RATINGS: 530   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 28   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
Toffee brown, medium-bodied, with a creamy head and an aroma of raisins and freshly baked dark bread. Mild Winters rich caramel malt and spicy rye flavors are sure to take the bite out of whatever Old Man Winter brews up for you this year.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 30, 2009
On tap at Maple Tree Inn, Blue Island. Though sampled on tap, this winter seasonal was enjoyed in the last week of July, so certainly not at its freshest...Attractive deep coppery pour with light tan head that quickly disappeared. Very minimal aroma: cereal and light malt. The flavor was light spicy rye grain, toffee, and touches of very, very light noble hops. Mouthfeel was pretty thin, just this side of insubstantial.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SSSteve (4006) - - JUL 29, 2009
12oz bottle. clear root beer color under a medium sized creamy tan head. spicy rye aroma with hints of caramel, nuts and cereal. flavors are the same as described in the aroma. light-medium bodied. very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (6040) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUL 15, 2009
Nice crisp deep amber and copper tinted body with a large tan head that lasts for quite a while. Aroma of rye, oatmeal, hops, malt and a bit of cereal. Light to Medium-bodied; Strong malt flavour up front mostly of caramel with a tiny bit of rye showing through and a rather pleasant mild hop taste. Aftertaste shows caramel, brown sugar and a light dose of malt - very nice. Overall, a nice twist on a mild - a style I dont see enough of, but a good beer and definitely worthwhile during autumn in Chicago! I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Half Time in Poughkeepsie, New York on 11-June-2009, sampled at home in Washington on 14-July-2009.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
coyotehunter (698) - , Michigan, USA - JUN 26, 2009
Dark yellow pour, fluffy white head. Aromas of toast, some grain and maybe a touch of hops. Flavor follows the aroma pretty well. Not too bad, with a light bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rds (230) - USA - JUN 9, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2009 Burnt copper body with a thin white head, lots of sweet caramel and molasses in the mix, and the rye adds a nice unusual note on the finish.i

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gregis (1281) - Stilwell, Kansas, USA - JUN 7, 2009
Pours a dark iced tea brown with three fingers of fluffy off-white head which diminishes, leaving behind a thin skin and wispy lace. The nose is of sweet toasted malt and marbled rye with a touch of a spruce-like hop note in support. Light to medium-bodied with a soft creamy mouthfeel, it has a pleasant, mildly bitter finish. The flavor is a really well integrated blend of toasty/roasty malt, rye and sprucy hops. I cant really quantify why I like this beer as much as I do. Im just really digging the interesting and satisfying blend of flavors supported by a pleasing mouthfeel. This is among my favorites from GI, and easily the most interesting of their regular/seasonal offerings.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
OldGrowth (3416) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JUN 1, 2009
bottle from trade with General Gao. bottled 12/18/08. Good aroma, sweet, bread, wet cardboard. dark brownish orange color, good head & lace. Bitter sweet flavor, Medium body, oily creamy mouthfeel, mild bitter finish. Good beer, looked great, felt good in mouth, didnt get the rye out of it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nuplastikk (6085) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 29, 2009
12oz bottle. Deep, murky amber-brown. Nice lively head that dies down after a minute or two. Mellow sweet malt, borwn sugar aroma. Rich and sweet, full bodied. Deep caramel and nut flavors, with a very pleasantly bitter, orange-vanilla undertone in the finish. The rye does give it a slightly odd taste, but also imparts a festive quality, which is nice in the winter. Better than I expected it to be for sure.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lb4lb (2587) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 19, 2009
Bottle as an extra in trade from FlssmrBrewer. Thanks! Pours a clear dark maroon with short lived beige head. Smell is dark caramel and mild rye. Taste is smooth and balanced with a malty caramel and rye flavor with a very light balancing bitterness. Still leans a touch sweet which is a nice change from the hoppy rye beers I tend to see. Enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - APR 16, 2009
malty, dark reddish brown pour with a small white head. spices. caramel. bread

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