Frank (4233) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2010
Slightly reddish brown. Tan head in a ring w/ spotty lace. Banana-ish tuti-fruity sort of nose, reminds me of Juicy Fruit gum to some extent, overall very sweet smelling. Creamy thick palate. Lip coating cotton candy like sweetness. A bit of chocolate and darker malt character. The mouthfeel from such a large amount of rye in a high gravity beer is really something but this cloys a bit w/o quite enough bitterness to bring real balance. Butters (4176) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2010
Sampled at the Richmond Gathering XII. Big malty biscuit, caramel, scotch, sweetness helps to balance out the spicy rye character. Very good. I really like this for the sweetness. HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2010
Someone hooked me up with a nice pour on DLD2010. I was very excited to try this. Ruddy reddish pour, off-white head. Aroma is earthy, with noticeable herbal hop and rye notes. Flavor is spicy, fruity, some citrus. Very nice. Smooth and a pleasure to drink. Really digging the rye in this. Great beer. drewbeerme (3921) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2010
22oz, pours ruby red with off white head. Nose of red fruit, grapefruit, mint. Flavors of grapefruit, rye, brown sugar, and pine. Med body. Zlotta (3808) - Hagen / Düsseldorf, GERMANY - JUL 27, 2016
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2016 Sampled from 0.65 l bottle at 9.5% abv, shared by kermis at Not THT, thanks! Slightly hazy, brownish amber with an off-white head. Sweetish-malty, slightly spicy aroma of caramel, brown sugar, nuts and spices (caraway?). Rather sweet, malty and quite spicy taste of caramel, honey, brown sugar, nuts and spices, followed by a medium long, slightly bitter, a bit warming-alcoholic finish. Medium to full body, rather oily mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Very nice!
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 18, 2010
Bottle courtesy of BrewEngineer at the 12th Richmond Ratebeer Gathering on 09/18/2010. Clear dark amber body with a very small frothy off-white head. Very spicy dark fruit and citrus aroma. Sweet caramel, citrus and big spice flavor. Medium body with moderate carbonation.
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 14, 2011
22 oz bottle, 2010. Murky brown with beige froth and speckles. Nose is caramel, caraway and raisin. Medium to full body with an airy buzz. Taste is caramel, light molasses, caraway and grass. Wonderfully integrates the sweet spice of the caraway with the bitter seedy side. smith4498 (3673) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2010
Bottle from a trade with msante79. Pours dark brown color with khaki head. Aromas of rye, dark fruits, molasses and citrus. Flavors of spicy rye, raisins, molasses and citrus fruits. Medium to full body with moderate carbonation. Very nice. Thanks Mark. jcartamdg (3530) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2013
Pours amber orange with no head. Aroma of malt and dark fruit. Taste is malt, prunes, slight bitterness. Interesting but not for me. chibuck (3521) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
Finally getting around to reviewing this, thanks Alex. Review # 1600. Bottle poured into a perfect pint glass...Pours a lighter transparent brown with tons of red accents. An off white head rises about a finger, falls quickly leaving only a ring and a little lacing...The aroma is sweet, almost too sweet for a barleywine, hops aren’t present to cut that. Rye, alcohol, spices, caramel. Good, not great...The taste is better, certainly more balanced and closer to a barleywine. Great quad notes of dark fruits, and brown sugar balanced with some roast and hops. Rye backbone throughout this.
This is pretty decent, needs some work, but I would drink it again.