Heritage Black Currant Rye Ale

Kichesippi Beer Company
Formerly brewed at Heritage Brewing Limited

Style: Fruit Beer
Ottawa, Canada
Serve in Flute, Shaker


on tap


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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 2.59/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.62/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Seasonal winter beer from Heritage Brewery. In 2005, they brewed this using a lager base, but changed to an ale in 2006. The alcohol also increased from 4.5% to 5.5%.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
robinvboyer (4479) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 30, 2007
650ml bottle. Solstice series. aroma is very sweet, lots of fruit. no surprise there. Flavour.......dear lord, this is sweet. its like syrup, and man does it every taste artifical. yuck. drain pour all the way.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
shintriad (701) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2007
Reddish-brown with short head and great lacing. Okay, this is a tough call. There is obviously a lot of brewing competence behind this beer, in that the flavours of dry currant and woody rye really come out with no strange aftertaste and a fairly pure, organic quality. But it is far too sweet and syrupy to make it truly enjoyable in the long term -- what joker decided to stick this in a bomber? Plus the funky smell is a bit off-putting, although the rusticness grows on you. Not much other than sugar and a bit of metal, and a jammy fruitiness overall. Still, fairly unique and tasty.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BINGEBOT (240) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2007
Appearance is pretty weak with minimal head that dissipates quite quickly. The aroma is very strong, almost putridly sweet. The taste is initially bitter with a very sweet follow through. The aftertaste is a bit too sweet, but given that this is a black currant themed beer, its quite fitting. A pleasantly unique dessert beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DuffMan (10148) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 18, 2007
Bought at the downtown Kingston LCBO on a brief visit before we head off to Mexico. Dark mahogany brown, clear, with a modest light brown head with poor retention. Huge berry-fruit aroma with bready undertones and a little sweet spice. Syrupy sweet fruit-cordial up front, but there is greater depth here in the form of dark bready malts and a very mild bitterness in the finish. Once again, this is a little too sweet to warrent a re-purchase, but having said that I enjoyed the whole 650ml bottle more than expected.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
StompBrockmore (316) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2006
650ml bomber, shared with VeloVampire - pours a sort of reddish brown with a prune coloured medium head on top. Aroma is typical of anything brewed by Heritage - somewhat spicy and fruity, but this is a little more fruity than usual. Flavour - oh dear lord, thats not good! Ultra sweet, syrupy, extract flavour dominates everything else in the glass, with only a minimal amount of (sweet) malt shining through underneath the hell of it all. Rye is sweet. Black Currants are sweet. This beer is sweet. No thanks! If I want to drink juice, Ill drink juice. Listen - if you went to the supermarket and you saw beer flavoured raspberry juice, would you buy it? Probably not, so why buy this? I think my drain will enjoy this more than I will. Goodbye! Good riddance.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2006
650 ml bottle, shared with StompBrockmore - pours a deep purpled brown with a nice light purplish head. Aroma good enough, some malty base with dark fruits in there too. It was the slight promise of the aroma that lead me to take a sip, which I immediately regretted. Sickeningly sweet, like drinking concentrate with a few bubbles. Not really beer - works best as drain cleaner. Please, Heritage, recall this and use the nice bomber bottles for something more worthy, like, say.....Corporal Punishment.

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