BigBang (299) - Indiana, USA - JUL 9, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap. Pours deep brown with little head. Not a lot of aroma - hints of hops but mostly caramel malt. Taste is caramel malt and bitter hops, which is a nice taste, albeit not complex. Seems a little "hot" but ABV is not that high - who knows. Good brew - not a favorite.
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 5, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mahogany/ruby. Nose is rich caramel & 3F hoppy glory. Not complex but still wonderful. Flavor is toffee, some lightly burnt malts, then the obligatory hop blast - a bunch of grapefruit. Different, but nice.
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 4, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Three Floyds. Pours a somewhat translucent brown wit fine cream colored head. Nose is fresh and hoppy coupled with soft chocolate notes. More citrusy than resiny. On taste it’s a bit astringent from the dark malts, perhaps a bit too much chocolate malt? Still, it has a very pleasing, almost aggressive hop bitterness with citrus and again roasted chocolate. Pretty decently put together, and I do think the hops are supposed to be a focal point in this one. Good.
3Faveryrogue (181) - Aslip, Illinois, USA - JUL 2, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown pour, tan head. Smells of smoky dark malt, roast, coffee and hop. Mouth is light and smooth. Way drinkable. The citrus hop back adds a floral fruitiness to the dark malt. Hops not the intended highlight, but make their presence felt.
BeerBunker (962) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - JUL 2, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is of malt, chocolate, caramel, hops, and nuts. More hops in the aroma than I had expected. Taste is is very earthy with lots of nuts and roast. Has a very present hop character, but doesn’t dominate the beer. Has a backbone of caramel malt. A decent amount of chocolate comes out as well. Lingering taste of hops and dry chocolate. Mouthfeel is creamy, but easy drinking. Went down way to easy given the alcohol content. Half pint was not enough.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub: This poured a deep hazy brown body with a substantial head that provided heavy-duty lacework. The aroma was rich in malts with dashes of cocoa, slices of dark toast, nuts, and an earthy bitterness. It tasted of caramel and soft nuts rolled in cocoa and hop powder (I’m sure there is such a thing) with a splash of alcohol. A dandy of a drink from brewer Andrew Mason!
TheAlum (6900) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Half pint served draft at the brewpub (Munster, IN). Pours a cloudy dull copper, dark and ominous with sizable tqannish head that coats well, stays at a decent layer. Aromas are malty up front, very wheat bread toast, a touch of earthy hop, nut, and light toffee sweetness. Initial is lighter in body than expected, a bit toasty and nutty with earthy and grassy hop bitterness, caramel and toffee come through more in the body, sweet and bitter balance fairly well, the alcohol is quickly warming. A touch chocolate comes in underneath, creamy and smooth, the sweetness invades further in. Sweet finish with fair bitterness, a bit warming. A nice Imperial Brown.. Whatever style that really is..
railcat1 (702) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - JUN 25, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap ,this poured a dark brown with small head with hints of chocolate,roasted malts and a nutty taste,it tasted of malts and a nice hoppy kick to it with a citrus finish overall not bad with alcohol well hidden.CHEERS!
holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 24, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at 3F. Dark brown in a half pint glass with a thin head that fades away. Aromas of light nuts, bakers chocolate, and roasted barley, nice. The brown ale components are strong, nuts, bakers chocolate, vanilla, and charred malts but it starts off with too much alcohol. As it warms the alcohol fades and this becomes really enjoyable. The hops shine against those malty flavors. Finishes dry, grassy and bitter. This would fit into the more vast American Strong Ale for me, but at 7.7% it might be considered close to the border. Nonetheless, a tasty brew. Put this one in sixers. Nicely done Andrew.
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - JUN 22, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Three Floyds and served in a half-pint shaker. Dark mahogany brown pour with a thin head of lasting tan foam. Good lacing. The aroma had coffee, light caramel, and plenty of herbal and citrus hops. The flavor included light coffee, roasted malt, a hint of nuttiness, and a strong amount of bitter citrus. Mildly astringent. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied and had light carbonation. Quite citrusy and hoppy for the style, but it works.