BlackIPA (716) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 16, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear light brown with an enormous billowing off white head. Aromas of toffee, some roast. Taste is bitter, slightly dry, roasted nuts and some caramel. Pretty fucking good tasting for its low ABV.
jmagnus87 (1382) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - MAY 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bomber poured into a shaker. Pours a dark nut brown with a finger of beige gead. Aroma is very light. Toffee with some spices and bready yeast. Taste is light sweet. Toffee and spice with bread and somthhing slightly tart. Light bodied with a thin and smooth texture. Fizzy carbonation abd a long finish. Overall, not bad. A little fruity but im wondering if this may be infected with brett also. Oh well, im digging it.
fidelis83 (1589) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAR 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear dark copper to chestnut pour with a tall, chunky beige head. Aroma of toffee, nuts, floral and planty hops, caramel, light nutty notes, odd planty tartness and slightly unpleasant metallic notes. Flavor starts out fruity and toasty, dark caramel, a nice tart balsamic-like acidity, toffee, hints of caramel, sweet tree fruit, light smokiness and light woody notes. Light, slightly slick and dry body with a moderate carbonation. Pretty damn tasty, it reminds me of New Glarus Unplugged Old English Porter, which I loved.
jkwood04 (2286) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 7, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle in a shaker. Pours copper/brown with a light tan head. Aroma of lightly roasted malts, some caramel, a fruity/tartness to it, and some hops. Flavor the same. Average texture. This might be a bad bottle, or it might be a style of beer not for me.
shrubber85 (5972) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - SEP 7, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Lactic chocolate malt aroma. Clear brown with moderate tan head. Tart lactic acid and light chocolate malt flavor. Decent body. Not bad - more tart than the typical mild ale.
pete4999 (840) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Fountainhead in Chicago, IL. Poured pretty dark, but it was dark inside so I can’t really judge the color. Pretty sweet and smooth, though there was a bit of bubbly carbonated finish. A little bit of caramel and molasses in it.
GranvilleTim (1206) - Granville, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark red-brown pour with a thin off-white head that dissappeared. Aroma is roasted malt and a little nutty. Taste is roasted malt and nutty. Nice taste for 3.2.
Mora2000 (4042) - McKinney, Texas, USA - AUG 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Pawola22 for sending me this bottle.
The beer pours a brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is very nice. I get some toffee and caramel notes, as well as a little bit of nuttiness. The flavor is very similar. I get a lot of toffee and nut notes, as well as a hint of dry cocoa powder. Thin to medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This beer has a lot of body and flavor for a beer that is so low in alcohol. This is very well done.
Strykzone (3813) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUL 24, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled at an esbls tasting. Clear and red hued. This has very light fruit and light grain. Thete just isn’t much of anything going on here. I do like the low ABV.
Nuffield (3348) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 21, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I really respect what they’ve done with this--particularly the last line of the commercial description: "we think now craft drinkers will get it". Yup. A session ale in the best tradition does not mean sacrificing malts and flavor. That’s what you get here: a lunchtime beer. The malts aren’t especially rich, and there’s little fruitiness that you sometimes get in UK milds, but it is very quaffable with a very low abv. Attractive on its own terms, in the right context. Bottle.