onceblind (11153) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 5, 2018
Hazy deep plummy brown hue under a thin light tan head. Rich earthy boozy aroma with deep toasted barley tones and a little earthy depth. Smooth flavor that’s sweet and dark and toasty and slightly earthy flowing fruity plum and date flavors and a lingering boozy cocoa’d heat that’s earthy and toasty. Light ginger bready spice tones. Bill Becker (2055) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - DEC 7, 2017
From Aug 2008
I got this bottle in a trade with nutbrown. Thanks Alan!
It pours a murky dark brown with a tiny amount of foam...by the time I set the glass down, there was only a ring around the glass and a tiny bit of lacing.
The smell has notes of fruit, chocolate, and oak. Very nice nose.
The taste is well, very tasty. I'm getting some fruity tones with cherries being number 1, some good chocolate, vanilla, and a very nice rye *and* nice oaky/bourbon overtone that seem to blend very well with the other flavours. Nice! Nice medium mouthfeel here and the carbonation is lightly done. Also, the alcohol is very nicely hidden and doesn't hurt the drinkability much for me at all.
The more I sip, the more I notice how complex this brew is...I guess that's because it's warming up since I opened it after I took it straight out of the fridge. ;^)
Man, what a great sipping brew this is...and yet another very impressive offering from the gang at Ithaca. If this is available locally to you, *Please* don't let the price tag scare you away($16.95 for the 750ml)...imnsho, it is worth every penny and was a super inclusion in this trade. Thanks again muchly, Alan!! PhillyCraft (8323) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2017
Bottle with Pat and James in ’10. Pours a brown shade with a nice beige head. Smell and flavor are toffee, caramel malt, bicycle rust, and other metals. It went away but still noticed it. barrel notes in the aftertaste. Alright wedgie9 (2703) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 6, 2015
Batch E!017pushkinwow (2978) - Ottawa, CANADA - AUG 6, 2014
From notes. Tasted some time near the summer of 2012 from a capped 750mL bottle shared with the Nashville crew. Pours clear but very dark amber with a thick tan head that slowly recedes to thick lace. The nose is caramel and toffee with raisins, vanilla, and cinnamon oak. The flavor is a touch sweet with the vanilla, caramel, and raisin up front, moving to spicy rye and lightly bitter cinnamon. The body is full with very lively carbonation and a long caramel, toffee, and lightly bitter finish.
Bottle, batch E!017. Mahogany with beige head. Huge gusher which we eventually got under control. Nice semi-sweet maltiness, chewy, prune, raisin, rye, oak, quite dry and becomes more bitter on the finish, carbonation actually dies down and becomes quite nice with a moderate body. Balanced and enjoyable.
AirForceHops (8182) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 20, 2014
22 oz. bottle. Batch E 045. With ABV of 9 %. Purchased at One Stop Market. Dark brown/ Black color, thin fast vanishing head. Nose is large oak with hints of whiskey, light dark fruit.pinkie (470) - New York, USA - APR 26, 2014
Flavor is mostly the same. Medium body with a soft carbonation. Starts with light rye with earthy malt and hints of tannins oak. Lightly vinous with red grapes. Is this infected? Lightly sour oak that lingers for awhile. I get mostly oak, dark fruit and red grape notes. Where is the whiskey? Because I only get oak. Not bad, still drinkable but not nearly what I had hoped for.
This beer poured a murky dark brown with a thin loose head of foam that fell before I even picked up the glass. Nose is lovely. Mellow and spicy rye. Deep but not too bold. A light airy wood and a modest sweet whiskey. Dry dark fruit like raisins, nuts and a touch of expansive malt sweetness like toffee and caramel. A fragrant bit of vanilla and I can’t wait to taste this. Taste is lovely. Spicy rye that has become modest with a bit of age and from the oak barrel. Deep and tall rye flavor that is not unbounded like most rye ales but rather proper and containing all it’s loveliness so that you can have it but so that it does not overrun the other flavors. A touch of smooth vanilla and airy wood. A surprise in some brilliant tart cherry. The cherry really enlivens the palate and lets you taste all the malt sweetness by contrast. The mouthfeel is surprisingly light with some tiny prickly bubbles in the finish. A small warming form the alcohol Smooth and very mellow. This one awesome beer. Lothore (649) - California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
A- As others have stated, this one is a gusher. I opened it in the sink and it quickly gushed out as i poured it into my glass. Very cloudy, murky brown color with a huge, tan head.
S- Dark fruit, toffee, raisin and a lingering funky sweetness that worries me.
T- Bold whiskey notes, dark fruit, raisin, brown sugar and a tart cherry finish. The cherry is very possibly an infection and it just throws the balance out of whack. Either my bottle wasn’t at the stage of the last two reviews or the infection hasnt nearly taken hold as much but it is still there, lingering.
M- Thick with lots and lots of carbonation.
D- This is not entirely undrinkable in it’s current state however it looks like sour cherry notes are pushing it there and it’s not nearly the beer it is supposed to be. I wasn’t able to finish my glass and drainpoured the rest of the bottle. Worth a shot I suppose. Dfonorow (2358) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Bottle share. Pour is hazy brown with a small tan head. Aroma is mostly of caramel/crystal malt with some dark fruit in the background. Flavor picks up more of the barrel aging notes with some ripe fruit, caramel, oak, and booze coming through. Slightly bitter finish. NeZZeN (23) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2013
Smell is almost port wine malty oak.
Almost no head that quickly falls to nothing and relatively no lacing.
Now the taste is really intriguing, with lots of sweet rye malt with a little of the port and oak. Moderate carbonation with some warmth and a bit of alcohol through the nose.
The feel is smooth and a little prickly from the carbonation....very nice as it warms.
Overall a very good cold evening brew.