Brigadier (3490) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - SEP 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle
Finally I tracked down a bottle of the last Lake Louie beer that I have not tried. This one was just as good as many of the others. A solid porter that probably is under most people’s radar grab one the next time you find yourself in the Madison / Spring Green area.
Aroma / Appearance - The deep brown body is rich with a soft powdery head like the fizz on top of a soft drink. Malt driven and dense the hops are present as a second aspect. With a light trace of coffee it is excellent for the style.
Flavor / Palate - Malt, bittersweet chocolate, and an inexpensive truffle blend in the back of the throat. The light bitter finish eases from a full bodied presence to a lingering memory. A soft alcoholic touch is icing on the cake. Coming from Lake Louie this is another excellent product at a great price point.
Drake (11500) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 25, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle from Steve’s Mineral Point, Madison, WI. Pours a clear dark reddish color with a medium tan offwhite head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of chocolate, some roastiness and faint nuttiness. The taste is chocolate, cocoa and a bright floral and earthy hop finish. Medium bodied. Decent.
dionysus (1485) - Arizona, USA - AUG 4, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle pours brown/amber with a khaki head. Aroma shows is strangely tart with notes of milk chocolate, caramel, light roast, and some earthy/grassy hops. Flavor shows the same with some light notes of coffee and nuts that come out as it warms.
argo0 (12927) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 23, 2011
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
12oz bottle, RBSG grand tasting. Clear dark brown body, minimal off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, some roast, sour. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, milk chocolate, light roast. Minim carbonation, light-medium body, stickiness.
decaturstevo (5742) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUN 11, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber pour with white head and lace. Sour malt and light sweet chocolate. Sweet malt with a light chocolate and a hinto sour. Medium light bodied and just a tad thin, but nice.
blipp (7896) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 10, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at RBSG Grand Tasting. Pours deep amber with a beige head. Malty sweet aroma with toasty notes and a light roast. The flavor is relatively clean, with toasty malt and a light sweetness. Not bad.
jtclockwork (13490) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 7, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at RBSG. Pours dark brown. Nose/taste of bread, toffee, roast dark malt, caramel and brown sugar. Lightish body.
yespr (39609) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 5, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 fl oz bottle. Pours hazy dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted dark malty and breadish. Roasted malty, breadish and caramelish. Lingering dark roasted malty.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle from Steve’s Liquor and More in Madison, WI. Pours a mostly clear, deep brown colored body with some ruby tints. Finger-width, frothy, light tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma is sweeter with grainy caramel, some chocolate, a light roast, and a bit of a coconut sweetness. A touch of butter, some earth, a faint grass, and a few plummy dark fruits. Flavor is better. Still fairly sweet with a good amount of grainy caramels, but a nice earthy hopping and a light roast to balance. Some cocoa, a few dark fruits, a good amount of grass, and a touch of burnt malt. Finishes dry, earthy, and roasty with a decent caramel sweetness, some dark fruits, and a light-moderate, grainy bitterness. Fairly lengthy aftertaste following a medium-light body and soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, an alright beer. Fairly flavorful with a decent grainy, roasty, earthy, sweeter caramel. Well balanced and easy drinking. Nothing crazy, but not bad.
nuplastikk (5672) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 10, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at OF. Amber-brown, pretty light for a Porter. Sweet and malty, not unlike a Dunkel. Caramel, toffee, chocolate. Medium bodied, easy drinker. Straightforward and enjoyable. A touch of fruit, brown ale.