rondphoto (4096) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - SEP 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opaque dark brown-black with a long-lasting one-finger head, streaks of lace. Fizzy caramel malt grows in the palate, but stays true to the style without adding trendy coffee/chocolate. Light bittering appears at the end to hold a balance. Solid, easy-drinking, good for long sessions. Enthusiastically recommended.
Brigadier (3550) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
On draft at brewpub
After trying this, and another release, I am not sure I will be trying any more Big Woods offerings any time soon. They both felt half baked as if going through the motions. That might not be the case but with so many other options (Sun King, Upland, Cutters, etc) I donít have time for mediocrity.
Aroma / Appearance - The base is watery and fluid like someone rinsed out a half full coffee pot. The creamy mocha head is at least somewhat on the mark. Yoohoo chocolate milk, light black coffee, and not much else bind together a short ephemeral experience.
Flavor / Palate - The light texture does not sit on the tongue very long. Chocolate milk, cheap coffee creamer, and a cup of black coffee from the gas station mix into a half hearted experience. This is not the worst offender (as it has no evident infection) but ho-hum beers are a dime a dozen.
Patrickctenchi (6086) - Coxís Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - NOV 25, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at source: 4.5% ABV
Pours black with subtle ruby highlights.
Dark tan head.
Scent is strong roast coffee.
Taste is old coffee, a bit of chocolate...
Slightly too thin and light, but a decent stout.
Served a little too cold....
jcr (2576) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 19, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Black body with tan head, mostly lasting. Aroma of roast and caramel with a hint of molasses, coffee and chocolate. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. Roast bitterness in the finish with a taste of coffee. Medium to full body, creamy texture and moderate carbonation. Most enjoyable and most refined of the four beers I had at the brewpub.
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 30, 2010
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
15th Annual Indiana Microbrewers Summer Fest 2010: Deep brown cola hue with a fading frothy head. The aroma has notes of chocolate, roast, hint of charcoal, coffee, and a hint of mint leaf. The taste was sweet at first but then some coffee and hop bitterness came about. Unlike the Busted Knuckle which had a great mouth feel, this was quite the opposite with a thin weak body and ashy finish. A poor effort and very kit like.
thedm (5776) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 30, 2010
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
This draft brew from a beer festival poured a small sized head of foamy brown colored bubbles that were mostly lasting and left behind a no visible carbonation opaque dark black colored body. The aroma was roasted malt and dark malt. The semi-flat mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start and at the finish. The flavor contained notes of roasted malt and dark malt. An OK brew just nothing special.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 2, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Brewpub. Pours black with a retentive light brown head. Aroma of roast and chocolate. Medium bodied with soft carbonation and a silky texture. Flavor of dark roasted malts and chocolate, with some faint bitterness to help balance it out. Moderate residual sweetness. Tastes like a cross between a sweet and a dry stout. Not bad, but needs a little more body and bitterness as this comes across as being a little watered down.
Tmoney99 (13595) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft sample at IBG 2010 Winterfest. Poured a black color with an average creamy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate burnt sweet malt and coffee aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium burnt bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Smooth brew, my expectations where not met.
alleycat (11) - Indiana, USA - DEC 22, 2009
1.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Started with a slight roasted, choclatey aroma. Taste was a let down. Tasted like 1/2 stout, 1/2 water. Very little mouth feel, low alcohol content.
Overall, a very dissapointing beer.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown, creamy tan head. Aroma is light roasty, mostly empty. Taste is sweet, roasty but not astringent, chocolate, light body.