apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 22, 2007
My first thought upon seeing this beer is that "its ugly." Nearly no head at all. It is murky, dark brownish burgundy, slightly hazy. Very stronly sweet aroma, syrupy, filled with figs and strawberries and prunes. Very robust. The flavor is also very hearty with mixed fruits, sugar and a pleasant earthiness - probably of the oak they speak of in the commerical description. Quite chewy. Very nice. notalush (5955) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - AUG 22, 2007
Bottle #213 - cloudy burgundy pour, with high carbonation, and a small ring on white lace - strong oak in the aroma, with prominent whiskey, vanilla, cherries, wintery spices, and a light, earthy tartness in the background - quite dry for a strong ale, with some red wine-ish tannins up front, which is quite a welcome change - black cherry, fig and vanilla up front - caramel and roasted nuts - an earthy, cellared quality that reminds me of british barleywines is quite strong throughout, as is a pleasant oak flavor - the rye and hops come to the fore at the end, once again drying out any sweetness - whiskey is an apparent element, but it is subordinate to most other aspects of the beer - sweetness becomes a bit stronger as the beer warms, but still doesn’t become too strong - very nicely balanced - this is a great brew, and one I really need to get some more bottles of. Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 8, 2007
Vacation 8-07. Dark mahogany brown in color, nose of molasses, vanilla, rye, spice. Tastes the same with some dark fruits thrown in there. Oak and alcohol at the finish. Barley69 (26) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 4, 2007
Very Tasty beer - I love Rye beers and have brewed many myself - this is very different from a barleywine and the Rye to me stands way out - everything is on the sides and back of your tongue, - a hint of whiskey - I wish the whiskey flavor was stronger and I wish there was a bit more bitterness but overall the beer is great. Southern Tier and Ithaca are doing some really nice things on the east coast. we need more bourbon or whiskey barrel aged beers around here!!
alcohol is well hidden - I drank this beer cold to start and sipped it as it started to warm - is was way better around the 45 degree range. all the flavors were gone any colder than that.
good job Ithaca!
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 4, 2007
Dark mahogany with a thin, dense tan head. "Damp," somewhat musty oxidized aroma of dark fruits, spice, earth, and grain. Mild toasted malt flavors with cola, sassafrass, and molasses with some grain astringency. All of these aspects play off of one another very subtly and never really leap out at you. Very pliant, understated body with smooth, lingering biterness and a light alcohol finish.
hopdog (13191) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2007
Sampled from 750ml bottle courtesy of TomDecapolis. Bottle labeled #359, release date June 07. Poured a medium to deeper mahogany color with a smaller sized tan head. Aromas of dark fruits, dark cherries, light wood, vanilla, brown sugar and nutty. Tastes of vanilla, light wood, dark fruits, chocolate, and very light whiskey. Alcohol content well hidden. TomDecapolis (4636) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUL 31, 2007
Bottle # 359. Rating #1,600. Pours a translucent ruby amber with a smaller off white bubbly head. Aroma of dark fruits, vanilla, some woodiness, molassess, caramel, rye, some cherry. Flavor of various dark fruits, nice rye balance, sweet maltiness, mixed nuts, some toasted malts, hints of whiskey with some vanilla and cherries. The centennial and crystal hops come out in the tail end of the flavor a bit. RCL (2032) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 27, 2007
The best rye beer I have ever had, and I love rye beers. Beautiful mahogany color. The oak is seamlessly integrated. Flavor is slightly nutty with a superb rich mouthfeel. badgerben (5373) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUL 27, 2007
Bottle 666. Awesome. Courtesy of Brewfiend. Dark brown color with a thin head. Slight chocolatey aroma. Very strong, sweet malt body with whisky and vanilla rounding it out. Almost some oak showing through. nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 24, 2007
Bottle 893. Really deep dark reddish pour with a thin, dense and creamy tan head. Lots of caramel and vanilla in the aroma - good hops and a hint of sweetness. I can tell the alcohol is really going to come through when it warms. Nice malty barleywine. I’m not getting a huge amount of rye, but it’s definitely there. Not hugely bitter, but bitter enough. Really well balanced. Good carbonation. I don’t have anything bad to say about this beer, well done.