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RATINGS: 1104   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   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.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4385) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 3, 2004
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hershiser2 (1208) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2004
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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2004
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - JAN 4, 2004
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 23, 2003
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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 9, 2003
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.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (8776) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2003
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!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Trumpy (4) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2003 does not count
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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - NOV 17, 2003
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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - NOV 17, 2003
Clear oarnge/brown. Rising carbonation,with a nice 2inch head. Sticky lace. Clean malty aroma with some hop spice. Smooth mouthfeel,soft carbonation. Medium body. Malty mouth. Clean malt flavors(caramel,toffee,cracker),with a nice balance of hops and malts in the finish. Little more comes out in the flavor than aroma. Another good,clean,balanced lager from Great Lakes.


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