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RATINGS: 1143   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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Deep Amber red color, with a fragrant malt aroma. Flavorful notes of rich caramelized malt and noble hop flavors harmonize on the palate leading to a crisp clean finish. Named after one of Cleveland’s most respected safety directors, who frequented the brewpub’s bar during his tenure from 1935-1941 and, according to popular legend, was responsible for the bullet holes still evident today.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Suttree (5424) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 26, 2003
This is a Vienna Lager? I had no idea. Pours coppery brown. Bready, wheaty aroma. sourish, citrus hopflavor, then earthy bitter finish. Underlying malt gives it a rich mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 20, 2003
Darker amber/brown. No head. Smells like sweet yeast, maybe a little cinnamon, hops, caramel. Tastes good. Burst of bitterness and then calms right down. Sweet burnt marshmallow flavor. Dries out quickly. Nice beer from Cleveland.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ubiquibeer (140) - Cleveland, USA - OCT 17, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2004 Dark amber color, decent head and lacing. Malty, sweet aroma. Sweet malt, roasted flavor with a slight bitterness towards the finish. The finish is slightly dry Re-Rate 11-07-04 I’ve been drinking this beer for a while now, and IMO it has one of the best finishes in beerdom. Slightly bitter, burnt brown sugar goodness. Excellent

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 14, 2003
I had this on tap at the brewery. The color is dark. It has a nice sweet yet hoppy smell. The flavor does not disappoint. It is another well balanced great lakes beer. It tastes like a dark, stronger dortmunder gold.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerhoto (14) - Terre haute, Indiana, USA - OCT 3, 2003
Great dark amber color, with a medium to almost heavy head. Great lacing on the glass. This beer had a very malty flavor and aftertaste. This is a sweet beer but not at all to sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2003
This is a good beer for those who like a lot of malt flavor. As I believe to be true with Vienna-style lagers, this beer is predominantly malt aroma and flavor, with enough hops to clean up the finish. At warmer temperatures, this beer exhibits a wonderful sweetness. But it's difficult to let it sit long enough to warm. Not much of a head to speak of, but that is just a minor detraction from the initial impresion of this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
sloth (2607) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - SEP 27, 2003
Medium sized tight beaded tan head, remains as a slight ring around the inside of my tasting glass. Unfortunate , hazy amber/copper color. A really clean malt, grainy nose, bready. Medium body, kinda slick. Good malt flavors, but as it warms some slight bandaid flavors show up. Fairly dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrnkMcDermott (2880) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 16, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2005 Re-Rated from draft at GLBC in Cleveland: Sweet amber color, kind of lemony, but not unpleasantly so. Very Mellow malts, just a touch of caramel. Hops are equally mellow, with just a little bitterness and graininess. A slight flourish of poerter malts toward the end.
Original rating: 9/16/03, Score: 4.1 Draft. Did not even realize this was a lager beer, thought it was more of a brown ale (that’s a compliment). A nice creamy head, almost stoutlike. Had a good beery smell with a touch of fruitiness that led me to think this was an ale. A complex hop taste that I thought had more American hops that the normal German ones. A delightful brew that stands out at any autumn party.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Libeerian (209) - Garner, North Carolina, USA - SEP 3, 2003
In addition to being a fine Vienna lager, Eliot Ness has a touch of smoke in the aroma and a bit more in the flavor. This may have been a defect in the bottle I tasted but it really made for nice complexity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bvkamp (2) - USA - AUG 31, 2003 does not count
The transparent orange color looks tasty sitting on the table under the lamp. I can smell the toasted malts, and they are the predominate early flavor, followed by a brief hint of sweetness hiding in the strong carbonation. There is a dry, bitter aftertaste which is not unpleasant and fades very slowly until my next sip.

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