Travlr (25556) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 9, 2013
2012 bottle. Clear deep amber brown color, tan edge head. Aroma of roasted chestnuts and nutella. Taste is vanilla, citrus, butterscotch in a slightly odd combination. Tmoney99 (14769) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 28, 2014
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured clear dark brown copper color with an average frothy brown head that lasted with very good lacing. Good toasted dark rye malt and dark wood aroma. Medium body with a smooth thick texture and soft carbonation. Medium sweet toasted malt flavor with a medium smooth dark sweet finish of moderate duration. Good doppelbock. hopscotch (11177) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2012
Bottle… Clear, dark copper lager with a small, creamy, white head. Decent, thin, swirling retention. The aroma offers loads of caramel and rye whiskey with an afterthought of charred oak. Medium-bodied with a mildly creamy mouthfeel and tingly carbonation. Caramel and rye whiskey form the flavor without being the least bit hot or boozy. Malty, thin finish with a gentle rye whiskey sendoff. Bottle courtesy of newcigarz! daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 25, 2012
Reddish brown pour, tannish head. Aroma is boozy, malty, toffee. Sweet flavor, light whiskey, caramel, golden raisins. alexsdad06 (10596) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - OCT 16, 2014
500 ml bottle shared with the group. Pours a slightly hazy dark amber color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have dark fruits, sweet malts, a touch of wood, some hints of spicy rye whiskey, good body and mouthfeel, toasted bread, solid beer.
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 16, 2014
500ml bottle, thanks to local raters for sharing. 2013 bottle. Mostly clear red orange color. Thin ring of white head, some dots of lace. Toasty nose, dark fruit, wood. Dark fruit, mild oxidization in the flavor. Toasty spicy rye, and some alcohol, kind of vegetal, weird flavor to it. Moderate bitter taste, lighter sweet, kind of dry finish. Medium plus body. Smooth, kind of crisp lighter carbonation, with a sort of slick finish. Some tannic to to it. OK, but I’m not really fan. A little tannic, hint of tartness, dark fruit and something that reminds of stomach acid in the finish. Body doesn’t match the full creaminess of my favorite doppelbocks, doesn’t quite support the rye whiskey. douglas88 (9515) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 22, 2011
500 ml bottle from the brewery. So a Rye Bock aged in Rye Whiskey barrels, sounds awesome! Pours a murky brown color with a medium swirling white head. A sweet nose of toffee, liquor, caramel and candies. The flavor is a smooth whiskey bite, some rich bread, caramel, burnt molasses, light heat, very smooth. Loads of vanilla. Certainly some spices. Very easy to drink and quite nice. Cuso (8880) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - FEB 7, 2013
Bottle from my Secret Santa, many thanks. Hazy brown color with medium off-white head. Malty aroma with, rye, hints of coffee, ripe fruits, caramel, toffee, liquor. Taste, malt, caramel, vanilla, rye, some spices, plums, salt, notes of whiskey, wood. Almost no bitterness. Very enjoyable beer. Sledutah (7762) - Utah, USA - DEC 2, 2011
500ml bottle picked up at the brewpub downtown Ernest (7748) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2016
Appearance: Dark mahogany with a small beige head and spotty lacing
Aroma: Toasted malts, rye, chocolate, vanilla and whiskey
Taste: Toasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, woody with some nice smooth whiskey in the finish
Nice and smooth, enjoyable
Bottle (2016 edition). Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is medium to dark brown. Aroma is moderately malty (bread, nuts, caramel, molasses), with notes of whiskey/bourbon, vanilla, oak, date, brown sugar. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
Sweet but lip-smackingly sippable, with a nice aroma that is a bit overwhelmed by the whiskey barrel character. Clean and rich and delightful...this could be 4+ quality if they would just ditch the trendy barrel aging. But American beer bros crave that kinda thing, so I understand it from a business perspective. And since it sells out at the bottle shop in "hours", there’s little likelihood that they’ll ever keep a bit of the unaged version aside to sell separately. One can dream though.