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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2008
Tap at Clybourn. Pour is a really deep brown red. Nose is spicy with a touch of American hops to come through. On taste, not near as bitter as expected, nor as spicy, given the hop choices. Actually tastes quite subdued for a rye beer. Rich and malty with a euro tone. Nice and soft.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 15, 2008
Tap at Clybourn and served in a MBA pint glass, My #100 Goose Island rating!

Coppery to deep brown hue with a small lasting frothy off-white head and very good lacing. The aroma has notes of caramel, rye, papery and chalky oxidization, hint of apple, and spicy hop vapours. The taste is twangy acidic fruits and snappy rye bread. Some grassy and herbal hops balance the palate. The finish is part bread and allspice. The mouth feel is lively and sharp, very refreshing. Outside a weak nose this is a very good brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 6, 2008
Draft at Clybourn. Poured a muddy dark orange color with an off white head. Smelled of toffee, toasted bread, and light flowery hops. Light to medium bodied and slightly sweet. Somewhat spicy and citrusy with a toffee note. There was also some distinct tobacco. Very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2008
draft at clybourn. had this since they were out of cask Rye PA. anyways, it was dark brown, set nicely. a little watery at first i noticed. no real rye character, pretty light bodied. has that goose island ubiquitous taste. reasonably well balanced, drinkable, but i’d probably not want more than 1. obviously i wasn’t paying a ton of attention.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kseecs16 (1215) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUL 28, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2008 Draught at the Clybourn pub. Dark brown lighter ruddy color at edges. Thin light tan head clings to the glass. Spicy molasses and hops in the aroma. Toasty malt and spice flavor. Caramely. full bodied. Bottled version seemed more bland, less sharp flavors, rated 6 4 6 3. 11/20/2008.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wmubronco1992 (709) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - JUL 27, 2008
On tap at the Clybourn location. Red Carmal color. Medium white head, minimal lacing. Hints of carmal. Dry finish, mild bitterness. Overall a mild rye. This one was just ok for me, but its always an honor to be able to try a new release at the brewery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2008
draft at GI clybourn....pours a darker caramel brown than the celebration ale with a thin white head..... aroma of grassy hops and very lightly spiced.... flavor had more grassy malt that took a backseat to a strong foundation of toasted malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WickerBrew (311) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2008
This was pretty solid, but also kind of average. Very creamy and smooth for a rye beer, I expected more robust spiciness. Goes down easy though to the point where I wouldnt mind having a few of these.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 13, 2008
On tap at Goose Clybourn. Poured medium reddish-brown with a creamy cap of beige head. The aroma was light and sweeter with caramel on the front and more vegetal-"inspired" notes toward the back.. spicage was mild and I didn’t pick up any rye in the nose.. grassy and hay accents. The flavor found sweet caramel and lighter fruity notes surrounded by a touch of rye, black pepper, and brighter wheaty notes.. organic feel on the finish.. didn’t like it so much. Lighter-bodied-plus with too much carbonation and too little emphasis on the rye.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drewbeerme (3919) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 9, 2008
on tap at GI LPB. pours hazy dark amber with creamy off white head. a hop profile that is very honkers esque, noble hops of leathery and grassy notes. caramel malts coming through in the end. flavors of rye, caramel, subtle roast, leathery hop notes with a mildly spicy finish. sort of like a slightly bigger and rye version of honkers. i wasn’t impressed at first but this thing really grew on me.

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