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RATINGS: 49   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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The summer of 2013 introduced the city of Cleveland to a unique and rare visitor. A Brown Pelican, usually found in Florida and other Gulf states, wandered north to vacation on Ohio’s Lake Erie coast. Swapping saltwater for fresh, feeding on shad instead of mullet, this welcome stranger made Lake Erie his home for several months and became an unlikely local celebrity. This dark lager honors our courageous friend who traveled off the beaten path to find his home.

Dark and toasty with rich, robust malt flavors, Wandering Pelican Black Lager is brewed with proprietary lager yeast and balanced with a blend of crisp, floral American hops.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (13326) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 3, 2014
Draft. Pretty much black, tan head with good retention and lacing. Nice aroma of roasty spiced toasted brown bread dipped in coffee. Taste has dark fruit, roast, peppery spice, coffee. Chewy mouthfeel. Very tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (6211) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 14, 2014
draft at Coles, Buffalo NY. medium bodied black pour, roasted malts, touch of chocolate, mild to medium bitterness. decent schwarz

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
keanex (1503) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - SEP 14, 2014
On tap at Barcade.
Appearance: Black body with a creamy tan head.
Aroma: Light aroma, milky with hints of caramel and chocolate.
Taste: Creamy flavor, hints of chocolate, roast and caramel. Nothing is prominent, rather all the flavors are integrated nicely into the creamy body.
Palate: Creamy and full-bodied, nitro like.
Overall: This is a beer not huge on flavor or aroma, but beautifully blending the nuances together.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ferris (4998) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 11, 2014
Draft - Light roast and toast. Jet black with a rich light brown head. Toasted malts and some brine notes with a sweetness in the finish. The brine is a bit off for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (9520) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 27, 2014
Draft... Muckfest 2014… Pours clear and dark brown with a mid-sized, foamy, cappuccino head. Fantastic retention. The aroma is straight-up toasted nuts and vanilla with a less significant measure of chocolate crème. Medium-bodied and lightly creamy with tingly carbonation. The moderately sweet flavor is roasty with a nice mocha character. Crisp, bittersweet, roasty finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kaser (3115) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2014
Had this on draft at Jerry's in Andersonville, part of a flight. Black with tan head. Has a raisin and licorice taste to it. Chocolate. Earthy. Interesting beer but pretty good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadIndian (2434) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 12, 2014
On draft at High St Bar and grill. Mild roast, caramel malts and nuts. Blend was good, body was good. A decent lager.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
closey22 (980) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - AUG 5, 2014
Dark brown slight dark red hilites when held up to light with slight rimming beige head; aroma is slight hops with notes of celery; Flava is rich smoky slight malty licoricy notes; feels light with slight fizz; finishes toasty and roasty dry

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rondphoto (2282) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JUL 31, 2014
on tap @ Cock and Bull / Covington KY --- Clear, very dark brown color with a thin head cover, heavy sheet of lace. Taste is sweet roasted malt that develops an agreeable burnt edge as it moves into the palate. Then hops and bourbony overtones move in for the long finish. Strong, a bit overpowering for the 8.5%, so, maybe best sipped 10 oz. at a time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brigadier (3095) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JUL 30, 2014
On draft at Fat Head’s Brewer’s Brawl
This had been widely available on the Cleveland area for a month or so now. After trying a sample pour I might have to get a pint. A very interesting experiment, this collaboration with Cigar City shows hallmarks of both breweries’ trademark styles.

Aroma / Appearance - A reddish black base with a fringe of vanilla tickles the edges of the glass. Chewed half melted chocolate tinges the air with a sweet feel along with the dry feel of desert air.

Flavor / Palate - Chocolate, coffee, and almonds immediate brighten up the palate. A soft mouthfeel enriches the texture with a splash of carbonation, ice cream, and coffee. Building to a slow crescendo, this draft takes time to really open up. I would love to try it side by side with the Cigar City version to see what the differences are.

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