hopscotch (9170) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle… Clear, dark amber lager with a large, pillowy, off-white head. Fantastic retention. The bouquet is toasty, bready, nutty and doughy. Full-bodied with busy carbonation. The flavor is malty, nutty, toasty and doughy as well, but carefully balanced by earthy hops. Finishes bittersweet with a malty afterthought. The best California common I’ve ever come across.
angrybeerman (259) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUN 21, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown body with decent white head. Can’t remember the finer points of this beer, but it wasn’t bad.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from Steve’s Liquor and More in Madison, WI. Pours a clear, deeper amber colored body with a red-orange tint. Finger-width, frothy, white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma is malty sweet with a good amount of grains and nuts. A bit bready and doughy, a touch of fruit, and a very light earthy hop. Flavor is sweetly malted, grainy, bready, and a tad bit toasty up front with a more distinct, nice level of earthy hopping throughout. Nutty with some caramel coming out at the end along with a faint fruitiness. Finishes clean, smooth, somewhat dry, and lightly bitter with the earthiness growing slightly in the aftertaste. Very soft, medium body and carbonation. Overall, a really nice Common. Smooth, soft, and well balanced with a pleasant earthiness to balance the sweet, grainy malts. Well done.
phaleslu (6551) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle brought down from Madison by my aunt-in-law. Pours a clear, deep amber with a finger-thick off-white head. Aroma of nuts, a variety of malts- sweet, grainy, and toasty- with some faint earthy hops and dough. Flavor is also nutty and malty, with the malts sweeter (caramel and chocolate) than in the nose. Light-medium bodied, with medium carbonation and a dry, malty mouthfeel. Seems to really hit the style right on the nose. I prefer this to a lot of other steam ales/commons.
madvike (2753) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - The first new beer from Lake Louie in forever--yay! Pours clear mahogany with a small off-white head. Aroma of lightly sweet, slightly sour malt. Yum. Real bready and yeasty, with herbal hopping and a touch of caramel. Taste is nutty malt, light grassy hops, dark chocolate, a hint of dark coffee beans, and just a touch of alcohol. Smooth, well-carbonated, and very well-balanced. I’m not a fan of all of Lake Louie’s stuff, but I like this one.