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Cane & Ebel - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,302
Reviews: 597
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 130
Gots: 67 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Dry, but with a creamy touch of Thai Palm Sugar and the spicy tang of Rye, all balanced by loads of the wackiest new Hops we could lay our hands on. Yep, it’s an Orignal. And that’s no Sin.

IBU: 68

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New York

4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown in color with a brilliant off white head that was "sudsy", and a killer lacing.

S: Some roasted malt characteristics with some mild pine hop and lemon zest.

T: Smooth blend of that malt and a tad of fruity hops that go down the drain pretty refreshing for the abv present.

M: Well carbonated and cold made for a stellar combination. Medium in body that sticks a little bit on the palate.

D: One or two tops for me, but one damn good brew to drink in a session. All systems go on this one! Recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2009 18:44:39 | More by BuffaloTapHugger
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New York

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An enormous, mesmerizing, frothy head settles to two fingers over a clear, rich, dark, amber brown that glows red in the light as carbonation sparkles from within. The head slowly drops, depositing thick, sticky rings to the interior walls of my Rorbach's Pint Glass.

The aroma has pronounced spruce and grapefruit, followed by caramel and toasted malt only to come full circle back to spruce.

Bitterness is moderate to strong, yet well balanced against the malt. Layers of oak, molasses, and maple syrup are accentuated by a suggestion of rye bread. I say suggestion because it may simply be present because of the subjectivity of the style.

Smooth as drawn butter with persistent carbonation, mild astringency and a medium to full body. Perhaps this is what others mean by "chewy".

Cane & Ebel is highly drinkable with ample character and depth. This one is suitable for occasions with friends or family and can easily stand on its own.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2009 01:33:16 | More by SLeffler27
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4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A copper colored body that is pretty dense...some red highlights coming though...a tan head settles into a ring that laces down the glass

S - Powerful citrus and piney hops dominate the nose...I was expecting a more balanced nose...just a few sweet malt notes

T - Once again the hops dominate up front...which I'm loving...real big grapefruit flavors...the malts come in and provide a caramel sweetness and they take away some of the bitterness...the rye is balanced out with the hops and malts...it provides a grainy yet earthy flavor

M - Medium bodied...crisp yet dry

D - I was pretty blown away the hop presence in this rye beer...it is by far my favorite Two Brother's offering...and probably one of the best rye beers out there

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2009 21:16:49 | More by thain709
Photo of Rayek


4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I spent the first three years of my life in Warrenville, so this beer seems like the perfect candidate for review number 500. I had this cask conditioned at the brewery and came away very impressed.

A: Hazy copper with very little visible carbonation. A small cream cap is fairly dense and has nice retention. Leaves a very nice lace.

S: A powerful nose of citrus lets you know that this beer will be bitter. The rye is quite pronounced too. It adds a caraway seed like herbal twist to the mix.

T: Quite bitter. I'm not a hop-head, but I found myself liking this nonetheless. Grapefruit, lemon and a touch of pine constitute the bitter flavors. The rye adds a slightly sour earthy bite to the mix. Toasted bread flavors are along for the ride as well. Finishes with a long lasting citrus bitterness.

M: The medium body feels downright silky in the mouth. Very nice.

D: Maybe being in the city of my youth is skewing my numbers, but I must say that this is a really fine beer. I even brought a few bottles of it home with me. Hopefully it will be just as good out of the bottle as this cask conditioned sample was.

