Brigadier (3095) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at brewpub
A decent bitter mixes American attitude with a traditional English style recipe. The result might be even better if it were served on cask instead of from a keg. If this gets bottled it could make a nice daily drinker for the spring months.
Aroma / Appearance - The creamy ivory head floats above a foundation of deep caramel. Light and fluid, it swirls with grace. Thin light chocolate, roasted malts, and licorice waft up from the sampler with a carefree ease.
Flavor / Palate - The body falls a bit on the thin side. Even so the profile of caramel, cherries, and chocolate refreshes the palate. An easy transition carries into the creamy finish which may be due to the nitrogen treatment. In the end it falls short of comparing favorably to the best examples of bitters but does well for an American interpretation.
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 20, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Nuts and apricots blend into this Bitter’s slender mouthfeel, as mild caramel invites more depth.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy slice of foam sits atop the shiny dark copper.
-Why are they serving a Bitter on nitrogen when they have an unused handpump?
-This is easy drinking and super clean, which is perfect for the style.
-Hops were a tad too muted for my tastes in the style.
On tap at the Milwaukee Avenue location.
Lubiere (10455) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 17, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A red copper ale with a thin creamy mocha head, nitro pushed. In aroma , sweet caramel malt with light nutty notes, grassy hops, a bit more British in character. In mouth, a sweet fruity caramel malt with grassy hops, light acidity, roasted notes, OK. On tap at Revolution Milwaukee location.
HonkeyBra (3528) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap, inexplicably on Nitro and not advertised as such. Reddish copper amber with a thick white nitro head. Aroma is muted, bread, caramel, fruit notes. Mild floral hop notes. Flavor is somewhat sweet, somewhat bitter. Typical thin nitro mouthfeel. This would be better if it were not on nitro.
DuffMan (7030) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 21, 2014
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nitro tap @ the brewpub. Clear medium copper amber, dense immobile creamy nitro head. The nitro pretty much kills any nose on this. Light caramel character, interesting vegetal/capsicum hop character (Progress hops-- a first for me I believe), mild bitterness.
HighWine (954) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap flight at the brew pub, served in nitrogen. Dark caramel color with a dense nitro egg shell head. Excellent lace tha. Oats the glad. Not much aroma. Flavor is sweet bread, aromatic veggie hops, and very nutty. Tips toward the sweeter side of things for an ESB. Slightly creamy mouthfeel. Ok.
kermis (5743) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 15, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Revolution Brewing, Chicago. Pours clear amber with a thick white head. Aroma of malt, fruit and caramel. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter. Light medium bodied with soft carbonation.
jmgreenuk (4980) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 15, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Revolution Brewing, Milwaulkee Ave, Chicago. Poured a clear chesnut brown with a long living frothy off white head. The aroma is weak malt. The flavour is medium to weak bitter with a big malt liqourice hoppy palate with a short bitter finish. Served warm, just as it should be! Shame about the name though.
kaser (3119) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at revolution. Orange and dark. Super foamy beer. Decent bitter. Not a fan of the style but rev does beers right
Dogbrick (8680) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at the brewpub. This beer is a clear amber color with a medium off-white head that diminishes steadily to a film. Small patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roast malt and hops. Medium body with flavors of caramel malt, herbal hops and touches of fruit. The finish is sweet with a nutty and malty aftertaste. Decent overall.