Beerman6686 (6611) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2013
This one poured a cloudy ruby red color with an off white head. Aroma was light spice, rye, toasted malt and caramel. Flavor was nicely balanced, with a bit of sweetness and a nice amount of spiceness too. Nice for a winter beer. tonyth1965 (39) - Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2013
Pours a wonderful dark brown, but crystal clear. Tan head dissipates quickly, with much less lacing than I anticipated at the pour. Has a pleasant sweet aroma, but not fruity. Roasted malts dominate the taste, not heavy on the hops. However, there is a pronounced bitterness in the aftertaste that probably kept me from rating it higher. Overall, quite good. rbrazell (1763) - Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2013
Draft at proof. Amber pour with a fluffy tan head that laces all the way down. Aroma of sweet caramel malts, floral hops and light estery spices. Flavors leans a bit more toffee with touches of chocolate, almost mole like spice undertone with more estery yeast. Not too shabby. JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 17, 2013
On tap at Tyler’s, Apex. Earthy looking copper pour, dusty and flaked with sediment. Nice firm head and moderate carbonation throughout. Fruits and candy malts were nicely understated, and more herbal, bitter flavors took pride of place. That’s more my style, and so I appreciated this as opposed to the overly sweet winter brews one often encounters. superspak (6015) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - FEB 16, 2013
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 10/24/2012. Pours fairly crystal clear reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, raisin, fig, apple, toast, toffee, dark bread, light nuttiness, light rye spiciness, and floral earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and decent strength. Taste of caramel, toast, raisin, fig, apple, toffee, dark bread, brown sugar, light nuttiness, light rye spiciness, and floral earthiness. Light bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, light fruits, toffee, dark bread, light rye spiciness, and floral on the finish for a bit. Nice balance and robustness of flavors; with hardly any cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice dark mild ale. Good balance and robustness of flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.
Tstandiford (10) - Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Tasted in a snifter, small amount poured.
Caramel prominently, with hints of Roasted malts
Deep amber with a vanilla colored head that dissipates relatively fast, especially for being in a tulip.
Caramel flavors with hints of Rye. A nice Roasty finish. a swish brings out a very Creamy mouthfeel.
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Dark tea brown. Nutty and definite rye. Dryer than expected. Moderate clean bitterness in the finish. AndyW68 (1602) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 15, 2013
Clear brown pour with almost no head. Aroma of roasr malt and some sweet hops. Flavor was similar witb sweet up front and a more bitter finish. Mouthfeel was watery. FishBizkit (234) - Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2013
The pour is a dark brown with a white head that leaves lacing. The aroma is toffee heavy with some malt note standing out. The taste is light and creamy up front with the rye standing out in somewhat of a bitter ending.
-Fish! BeerandBlues2 (13814) - Escondido, California, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Bottle. Pours clear brown with a medium, frothy light tan head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is dark bread, toasted notes, raisins, figs, and spicy rye with spicy and earthy hops. Flavor is malt dominant with light hops and bitterness, light dark fruity esters and a sweet finish. Medium body and carbonation.