DocLock (7500) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Blue Dog. Pours hazy brown with khaki head. Nose is earthy caramel malt, toffee, nuts. Tastes earthy, vienna malty, with finishing brown sugary and nutty hints, but was not ever sweet to me, with some hops at the end.
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 15, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
on tap, dark brown with tall tan foam, chalky hop aroma, flavor is hoppy malt and bitter , dirt, chocolate, roasted finish
TheAlum (5205) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler from the brewery (Chicago, IL). A new small beer! Hot damn! And just in time to watch Iowa’s Bowl Game. Pours a blackish brown hue, not opaque but it’s dark, brownish edge show some glow to them. Even a few days old, a big fluffly light brown head sits atop, sticks around and laces pretty damn well, eventually turning into a thick ring. A nice cakey head. Aromas are touches of creamy roast and toast, gentle sweetness and a hint cocoa moving immediately into a healthy piney and citrusy grapefruit hopping, healthy and lively on the nose. Really inviting nose. Initial is lighter bodied, a touch of body to it offers some gentle sweetness and cocoa, subtle roast and a whole nice load of hops. Citrusy, piney, well hopped small dark beer. Really refreshing, backend shows more flashes of roast, cocoa, and subtle coffee. A refreshing dry hoppy essence compliments well, but overall nothing gets too strong. Instead, dancing in and out with jabs of flavor. Light and quite "crushable". It’s not fair to compare this to Weegene as I said I was going to. This is simple yet tasty, quite drinkable, with a sturdy hopping for such a small beer. I love beers like this.. And openly joked with a few people that while others crowds get excited for beers like Big Hugs, this is exactly the beer we get excited about here on RateBeer. Up there for me. Good flavors, hopping, toast and roast clash with touches of sweetness, faint fleeting creaminess, dry piney and citrusy hops dancing in and out. Just lovely.
drewbeerme (3869) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2014 Draft at revolution, pours black with creamy tan head. Aroma has nice piney and grapefruit citrus with a good roasted character. Flavor is full, good hoppy and roasted malts, citrus and chocolate. Tangy finish. Somewhere between a dark mild and a black ipa. Really the first beer I’ve had quite like this and it proves there’s lots of beer world untraveled in this area, small, hoppy, dark. Awesome. 4.0
2014 sample and was this beer always 5%? I thought it was once in the mid 3s. Roasted malts are a bit more astringent this time around esp. when combined with the hop bitterness that a bit too much. It’s not bad but this taste more like a small black IPA then something more drinnkable like a dark mild. Some hop aroma. It’s okay but I enjoyed this much more the last time around. They need to drop the OG, bitterness a tad , and some of the roasted malts. I wouldn’t mind a little more hop aroma as well. A small dry hop maybe. 3.5
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
growler... really nice session beer out of HA... good looking dark brown, watery edges, medium tan head... nice light chocolate backbone, really easy to drink, a touch thin and watery but at 3.5% can’t complain to me
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler fill from Half Acre. Pours really dark brown, nearly black with a light tan head. The nose is a surprise. Super hop forward, light roast. Resiny pine is dominant. Like Alpha Klaus’s little brother. On tasting, quite refreshing with some drying roast and a big hop flavor. Piney and some light citrus. Pretty fresh and clean, no real astringency. Really interesting beer here and different.
pantanap (3340) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2011 Growler filled this past Friday... Growler opens with a mild hiss and yields a mostly opaque slightly darker than cola porter-like hue. A fluffy light beige head rests on top and lingers on for a bit... Citrusy green hop aroma with some nice roast complimentary notes, more hoppy than roasted malt... Flavors are more of the same with fresh hop and an equal degree of roasted malt. Light bodied and completely drinkable. A fruity backdrop also exists and goes well with the hop forward style of beer although really not quite resembling a mild. tasty and drinkable with a low abv to boot. very nice.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Winterbrew. Pours a deep brown, almost black colored body with a finger-width, creamy and frothy, brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is very roasty with a light chocolate and a good amount of citrus pine resins. Flavor is similar. Light chocolate sweetness up front with some bread and caramel before lots of dry roasts and a nice citrus, resiny pine hopping comes in. Finishes dry, roasty, and resiny with a light bitterness before leaving a lengthy aftertaste. Light body with a moderately lively carbonation. Overall, a pretty impressive beer for such a low ABV%. Lots of flavor in a very crisp, easy drinking, light body. Nice one.
HonkeyBra (3111) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler from Half Acre. Big, dark brown pour with a tan head that clings to the glass. Aroma of chocolate, roast, strong pine and resin, toast, caramel, mild cookie dough. Smells great. Flavor is astonishing. A ton of flavor packed into a low abv session beer. Chocolate, pine, pumpernickel bread.
Lots of resiny hops. Some dark chocolate and fudge notes. Mouthfeel is this with nice active carbonation. This is absolutely wonderful. Supremely drinkable. Another winner from Half Acre.
ReggieDunlap (2926) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice dark brown/black color with a thick tan head. Aroma is malty...light roastiness a mild cocoa...slightly nutty. Flavor follows suit...nice citrusy hop noted to balance out the roasty malt. Mouthfeel is light and silky with a mild coffee finish. Very awesome low abv beer!