mcjay (463) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 11, 2008
Deep amber/copper color with a nice off white head. Caramel aroma with a rich malty and slightly spicy taste and a dash of hops. dwaggs2 (1298) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - DEC 9, 2008
Bottle. Pours a darker amber color with a little white head. Nothing to special. Smells of malts and maybe a hint of fruits. Very smooth on the palate. Goes down very easy. A good drinkable enjoyable beer. Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 8, 2008
nice copper colour with a thick lasting head.
Biscuity aroma, caramel, some dark fruit tones. Flavour was rich molassess, dark fruit light spice. Light bready rye tones.
Very drinkable. jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2009 Draft at Jerry’s. Amber with good, foamy, beige head / Earthy, bready, brown sugar and spice nose / Light to medium body, some texture, with soft carbonation, good balance and dry, spicy finish / Mild, earthy flavors of rye, brown sugar, bread, and spice / Mild indeed, but lovely. JPDIPSO (6286) - Wauwatosa, USA - DEC 5, 2008
Dark copper to umber in color. Tall lasting aged canvas colored head. Malted and caramel aroma in the front. Some definite rye in the background. Bits of spice and leather as well. This is my type of brew. Malty and chewy. Lots of malt and rich flavors of the specialty malt mingling together. Some spice as well from the rye. ONly a bit of bitterness from the roasted malts, but there is a gentle nip in the finish and linger. A bit syrupy at times. Something tells me this would be a killer lager. But I am going against the grain here.
heemer77 (5360) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 5, 2008
Deep and rich brown rust colored body with a dense light khaki head. The aroma is lightly malty bread with a pleasing fresh dough quality. There is also a little bit of cocoa and iced tea. The taste is heavy with tree bark and some over steeped tea. The finish is way off with some strange almost plastic or paper like notes. Great smelling, but the flavors are just weird. DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 5, 2008
12oz. Bottled a few weeks ago. Pours a dark, pretty, clear amber color with a big ole dense white head. Plentiful lacing. Aroma is malty, slightly spicy, slight vomity. Like a mild brown ale. Rye is noticeable though subtle. Flavor is smooth, full bodied, lowly carbonated with a round, flat body. I am really digging the carbonation/body on this, almost cask like. Flavor is mild and the alcohol is hidden well. Sessionable. I bought a six pack of this because I was in the mood for something of this nature and it is really hitting the spot. I did not know it was a rye but it really does not come off that way too much. Solid. hogan873 (451) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2008
Nice amber body with a thick tan head that results in decent lacing. The aroma is light, but I can note some caramel, malt, and just a whiff of grassy hops. The palate is a bit complex with both creamy and bright being good adjectives. The flavor is quite good. The malty sweetness introduces itself with caramel and biscuit evident. The rye and hops finish the beer off with a good bite. A very flavorful and extremely drinkable brew. HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2010 Pours amber with a slight off white head. Aroma is a bit underwhelming, with a light, bacony, rye smell. Flavor is a mild blend of rye, spice, caramel. Very drinkable, yet underwhelming. But, its supposed to be mild right? I think this might be better on tap, or at least very cold.
Re-rate: I didn’t get this beer before. Now, I’ve had it many times over the last few years and it’s petty good. Dark bread, rye, fruit. Cool spiciness. Pretty great winter session beer. Headbanger (4021) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2008
12oz bottle(Trader Joe’s-Naperville)-Pours a nice medium amber body with a big off white head which emits an aroma of rye, malts, and hops. Taste of rye, malt, caramel, spices, and hops. This medium bodied brew is very well balanced and quite drinkable. Nice job.