vyvvy (3978) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 25, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at Schlafly’s Repeal of Prohibition festival 2014 - Pours brown with a small beige head. The aroma has mushy maltiness, nuttiness and not much in the hop department. It has a medium body with semi-soft carbonation. The flavor starts with mushy toasty malt, cardboard and caramel. The finish is very astringent. The idea of a "winter warmer" at a festival in April was a red flag I guess. I think Strykzone and I must have had samples out of two different kegs.
Strykzone (4931) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at Repeal. Dark brown and opaque. A smallish beige head. An earthy and malty aroma that belies the hops that are tasted. They dominate. Citrus and bitter. Malta are significant, too. The hops grow and to the finish are almost all that is tasted. No complaints here.
poisoneddwarf (1711) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - JAN 2, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Paddy’s in CDA, ID. Aroma is caramelly, toasted marshmallow, piney hops. Pours muddy brown with a long-sustaining beige head with excellent retention; leaves lace that sheets the glass. Taste is mostly hoppy bitter but there’s some caramel malt in the background. Tastes much more bitter than 70 IBU. This is a good, hoppy strong ale.