Brigadier (3535) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Great Taste of the Midwest 2008
After trying the barrel aged baltic porter last year at Grumpy Troll I had high hopes for this. I’m not sure if it is a different recipe or the base beer was improved that much by aging but whatever the cause it was somewhat of a letdown. Probably one of the lowest rated beers that I tried on the day I’m glad I didn’t make the drive out to Mount Horeb just to be disappointed.
Aroma / Appearance - A mild black body was thinner than I expected from even an average baltic porter. Some more density could improve it. Smoke, earth and hints of sweetness implied that it could have done much more. Way too light it needs more punch.
Flavor / Palate - Thin bodied and dry there were only hints of the things that make baltic porters such a great style. Smoke, coffee and a vague sweetness were not cohesive at all. Needed more depth to be complete I found nothing offensive yet nothing different either. This is one to try towards the end if you happen to be at the brewpub.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 10, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at GTMW. Poured deep brown with a short dusting of tan head. The aroma was weak with toasty black malts including some darker chocolates.. just not much going on. The flavor was on the dry side with burnt chocolate and other dark malts.. light coffee bitterness emerged with warmth and extended through the finish.. OK. Medium-bodied and well-roasted on the palate.. just didn’t do a whole lot for me.
Skyview (5696) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - AUG 10, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled on draught at the GTMW ’08. Pours an near opaque dark brown brew with a thin tan head that has some nice retention and spotty lacing. Aroma of toasted dark malt, dark chocolate, some light coffee and dark pitted fruits. Taste is medium bodied, lightly carbonated with flavors of toasted dark malt, some coffee, light fruit and chocolate. Finish is a little light but a good balance of malt and coffee/chocolate aftertaste but disappears very quickly. A little let down from all the hype of this Baltic porter but still enjoyable.
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 10, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I was very excited to try this beer, but left disappointed. Dk brown pour w/ a full tan well laced head. Barely present aroma of coffee & chocolate. Full well coated palate. Watery coffee flavor light chocolates, not bad, but nothing special.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler, courtesy of Badbeer. The aroma has mild dark fruit notes, roasted malts and chocolate. Not intensely concentrated aromatics, but nice. The body is a fairly full black, but there are some mild dark ruby and brown hues if held directly to the light. The head starts full and thick, about a thumb, and is a dark tan color. Bitter roasted fore followed by chocolate and stewed dark fruits. Very thick and creamy mouth feel. I’d like a little more range and intensity in the fruit notes, but ont he whole this is pretty damn tasty.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 17, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the brewpub. 40 IBU’s. Poured a dark brown color with only minimal red-orange light coming through when held up to the light. Head was light tan and left some decent lace behind. The aroma was of chocolate and light coffee. Medium bodied and only slightly on the sweet end of the spectrum. I tasted chocolate, a bit of cola, and light roasty malt. Decent.