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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.61/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This is a black as night hoppy American ale with hints of pine needles, roasty malt, and spicy green peppercorns. It is brewed with 8% malted German rye and bittered with Magnum and Columbus hops with Simcoe and Amarillo hops used for flavor and aroma. At 5% alcohol it is a sessionable but full-bodied brew.

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djd07 (15661) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2015
On tap at the brewery. Pours a dark brown with small beige head. Aroma is roast coffee and rye. Medium mouth with nice roast, rye, spice, very nice.

3.2
bu11zeye (13239) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 7, 2012
(Draught) Pours a dark brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, citrus, rye, light pine, and caramel. Flavor of roasted malt, caramel, rye, some citrus, and bread.

3.5
jcwattsrugger (12549) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 23, 2011
on tap-pours an off white head and brown color. Aroma is caramel. Taste is caramel. Good effervescence.

3.9
hopscotch (11313) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 4, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2013 Draft... RBWG 2013...Tar black pour with a small, lightly-tanned head. Great retention. The nose is a blend of dark chocolate, toasted tree nuts and only whispers of rye graininess and spiciness. Full-bodied with laid-back carbonation. The flavor is a mélange of dark chocolate, acrid smoke, burnt malts and light acidity. Lengthy, acrid, moderately bitter finish.

3.3
GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 24, 2010
Tap at the brewery in Jax. Poured a hazy, muddy, deep ruby to brown with really no head or lace. Nose is cafe latte, milk chocolate. Taste is rich, heavy roasted malt, toast, pumpernickel. Pretty raw and sharp body. Excellent bittering hops. Far better palate than the other offerings. Also for an FYI, 8% rye will never create a rye flavor in beer. Rye is extremely subtle and would need 30% at least to make something a "Rye Ale", which this is certainly not. Could pass as a brown ale.

3.6
douglas88 (9691) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 4, 2011
On tap at GABF 2011. Pours a almost pure black color with a medium white head. A sweet nose of caramel, rye, some hops in there competing. The flavor is very nice; rich robust spicy rye, some caramel, toasted malts, a bit thin. Very smooth. Nice.

3.7
drowland (9161) - Georgia, USA - SEP 19, 2014
On tap many times. Deep brown pour with a nice tan head. Spicy aroma, rye and pepper, light hoppiness, bready dark malts. Tasty, some chocolate, coffee, spicy rye and pepper, some pine and citrus hops. Not bad.

4
Ibrew2or3 (8860) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 11, 2011
Tried on tap at the Florida Brew Fest 2011 addition. It pours perfect mahogany with light mocha head. Nice looking beer. The aroma is roasty with a pleasing level of spicy rye like notes and citrus hops creating a yummy smelling combination. It tastes has an initial pulse of roast to it and then rolls up a thick layer of firm rye spiciness. Toward midway it picks up additional notes of citrus and spicy hops. Nice full rye spiciness that I can really sink my teeth into. Easy drinking full flavored YUM.

3.9
SudsMcDuff (8523) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 2, 2013
take an interesting style and add rye, love it! .. . has a unique spice and roastiness going on .. dirt and grain too .. mild mouth .. . doesn’t work perfectly but still fun to drink

.. . . picnic time!

3.5
Sledutah (7894) - Utah, USA - FEB 26, 2013
On tap at the brewery, RBWG stop

Appearance: Clear dark brown with a big beige head, good lacing

Aroma: Roasted malts and rye

Taste: Roasty, grainy and spices

Decent, not real hoppy but good.


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