Serving type: cask

07-20-2009 23:04:00 | More by Rayek
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South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful deep deep amber color, perfectly clear, almost mahogany, you now, a bit of brown in the middle, with a huge tannish-off white head, that's about 2cm, stays in a dense little disc on top, and leaves nice lacing. Really a beautiful beer. The smell starts a bit powdery, malty and sweet, backed up with a nice light toast/roastiness. There's a nice herbal hoppy smell, slightly grassy, a bit floral - resinous, with a tiny note of citrus in the background. I like the nice spicy smell here. And I like the spicy taste. It comes on kind of quickly, after the initial caramel sweetness, you get a nice spiciness, both kind of herbal and hoppy, and from the rye as well. It continues, feeling almost like dry cardaomom, a note of black pepper, a hint of lemon, and maybe some green leafy, earthy herbs. The leafiness continues, but it gets a bit like tea, just with some malt syrup in it or something. Finishes a little grassy with a hint of some roasted, kind of burnt tastes. The mouthfeel is nice. Pretty full, kind of on the full side of medium, which is nice for this. Not too sweet, not too dry, and the carbonation provides a nice little tickle. Good balance and quite interesting. The drinkability is good. I found this a very enjoyable beer, and would love to have some more. Of course, I couldn't see myself drinking more than 2 of these in a day, but it's something I'd like to have around, because I can tell I might have cravings for a beer like this. Recommended if you can find it.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 21:42:10 | More by taylorhamrick
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3.1/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poored a dark brown caramel color, not going to lie kind thew me off.nose was kinda weak slight hops kinda peak thru. Also kinda dissapointed to me the rye was not what I was expecting but still not bad. Would drink it again and probably will. Almost more like a ipa than a rye, atleast to me.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2009 02:46:58 | More by icefisherman
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4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Another treat picked up from Anderson's General Store in Toledo. A deep, dark red ale. Bold hop flavors with a decided tang from rye. Totally different from other rye beers that I've tried, but not as flavorful as Red's Rye from Founder's. However, this is still a really nice beer & one I'd love to try on cask. Recommend

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2009 01:39:10 | More by montageman
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3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes.

Presentation: Poured from a brown bomber into a standard pint glass. Label depicts a man in middle ages attire harvesting crops with a small hand scythe. 17.0 degrees Plato, 68 IBUs, 7.0% ABV.

Appearance: Pours with an amazing 7 fingers of head. The first time I have had to use both hands! This settles very, very slowly; still leaving behind significant, pillowy foam with nearly complete lacing. The beer itself is a reddish orange brown and couldy enough to not let any light through. Some sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Sugary sweetness with mild bitterness.

Taste: Smooth upfront with a medium bitterness in the finish which is fairly well hidden by the fruitiness of the brew. Sugary sweetness with more depth than I typically find. Slight lemon flavor in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Average to slightly lower than average carbonation level. Body is good.

Drinkability: A fairly easy drinking beer with subtle and nuanced flavors from the palm sugar.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 20:50:27 | More by beveritt
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4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap last night at Brass Rail in Campbelltown, PA. Served chilled in a pint glass.

A - a caramel/bronze shade w/ mild haze and the head of light beige clings steadfastly after the sip.

S - Fruity date-like nose w/ piney and grainy odors. Slightly tobacco-like w/ earthy aromas that are sweet.

M - A slight resinous tinge in the feel as the moderately high level of carbonation keeps the beer from feeling to cloying w/ a slick rye texture w/ a bitter pine finish

T - The taste is crisp and spicy w/ rye flavor high in the grainy/malty element w/ a slight cereal sweet malt taste of rye. The flavor has a gentle caramel aspect w/ hops rushing to close the gap following the sweet effect w/ piney and mild citrus notes of tangerine. A smooth candy like taste is noticed toward the end of the pint w/ a taste that keeps the beer balanced w/ the high alpha hops that hang on into a slightly bitter finish.

D - A great rye IPA, I can't imagine many hoppy ryes I would rather have. the fullness makes it hard to drink too many, but still very drinkable and one I consider refreshing for the strength. I recommend this if you are a fan of rye beers and hops - it won't disappoint in either respect.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2009 18:30:55 | More by Slatetank
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4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brass Rail Deli on 7/2/09.

A - Lively carbonated, cola-colored body with a reddish tint and one-finger beige head that dispersed into patches of foam, yielding an ornate labyrinth of lacing around the glass.

