Just received this brew from mikereaser in a recent trade. It didnâ€™t look like the Scratch beer streak was going to continue but thankfully it has! Drank from my Surlyfest stein.
Appearance- Pours a dark orange reddish with a nice half finger off-white head with some serious staying power. A decent cap and collar remains along with ZERO lacing.
Smell- Really sort of dank smelling with a big piney thing right from the start. A fairly toasty smell with a bit sweet caramel and maybe even a touch of butterscotch. The rye is really light but noticeable. Pretty sweet smelling though overall.
Tasty- Wow not sweet at all but really sort of dry and somewhat bitter from all the rye. Some bready toasted malts hide amongst all the rye and mix with the earthy hops to create sort of a candy like thing. The rye is a bit too strong and somewhat bitter-ish with a spicy bitter finish.
Mouthfeel- Medium body with a light spritzy carbonation and even though the beer isnâ€™t sweet, itâ€™s somewhat cloying.
Drinkability- Uh, not bad but not that great. Itâ€™s sort of a weird combination of flavors and even though the beer isnâ€™t sweet, itâ€™s somehow cloying. Definitely not the best of the lot, but glad I got to try. Thanks much Mike!
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