Brigadier (3095) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at brewpub
Maybe this was a bad batch but I was not impressed by a faded impression of a porter. I am willing to give it a second chance since the rest of the lineup indicates this to be more of an aberration than a routine tap handle from Evil Czech.
Aroma / Appearance - An inky black base shimmers under a cream colored eggshell head. Light vanilla, coffee, and malts tickle the air without committing to anything serious. Charred ash lingers as an additional tease.
Flavor / Palate - A limp mouthfeel shows hints of promise without delivering. Simple vanilla and coffee taste more like a craft soda than a beer. This easy to drink beer fades quickly with nothing more than a forgettable impression. Skip this one or save it for the end of a flight once you’ve run out of other samples to try.
b3shine (5821) - Indiana, USA - DEC 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft to pint mug at the Culver brewpub. Looks good; a slightly translucent dark coffee with bubbly light beige head. Smells of dark malt, vanilla, and chocolate with a touch of rye spice. Tastes like it Smells with a medium-bodied mouthfeel. Enjoyable.
Tmoney99 (11069) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Poured a dark brown color with an average frothy tan head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate toasted chocolate malt and vanilla aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Solid complex brew.
574deadzone (1088) - North Central, Indiana, USA - MAY 5, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample size on draft at the Mishawaka Public House. Pours dark brown with a thinner mocha head that leaves some spotty lace. Nose involves chocolate milk, dark crusty bread, some raisin notes. Somewhat sweet, fairly bitter. Light bodied, softly carbed, silky, with a tingly vanilla finish. Nice brew with a good flavor. I would like perhaps more body, but this is a session brew by design, and there’s nothing wrong with that. This should be a quite popular offering for them.
patrick767 (3590) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 31, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
tap at 800 degrees in February - Smells of coffee and sweet milk chocolate. It’s a near black brew with a very small head. The flavor is sweet with lots of chocolate. It’s medium bodied and finishes with roast coffee. I thought any bourbon character was quite subtle. Good brew.
shrubber85 (7947) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 8, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Smoky/ash, vanilla, and chocolate malt aroma. Dark brown with medium head. Sweet milk chocolate, light rye malt and mildly bitter herbal finish. Smooth and easy drinking.
queenholly (3014) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - OCT 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at brewery. Roasty chocolate and coffee malt, earthy/woody, vanilla aroma. Dark brown with a small beige head. Chocolate, vanilla, dark bread, and light coffee flavor. Light to medium body.