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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 3.19/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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This beer was brewed at breweries nationwide for the 300th anniversary of Benjamin Franklin’s birthday. With a recipe of molasses and locally grown corn, it is a beer that resembles one that Ben himself might have brewed. It is moderately strong with an inviting copper hue, and has a complex aroma with a pleasant malt character and a slight molasses spiced undertone.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAY 16, 2006
Tap @ brewery: Copper color with med tan head. Aroma with hints of molasses, cherry, corn, smoke. Flavor is malty, sweet, bit of honey, fair amount of caramel.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 8, 2006
Draught: not really having any idea what to expect, this was slightly darker and had more color (red hues) than I thought it would…the aroma was more on par with what I was expecting – super sugary: molasses, mixed with dark brown sugar, honey and caro all mixed up on top of darkly malted barley and wheat. Decent carbonation carries some of the flavour, but the finish is thin and overly sweet, with a strange peppery/herbal bitterness sneaking in at the end. I wish I could have helped make this one to see what crazy things they tried…

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 29, 2006
Third of Eight from Goose Island-Clybourn. Copper and clear with an off-white tiny bubbled head. Syrupy, corny, grainy nose. Slick and oily body. Sweet malts. Molasses and caramel. Medium bodied. Really smooth. Yet lingering dryness. Corn and sugar sweetness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frank (2778) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2006
I was really interested to try this. I figured it would be all funky but it’s not. I doubt it’s anything close to authentic either. Mostly it just looks and tastes like an American brown ale w/ some rummy molasses notes. It pours a light brown w/ a light tan head. The nose is pretty nice--mostly malt w/ some rum raisin notes and even a touch of hops. Low carbonation and slightly sticky sweet w/ some earthy notes in the finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2006
On tap at Goose Island Clybourn. An interesting beer. Amber brown body with a thin whiteish head. Not alot of aroma, but it smelled earthy to me. Taste was earthy with a dirt and almost mildewy flavor, which sounds awful but really wasn’t. Not my favorite, but well worth a try.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2006
On tap at the Clybourn location. Pours a dark amber/brown with a medium head that quckly fades to a soap like film. Brown sugar, molasses, and unsweetened cocoa abound. Finishes with a mild bitterness. This reminded me of the Phoenix ESB that they brew. An interesting beer.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2006
Dark, copper body with a fluffy, tan head. Sweet, malty aroma of caramel, ripe fruit, corn, molasses, whole grains and some other, sugary sweetness. No hint of alcohol. A moderate body with low to moderate carbonation. The flavor starts sweet with whole grains and corn. The sweetness of the molasses provides an almost spicy character that may not have been present otherwise. It’s an interesting, and not unpleasant beer, but not something I’d want on a regular basis.


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