nuplastikk (4400) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 10, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Last of the keg at Old Fashioned. Looks filtered, orange-brown body. Big creamy off-white head. This one is odd, non-carbonation cask feel with a smooth smoked banana malt body. I love smoke beers, but this one is sort of odd...yet grows on me. Very unique.
TheAlum (5701) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft on tap at Old Fashioned (Madison, WI). A treat to the eyes. Pours a rich decent hazed copper hue, good glow on the edges and bottom show fiery ruby and orane. Brownish body flashes with a frothy tannish head. Aromas offer touches of carmelization, wheaty malts, bread, and some cherrywood smoked elements. Touches of earth, light meatiness. Some carmelization, mellow toast, red fruit. Medium bodied, perhaps a touch lighter flashing some dry and toasty elements up front, dry cherrywood smoked malt, touches of heat, and gentle sweeter malts. Middle gets a touch hot, some mellow fruit, biscuits, and caremelization. Mellow ABV heat gets into the fold. Some dry fruity elements, toasty malts and mellow darker sweetness. Cherrywood strikes a times. Enjoyable, a touch bigger than I’d like but a welcome spin on a normal style I usually dislike. Some good smokey elements make this a bit more creative than your typical bigger bock offering.
Skyview (5209) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAY 3, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled on draught at the Titletown brewpub in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Pours a dark copper amber colored brew with a creamy beige head that slowly dissipates to a thin spotty lacing and ring. Aroma of smoked jerky, caramel malt and minimal floral hops. Taste is medium bodied, plenty of sweet pork jerky presence and floral hops. Finish is semi-sweet, Munich Oktoberfest-ish sweetness with plenty of smoked malt profile. Always look forward to sampling Titletown’s smoked beers.