Darkmagus82 (2302) - - MAY 18, 2014
From BA review on 1-31-12 -
Had on tap at Zeno’s pub in a pint glass
Appearance –Just like the bottled version, a deep red color. A lightly off white head was present upon serving which faded giving away to some lacing and a thin persistent layer of foam.
Smell – The oak out ways all, with a nice barrel aged aroma. Some hoppiness of citrus and pine are mixed throughout. A faint malty sweet aroma is also there but it is quite subtle in comparison to the nice oak aroma.
Taste – Sweet caramel and a bit of breadiness meet the tongue. Hoppy tastes then start working their way to the tongue . Mainly of citrus and a bit of pine. While quite evident in the aroma, the oaky barrel-bourbon flavor is not too strong and really doesn’t show itself till the end of the taste profile, rounding it out very nicely and leaving a very pleasant taste on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – Served with a moderate level of carbonation and a creaminess of moderate thickness and complexity. Very drinkable and great for the style.
Overall – While I very much enjoyed the bottle red rye , the oakiness just adds one more wonderful level and makes it even more enjoyable. If you are in State College, PA, go to Zeno’s and try this beer. I think you will like it!! FROTHINGSLOSH (7796) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2011
On tap at Zeno’s as Zeno’s Oaked Rye. +++ Sampled on draft this beer poured a medium caramel color with an enormous fluffy and foamy tan head that lingered forever and left incredible lacing - just a gorgeous looking beer. The aroma was strong piney and grapefruity hops. The flavor was intensely strong grapefruit and pine with an off bourbon undertone and sour pineapple that tasted a bit spoiled. The finish was incredibly long. Fairly full bodied. auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - SEP 25, 2009
On tap at Zeno’s Pub - State College, PA. Interesting amalgam of fresh rye bread, heavy grass and pine c-hops, and a nip of bourbon or scotch, it’s low. Very hoppy aroma. Dry. Pours a very murky red-brown, with a fast-settling creamy dark khaki head. Flavor quickly reveals a really creamy, cherry-filled vanilla flavor. Wow. Lots of oak. Holy shit, this tastes like the freshest, best root beer float I’ve ever had. Crazy. Foamy, silky mouthfeel. The barrel does SO much for this beer without obliterating the spicy, zesty lime-like hop flavor you get in the back. The rye has faded backwards, but it adds malt complexity and something for the barrel to stand up against. The finish is a bit nip thin. Otherwise, This is unique and ragingly delicious. I love the root beer float character.