TheAlum (4289) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle from Malloy’s (Naperville, IL). An Anniversary series release I was pretty excited about given the success of Dark Mild. Pours a rich deep brownish copper hue. No real haze, instead deep dark colors throughout with deep reddish copper glow in body and edges. A small frothy offwhite head sits atop and laces small, dies to a small loose ring. Aromas are sticky brown malts, earthy and carmelized. Touches of toffee, toast, biscuits. Gentle bit of dark fruit and mellow earthy hops. Kiss of cocoa, more biscuits and toast, with crisp maltiness, gentle carmelization grows as it warms, earthy. Initial is lighter bodied overall, a touch of girth into the middle from the darker malts. Offers toast and carmelized malts up front. Biscuits, mellow sweetness, earthy and a touch of caramel/toffee element. Pretzel elements, biscuits, toast as the middle shows a bit of cocoa, but not much, a good deal of earthy and semi-sweet darker sweet mellow brown malt. Earthy, touches of toast, caramel, bit of dryness and earthy hops, toastiness into the backend. Fairly easy going, lighter body makes it quite quaffable. A bit roasty/toasty with some mellow cocoa elements lingering into the backend and finish. Overall, I think Dark Mild was a better option but this certainly is a solid sessioner with a darker slant. Dark Mild had some more complexity from the coffee element, but this is solid as well. Another smaller beer solid offering from the Anniversary line that would be a nice regular session Brown Ale/Mild offering, I think. But Dark Mild was preferred.
Strykzone (3814) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at an esbls tasting. Dark brown semi clear. Light spices in the aroma. Flavor is a little thin. Some spices and fruit. Not a great beerbut I love the low ABV.
Ughsmash (6669) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Firkin. Poured light-medium garnety-brown with a short-lived beige head. The aroma picked up sweet honey, lesser bready malts and a touch of toffee at the core, with light herbal hop accents. The flavor found soft nutty notes and toffee at the core, with herbal hoppage and a touch of cocoa around.. quick, fairly sweet finish. Light-bodied and smooth on the palate.. lower carbonation.. overall very drinkable.
portableparty (1598) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours red brown with a little soapy khaki head that leaves a sudsy collar. Aroma has subtle, but noticeable roasted malt and little tootsie roll scents. Taste is just as before. Palate is thin with a drying finish. Light easy drinking beer.
fidelis83 (1589) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - OCT 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Garnet brown pour with a 1 finger, beige head. Aroma is full of nutty, toasty and cereal notes, a little caramel, faint toffee and corn and just a touch of herbal hops. Flavor is light, but not lacking in malt depth, lots of toast, a little roast, roasted nuts, some toffee (not overly buttery), bready yeast, light mineral notes and some earthy and herbal hops finish it out. Light bodied (though not nearly as light as I expected at 3.4%abv), creamy to oily on entry, light, but sharp carbonation and off dry, still slightly oily finish. Pretty damn nice session beer other than the bomber packaging. Sell it in packs for a reasonable price and it’s a winner.
BeebopToledo (19) - - OCT 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from bomber from store.
Pours a khaki or almost white head that mostly dissipates. Taste of rich malts, with a small hint of smokiness like roasted coffee, sweetness of toffee. Hops barely present, just to provide some balance but leave with an overall malty brew.
What a great beer for a session. Surprised the ratings were as low as they were. A great beer to go along with weekend chores. Great full flavor but doesn’t make you stupid drunk.
shrubber85 (5972) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - OCT 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Light chocolate malt aroma. Medium brown with small head. Smooth nutty cocoa malt flavor. Nice body. A great straight forward mild ale - wish more US breweries would try this style.
queenholly (1853) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - OCT 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, Sweet brown sugar and roasty malt aroma, Clear chestnut with a moderate beige head, nice lacing. Sweet roasty nutty malt flavor. Medium body, moderate carbonation.
wlajwl (2905) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - SEP 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is toffee, coffee and malts. The flavor is toffee, mild sweetness, mocha/chocolate, undertones of fruit and a smooth finish.
17thfloor (2403) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 2, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a darker clear brown with a frothy fizzy off-white head. Aroma of crystal malt and some nice sharp english hops, really nice dusty malt aroma. Flavor follows, well balanced richness, crystal and maris, light hop citrus, low bitterness, very enjoyable session ale that maybe a tad sweet to be sessionable.
rubbishystuff (1564) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I really enjoyed this. Smooth easy drinking, and some nice minerals. Mild on the hops and malt levels. Serving: Bottle