smcolw (617) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 28, 2014
This is part of the 100 Barrel Series (#23).
Generous head that subsides into a rocky froth leaving full rings of lace on the glass. The liquid is crystal clear with a warm copper color.
Astringent smell with good hop in back. Some grass and raw grain. Spicy, black pepper.
Dry malt flavor up front which is quickly overwhelmed by a heavy hop presence. Surprisingly, after the swallow, the bitterness fades quickly. Less spicy than the smell would indicate. Superior body with good carbonation levels. johnnnniee (4411) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 29, 2011
Pours a crystal clear copperish amber with a fluffy white head that leaves ample lacing on the way down the glass. Aroma is spicy with a touch of phenolic, some fruity aromas and some caramel malt hiding in the back. Tastes toasted malts with a spicy bite from the rye. Leaves some bitterness on the palate in the finish. Medium body with a drying finish. Different, not something I might drink everyday, but certainly enjoyable.
Thorpe429 (5122) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2010
G: Poured into a Yuengling pint glass.
A: Copper-amber color with a good sized white head and some decent lacing. Transparent, but not terribly so.
S: Doughy biscuit with caramel malt. As expected, the hops are a little bit faded, but there weren’t too many in there to begin with. Also, not detecting much of the rye.
T: Quite sweet, and here comes the rye. It’s definitely there, just slightly subdued. Lots of sweet caramel malt.
M: Quite chewy and medium-bodied. A good amount of carbonation.
D: Highly drinkable. A fairly-subdued (in terms of the rye) example of the style; but, then again, most rye beers I’ve had have been rye IPA’s.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 04-25-2009
vtafro (7444) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 10, 2010
Draft @ Isaac Newtons. Ruby pour with some tan head. Rye and bready malt notes with some light pine hop presence. Rye could have stood out more. beerbill (3618) - Laurel, New York, USA - AUG 6, 2010
22 oz. bottle. Pours a hazy amber with a moderate tan head that lasted through the first quarter of the glass and laced the glass fairly well. Pleasant aroma of malt along with some mild rye grain. The flavor is very similar with a solid dose of malt along with some mild rye grain. Mild-moderate hops bitterness at the finish. Medium bodied with some caramel texture in the body. Overall, a very solid ale.
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 3, 2010
Bottle:   Amberish, large pillowy off-white head, nice lacing, moderate carbonation.   Malty nose, very slight hay/straw.   Rye is noticeable, but not as heavy as I would have thought.   Flavor is much the same,
malty, slight cereal, some straw, hay, a little bit of nuttiness but also some Rye.   As it warms it becomes a little grainy.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Lingering graininess.   Not bad, about what I expected I
guess.   A decent quaffer. JPDIPSO (6286) - Wauwatosa, USA - DEC 23, 2009
Bottle ala CharlesDarwin. Copper color with smaller, smooth, creamy, light taupe head. Heavy sheet of lace. Mostly malt in the aromas. Caramel and toasted malt dominate, along with a hint of rye. Smooth feel, and just enough zip to keep it lively. Light sweetness with bits of fig and currants. Little bit of bitterness that has the rye spice and light herbal qualities. Finish has a little spice, herb and sweetness. I seem to missing a deep malt presence, but still a nice fairly simple rye. Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 20, 2009
THOUGHTS: Nothing special, but rather nice. Rye was the star here without being overwhelming. It had just the right amount of try to make this beer interesting.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, light, golden amber with an average, foamy, off-white head that slowly, but mostly diminished leaving excellent lacing. The aroma was light to moderate bread and rye; with a hint of chocolate and coffee; light to moderate floral, perfumy and grassy hops; lots of fruit and spice. It was a little spicy. The initial flavor was sweet, lightly bitter and slightly sour; while the finish was rather sweet, bitter and sour with a short duration. There was caramel malt, cherry, apple, grape, grain, bready rye, herbal hops, a little grassy hops, sour fruit and rye and spice. The light to medium body was rather dry and a little oily with tingly carbonation and a dry and lightly astringent finish. auerbrau (3206) - Ithaca, New York, USA - NOV 15, 2009
22oz Bottle. Minty, herbal, generic ale aroma, with maybe a bit of spice. Pours a very hazed mid-amber, with a super-creamy off-white bubbling head. Flavor is kind of mucky and soapy, very muddled. A weathered malt character gives a bit of spiciness and character but not much. By and large, this tastes like a regular Amber ale that is staring to go over the hill. Body seems nice, crisp clean and fresh. A bit of rye, but nothing overly pungent. Nothing real exciting here.
HopHobo (12) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 9, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2009 I enjoyed this beer with a couple of friends on 11/7/09.
I poured an 8 oz. sample into an oversized wine glass.
Beer pours a dark ruby color with a 1 1/2 finger head and relatively good lacing. The smell reminds me of a barleywine that could use some age, but has nice complexity. Smell sweet and boozey with notes of plums, raisin and figs. The sweetness is complimented by a nice biscut malty smell. THe taste was completely different from the smell for me. Where the smell is very sweet the taste is dry and thinned out. It actually turns much more into a sessionable red ale here for me as the rye does not come through as strong as I expected. All and All itnot under complex in the moputh, but compared to how sweet and complex the nose is the taste leaves me a biut underwhelmed. That being said it’s a very nice red ale and something I would surely enough smelling and tasting any evening.