Immense unexpected head, but impressive nose: big vanilla, some roasted coffee in the background, and big barrel. Taste follows. It’s quite boozy, and the rye whisky eclipses everything, even the bourbon, in the linger.
Purchased at CRAFTPITAL
Last of the drink-now bottles from the Edinburgh haul. Massive lasting meringue head, nose of funk and distinct mandarin orange. Taste follows, with a mouthwatering ending and tasty but not aggressive tartness, and stone fruit. Fantastic.
Purchased at Great Grog
Surprisingly minimal head for the style. Almost no nose to speak of. Front palate is weak cherry juice, but the mid-palate tartness is fierce and a bit harsh. Finish is mouthwatering, dry. Cherry taste is more fresh than marinated.
Purchased at La Cave à Bières d'Etre GourmetEarned the Belgian Holiday (Level 79) badge!
Was smashed last time I had this, and it’s worth drinking sober: fantastic. The additives give me the slightest impression it was chasing a coconut-milk-based curry, but just the slightest, as it’s an IPA through and through. What a core beer to have.
Purchased at Temple CellarsEarned the For the Can (Level 96) badge!
Gorgeous pour: jet-black w/ tan head. Body feels creamy yet not thick. Nose is roasted malts, slight burnt toast, and burnt marshmallow. Taste follows. I’m not finding this overly sweet, as others did. Cheers to the dude who rec’d this at the shop: delish
Purchased at Great Grog
The rye in this is quite sharp, but the hops are pretty bitter, and the two work together. Ending is a bit too sharp for me, though, almost tangy, and a bit rough down the hatch for a sub-7% IPA.
Purchased at Temple CellarsEarned the Rye It Up! (Level 10) badge!
Hops are quite faded, but the tart funk in this is wonderful. Notes of sour apple, slight citrus. Some bitterness in the ending. This is not far off a 3-year-old Orval. I’m digging it.
Purchased at Temple CellarsEarned the Trip to the Farm (Level 48) badge!
Nice soft pop on opening: perfect, still life but not explosive. Funk, tartness, strong berry tarts. Carb is perfect, nice rich mouthwatering finish. Even better than I recall from last time.
Bottled 4/2014. Much better than the rum BA last time: not as sweet. Slightly vinous and malty. Malt is very molasses, and slight licorice in the finish. More wood in this than in the rum BA one. Lots going on...
Purchased at Texas Wine & Spirits