S - Fresh piney and citrusy hops right up front, which caught me by surprise. I don't recall this having such a pungent nose when I had this via bottle about a year ago. The rye presence is also quite apparent and adds a bit of spiciness into the mix. Sweet burnt sugar notes and sweet caramel malts round out the aroma.

T - Kicks off with a bold hoppy bite right off the bat featuring plenty of piney, sappy notes and a splash of citrus. Caramel and toffee malt sweeten the pot a bit, as does the slight burnt sugar aspect that persists throughout the flavor. Finishes with a mild toasted grainy character in the midst of the moderately aggressive hop character.

M - Medium bodied with a syrupy texture and moderate carbonation. Dry, hoppy finish with a lingering bitterness on the palate.

D - Cane and Ebel is easily my favorite offering from Two Brothers. The aroma of this beer on tap was beautiful. This is one of the best rye beers on the market, in my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2009 00:11:44 | More by ffejherb
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4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear dark mahogany color with a large foamy tan head. Lotsa sticky lace and great retention.

Citrus hop and acidic pineapple over a roasty, thick caramel. Aroma doesn't match the dark color but I think that's kinda cool.

Thick and creamy with citrus hops dominating a complex caramel, toasted pumpernickel and rye spice undertone. Sugary "umph" in the middle which I'm assuming is the Thai palm sugar mentioned on the bottle.

Went well with a bowl full of fresh cherries.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2009 18:31:38 | More by donkeyrunner
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4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A pint served on-tap at the Brass Rail Deli.

A: The rye ale is a full, dark amber brown color, completely opaque. A finger of head has left small-sized patches of lace around the mouth of the glass.

S: The nose is a combination of citrusy hops and spicy dark rye bread. Peppery aromas cut into the rye, bringing out their sweetness.

T: Delicious. The rye is full, concentrated and chewy, leaving a bready taste in the mouth. The malts are met by vibrant hops, citrusy with grapefruit and orange peel leading the way. Caramel malts mix with the bready rye, creating a rich malt base that is capable of supporting the weighty hop profile. Hell, it could support a an entire extra addition of hops.

M: The rye and bold hops make this a real ale to savor. The flavor is full and intense from first sip to last; one of the best beers that the Brass Rail has had on.

D: Hop Stoopid kicked just before I arrived but you know what? This kicks Hop Stoopid in the pants 9 times out of 10. I love rye and I love hops and this beer provides both in tall order.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2009 20:44:29 | More by akorsak
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4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

ratpack554 gets all the props here for hookin' it up w/ this one. thanks Bob!

A - brown body w/ ruby red highlights and a medium tan head

S - spicy hops, grapes and almost a vinous, wood smell. possibly from the rye maybe???

T - very interesting here -hop punch in the face, this is quite bitter, but the balancing act is a vinous and woody, one might call it even a tad sour, before finishing bitter as hell. i like it. As it warms more balance is achieved and alcohol peeks her head out just for a sec. to say peek-a-boo. also as it warms a sugar like sweetness comes through. tasty!

MF - medium to medium full body w/ moderate carbonation.

D - i could go for another 12 oz. but probably have to change it up after that. excellent flavor, just really rich.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2009 10:38:07 | More by bonsreeb85
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4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep ruby/amber color with one finger of tan, creamy head. Decent head retention and leaves sheets of lacing behind. Nose is of citrusy hops, nice caramel malts, some grassy hops and a touch of alcohol. Taste is of caramel malts and a bit of breadiness up front, moving in to some grains and grassiness, rye comes through towards the finish. Hops are detectable here and there from start to finish. This is a really well balanced beer. Medium bodied with lower carbonation, definitely a dryer beer. This is a highly drinkable beer, well balanced and the alcohol is well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2009 17:53:41 | More by Jayli
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark caramel amber color with a slight red hue, very minimal light frothy head, quickly diminishes. No lacing on glass.

