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RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 3.54/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DavoleBomb (1467) - 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

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
puzzl (3240) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 23, 2010
Bottle. Aroma is all over the place, with spicy pepper, mollasses, bright vegetal character. Incredible yeast complexity. Wacky, wheaty, milky palate, all over the place bit in a good way. Very different.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nate (3556) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2012
First batch. Very nice aroma, plum, raisin, alcohol and mild fruity character. Dark coppery brown, hazy to murky, with thin off-white to light tan lacing head. Medium to heavy body with heavy carbonation, and alcohol warming. Starts and stays pretty sweet, with plum, raisin, alcohol, and macerated raisins. Smooth sweet finish with light bitterness and lasting sweet raisin-plum after. Short of cloying.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2010
Pours dark brown with garnet edges topped by a thin khaki head. Smells similar to some of the finest trappist quadrupels. Spicy, cherry, dark fruit, and woody esters. Taste is similar but a bit spicier than the nose. Full mouthfeel with stinging carbonation and a bit of an alcohol burn. Quite a tasty beverage!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tgncc (2670) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (5576) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 8, 2014
750 ml bottle thanks to Dan. Pours a dark ruddy brown color with a medium white head. A rich fruity nose, some caramel. This beer is a lot like Rochefort; spices, dark fruit, toffee, chocolate, very yeasty. The malt profile is just huge, and it has toasted malts, almost brown malt flavors. Deep dark fruit and candy. Quite good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2356) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pastor (790) - 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

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wedgie9 (1794) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7502) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2010
Swing top bottle. Pours dark brown w 1finger off-white head. Nose is dark malt, spicy yeast, fig, earthy brown sugar, a bit dunkleweissy. Tastes of malt, brown sugar, fig, plum, caramel, spicy esters, hops. Pretty complex, and a unique twist on this style, and I come away feeling like this one is a dunkleweiss and strong ale hybrid.


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