oh6gdx (26487) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 20, 2015 frankenkitty (2012) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JUL 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
While I was saving this for a special occasion, "SCREW ALL THIS GOVERNMENTAL RED TAPE," seemed an appropriate occasion as well. Despite being adequately chilled and undisturbed, this pours with over 3/4 head, spongy and yellowish, over a light-hazed, orange-tinted-amber body. Candied, piney, bubblegum aroma, with touches of green wood behind. (I have not chewed gum of any type for many years, but this made me recall those supersweet, pink blocks of waxpaper-wrapped gum with that sugary, white residue...) Extremely UN-matched flavor to the aroma, which was at first quite off-putting. Mild honey notes to what I would call an, "extreme ESB." If I hold my breath, the flavor makes more sense, and I find lightly-sweetened, caraway rye toast. The pairings, as listed on the label, make perfect sense ("blue cheese, blackened seafood, herb-roasted poultry")... sharp, potent flavors which would "pair with" (i.e. "compare to") the sharpness of this beer. But I do not see such pairings as being "balanced" nor "complementary". Regardless: Thick, very good. Excellent?... Form your own opinions. It’s definitely worth a try at the price. ~~~~~~~~~ Vintage 2011; Bomber from Binny’s, Orland Park, IL, about 2 weeks ago.
Draught (backlog). Orangeish amber colour with a small white head. Aroma is caramel malts, toffee, mild toasted notes as well as some rye bread. Flavour is rye bread, caramel, mild spices as well as some slight bitterness to it. Scouser (351) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2015
Pours an amber copper colour with a beige head and no lacing. Aroma of caramel and malt. Tastes of caramel, malt with a dry citrus hop finish. An easy drinking beer RhetoricalAns (939) - Red Deer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 20, 2015
Tap. Orange amber pour, thin to medium white head, not much lacing. Slightly sweet caramel aroma, some fruit and pine hops as well. Taste has a nice malt base, good bit of spiciness. Body is slightly sticky, average carbonation. alexsdad06 (10486) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JUL 18, 2015
Draft to taster at the New Holland brewpub from notes. Pours a clear amber/copper color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma and flavor have caramel, toasted bread, some spicy rye character, mild to moderate citrus and earthy notes, decent but unexciting beer. I have not revisited this even though it is in bottles now. arkurzynski (2446) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 10, 2015
Red amber. Nose of fruity pebbles, rye spice, and caramel/toasted malt. Flavor has a nice piney citrus bitterness with some fruity toasted malt and some rye. Blanc is a little off, but overall solid.
thorongil2 (3171) - , Ontario, CANADA - JUL 9, 2015
(tap) clear orange amber colour with a small, beige head; aroma of stone fruit, honey; balanced flavour with a long, medium bitter finish firstsip (733) - Michigan, USA - JUN 25, 2015
Tap. Dark brown amber. Spotty lacing. Nice rye nose. Full body. Spicy. Good rye quality paired with a nice sweetness. Ericular (1022) - Minnesota, USA - APR 20, 2015
Is this one old, perhaps? Slightly vegetal in aroma and taste. Drinkable and decent despite. Not worth bomber status. arminjewell (9687) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 15, 2015
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, clear dark orange-red pour with white head, aroma brought notes of orange peel, lemon, nice rye notes into some bread, yeasty notes, some slight caramel. Taste was fruity, some citrus into a bit of lemon, some floral notes into rye, biscuit and bread, finishing bitter. Decent. hayduke (5550) - Eureka, California, USA - FEB 28, 2015
This bottle was courtesy of Strykzone. He sent it a couple years ago and it had been languishing on the top shelf of my beer cellar getting overlooked. Pours a rich amber with a good sized beige head the dropped quickly leaving light lacing. Nose of rye and floral hops. Medium in body, Spicy on the tongue. Flavor is dominated by the rye and the floral hops kind of get overwhelmed . Because I tool so long to drink this some of the hops may have faded. A lot of bitterness and the rye spice continues into the finish. Tasty. Nice.