nuplastikk (6289) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 21, 2008
22oz bottle. Pours a thick golden-bronze color. Low carbonation. Honey sweet taste. Rich in taste but smooth and deceptively drinkable. Slightly reminiscent of mead, but more subtle. A really well done Strong Ale. Nejhleader (1561) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 12, 2007
on tap. um awesome beer. nice and thick, with a good hoppiness. i guess it was kinda a rye hoppy flavor blended well together. i had Beerman6686 (6607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2007
I dont know why this ber is getting such low ratings. IM not a big fan of barley wines, but i thought the rye added was very interesting. This is by far the thickest beer ive ever had jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2007
Bottle. Pours a clear golden body with huge head. I didn’t think I poured so aggresively but I got atleast three inches of foam resting nicely on top. Looks perfect. If anything about this beer could be agreed upon it’s the look of it. Aroma is of (whatelse) rye bread, light alcohol notes. Flavor has a slight alcohol burn, tasty rye bread taste, sweet honey, light malt and a slight hoppiness to it. Nice mouthfeel, full and filling. I think this may be one of the first really strong beers that is perfect for a warm/hot summer night. Has a nice complexity to it and again will be intresting as I could see this mellowing out to be mead like. kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2007
12oz bottle. Pours clear golden, with a moderate sized off-white head. Aroma of alcohol, rye, and sweet malt. Caramel and rye up front, which is quickly joined by very sweet honey flavor. Mild hops evident in the finish. Thick, honey-like mouthfeel. Finishes with some alcohol burn. Definitely has some mead character. This beer was a pleasant surprise. I think this will improve nicely with some age; i’ll have to get some more for the cellar.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 6, 2008
Bottle. Pours amber, with a medium off-white head. Aroma is raisin, plum, caramel, and some citrusy hops. Flavor is similar, grainy, very rich, sticky, with a strong alcohol aftertaste. Very tasty beer. PapaSkeetSkeet (1010) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - JUL 24, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2012 Finally got around to drinking this on Friday, probably around 4 1/2 years after this was brewed!!! Pours deep amber/brown. At first we thought it was flat, but the very fine carbonation just took awhile to come out of solution. Fine tan head. The aroma featured an almost tart and refreshing Belgian yeast smell, in addition to rummy malt sweetness. The flavor though was exceptional, a brilliant combination of rye, raisins/prune (which I love in a bw), moderate hop bitterness, little hop flavor, if at all, nice big caramel. Rather wine-like. Syrupy. The booze wasn’t apparent until the end of the glass when it was getting warmer. I’m guessing this is peaking right around now, I can’t imaging it getting much better with time. boFNjackson (4201) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 8, 2011
Bottle shared at a recent BA/RB tasting... I think this was the perfect time to open this 2007 vintage. Poured pale, amber/orange with a thin head. The harshness that may have been spicy and bitter from the rye seemed to had mellow out. Not a whole lot of oxidization which was nice too. Dense like a syrup, very sweet, caramel and toasted grains. Low bitterness, and slight earthiness. JFURYCAT (1078) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2007
I had a few free samples today at Weyerbacher (made the 35 mile trip just for this). It seemed slightly medicinal at first but the rye flavor didn’t have the stingy bready flavor I associate with Rye. The beer grew on me the more I sampled it. They told me the big point is its 50% rye but there was this nice bittersweet malty flavor there. They were selling 12 packs of 20s for $70 and those packs were flying out the brewery! This one doesn’t thrill me as much as 11 and Decadence did but with some aging, it will be interesting.
I have to say I’ve never tasted a beer like this ever. After repeated samples, I was hooked but it resembles liquor more to me than any beer or barleywine I’ve ever tried.
The texture of the beer is medium dry. The beer is more bittersweet than sweet to me. Any hoppy bitterness is miniscule given the rye and pale malts. I asked a server about the Magnum Hops and she said they emphasize the rye flavor. pineypower (3330) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - JUL 23, 2007
Pours out a light copper color with a decent off white head. Aroma is of rye, sweet malt, alcohol and slight caramel. Taste is complex, leaning more towards the sweet/alcohol taste, agreeing with a previous rater that it reminded me somewhat of a hopped mead. Hops were very light in presence. Have to give a high overall score because of the unique idea for this beer. Would like to see how it ages.