S- Sweet, malty-candi sugar is the dominant scent (I checked and realize that it is actually Thai palm sugar), butter, slight grape aroma. I don't really get much hop aroma...which I would hope to get to balance out the malty, sugary aromas up front.

T- Caramel, toffee, sweet-honey and vanilla, moderate bitterness to try and offset the sweetness. Sharp, yet inviting, caramel...good hop character with a very malty backbone. At room temp as warmed up...certainly more complex and inviting, comfortable.

M- Thick, yet smooth...fresh and slightly bitter, enticing tingle on back of tongue...sharp and strong...but not all that complex, it is balanced and clean.

D- A bit too sweet, drinkable for a few, but beyond 2 just doesn't work for me beyond that.

For the creativity of the style, and I think they used some interesting ingredients...bold, clever and creative. Good overall beer...

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2009 05:18:46 | More by mwagner1018
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North Carolina

2.8/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this in a mix 12 pack and not sure I will drink the other one. Just not impressed. The sugar cane after taste is just too much. Very sweet, not a fan but always worth trying something different. Never had a beer made with Thai Palm sugar. Oh well.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2009 00:04:45 | More by Backer2004
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4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Beautiful, clear, deep-amber body with a thick, cream-colored head and awesome lacing all down the glass.

Smell- Fragrant, estery hops, citrus and a sweet caramelly malt to balance.

Taste- Delicious. Roasted, caramelly malt, cane sugar. Great, grassy hops. Flavors are subtle but well-balanced all around.

Mouthfeel- Full body. Nice and creamy (almost chewy) texture. Great carbonation.

Drinkability- quite drinkable. Flavors are memorable, but not too powerful in any department.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2009 22:38:26 | More by endincolorado
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4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Standard pint glass.

Apprearance: Nice red color with a cream colored head. Leaves a nice lace on the glass.

Smell: The rye, and hops really comes through, with a malty undertone. The aroma is very pleasant and certainly induces salivation.

Taste: Very nice, stronger hop flavor than I expected. I quite enjoyed the combination of rye in the malt. The hops is a nicely floral, much like you would find in a California ale.

Mouth Feel: Smooth, slight carbonation. Lacked the small alcohol bite I would expect at 7%.

Drinkability: A nice beer, I would happily enjoy a couple of these with any summer meal.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2009 04:33:04 | More by x63x77
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4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cherry amber with a fine sudsy head that leaves fine lace behind as it melts. The nose is pure fruity,hoppy goodness with butterscotch spiced malt notes. Tons of fresh hoppiness, spicy caraway seed and caramel malt balance perfectly together to create a really tasty beverage. Smooth,and kind of sticky mouthfeel, mild carbonation makes this beer go down quickly. A top notch beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2009 23:14:43 | More by biggred1
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United Kingdom (Wales)

4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into La Chouffe Tulip

Pours a 1 and 1/2 finger tan head. Very full and thick. Decent retention leaving some pretty sweet looking lace rings. Color is a dark amber copper. A red beer that is actually red for a change. I can see through this one, but not the greatest. I have to admit, that this is one good looking beer.

Aroma: The obvious rye is there and I smelt some kind of sugar, but I had no clue. I checked the bottle and it says it is produced with thai palm sugar. I am guessing that is what I am smelling. There is also an IPA-like aroma coming from this beer. Floral hops and citrus notes. Kind of has a musky aroma to it.

Taste: First thought is that it reminds me a little of Nugget Nectar. Then comes the rye and that palm sugar (it makes its presence known here). It is an interesting sugar and I can definitely taste the difference. Very hoppy and citrusy. Interesting flavor, but I do kind of like it. I was debating on whether or not to give the taste a 4.5 and I said if it was classified as a red, I would have, because it would have been one fine red/amber, but it's a rye, so 4 will be what it gets. Still very close to a 4.5.

Mouthfeel: Is somewhat bitter, but no where near an IPA level. It is almost just a mellowed out version. Medium bodied. And a medium-to-high level of carbonation that seems to be correct. Leaves an IPA-like aftertaste. Very dry and full of floral hops.

