Brigadier (2625) - Northeastern Ohio, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle
I am kicking myself for not trying this when I had the chance in Wisconsin. Fortunately noncaloric came through and sent me a pair of bottles. If I find more when passing through the state I may just have to pick them up. Lake Louie doesn’t do much outside their regular rotation but they do them very well.
Aroma / Appearance - The deep black body was graced by a solid tan head. Smoky marshmellows, oatmeal, licorice, and other sweet aspects created an inviting air.
Flavor / Palate - With the light smokiness this instantly set itself apart from other sweet stouts. The fluid mouthfeel reminded me of oatmeal, ash, and vanilla cocoa. The milk comes through strongest in the finish. Leaving the throat refreshed this beer almost demands that you keep drinking it until you have none left. Check it out if you are a fan of well made craft beers from regional masters.
Ibrew2or3 (6220) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 18, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of SeaBass. Pours dark brown with thin tan head. The aroma is roasty malts, some oak, pine hops, burnt malts and black licorice. Seems like a hodgepodge of notes but they seem to come together for a pleasing aromatic quality. The taste feels thin to start bringing in notes of nearly burnt malts, mild roasted malt astringency and very mild lactose. It ends with solid roasted malt notes.
markwise (4098) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to sebletitje. Pours dark brown with an off-white head. Nose is brown sugar, mocha, smoke, vanilla, and sweet malt. Flavor is background smoke, sweet malt, background hops, and some coffee. Finish is malt with coffee and a bit of bitterness in the background.
sebletitje (6025) - Enghien, BELGIUM - FEB 13, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
courtesy of abends.
pours dark brown with off white head.
Aroma of roasted malts and coffee with light presence of dark fruits.
Taste is similar to aroma, roasted malts, light coffee and sweet (lactose) palate.
Overall palate is thin bodied with ever presence of malts and faint hops in the finish.
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 12, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2009 Bottle, courtesy sebletitje. Dark brownish pour, with a creamy tan head, and wet braids of lacing on the glass. Nose is lactose, roast and coffee, some chocolate. Flavor has coffee, lactose, dry grainy finish, and some dry toast. Smooth, thin body. Lacking flavor compared to the nose, but still drinkable.
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Just bought this a few days ago, and im glad i did. Pours a thick dark motor oil black colour with no head. No head with just traces of tan lace. Aroma is immediately coffee on the nose, dark roasted malts and maybe some rubber?? Vanilla-y on the palate, soft caramel and slight but noticeable smokiness throughout. Another nice beer all around from Tom and the dudes at Lake Louie.
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2009 Nice aroma, chocolate and smoke. Pours a not-quite-opaque dark brown, minimal head. Solid roast malt backbone with a decidedly chocolate bent, only slightly sweet, smoke and a little dust on the finish. Coarse, lively mouthfeel on the front, becoming very smooth on the swallow. Eminently drinkable.
fonefan (31813) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 15, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear dark color with a large to huge, rocky - frothy, excellent - good lacing, fully lasting, light beige head. Aroma is moderate to light heavy malty, roasted, sour acidic coffe. Flavor is moderate sweet and sour with a long duration. Body is light to medium, texture is watery, carbonation is soft. (220808)
Papsoe (25113) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 25, 2008
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Bottle 35,5 cl) Courtesy of Skyview. Pours a hazy and opaque orangey brown with a tall, rough and bubbly beige head. Aroma of roasted malt. Medium body with a heavy carbonation and an underlying acidity that indicates an infection. Lightly burned malt bitterness in the finish. 220808
esjaygee (3859) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 12, 2008
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark brown with a large slowly disappearing tan head. Aroma of sweet malt, roasted malt, chocolate and bread. Taste of milk sugar, sweet malt, chocolate. Dry acidic finish that’s sticky sweet and a bit chalky. So-so.