Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 6, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The beer disinherits the 12-ounce brown bottle and adopts my glass a luminous copper color with a planetary sized head that is light tan in color and semi-creamy in texture and after its slow demise the lace left over forms a thick sealing blanket upon the glass. Nose has a sweet malt aroma, hints of yeast and maybe some hops, crisp and clean to the senses, start is sweet and rich in malt, the top moderate in its feel to the palate. Finish is light to medium in acidity, the hops potent in their spiciness, also a hint of alcohol bitterness in the dry long lasting aftertaste, a belly warmer and a very nice beer for a fall afternoon when the works day is done.
Frank (2832) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2004 Reddish in color. Red enough to justify itís vampirous name? No but itís still kinda red. The head is small but mostly lasting. Nose is mildly hoppy with some pine, earth and citrus notes. A bit mild in flavor too but a rich, full mouthfeel helps make up for that. Nice subtle bitter finish winds things up nicely in the end and blends well with the carmelly malts.
Dogbrick (7973) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 4, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2004 On draught at Barleyís Smokehouse. Billed as the big brother to Burning River, I'd also say it is kissin' cousins with Arrogant Bastard. Pours a luminous red color with a medium and creamy light tan head. Thin rings of lacing throughout. The aroma is a nice blend of malt, fruit and hops. Rich and tart with robust bitterness. Hops, malt, fruit and alcohol play nicely together. The finish is nicely bitter hops, with a pinch of citrus and sweet malt. As usual I am impressed with this scary good offering from GLBC.
Cornfield (5473) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2005 Ruby red coloring with a quickly vanishing off-white head, this nicely balances the malts with the hops. (I was hoping for more of the latter.) Rich sweet malt taste with a solid jab from the malt side, but neither is overbearing. Itís got a clean finish with just a lingering of the hoppish tartness that I wanted. Not a bad brew, but the label is scarier than the flavor that the commercial description promises.
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HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber colored beer with an off-white head. Smells slightly caramelly and bready. Earthy hop flavor and moderate bitterness with a sweet malty backbone. Solid.
piwodevo (53) - chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 25, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yes. Great Lakes you brew good ale. Great hue, lackluster head retention (its only detraction), mild bitterness that lingers on the tongue, full, rounded hop flavor and aroma. Very refined.
Burning Riverís big brother??? More like its wise old uncle.
DrunkenLooser (22) - Frankfort, Illinois, USA - SEP 25, 2004
3.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Burnt amber/red color similar to wine. Highly filtered without a hint of cloudiness. Thin white head, but highly carbonated. Strong hops taste with a great malty touch. Mild bitter aftertaste. A great seasonal ale.
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - SEP 24, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Coppery medium amber w/ a lasting dark off white head. Strong perfumey herbal and piney hop. Caramel and toasty malt follow close behind, and a medium fruitiness in the mid nose into the finsish of the aroma. Hints of alcohol as well. Well balanced to just bitter. Toasted malt flavor balances the hop very well, and moderate fruitiness helps. Finish is malty sweet and hop flavored. Aftertaste is lightly bitter. Smooth m/f, very well hidden alcohol, low carbonation. Overall much better than some of the years past batches. Very well balanced and drinkable, although not a session ale. A 4 pack does very well for the night!
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - SEP 24, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
An attractive red color with a lasting, tan head. Pungent nose of hops (grapefruit pith) and wispy caramel. Mouthfeel is very substantial; big, solid body. Creamy palate with dense, resinous hops that are completely integrated into the juicy, fruity malt. The bitterness is palate-filling and not overly sharp and biting like I see in some versions of this style. Great balance and length. Overall, I get flavors similar to a Big Foot, but the balance is towards hops instead of alcohol to counteract the residual sugar. This is a big but deceptively drinkable ale.
JoeM500 (1905) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - SEP 21, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bronze/amber with a huge tan head. Reminds me of a Arrogant Bastard from the bottle in looks, just a few shades lighter. Piney nose with bug malt presence of caramel in there, well balanced in the nose???Letís take a sip... WOW, huge piney hops is the dominant force here, but a caramelly and almost scotchy malt is there. Dry and tingly at the finish with a definate alcohol presence at the finish. The head sticks around until the finish and laces nicely. Bitter aftertaste leaves a scratchy throat, softens as it warms, a very nice addition to the already solid Great Lakes lineup!