TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - OCT 28, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a moderately opaque golden amber with a finger’s worth of webby head which soon settles to a two-bubble layer that leaves clods of lace all over the inside of the glass. Aroma is earthy and sour-grassy with a good dose of dry hop bitterness. Said bitterness rather dominates the flavor at the expense of about any other flavor attribute, leading one to wonder in what sense this is a farmhouse ale. It smells the part but it does not taste the part. The hop bitterness is tempered by a fair dose of crisp, sugary malt, but the earthy, spicy, sour-grass elements typically prevalent in a farmhouse-style ale struggle to make a minimally acceptable appearance, and ultimately fail to do so. Call this an Amber Ale and I’m right on board with it. But as a farmhouse ale, it just doesn’t work.
Brigadier (3290) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at brewpub
This was the final sample. I wish I’d gotten to it sooner. If I was spending the night in Rockford it would be high on the list of larger samples. I don’t know if it will be a regular beer so give it a try if you see it on tap.
Aroma / Appearance - The opaque copper body reminds me of a saison more than a biere de garde. A minimal head decorated the top. Musty barnyard, cherries, caramel and vanilla cupcakes create a sweet and creamy nose that sticks to the nostrils.
Flavor / Palate - Creamy orange is the first sensation to hit the throat. Next comes the hoppiness along with bittersweet chocolate, wood, resin and the smell of an old decaying barn. The aftertaste is vinous with a kick that will get to you after a while. This was an excellent beer but putting down more than two might be hard as it will begin to get a little cloying.
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had this one on draught as part of a sampler flight at the brewpub in Rockford, Illinois. Hazy dark orange pour with a wispy white head, sweet nose with chocolate candy, balanced sweetness, finished milky. Very nice.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This pours a hazy date brown body with a respectable ecru head. The nose is rich and malty, earthy, and has scents of an orchard after it rains. The flavor sees the addition of old toffee, dark spices, and a light herbal/earthy bitterness. Tasty stuff.
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