jstraw (1641) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Jerry’s Collaboration Event. Dark mahogany with modest, creamy, beige head / Fruity nose of dark caramel, dark fruit, chocolate / Medium body, a touch thin, modest sweetness and hopping yielding a pleasant balance, with fair finish / Smooth, fruity flavors of semisweet chocolate, date, molasses, licorice, coffee / Maybe personal preference, but would like to see a little more body and hopping. A pleasant, if undistinguished, brew.
maxwelldeux (2205) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught. Pours a very dark brown with a slight head. Nose is pretty roasty with some elements of dark fruit in there. Taste is a tad bitter, and very slightly harsh. Good brew.
Brigadier (2230) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - FEB 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was my first experience with something from Country Boy. Despite being a collaboration with Against the Grain I can tell there are outside influences. I will have to make my way south to Lexington at some point to see what they are like when left to their own devices.
Aroma / Appearance - A deep reddish base looks like the usual baltic porter. Lazy legs crawl like sheets of ice down the side of the sampler. Black licorice, malts, red vines, and a trace of smoke feel like being in a candy store after coming home from a bonfire.
Flavor / Palate - The body is a bit on the light side. It still packs a punch from the first sip. Black raspberries, licorice, and smoke start the party before someone shows up with warm cherry pie. This is a fine beer to cap off a tasting. Again, one point might be enough but it would be a great one.
ContemplateBeer (1126) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Complex aroma of honey, nuts, bittersweet cocoa, sugar cone, resin. Appearance is nearly opaque black with thin bone head. Flavor matches the nose with some additional roasted notes coming into play, perhaps even some fruit here and there. Palate was medium, bubbly and soft. Good, interesting beer.
shrubber85 (5967) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JAN 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Light balsamic vinegar and chocolate aroma. Black/brown with small head. Sweet toffee malt and light vinegar flavor. Tart orange peel finish. Surprisingly light with alcohol well hidden. Light but tasty.