Stine (1488) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 16, 2008
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Poured from a growler; tepid thinned red. Pungent, foul canned green bean, compost, and vegetal steam aroma with a puzzling follow through of raw dark fruit sugar and nuttiness. That earthy nastiness is just opressive and unavoidable. Big wet cardboard, canned corn and compost chunkiness in the flavor; lots of overripe fruitiness of raspberry and banana in the mid palate. Palate slick, big and coating; finishes on wet, semisweet grassiness and burning earth. This is either an example gone south or one that was far past hope from the start. Thanks for sharing, Bob!
Skyview (5154) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAR 26, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draught at the brewery/brewpub taproom in northern Madison, Wisconsin.. Pours a semi-clear cola brown brew with a creamy off-white head that quickly dissipates to a fine film and thick off-white ring. Aroma of roasted caramel malt, some flowery and grassy hops, a touch of dark tea, brown sugar and a touch of raisin. Taste is medium to full-bodied, light carbonation with a thick malty character and very flavored with tastes of caramel malt, raisins, dark pitted fruit and a touch of chocolate. Finish is slightly metallic while the high alcohol is well-hidden, it also has some aftertaste of tart brown sugar and a mild bitterness that lingers around after the finish.