DCopperfields (146) - New York, USA - FEB 9, 2004
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice bottle, mentions on the label that Eliot Ness is "untouchable".
Nice, deep amber color with a tannish head which proves ephemeral. A touch of spotty lacing remains.
Smells like a caramel factory. Sweet burned sugar aromas and hints of molasses and toasted raisin bread.
Big malt up front, riding on just enough hops to carry it through. Well carbonated, this beer has a medium to full mouthfeel and a sweet finish. Faint hints of caramel and chocolate abound. Final kick of mild hops really makes this drinkable.
badgerben (4596) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 3, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mahogany like color with an off-white head that lasts the whole way down the glass. Lots of malt flavor and aroma, but something that distinguishes it from a doppelbock. Maybe it's a hint of fruit or citrus? Doubt it, but that's all I can guess on. Maybe just more hops. Anyway, it's a very nice and drinkable beer. It doesn't have that "whole meal" feeling like a doppelbock.
hershiser2 (1357) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2004 Beautiful dark amber with a LOT of carbonation (up the whole glass, and stayed that way). Smells decent, not great. Taste is a bit on the sweet side, but not TOO much. Mouthfeel was a bit too heavy for my liking, making me wonder just how many I could have before I felt bloated (two). It's a drinkable beer, but not nearly as drinkable as some of the others in the Great Lakes line.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bright red-amber. Creamy beige head. Sweet, buttery, malty aroma w/ notes of honey & lightly roasted nuts. Soft, creamy feel. Rich, buttery malt flavour of caramel, cane sugar, & honey. Slightly sour w/ some smokey & oaky notes. Clean finish w/ fresh bitterness. Elegantly balanced.
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - JAN 4, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good looking glass of beer-amber ruby hue with a fine head that left rings as it went down and a malty floral aroma. Smooth and medium bodied with caramel toffee flavors, a bready note to it like a honey bun and a subtle warmth. The finish was mild and bitter sweet. My aunt brought me this from Cleveland and when I saw what it was I told her I was going to take it out and dump it in the gutter. She almost looked offended until she "got it" ha ha. Good beer.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 23, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz: pours a clear red amber. A generous head forms and then quickly dies. . . aroma contains large amounts of whole grains, wheat and a hint of piney hops. Palate is smooth and soft. Flavours have some great malt and a bit of dry fruit. Hops come in a very clean finish that contains some pepper and nuts. Thanks Santa, aofoxxy.
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 9, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours clear deep amber, with a small tan head that slightly lasts, and leaves a very small bit of lacing. Aroma strong on sweet caramel, lightly nutty, and some toasted grains. Flavor starts with caramel spread on some toasted whole grain bread, ends with a slightly spicy hop finish. Medium body, very drinkable.
hopscotch (10076) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2003
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Crystal clear amber ale with a large, frothy, khaki-colored head. Great retention and excellent lacing.
The nose is of toffee, caramel, buttermilk, grapefruit and white wine or a very dry port or sherry.
The flavor is a bit on the thin side, but has some nice caramel and butterscotch bursts. Well-balanced, but the malty sweetness wins out over the hops by only the smallest of margins.
Medium-bodied with a watery mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Short, bitter, dry finish. Another great effort from the fine folks at Great Lakes!
Trumpy (4) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2003 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is the best beer that Great lakes produces (I haven't tried Edmund Fitzgerald, but I have sampled dortmunder gold). This beer is full of malty goodness, however, it does not remind me much of Elliot Ness without the label.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - NOV 17, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark reddish brown appearance. Distinctively malty, fruity caramel and toffee aroma. Sweet malts, caramel flavor, nice creaminess and well rounded feel. One of the best Vienna's I've tasted. I'll drink to Elliott Ness on this one.