JK (6042) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 12, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
There is some sour rye in the flavor. Brown sugar and bourbon, which makes this hot on the palate, and also a fairly thick beer. Very little carbonation. The bourbon works about as well as bourbon can work in a beer.
Ernesto987 (5876) - Arizona, USA - AUG 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Base beer is a sweet malty rye ale. Bourbon aging this type of beer is going to take it over but the bourbon used is awesome, elegant complex vanilla and bourbon all of the palate and nose of this beer. Lightest beer I have enjoyed from smuttynose. They usually can’t make anything that isn’t a porter or stout.
Skyview (5866) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Received a 22-oz bottle via trade with Sully. Pours a hazy caramel amber colored brew with a decent beige head that quickly dissipates to a thin ring and some spotty lacing. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, roasted dark malt and even some Irish rye whiskey. Taste quite complex with profiles of rye and bourbon whiskey, toffee, vanilla and even some sweet apple. Finish is semi-sweet, bourbon presence, yet quite smooth in texture and then flavor. Alcohol is well hidden in the special release.
thornecb (5809) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 1, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours clear dark amber into a snifter. White head with medium retention recedes to hug rim. Sweet rye and bourbon aromas. Thin with sour toffee upfront turning to a mild bourbon before the hot lasting rye burn.
JulienHuxley (5759) - Trois-Rivičres, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 16, 2011
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Beautiful deep red pour, with a thin veil of off white foam. Lots of bourbon-vanilla present in the aroma, obviously marries well with whatever rye malt notes manage to make it through. Taste is sweet, candy, vanilla, bourbon. Palate is slightly syrupy, lacks carbonation for such a sweet beer. Not bad, but I would never have drank the whole thing - too bourbony and unidimensional.
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 17, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
65cl, no mention of ABV, as Ry(e)an Ale, new exclusive American brew Anno 2010, thx to Secret Santa!, complex brew, sweet/spicy and slightly alcoholic/woody, heavy, yet balanced, cloudy, small head, good brew, yet expensive!
Marheb (5617) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Une instable bombe de whiskey, assez épicé, vanillé dans un corps moyen. L’alcool n’est pas si bien dissimulé, voyons voir avec l’age.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - NOV 23, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a bruin body with an off white head, good retention. Bourbon and boozy sweet malty etoh. Spices are very mild here, with bourbon domineering the brew.
markwise (5411) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 10, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks kiefdog for the share. Pours opaque copper amber with a tan head. Nose is orange, sugar, rye, whiskey, vanilla, bourbon, caramel, and slight grain. Flavor is similar with lots of bourbon, vanilla, whiskey, caramel, rye, and sweetness. Very unique, barreled rye beer. Medium body with lingering bourbon and vanilla. Extremely palatable for a rye beer.
badgerben (5042) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 2, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Skyview! Copper color with no head. Light aroma of apple and oak. Strong malt and bourbony flavor. Light oak/vanilla.