cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2012
Great river brewery hopapotamus - pours a very dark, clear, chestnut brown with red edges and a bubbly light brown head. The nose is interesting, it’s a bit light but there is some notes of chocolate and roasted malts. There is a nice rye spice between the malt and hop transition as oily, resinous, citric hop. The taste has the pronounced rye with chocolate malts accompanying. Fairly roasted with a lighter hop presence than the nose. Basically just a light citrus and faint bitterness. A bit thick and syrupy with a lighter carb but soft feel. Pretty enjoyable balance here. Vir4030 (603) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2012
Pretty malty and flat out of a cask at the brewery. The hops are there, but the are not driving the beer. Friendly folks, though, and I like the keg I got. portableparty (2350) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 3, 2012
Can. Pours dark copper brown in color with a big tight khaki soapy head that fades to a film and shows lacing. Aroma is piny bread and malt. Taste is very malt forward with rye and a bitterness with pine and spruce. Palate is full and sticky with a dry finish. GranvilleTim (1855) - Granville, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2012
Reddish-brown pour with a dark tan head. Aroma is citrus hops and a little rye. Taste is nice malt backbone with a citrus hop aftertaste. The rye flavor comes out at the end. ok lacing. fidelis83 (2437) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAY 1, 2012
Pours a deep garnet with a 2 finger beige head that has great retention and leaves pretty good lacing. Aroma is big on citrus hops, a little tropical fruit and a little, earth, chocolate and rye. Mostly the hops coming through though. Flavor is earthy rye, caramel, light chocolate, autumn leaves, citrus, a little pine and leafy hops. Palate is medium bodied, creamy on entry, medium carbonation, slightly slick, off dry finish. This stuff is pretty intense on the rye flavor. Good though. As it warms it get a little boozy, probably well above it’s ideal drinking temperature though.
MacBoost (1894) - Victor, New York, USA - APR 25, 2012
Gift from pepsiedcan. This beer presents itself in a full 16oz pint can, clocking in at a whopping 9% ABV. Pours a dark ruby color with a huge off white head consisting of fine bubbles. Aroma is of caramel, biscuit and some muted hop notes. Initial taste is very malt forward with bittering hops, but it fails to deliver on its hop-a-potamus promise. Instead, it relies on malted rye to get its point across. Standing on its own, this is still a solid brew, but not the hop bomb I was expecting. Decent. FURLYSURIOUS (263) - Orono, Minnesota, USA - APR 19, 2012
Pours a copper red with a healthy cap of tan head. Slow, steady beading and good lacing. The nose is earthy with layers of citrus, like fresh squeezed tangerine all smothered in caramel. There’s quite a pine bite on the tongue that transitions through rye and toasted grains. Drawn out, bitter afterburn. Overall, this beer isn’t perfect but it’s complex enough to keep things exciting. BVery (10485) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2012
Can. Dark pour with a cream head. Big hoppy and rye nose and taste. Really nice brew. heemer77 (5357) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - APR 16, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2013 New rating from a can. Dark brown body yellowish khaki head. The nose is toffee with fruit. Taste of sweet dough and almonds. There is also a hint of the rye and some bits of roasted coffee. Notes of rye throughout. A little thick and sticky in the mouth. Decent. GlassBrass440 (321) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 8, 2012
The color is almost black but when held to the light its true clear mahogany identity shows through. The snow white head lingers momentarily before being swallowed by the darkness beneath. Aroma starts like a traditional Roggenbier with lots of rye right off the bat but then the hops kick in and take it to another level of complexity with the citrus and pine playing a nice accompaniment to the rye. An astringent bitterness starts the flavor but rounds out to a northwest hop profile with a dry rye character keeping it grounded. The finish is dry with a lingering astringency. This is much more bitter than your typical pale ale and is closer to what I would call an IIPA, though no one style captures the entirety of this beer. A for originality and C+for execution.