Overall, I am really liking this beer. I am curious to know what the hop level would have been like had I tried this when it was first released. I am not disappointed with this brew at all. I could easily drink another in a night. It had some unique ingredients going on and it was neat to be able to try them.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2009 03:04:50 | More by mothman
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4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark dark amber color
S: Smells great! Not too strong.
T: Good taste. I think I let it get too cold but I can taste the rye in it and the hops and malt have a great balance.
M: The Mouthfeel is about average with this type of beer. A little harsh but I think the coldness is adding to that. I should have let this one sit.
D: This is a great beer. I wouldn't mind a sixer of this.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2009 21:43:36 | More by BrewIndy
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3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip. Best by date on back of 7/16/09

A - Clear dark ruby color with a pleasant light tan foamy head. Decent retention and good lacing down the glass.

S - Hop smell is lightly floral with straw, wheat, and grass. Earthy. Light fruit aromas with a hint of apricot.

T - Much hoppier than it smells. The first thing that comes across is the floral and slight fruitiness of the hops followed by a slightly earthy finish.

M - Crisp and light with a dry, bitter finish. Light to medium in body.

D - I don't think that this is a bad beer by any standards; however, it's overly hopped flavor isn't balanced by any sort of "maltiness" (yes, its a Rye beer) and is a little overpowering.

I ended up giving the other from the 12 sample pack to my dad to drink. At least I have the bottle for home brewing.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 19:21:44 | More by BeerFMAndy
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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Okay, first of all I picked up a four pack of this for $4.99. Went to have a bottle last night and see a best by date of 4/22/09. So my review is not of the freshest bottle, but here it is.

A- pours a deep transparent brown with two finger head of tan suds. Good amount of lacing.

S- Big hops with sweet caramel malt.

T- Some hops and big sweet roasted malt. Heavier on the malt side. Reminds me of a DFH 90 Minute. I'm guessing some of the hops have faded in this one. Some caramel and toffee present. Not bad, but would like bigger hops like a Red's Rye offers.

M- medium bodied, smooth and slightly creamy. Mild chewiness.

D- Pretty good drinkability for a 7% beer. A couple is about all I could do of this. Would like to compare this to a fresh bottle as I really enjoy this style.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2009 16:58:12 | More by jera1350
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3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single of this at Ludlow Wine & Spirits. Review is on a bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Looks great - just what I would expect for the style. Lovely nutty, reddish brown color, slightly opaque, with highly visible carbonation and a well-retained 1 finger tan head. Tons of sticky lacing rings the glass.

Smell: A little less forward than expected. The slightest hint of really sweet, not bitter, citrus comes through. Smells juicy. Not getting any grains in the nose.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Taste is supported by a very distinct toasted grain and rye backbone. Slight citrus hops provide a pleasant bitterness without being overly sticky. The feel is moderate, with good carbonation and a fairly dry aftertaste.

Drinkability: Moderate. Not my favorite in the style in terms of complexity or balance, but still very tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2009 21:53:39 | More by kels
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3.3/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 of 7 daily rated beers in honor of Craft Beer Week

Poured in a pint glass on May 11
A: Best by 10/29/08!? C'mon - serious minus points for Liberty Village Wines and Spirits in Stillwater, MN for that. I wish it was fresh. Moderate pour yields 1/8 finger of white head that dissipates to a thin ring. Deep copper burgundy clear liquid. Pretty!
S: Rich bread and raisin/fig. Plum, some tang of rye and some sweetness. A little brandy.
T: Doesn't taste "hopped up", probably the age. Tastes good nonetheless. Some boozy brandy/bourbon notes. Rye tang.
M: Hot after warming. Good carbonation.
D: Good but I wish it was fresh.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 01:06:56 | More by dfillius
Cane & Ebel from Two Brothers Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,302 ratings.