arkurzynski (2427) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2011
Bottle thanks to motortoddhead. Deep orange/brown/red in color with off-white head. Slightly hazy. Deep passion fruit, citrus, spicy rye, toasted bread, light caramel in the nose. Ultra-smooth citrus, rye spice, and caramel with baked bread, biscuit, toasted malt in the finish. Light hopping throughout, mostly citrus/grapefruit. Most apparent in mid-flavor and finish. Slightly creamy and lighter than expected on the palate. Melding of flavors and pure smoothness make up for this. Fred82 (2324) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 28, 2011
Bottle at saturday night hotel tasting. EBF 2011craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2011
Appearance : Clear amber.
Aroma : Spicy rye with malt. Nice rye.
Taste : Spicy rye with malt, nice malt.
Overall : NIce stuff but nothing special. Nice rye and malt on the finish. Rather sweet. Ok.
tasting on 8/20/11. light orange / amber pour with a thin white head. light rye nose with a touch of citrus... fighting a bit to get some aromas flowing. very nice body with rye, spices, pepper, grape, raisin, fig, and dates. sweet finish with more dark fruit layers. That1Guy (2236) - Colorado, USA - JUN 19, 2011
Crushed with Honkeybra. Smooth as hell. Incredibly deceptive with subtle flavors. Very malty but also perfectly balanced. Just a fantastic drinking experience. One of the best non-barrel aged barley wines out there. msante79 (2225) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2010
Waxed bomber from today’s release. Had this as a sample at the Piece Barley Wine Party but waited for the bottle to rate it. Pours deep reddish brown with thick light tan head. Aromas of spicy and earthy hops, citrus, and some bready malts. Flavors of thick and chewy malts, rye and caraway, earthy hops, light citrus and some spices. Finishes malty with some spice. ABV is really unnoticeable. Thick and creamy mouthfeel that coats the tongue. Really unique brew. Not really a barley wine as there is no sweet malty flavor profile. It is more spicy/earthy hops with rye and malt.
Rye beers can be really hit or miss with me and Bryan knocked this one out the park. Can’t wait to try the BA version as I think this will hold up well in the barrel. Would also be a good beer to age on citrus rinds as well.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JUN 10, 2011
thanks susygreenberg! 60 percent rye? awesome. sunflower seed nose, rich. ruby copper. toasty, boozy, finishes hot. one sided. HonusWagner (2168) - Florida, USA - SEP 4, 2011
A solid somewhat sweet barley wine with minimal hop character but a nice spicy element from the rye. I like this beer quite a bit. holdenn (2116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2010
On tap@ the maproom. Dark brown with a beige head. Sweet nose some grain touch of alcohol though nothing too strong in the nose. A little overly sweet lots of earthy hops that rye and toasted malts that also contend with that earthiness. Sweet but decent. Slick body Long earthy bitter finish. DalzAle (2037) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2011
Bottle shared by maximum12. Clear dark copper pour, a little carbonation and a nice boozy hop aroma. Flavor is nice spicy hops and a little booze mixed with some sweet caramel throughout. Very good. RAYBOY01 (2011) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2010
Deeply hazed ruby pour with light off-white head that releases a very strong alcohol nose along with spicy and earthy hop notes and darkly roasted grain sweetness. Flavors are very strong: roasted barley sweetness, rye cereal spiciness, alcohol dryness in the finish, herbal and earthy hop bite, and very robust malt bottom. Texture is thick and vinous, with a luxuriant oily quality that needs to be sipped slowly and allowed to open up as it approaches room temperature. Very impressive experimental brew! Can’t wait for the BA version to mature.