Hanukkah ended this weekend, but we’re still celebrating. 8 Malty Nights is a rye chocolate porter with some ripe fruit on the nose and a nicely flavored grain mix — chocolate and a hint of rye, but a little watery, a little flat. Deep dark and smokey with coffee notes — interesting but disappointing. I can see how it scored well in the Drank blog guide to Christmas, but this bottle was a little weak for my tastes.
This is another beer that interested me.
Captured by Porches Miskatonic Dark Rye is only one if two non IPA rye beers I’ve ever had. I always wondered what rye tastes like because so many other beers cover it up with hops. It reminds me of Upright #6 down to the tangy finish. It doesn’t have the yeasty tang of the Upright, but the special rye flavor is there.
Sierra Nevada’s Ruthless Rye IPA has a very bold flavor I’ve been missing recently; it attacks the taste buds in a pleasant way. The a tongue coating mouth feel isn’t bad either. The rye flavor isn’t too hidden either. The rye flavor and the bitter hops work together nicely.