argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 18, 2010
22oz bottle. Medium beige head atop clear dark brown body, nice lacing. Aroma is medium sweet, pine, rye, some bittersweet chocolate, light caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, pine, some bittersweet chocolate, rye. Smooth medium body, some acidity, fairly drinkable. Put it among some black IPAs and it’d fit right in. But whatever style it is, it’s pretty tasty -- hats off to the homebrewer who developed the recipe. scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 18, 2010
22oz – The Wine Source. Dark brown, creamy light tan head. Soft toasty chocolate and citric-pine aromas ride an undercurrent of spicy rye throughout. Well balanced as notes of toasted chocolate grains and caramel mingle with a sturdy backbone of bready earthed-rye and a bitter fruity-pine finish. Full bodied with medium carbonation. Very nice as it’s one of the better Clipper City (Heavy Seas) brews they have done... CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 16, 2010
Bottle: Pours a nearly opaque dark mahogany with small froth of light tan head. Has a sweet dark caramel and chocolate malty nose with some notes of spicy rye and fresh piny hops. Starts with good sweetness and toasty dark caramel malty flavor well-balanced with an assertive hoppiness before a smooth chocolatey bittersweet finish. An enjoyable and well-made imperial porter. Dogbrick (13010) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 11, 2010
This brew pours dark brown with some amber highlights around the edges. Medium tan head that diminishes steadily. Rings of lacing on the glass. The aroma is piney hops with notes of rye. Medium body with flavors of hops, pine, bittersweet chocolate and rye. The finish is hoppy with a lingering bitterness underscored by toasted rye bread. Overall this is a solid Porter that actually reminded me of a lot of Black IPAs I have tried recently. HOPSHARK (2) - USA - MAY 10, 2010 does not count
I really really like this beer.... lets hope its brought on for a more regular production!!!
Its not a Porter, and tastes more like a IPA- but who cares! Its hop-heavy, you cant taste the 7.8% alcohol, and for being about as dark as a cola its very drinkable! Aroma out of the bottle is very nice and pours leaving a quickly receding, lacy foam around the cup wall and a thin head over the beer. The grand finale is finishing with a strong, deep, rye flavor.
So far I’ve enjoyed this beer from a couple Frikin’s (THE BEST!), freshly on tap (very good), and from the bottle (a more common variety). All and all I have to say the extra hops in the firkin gave it a hop-nose that was out of this world, and the bitter complexity made it spot on.
I would never pass up the opportunity to try on firkin... Clipper City has a great formula! And I would continue to recommend a try in bottle or on tap as well... The Hop Rye Porter is one of Clipper City/Heavy Seas most unique and best to date in my boozed up opinion. Share & Enjoy!
thornecb (5909) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 10, 2010
Pours mahogany tinged black into an English pint. Off-white head with excellent retention recedes leaving spider lacing. Sweet rye aromas. Smoked nuts and pumpernickel toast from front to back. Lasting bitter resin finish. dmac (6259) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2010
22 oz bomber from Spirits RB. Unimpressive aroma with notes of citrus and grain and a slight hint of dry chocolate powder. Medium bodied with soft carbonation and a slightly dry finish. The flavor steps up nicely with lots of burnt malts, a hint of chocolate and rye on the finish. Good stuff even with the weak aroma. joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2010
pitch black, large tan head. nose of pungent herbal hops. thin body and high carbonation for the style, far too high. firm bitterness then a ton of above-mentioned hop flavor, just a touch of chocolate notes and a bit of spicy rye flavor. this brew is more of a indian brown ale than a porter, very little porter black patent notes. this finish is nice and dry with a touch of fruity esters. would be much better with lower carbonation and another style tmgiddings (41) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAY 2, 2010
Bomber - This is not a porter- not even close. It pours a clear, dark brown with a thin wispy head that fades away quickly. The aroma is big resin and pine with a little caramel. Taste is piny with a thin caramel malt backbone. Mouthfeel is light with minimal hop oil. jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAY 1, 2010
Very hoppy, a porter? I think not. Def dark like a porter, has some bitterness due to roasting, etc, however most if not all is derived from the hops. Lots of punch from all angles in this one.