frankenkitty (1958) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep garnet in color holding a thick, khaki head. Malts show first in the aroma, almost cookie-like, while citric hops and spices roam in the distant background. Great mix of flavors with chocolate melding with oranges, full in the mouth with a tingle of carbonation at the finish. Take 2/3 your favorite porter and top it off with 1/3 of your favorite PNW IPA and there you have it. Highly enjoyable.
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ElGaucho (2117) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - APR 15, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Semi-sweet chocolate malt aroma with hints of lactose. No hop in the nose. Dark red color. Small, tan head. Initial impression is malt. Starts out a bit pedestrian, but as the palate adjusts and the beer warms there is a nice hop finish. This is an excellent beer; smooth but with a back bone of semi-sweet chocolate. The commercial description speaks of a "noticeable German floral hop bitterness". The hop bitterness is certainly there, although I’m not sure if I’d call it German or floral. Recommended.
drewbeerme (3809) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
sampled from a 22oz bottle, thanks to xnoxhatex. pours a nice brown with white head. nose and flavor has lots of toasted nuts. body was medium. nice flavor. alcohol well hidden. a solid offering from 2 brothers.
BBB63 (5603) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 8, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle and served in a standard pint glass: A deep brown hue with crimson highlights, a fading frothy off-white head and some lace. The aroma has notes of caramel and Vienna malting, dash of bittersweet chocolate, fleeting smoke vapor, some apple esters and a noble floral hop bitterness. The taste is straight forward rich malty sweetness with a mocha undertone supported by a nice addition of mild bitterness and a note of peppery spice. A smooth session beer minus the surprising alcohol levels which are very much hidden away. I dig this beer and could drink a few bottle easily. YUM!
fly (1392) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - APR 2, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice. An altbier is not something that I expect to blown away by and I wasn’t. But solid it was and with a deep earthiness that I would imagine qualifies this as the tribute that it is meant to be. Nice and malty with a very nice bitterness following.
kwoeltje (2152) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - APR 2, 2007
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(bottle) dark brown with hints of red. Small head but nice lace. Faint malt aroma. Flavor is roasted malts, some chocolate. Spice and bitterness in the finish.
heemer77 (5060) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - APR 2, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Clark Street Ale House in Chicago. The body was dark brown and orange. The aroma was caramel with some mlik chocolate. The taste was caramel and smooth milk chocolate. I have previously really liked some Two Brothers special edition beers, but there was nothing too special about this one.
Cornfield (5274) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep mahogany body, reddish, with a tall, good lacing tan head. The aroma is sweet, dark caramel with light roasted malts, and a touch of chocolate. More complex flavor with the addition of mildly bitter nuts, caramel, and black pepper. Fairly decent brew.
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redlem (1290) - Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Darker caramel than the Sam Adams Old Ale I tried. A nice thick tan head, small bubbles. Has that spring rain-fresh grass aroma that I usually get with this style which I became fascinated with after my last trip to Resi’s just because the style is so hard to find. A spicy caramel taste with a dry finish. I did not care for the ABV boost on the palate or taste.
Headbanger (2739) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle-A medium brown body with a small ring for a head and an aroma of malt and caramel. Taste of malt, caramel, chocolate, and roasted nut flavor on a medium bodied brew. A nice tasting alt. I am not usually a fan of this style.