badgerben (4972) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 27, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Murky brown color with a towering head that settles down to only large. Strong aroma of rye, maybe some caraway, nuts, dark chocolate. Strong, rich, dark malt flavor. Lots of breadiness. Chocolate, a bit of dark fruit. Some rye spiciness. Full body. Lovely.
GranvilleTim (1855) - Granville, Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown pour with a tan head that was huge. Aroma is rye, spices, little caramel. Taste is rye, spices, earthy, and some dark fruits came out later in the drink. Very subtle sour taste in the aftertaste. I really like this style, though I am not familiar with it. On a side note, it went well with my fajitas.
DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 25, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Toronado (San Diego, CA): Pours dark brown with reddish highlights and no head. This is my first specialty grain, so i may be iffy on the rating. I found it to have a sweet toast aroma as well as some maple and brown sugary notes, Flavor is very sweet, with a lot of caramel, toffee and rye. Definitely a sipper, for as it warmed, I could taste some prune and raisin notes on the tongue. Drinkability: Thick and rich. Pairing: Toasted nuts, aged cheese. Rebuy: Yes. #286 on 25022010, DG.
bb (8884) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 25, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Mahogony brown beer with a huge tan head. Citrus, earth, and yeast aroma. Dark malt flavor with earth, light spice, light yeast, and light citrus. Medium-plus bodied. Earth and yeast lingers with spice and darker malts.
Christian (13078) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 23, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark copper with a small tan head. Aroma of raisins, caramel, candy and dark malts. Dry and roasted flavour, with a slightly sour edge.
brokensail (16222) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 22, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A: The pour is a dark brown color with a fluffy off-white head.
S: The nose is a bit different. The rye is present with its mild spiciness, but the other aromas are a bit muddled with some caramel and fruit.
T: A lot of different malt flavors going on here. Some caramel, rye, and perhaps even a light smokiness.
M: The body is medium with a moderate to high level of carbonation.
D: A bit disappointing, to be honest. The flavors just don’t quite make sense or come together very well. The booze isn’t necessarily present, but you can tell you’re not drinking a 4% beer.
Plovmand (7981) - Helsinge, DENMARK - FEB 22, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours reddish brown with a fluffy off white head. The aroma is picy, caramel and yeast. Some berries as well. The flavour is dark fruity with some mollasses, raisins and caramel. Highly carbonated. Thanks christianscheffel for sharing!
sleestak (226) - Williamston, Michigan, USA - FEB 20, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Pours the color of oxidized viking blood with a quickly diminishing off-white head. Aroma is liquid bread with earthy hops and caramel sweetness. Dark fruit sweetness dominates the flavor, with only the rye tang and the hop spiciness rescuing this beer from being a cloying mess. Warm alcohol on the finish. Light carbonation and a medium body. Underwhelming, especially considering the draft cost as much as my dinner.
TheAlum (7051) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz draft at Tribes (Mokena, IL). Pours a slightly murky bit of rusted brown, a small decent offwhite head that dies to a film, laces ok. Aromas are a touch of subtle rye malts mellowed out, some bitter florals, caramel malt sweetness, a touch of cakiness. Initial is caramel, rye, bitter floral hops that take some edge off of the swweter malt body. Touches of tobacco, nut, cocoa, and more rye slide into focus. The hops are firm yet give way, providing decent balance on a naturally sweet slanted beer. Medium body, thicker than I expected with a seemingly potent boozy/throat feel. Not bad, glad I just got a draft. Finish is warm, bitter, with lingering maltiness having the final say
DeputyAndy (636) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2010
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2013 pours a dark brown. very little nose. tons of head. very woody taste..almost bitter but still balanced. smooth finish. rerate 1/10/13. A lot more nose to it. Taste is full of plums and figs. Really nice hefty mouthfeel to the body. Oily yet substantial, really compliments the dark fruitiness, the dryness, and the carbonation.