hopscotch (9162) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle… Pours black with a small, creamy, khaki head. Good retention. Nice vanilla and mocha nose. Medium to full-bodied with moderate carbonation. Very roasty and well hopped–burnt and moderately bitter. A little cardboardy, but not enough to be annoying. Finishes up much the same – scorched and mildly bitter with a hint of cardboard. Nice effort. Hey, thanks Dad!
crossovert (7403) - Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I was surprised by this one, by far the best brew in this brewery’s lineup. It has a roasty aroma, chocolate in the flavor. It is a bit smoother and waterier in mouthfeel for the style, but it is extremely drinkable.
Ughsmash (7136) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 1, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep brown pour with a light tan head. Aroma had some roasted coffee and caramel, but was rather subdued. Medium-bodied and slightly bitter toward the back of the palate. Flavor started out with bitter coffee.. followed by some chocolate and caramel malts (solidly malty all around). Light hops and coffee provided the finish. Tasty porter, but nothing exceptional.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 11, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap 9/1/08: Pours a semi-transparent dark mahogany with a fully-lacing tan head. Aroma of semi-sweet dark toasty caramel malts with a touch of dark chocolate. Body starts with good fullness and toasty dark caramel maltiness with some chocolatey bittersweetness and hop balance before the smooth finish. A pretty decent porter.
BVery (6283) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Deep chestnut pour with a small white head. Nice roasty and sweet toffee aroma. Similar taste. Medium bodied. This is pretty solid, much better than I was anticipating based on the average ratings.
TheAlum (5701) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2009
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle courtesy of my girlfriend’s brother’s trip to the brewery. Pours a rich dark brown, opaque, big coca cola hued head stays moderately large, laces. Aromas are nice chocolate, lighter coffee grounds, a touch of sweet cream nestled between moderate roasted malts. Initial rocks a too thin body, light creamy chocolate, coffee roast, roasted malts of decent flavor, and a bit of a vegetal finish nestled into the sweet and roast balance towards the finish. Lighter fare, touch vegetal and butterscotchy. I had high hopes for this on the aroma, but the beer itself fell short. Cheers.
Cornfield (5482) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle from the lady in my life: It poured a deep brown body, clear around the edges, with a creamy tan head that devolved into a smallish but sustained bubbly affair. The aroma promised much, with milk chocolate, lightly roasted malts, runny molasses, and coffe grounds, but it turned into a watered down drink. The flavor is roasty with bittersweet chocolate and charred nuts (Ouch!). The finish was a bit dry. Drinkable, but probably won’t be repeated.
Skyview (5209) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - APR 20, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
The Shipwrecked brewpub was closed for the season. Luckily I could purchase a six-pack at Main Street Market in Egg Harbor, WI. Brought back to Minnesota and shared with the Twin Cities team. This brew pours a dark brown color with a light tan head. Minimal head and some lacing. Aromas picked up are burnt coffee, milk chocolate, raisins and some honey. Palate is a little flat and missing the bite I am used to in most porters. Finish is a bit watery and not much aftertaste.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 23, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Near black with a lid of light tan/khaki bubbles. Hints of dark caramel, molasses and roasted malts. Quite water in feel. Thin flavors as well. Flavors of lightly burnt toast and touch of cocoa.
JK (4436) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - APR 24, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Another from Skyview. Thanks Bob. Lightly smoked malt in the aroma. Thin and watery body, with very light toasted grain and minimal coffee. A definite session porter.