jrob21 (3688) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 9, 2008
Dark brown almost black color with a deep red hue. Pretty interesting look. Reminds me a bit of a lite porter and has some chocolate and bittersweet flavors in there. Aroma has a little cocoa to accentuate the chocolate experience I am getting. The back of the palate has a little bit of red fruit and the finish is on the surprising side of bitter. smith4498 (3646) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - DEC 1, 2010
Bottle shared at Maltzilla’s All American Weekend. Pours dark brown/black color with brownish head. Aromas of roasted malts, rye, chocolate. Burnt malt flavor with some spiciness from the rye. THere is also some chocolate and coffee notes. Medium body with moderate carbonation. SpringsLicker (3638) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 12, 2009
Dark brown with ruby highlights.
Smoky chocolate aroma.
Smooth, slightly sweet with some bitterness.
Very smooth and big bodied. aracauna (3606) - Georgia, USA - DEC 8, 2008
This beer was surprisingly viscous at the pour, but did not come across as overly thick or cloying in the mouthfeel. This is a surprisingly malty lager. Lots of spice from the rye, some slight astringency. A very light roast backs up the rest. Pretty tasty beer. KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - AUG 7, 2009
Bottle. Pours a nice mahogany but too lively. Beige head sits nicely atop the beverage. Flavor is chocolate coffee powder, floral grass. Tingly mouthfeel that leavs a lingering film. Not bad but one is enough. Also, is this a malty beer? Is it a hoppy beer? Settle for one or the other guys!
Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2008
Deep brown with red accents. Nice tan lace but thinnish head. Light yet soft texture. Big roasty-burnt flavors and aromas made me think of chocolate and tar. Faint molasses sweetness. Black licorice bite without the anise aroma. Charcoal in the aftertaste. Malts were rather husky. Snappy hops were flighty, as they seemed to come and go too fast. Overall, I thought it had some nice things going on, such as the strong roast and bold grain bill ... but there were some objectionable things as well, such as the finish, which seemed a bit stark and bitter. Although, as the beer warmed, flavors did seem to improve, and a syrupy sweetness seemed to surface, which helped to balance things out. OldGrowth (3474) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - DEC 16, 2008
pint at Tylers Apex. Good aroma, Toasted malt, kind of smokey, salty chocolate, nutty, Brownish black color, small head ok lace, Bitter sweet flavor, rye bite with a minor burnt streak. Lite body, creamy mouth feel, bitter finish. Tasty, the rye bite really cuts into the sweetness of it. I have had a few of these before finally taking notes on it. dnstone (3414) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 2, 2012
Deep brown in color with excellent. Flavor is light and smooth but chocolatey and roasted.
Notes: GABF visit WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 20, 2009
Bomber via trade with Ibrew2or3, shared with my girlfriend cyn, who has a thing for Rye beer. Pours a rich black with a 2 finger tan head. Nose is sweet rich and malty, with a big punch of rye. Taste is sweet and smooth and very rich and malty. Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2008
A cola-brown body shows deep and dark at the center, translucent at the far edges. Creamy and tan in color, the medium-sized head displays good retention, leaving nice swaths of velvety lacing on the glass. The aroma is unique, a distinct rye overtone showing along with cocoa powder, burnt caramel, mild earthy spice, and hints of molasses. Flavors follow suit, cocoa powder sweetness countered with earthy hop notes, rye grains lending a unique freshness to the equation. There is a hint of nuttiness within, as well. Substantial and creamy on the palate, it drinks easy, but feels quite full bodied for a relatively low ABV beer. This is tasty stuff, and serves as a nice break from the mundane.