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Sheltowee GloomSucker Black Ale

Sheltowee GloomSucker Black Ale
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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.11/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chinchill (4327) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 11, 2013
From a 12 oz bottle purchased near the brewery last month. Bottled in Dec. 2012 is BB date notched on the label. Served in a snifter. Pours clear, dark red-brown color, but nearly black in the glass. The modest tan head soon reduces to a partial, thin coat and a ring but leaves some spotty lacing. S: Dark roasted grains with toffee and sweet malts. T: Sweet upfront but balanced by the finish and mildly bitter aftertaste. More dark roasted malt flavor than suggested by the nose. M: Light carbonation; medium body; fairly smooth. O: Solid American Schwarzbier.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theflowjr (5) - - SEP 28, 2012 does not count
Not much of a head, pours black/brown. Smells a lot like a Guinness as much as I hate to say it. Mouthfeel is light with a nice lingering hoppy and roasty finish ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Brigadier (3550) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2012
12 ounce bottle
A Liquor Barn exclusive, this might be worthwhile if you want to tick some harder to acquire Bluegrass beers. If you want good beer go downtown to the Louisville Beer Store or across the river to Keg Liquors instead. It’s not awful so much as lacking in imagination.

Aroma / Appearance - The brownish black base is warm and radiant. A short lived tan head provides some contrast. Ripe black grape shells, cheap chocolate, and dry malts are true to style. Even so this feels somewhat uninspiring.

Flavor / Palate - Chocolate pudding pops starts before a transition to black coffee reheated in the microwave. Hanging in the throat it finishes like overtoasted hamburger buns. Soft buttery hops complete the package with a bland premise. The flaws here are minor but the result is an unremarkable release.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
edgallow (3680) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 25, 2012
12 oz bottle pours black with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malt and coffee. Taste is the coffee and malt. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mcox90 (1931) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 21, 2012
12 oz bottle courtesy of queenholly. Black pour with a 1" tan head that went away leaving a thin cap. Chocolate malt and roast aroma. Burnt toast flavor, some dark fruit with some earthiness. Mouthfeel was average, but seemed a tad thin for the style. Ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Patrickctenchi (6090) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - APR 1, 2012
Bottle (courtesy of Shrubber) pours nearly black with ruby backlights, virtually no head. Scent is chocolate malt, charred wood. Taste is roasted coffee, chocolate, some milk, smoke. Great flavour, a good one. (plus, the name rules)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - JAN 26, 2012
Bottle. Chocolate malt aroma. Black brown with a small tan head. Thin charred malt flavor. Light bodied, slight carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (10760) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 22, 2011
Bottle. Strong milky chocolate malt aroma. Dark black-brown color with moderate head. Slightly sweet milk chocolate malt flavor. Finishes a tad light. Overall a nice beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
bluejacket74 (1848) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2011
12 ounce bottle, bottled in December 2010. I guess I should pay better attention to the bottle dates the next time I’m buying single bottles at Liquor Barn! Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with a 2 to 3 inch frothy tan head (and I wasn’t able to pour the whole bottle into the glass because of the large head). Head retention is very good, and there’s a decent amount of lacing. The brew smells like roasted malt, coffee, bittersweet chocolate and a bit of smoke. The taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, but with the roasted malt and coffee flavors being the strongest. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, but there’s high carbonation which doesn’t help this brew. Even though the carbonation does settle down after a while, it’s still too high for my liking. Even with this being a year old, it’s not a bad beer at all. I’d like to try a fresher bottle of this in the future, I’ll have to look for some the next time I head down to Kentucky to a Liquor Barn.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 14, 2011
12oz bottle from Liquor Barn, Louisville. Fairly thin dark brown pour with ruby tints and a fairly low carbonation level. Nose is moderate roasts, molasses, and a mild tart note. Taste is modestly roasty but fades quickly to something only barely sharp and hoppy. You’re left with a faded chocolate character that’s okay but it doesn’t really satisfy as a schwarz. Cool name, though.

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