Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 13, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I'm just assuming this is meant to be in the vein of New Belgium's 1554, for the pub was far too busy at the time, to annoy the bartenders with questions. I had 2 pints during the dollar hour, then capped it off with a cask version.
Appearance: deep, dark brown, just on the verge of black,like the color of our skies after 5pm, with a good, though brief, cocoa-tan head.
Aroma: soft, creamy, earthy, and arousing, giving subtle associations of chocolate and roasted coffee beans.
Taste: pleasantly slightly sweet greeting on the tongue, glimmers of fruit, herbs, though nothing specific, more of a spectral sensation . Plenty of grit on the palate, nice little hoppiness, an earthy, generous, and complex texture, that starts out rather nonchalant, than gives off more chocolately flavors, spices, a hint of fruit.
Medium bodied, and extraordinarily consumable.
On cask: after the cascade, the color eventually settles into a more solid black color, a milky, creamy head, and a lighter flavor, sensuous, playful texture, an absolute dream, the rival of any nitro-stout you want to put it up against.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 1, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ruby red deepness with an overall thin oily blackish murk with amber highlights, thin but thickly built dark ivory head, lace in globby short strings. Aroma is lightly roasted malts with softer deep dark toffee and a sprinkle of old coffee. Taste is subtle and mild, very pleasing easy tones of roastyness upfront with underlaying coffeeness, hazelnut mellows in at the midway point and has a pleasant belgian yeast spicyness which flows right to the finish, ending crisp and dry with a nice touch of coffee and nuts which lingers for a good time. As it warms it picks up notes of plum fruityness and ginger bread dough just before the finish. Great subtle flavors that mix and build together nicely. Feel is a solid medium body with a pleasnt carbonation and a nice little finish of crispy dryness. A fine drinkin' beer and at only 4.5% makes for a excellent session brew. This goes to show you that not every beer needs to slap you in the face. There's something to be said about being able to appreciate mild beers and this is the beer in which to do it with. Nice work, liked this alot actually, more so then the numbers give way to.
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2003 well, this smells like a dark belgian. nice thick tan head. starts with an annoying and sweet banana flavor that leads eventually to a bit of coffee and a bit of bitterness. medium to thin... a tad syrupy. the worst beer i've had at this brewpub.
JK (5625) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Not much in the aroma, but I could pick up some malt. Great appearance. Black with a thick and creamy head that left a thick lace on the glass. Surprisingly light in flavor, with a taste similar to Guinness. medium bodied. One of the few disappointments from an outstanding brewpub. The bartender said it was difficult to classify, but that it was closest to a schwarzbier. Interesting, he said it was made with a Belgian trappist yeast.