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RATINGS: 564   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A malty beer with a notable toasty flavor derived from lightly roasted malt. Slight fruit and hop accents add to the overall complexity. Available Mid-January to late March


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUN 2, 2001
Verly lacking in flavor, malty, extremely subtle on the hops, the worst Great Lakes Product i’ve had to date

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
joet (2462) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - DEC 25, 2001
Hints of chocolate and peat, butter and alcohols. Some mineral component not altogether pleasant -- tastes like calcium carbonate.

2.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jonwayne4883 (401) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 6, 2006
a decent irish ale, not quite as good as we had hoped, but it gets the job done. fails to leave a lasting impression or ask for a repeat buy

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ElGaucho (2340) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2006
Draught at Fitz’s Pub, Elmhurst, IL. Strong alcohol nose. Smells like an amber. Nothing out of the ordinary. Slightly hazy amber color with a small off-white head and some lace. Initial mouthfeel is a little off. Tastes like Winters Bourbon Cask Ale (AB), but not as sweet. I expected more from Great Lakes, although I submit the possibility that draught craft brews don’t always move that well, and the beer I had may have been sitting in the lines.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
lovemyipas (544) - nw burbs, Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2007
pours a clear dark orange with red highlights and a one finger fluffy tan head. aroma is malt with a touch of hops and a little sweet smell really had to dig though. has a light body with ok lacing and good carbonation. flavor is malt with a touch of roast to it and a bit of hops an sweetness. not to bad i guess has a little dry hop aftertaste also.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2473) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 3, 2014
toasty caramel and slicky sweet this deep copper brew with the soda like fizz has a wee bit of fruit. something like a peat in there is suppose.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - JUN 30, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2014 Bottle: Rusty, sunburst orange with a decent clarity about it; quickly growing, eggshell colored cap that sits nice & fluffy, leaving generous lacing behind,.Malty sweet aroma with rich caramel, butter toffee, some vaguely fruity hops, wet grass, a hint of stale toast. Taste is even maltier with sweet, rich toffee, buttered toasted & bread, caramel, & a moderate metallic flavor running through it all. Touch of burnt grain & graham cracker. A little bit of floral leaves & grassy hops help to balance a bit, injecting a faintly citric note that is best described as orange. Nutty, woodsy, lightly metallic, toasted malt finish. A little sticky sweet & cloying with warmth.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
berkshirejohn (5513) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2015
12oz bottle from Wegmans, West Seneca, NY. A golden amber pour with a ring of white head; floral aroma; soft malty taste with some floral, herbal notes; and a rather watery finish.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
LuckeyHaskins99 (180) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2002
Great Looking, but not great tasting Ale.... Great Lakes runs the gamut of quality in it’s brews, and this one is right in the middle of them. They have many better products to offer.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
drewbeerme (3915) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2008
bottle. pours clear copper with whitehead. nose is extremely nutty with bready, toasted biscuit. flavor is slightly sour, why do i taste peanut butter? weird, and toasted biscuit, rotten fruit. this just isn’t fun to drink.


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