to SteveFinny for this.
4.5 A: Lightly hazed deep amber plum color. One finger of beige, superbly dense creamy head. Retention is about average for a beer this big, but a good deal of lacing is left.
4.0 S: Shockingly, this smells like the BA version, but without the bourbon and barrel. Big aggressive spicy earthy rye and plenty of caraway seeds too. Plum and fig fruits, caramel and some toffee. It was tough to pick up the caramel in the BA version, so I guess that’s how this one is a bit different.
3.5 T: Maybe it’s because this is the second time through this beer, but the taste isn’t nearly as powerful as it was in the BA version. Yes, the spicy earthy rye and caraway are still plentiful, but this isn’t slapping my taste buds silly. There’s also less fruitiness, a touch more bitterness, and more toffee and caramel. It’s still tasty, but isn’t as impressive as the one I had yesterday.
3.5 M: It might be because it has more carbonation, but this is a lot thinner than the BA version. Heavier medium body instead of syruppy heavy body. Carbonation level is much better though. Doesn’t have the major chewiness, which I like, but it also isn’t particularly creamy.
3.5 D: Tasty beer, but the BA version killed this, but that might have something to do with the vintage. Who knows. Worth a try
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 06-15-2012 04:45:14 decaturstevo (6343) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - APR 19, 2012
Hazed orange pour wtih tan head. Aroma is nice dried fruitiness and rye. Sweet malt, dates, with a flat dry resiny bitter. Medium bodied with good carbonation. pretty nice
mar (5443) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 15, 2012
bottle thanks to RC0032 shared @ rbwg ’12. amber pour with a cream ehad. nose is rye, malts, sweet syrup, dried fruits, and vanilla. smooth on the palate, rye, hops, malts, and a smooth finish. 1:30 am rate maxwelldeux (4433) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - APR 13, 2012
This has a really strong alcohol nose. It comes through much milder in the palate and makes for a nice biting taste. Dixonian (1657) - Plano, Texas, USA - FEB 29, 2012
22oz bottle thanks to thirdeye11 - drank side by side with the bourbon barrel version.
Deep amber brew with some white head. Lots of rye in the nose with caramel and toffee. Rye dominates the flavor as well with grapefruit and caramel malt. pineypower (3346) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - FEB 26, 2012
Bottle thanks to Dmac for sharing. Pours out a nice copper color with a small whispy off white head. Aroma is of rye, spices, caraway, caramel malts and light alcohol. Taste is grainy, with rye, caraway, caramel, light earth, some spice and a bit of a warming alcohol note on the finish. Interesting brew. drowland (9077) - Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2012
2/25/12. Bottle shared at RBWG 2012. Hazy amber pour with a very small ring of khaki head. Sweet caramel aroma with brown sugar and slight fruitiness. Richer, sweeter flavor with more sugar and fruits. Nice!