Frank (2224) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another nice low gravity beer local for me. Nice. Rich porterlike malt character but still subtle. Nice balance and full flavor but in a very light and drinkable. Very tasty.
BBB63 (5607) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber bottle and served on standard no-nik pint glass: Pours a light brown/deep amber hue with a small head but nice lacework. The aroma has wonderful earthy notes of nutty brown, medium-roast, English pale chocolate and aromatic malts along with some pear and apple esters. A touch of vinegar acidity on the nose but luckily is not there on the palate. The taste has a smooth nutty and slightly coffee character than is not sweet supported by some faint Goldings like bitterness. A undertone of mild fruit notes and even some earthy character makes this much more than a simple session ale. The mouth feel is smooth, slightly ashy and not interfering. This is what it is, a solid session ale right up my alley and every bit as good (if not better) than my homebrew. If this was in sixers I would buy a case... as it is I will pick up a few more bomber bottles because at 3.2 ABV it still would not knock my dick in the dirt. BRAVO 2 Bros!!! (Was this entered in the WBC? Because this is what a Mild Ale should be)
Pawola22 (3262) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle from Armanetti’s. Pours a mostly clear, ruby tinted brown body with a thin, beige head that dissipates quickly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is caramel, nuts, and buttered toffee with a light roast, dark fruit esters, bread, and a touch of cocoa. Flavor is similar. Toast, a light cocoa, and some graininess up front before a light, dry roast comes in with some dark fruit esters. A bit earthy in the middle with a nice, light nutty caramel and toffee sweetness alongside a light breadiness. Finishes dry with a light roast, cocoa, toffee, earth, dark fruit, nut bread, and caramel. Light bitterness before leaving a lengthy aftertaste following a light body and a moderate carbonation. Overall, a pretty solid mild ale and fairly flavorful for the 3.2% ABV. Dry cocoas and roasts with a nice caramel and toffee sweetness to balance. Enjoyable.
andyhwcinc (1261) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Purchased at Armanetti’s in Chicago, IL; enjoyed on a Friday afternoon after getting my teeth whitened, which didn’t really work very well. Appearance is a dark amber with a thin off white head that rims around the glass. Aroma is very rich in caramel, with notes of butterscotch, and a very small touch of hops. Delicious aroma. Taste is outstanding, very flavorful, it actually finishes slightly crisp but still has a nice sweetness to it. At 3.2% I can see myself definitely getting this again, but I guess I should act fast as it’s a ltd ed release. Great stuff!
Sammy (7732) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 10, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark body with white spider lace. Licorice and spice. Above average carbonation, however. Neutral aroma. Coffee grinds. Average mouthfeel. On tap at Revolution brewpub.
crossovert (5687) - Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice mouthfeel, full flavor. A decent attempt at the style. he big bottle doesn’t fill you up.
17thfloor (2413) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
first off... so glad they remade this... now please for the love of whatever... put this in a 6 pack cans or bottles!!!! I would drink the hell out of it. Beautiful yeast character, well attenuated, light roast, some tea-like bitterness, malty, fruity and delicious.
hombrepalo (1716) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber shared. Pours a nice dark brown/black color with a thick tan head. Aroma is malty...light roastiness a mild cocoa...slightly nutty. Flavor follows suit...nice citrusy hop noted to balance out the roasty malt. Mouthfeel is light and silky with a mild coffee finish. Very awesome low abv beer!
TheAlum (4989) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle from Malloy’s (Naperville, IL). The first entry in the 15th Anniversary Series I had not had. Pours a deep copper brown hue, pretty transparent body yet darker and sustained deep glow. Orange and brown edges glow like iced tea, some fire, with a frothy tannish head that eventually dies to a film and laces small. Aromas are distinct carmelized malts, caramel, and biscuits. Coffee elements grow as it warms. A bit sweeter than anticipated, toasty malts mix with a growing touches of cocoa on the nose. A faint waft of dark fruit, more toast, biscuits, and carmelization. Initial is lighter bodied, but with a touch of girth. Immediately toast, cocoa, and biscuits lead the way. Mellow touches of brown malt give earth, cocoa, and caramel. Some touches of dark cherry, mellow soil, toasty biscuits, and distinct coffee roast come into the fold. Middle is a bit more dry, lending itself more to the toasty, carmelization, and distinct growing coffee elements, earthy and a touch sweet with almost a hazelnut or nuttiness to it. Touches of baked bread, some mellow banana yeasty ester elements. More coffee, toast, carmelization and dashes of cocoa. Works pretty damn well surprisingly, with a pretty firm flavor in such a small package at 3.2% ABV. Getting more into milds, this seems to offer some good elements. Very nice beer here, I think. Touches of dry toast, some mellow dryness, earthy and darker sweet and toasty, faint roastiness linger on. Nice.
Headbanger (2748) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle 5/1/12 3/15 Anniversary(Binny’s Downers Grove)-46° in English Pint-Pours a medium amberish brown with a small off white head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, toffee, and coffee. Taste of the same with a bit more malt and coffee. This medium bodied brew is well balanced and quite tasty. Nice job.