JK (6162) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 9, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2010 Much better the second time. Lots of malt on this beer with a grain sweetness. Very low carbonation, smooth, thick palate. No hop presence really, and that is OK.
Mild malt, some grain. Medium palate and dark brown, very little carbonation. Kind of soapy. 332/5/2/12 MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - JAN 8, 2009
Poured from a 12oz bottle (Bottled on 11/11/08) and served in a pint glass. This beer poured a lightly hazy copper brown hue with a quickly fading head of tan foam that settled into a lasting ring. Decent lacing. The aroma was made up of sharp rye, caramel, a bit of chocolate, a hint of dark fruit skins, and very mild noble hops. The flavor consisted of spicy rye, rich caramel, toasted nuts and grain, and a very mild, earthy hop note. Rich and malty. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied and had crisp, moderate carbonation. A nicely made winter session ale. I’ve already gone through a couple sixes this winter. alexsdad06 (10436) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JAN 6, 2009
12 oz. bottle shared by shigadeyo. Pours brown with reddish highlights and a small off white head. The aroma has light spices and mild hoppiness over top of a caramel malt base/ The flavor is a combination of caramel, rye, mild spices, and a general fruitiness. The finish is slightly dry and biscuity. A decent brew, not one of there best. basewars (169) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 3, 2009
Tap. Pours dark brown with moderate off-white head. Aroma is mostly caramel malt with some bread. Flavor is similar with quite a bit of maltiness rather than yeast. Unfortunately this was probably served too cold to get the full flavor. Nevertheless, a good beer. jcr (2705) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 3, 2009
Bottle. Dark, clear reddish-brown body. One finger of off-white head, quickly diminishing. Aroma of caramel, rye and spice (ginger and a hint of cinammon), nuts and toast. The flavor is lightly to moderately sweet and lightly bitter. The finish is lightly to moderately bitter and lightly to moderately sweet. Aftertaste of rye and tea with a touch of caramel. Medium body with a slightly syrupy texture. Lively carbonation. OK, though the sweetness rather than the rye jumps out front. One was enough.
ilovedarkbeer (2741) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2008
On tap. Pours a dark reddish brown color with a medium sized off white head that is like large bubbly fish eggs. Nose is sour yeasty rye bread, and some caramel malt. Taste is about the same with a bit of a spicey back end. Not bad but not really my thing. topherh (1928) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - DEC 30, 2008
Pours reddish brown with a thin beige head. Aroma is grainy malt. Flavor is dominated by malt, smoth with a little spiciness from the rye. auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - DEC 30, 2008
12oz Bottle. Slight roasty malt, with a bit of caramel, toasted hazlenuts and some butter. A bit...weird. Pours a red-brown, clearish, with little sustaining head. Flavor is okay. A little, caramel heavy toast and roast. A fairly calm beer. Lightly chewy. Salt. Oak. A touch of spicy and musky rye. This is drinkable, but I think I would fatigue of it quickly. A little more sugar than I would want from this style. screigh (737) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 30, 2008
Poured a dark copper color with a small head. I can smell the rye but cannot taste it. Taste is a bit tart and a little dry. I even get the slightest hint of tobacco in the flavor. While this isn’t mind blowing it is very decent and differnt from what I would have thought a "winter" would be. FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2008
Pours a mahogany brownish red with a small white head. Aroma is definitely noticeable rye breadiness along with a spicy of kick. A small amount of sweet fruitiness that gives it a fruitcake like nose. Huge malt sweetness. That cake nose feels like it is transported to the flavor. Very sweet from start to finish with a slight bitterness that lingers. Slight ginger or clove spiciness also adds some kick. Medium to full body and moderate carbonation. This is actually a nice little winter beer. Not trying to be too much or overly hoppy which is sometimes refreshing amongst todays hop world. Nice malt and spice showcase.