Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 18, 2010
Bomber, cream wax dipped. The pour yields a clear, dark, figgy-brown body with violet and crimson hues. A billowing head of smooth, consistent, beige tinted foam. Slowly settling to a thin, swirly film, the head leaves thin, tattered cobweb trails of hard lacing on the glass. Caraway seed is immediate and unmistakeable on the nose, as is abundant toasted rye, creamy caramel, and chocolate roast. Hints of stewed raisins lend a bit of dark, earthy, fruity sweetness, as warming alcohol and a hint of anise let you know this stuff means business. It’s not very hoppy, but the dark, dry roast brings thigs into balance. Flavors largely follow suit, showing notes of sticky burnt caramel, dry cocoa, toasted nuts, and maybe a bit of molasses. Raisin is there again, as is the spicy rye, caraway, and bready-peppery yeast. Alcohol is more prominent than I’d like, as a low, rolling warmth intensifies to an almost full-on burn at the bittersweet, burnt toffee finish. Big bodied, the palate is moderately carbonated,finishig with a sticky, cloyig consistency and the aforementioned alcohol burn. This reminds me a bit of Julio’s Rye(a)n Ale, only more boozy, not as well balanced, and minus the barrel character. In other words, it’s very solid, but it falls well short of Smuttynose’s rye wine masterpiece. pineypower (3295) - 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. hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 30, 2010
shared on 4/12/10 by dakine.
nutty brown color with a pale tannish head.
it smells like toasted caraway seeds, malt, caramel and mint.
the flavor is quite heavy on rye.... caramel is there as well as spice and a bitter finish.
medium body. rich but rye spice thins it out a touch. neat.8/4/8/4/17/4.1 Zlotta (3206) - Hagen / Bonn, 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! Damico (3147) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2012
Pours clean amber with a small white head. The aroma is light sweet malts, not overpowering at all like the BA version. The flavor is light sweet malts as well, with not bite or resiny sweetness for such a high ABV, making it very smooth for my palate. The body is lighter as well which helps, overall decent.
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - DEC 1, 2013
UPDATED: APR 3, 2014 Bottle: Thanks to Mike & Tim for sharing. Swampy looking, opaque copper body with nearly no head... barely even a ring forms around the edges. Aroma has notes of sweet, dark prunes & nearly vinous grapes with caramel, buttery toffee, & a light bit of toasty bread. Seems like some oxidation has taken place... lightly "stale" character in the back-end. Taste is big graham cracker up front with sweet toffee, light caramel, plums, prunes, grapes, & some more oxidation on the palate, lightly sherry-like but also somewhat stale & cardboard-y in the aftertaste. A little thin for a barley wine, & a mild rubbing alcohol character grows with too much warmth. Slightly disappointing considering how good the barrel aged version is. Wonder if this one was much better out of the gate? Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 2, 2011
22oz bottle. Rating #53. Dark copper with a nice little white head. Spicy and it has a nice little hoppiness. Light flavor, the carraway comes through pretty nicely, real nice beer. (1555) corby112 (2804) - 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. mariuspoenari (2637) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 27, 2016
Bottle shared thanks to kermis. Vintage 2011. Dark caramel pour with a thin tan head. Notes of caramel, cherries, spice, dried fruit, sweet coffee, chocolate. Medium bodied, light carbonation and a sticky sweet finish. StefanSD (2451) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - JUL 24, 2011
650 ml bottle from secret santa. thanks. Pours a translucent amber-brown color with a small off-white head that soon fades to a fine film. The aroma is displays lots of caramel, toffee and sherry with a bit of spice for effect. The flavor features the rye really well with spicy grains set in a sweet caramel malt backdrop. Earthy hops kick in giving this a nice IPA-like complexity, and also a bit of bread and biscuit fill in the back end. The palate is full and syrupy with prickly carbonation. Finishes long and sweet with lingering sherry and white pepper. Overall: I like the occasional sweet beer (as long as they don’t taste like saccharine), I love rye, and I worship barley-wines. How could this possibly miss, well it did not--this one came across as exceptional. I loved it. I tried pairing with a couple of cheeses as I occasionally wont to do: Goat Feta-not so good, Dutch Gouda-very good.