JMerritt (1871) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JUN 1, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the brew pub. Dark garnet brown with a very small white head. Mild coffee, toffee, candied dates and brown sugar dominate the aroma. Moderately sweet flavor that slowly wanes, with notes of bakers chocolate, dusty wheat, caramel candies and old coffee. Sticky texture. Solid, though a little odd to be drinking on June 1.
Skyview (5283) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAR 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draught at the Blue Heron brewpub in Marshfield, Wisconsin. Pours a dark reddish copper colored brew with a thick beige head that slowly dissipates and leaves behind some spotty lacing. Aroma is quite malty with characters of caramel, milk chocolate, a touch of brown sugar and floral hops. Taste is full bodied, malty with flavors of roasted chocolate malt, brown sugar and a hint of floral hops. Finish is sweet, low bitterness with aftertastes of chocolate and toffee along with some light banana. A nice dunkler bock with a flavor profile edging towards a doppelbock.