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RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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Six local artists have conspired with this local brewery to bring you Illustration Ale, a limited edition, 700 bottle run of a one-time East End brew. Each bottle bears handiwork of one of the six different artists who contributed to this project, and two bucks from the sale of each bottle will go directly to Pittsburgh’s very own Toonseum! Illustration Ale is a bottle conditioned beer, with a rich dark malt character, spicy and nuanced, but without any actual spices added. That all comes from careful handling of our Farmhouse ale yeast. If you decide not to frame this bottle, you can carefully remove the label and return it to the brewery to collect your deposit. Or better still, bring it back and put it toward your next liquid art purchase.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wedgie9 (2487) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 4, 2011
Tasted on 5/4/11 from a 1L flip-top bottle sent to me in a trade. Pours cloudy opaque extremely dark amber with an average beige head that recedes to a thin, even layer of lace. The nose is raisin and fig dried fruits with sweet brown sugar, molasses, and a hint of maple syrup. The flavor is sweet brown sugar, maple syrup, and molasses up front, moving to the more dried fruit raisin and fig, and a hint of burnt bitterness. The body is full and oily with average carbonation and a long maple, raisin, and fig finish, with a bit of alcohol heat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - APR 23, 2011
Much thanks to an awesome BA who sent me one being that it is my favorite style. I wasn’t disappointed the1 liter swing top was split between friends into snifters we were greeted with a slight white head that faded fast leaving a small ring of bubbles around the glass. The body was a classic dark brown to black. The aroma of a farm house yeast was the first thing I noticed then I got some sweet dark fruit and caramel came thru. Flavor wise I thought this brew was quite interesting a sweet dark farmhouse I thought it was very reminiscent of a red wine flavor wise. The mouthfeel was a tad light for me I wished for more body. To me it was light and fizzy. Don’t get me wrong it worked but not true to my expatiations of the style. Overall I like the brew but not a strong dark in any way. It really was more like a hybrid to me. Serving type: bottle

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 30, 2011
Bottle:   Heavier shade of brown, frothy off-white head, decent lacing.   Strong spiced bready aroma, its almost like a damn fruit cake.   Fig/dates, some clove and nutmeg.   Intriguing at least.   Whoa, that is pretty cloying with its sweetness.   Too heavy in fact, and its extremely bready.   Seems like an Imperial Belgian Dubbel in that its so thick and heavy, sweet, and bready.   Glad I am sharing this one, because to try and drink an entire liter of this would be torture.   Not a bad beer, but its almost like it tried too hard.   Thanks Dan!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DavoleBomb (1487) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2011
Poured into a pint glass as I didn’t know the style beforehand. Shared 1L bottle with a buddy. 4.0 A: Relatively clear medium/dark brown color. Two fingers of creamy/frothy hybrid head with average retention and not much lacing. 4.5 S: Interesting to say the least. Peppery spiciness, semi-sweet chocolate and toffee, and graininess like a good Oktoberfest. Also a light hay funkiness. Very pleasant. 5.0 T: Interesting taste as well. Sweet toffee and caramel. Slight funkiness with peppery yeastiness. Some milk chocolate and the slightest touch of sourness. A touch of alcohol as well. 4.5 M: Thicker medium body. Good carbonation. Lots of creaminess. Very good here. 4.5 D: This is a winner. Super complex with lots of great flavors. Goes down very easy. I also think it may be a new style: "imperial dark saison". Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 07-03-2010 19:22:49

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tgncc (2948) - Bellmore, New York, USA - DEC 27, 2010
The aroma is sweet, brown sugar, caramel, fruit. The appearance is a brown/amber color, off-white head. The flavor is toffee, brown sugar, caramel, cream. The finish is pine hop bittering. Very, very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zdk (1816) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 27, 2010
bottle at Joe’s goodbye tasting - fruity, cranberries, dark roasty chocolate, funky and fruity sourness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (7266) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2010
Bottle thanks to london1o1, shared at the 2010 Winter Solstice. Poured a dark brown with opaque edges and a light brown head that dissipated completely. Aroma had a decent amount of spice joined by sweet dark grains, dates and raisins. Flavor was full of dark fruits with caramel, dark grains and a strong spice back bone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2010
1.5L. Pours a bruin body with a mostly white head. Scant lacing. Cherry and metal pennies. Faded hop tones. Light spices cinnamon and nutmeg. Figs and weizen like fruit tones. Odd and messy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (7248) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - OCT 31, 2010
Bottle at Joe’s ridiculous going away party tasting. Sweet fruit and sugar, mostly brown sugar, on the nose. Caramel, tangy sweet. Lots of sweet caramel and some faint musk. Sweet caramel, roast on the finish. Interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2744) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2010
There is a ton of sweet malty barleywine smell with some caramel notes. The dark almost black wheat color has a bubbly tan head. The flavors are sweet malt almost wheat wine in flavor with very little funk from the farmhouse yeast. The body is thick like a Belgian Strong as it is also considered. Very good overall.

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