csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JAN 29, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub. Dark red/nearly brown color with a light, off-white head. I get the molasses in the aroma, sweet and earthy, and some corn too. The initial taste is mildly sweet and caramelly, followed by the corny flavor but also some mildly bitter hops, some molasses and a mildly swet, dark caramelly finish. Pretty good beer, even with the adjuncts. The mouthfeel is good, but the corn thins it out some.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 23, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
In the growler from the brewpub. Thanks to Lisa M. for hauling this back to me! Outrageous aroma of alcohol. Dark copper in color with an off-white yellowish head. Has a strong corn scent. Taste of significant amounts of brown sugar or molasses with a sweetness that is washed away quickly by the high alcohol. Strong toasted/roasted palate as well. Finish is quite unusual: if you can get over the alcohol sting, your tongue is left with a powdery dryness. Not balanced, but sure packs a whallop! If Ol’ Ben drank this witches’ brew, he sure must have had a good time inventing electricity.
KUEric (930) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 17, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2006 On Tap: A great beer, it seems like I say this all the time about a Free State beer, but this maybe my favorite yet.
It has a very nice mouthfeel and a great flavor. There was caramel malts, with molasses/brown sugar, smoke/toasted flavors, and maybe a hint of hops.