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Review by everetends on 07/15/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 4 9 2010
22 oz bottle I picked up from Hop City in Atlanta. I eyed this a on a couple of visits and I just couldn't pass on it again. Served up in my DFH shaped pint.

A: At the pop of the cap, this one starts bubbling up quickly. I was kind of scared to pour, but it worked out well. Pours a very nice brown body. Held to the light, a little bit of red comes out in the brown but its still a pretty nice brown. Body is clear with a lazy carbonation activity. Got a little over a finger of thick, off white head. It falls to a quarter finger or so, but that is because it has thickly coating the glass with a sheet of lace all the way down the glass. Looks really good.

S: With just the glass sitting in front of me, I can smell the rye whiskey just filling the air. It smells like a beautiful whiskey with a lighter alcohol presence. Hidden behind the whiskey, I can pick up on some citrus hops presence and a little bit of grainy rye but its light. The whiskey just takes over the aroma and it is damn near heavenly.

T: This starts off just like the aroma with that great whiskey note. It comes through wonderfully boozy. Then you get hits with a plentiful dose of hoppy goodness. Citrus and slightly bitter. Then this one hits you with some really nice malty sweetness. Caramel that blends wonderfully with the lingering whiskey notes. Everything finishes up with a nice spicy rye quality. Its just a ton of flavor with a huge amount of complexity.

M: Medium bodied with a lighter carbonation. This beer is much more creamy than I was expecting but it works very well with all those boozy qualities. This beer has some heat to it, but it works with all the booze flavors. This beer works the entire palate. Aftertaste is whiskey and rye.

OA: This is a sipper but it is damned good. I couldn't see myself killing more than 1 bottle of these in a night, but this bottle won't be a problem at all. This would be a great beer to keep a bottle or two in the house at all times. The beer is just wonderfully put together and complex. It really, really like it. I am beginning to realize that I am a big fan of whiskey barrel treated IPAs. Throw rye into the mix, and I am a happy man. Damn fine brew.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tangfoot on 06/22/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 9 17 4 9 2010
The bottle says this is from the first two batches of Rye double IPA that have been aged in 6 year Sazerac rye whiskey barrels. The beer will be released again, but the barrel and aging will change.

Ruby brown liquid with a two-finger head that dissipates down to a frothy rim of thick bubbles.

Boozy and lots of hops up front. Smells like the 10% that it is.
I'm also getting a lot of rye and some sweet dried fruits (raisins/dates).

Whoa, that is a flavor combination I've never had before. Boozy, sweet, hoppy, and a very strong dry rye finish. It stimulates all parts of the tongue. Sweet at the sides, bitter at the back and tickling carbonation at the front. After a few sips, the beer gets creamy with hop flavor and a strong phenol finish and long rye aftertaste.

Great body and mouthfeel. Not overly carbonated. Just right.

Spectacular. I love rye beers, but this one is something extra special. I need to round up a few more of these to enjoy and age. I think it will turn into something really extraordinary after 2-3 years when the alcohol mellows out.

Served In: Pint Glass

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