OhHoppyDay (9) - USA - MAR 1, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This pours black as night with an off white head. Toasty, malty, dark chocolate, & a hint of coffee. Delicately hopped, and wonderfully creamy. This is also the base for their Peanut Butter Coffee Porter (also wonderful!). This is a solid Porter, and a great session beer!
Brigadier (3260) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - FEB 28, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at brewpub
A welcome addition to a lineup which was beginning to get stale beers like this show the new owners don’t intend to play it too safe. Prices may have gone up a bit but so has the quality. Even at full price ($4.50) this is a fairly priced option for those who don’t want to drive to any of Cleveland’s west side locations. With spring just around the corner perhaps I will find a few more schwartzbiers to change up the pace.
Aroma / Appearance - Mild black and fluid with a dirty head (as if traces of oatmeal were left in the glass) the body has a nice visual appeal. Straight black coffee, peanut butter crackers, and warm tree sap mix evenly into an experience that draws the senses in. The malty base is strong enough to hold it all together without overdoing its part.
Flavor / Palate - Coffee, orange jam, and chocolate tickle the tongue before blooming on the back on the throat. Warm from a touch of hops the finish is delicate and even. If the current brewers continue to sell beers like this at fair market value Willoughby should be around for a very long time.
hershiser2 (1447) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 31, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
So deep a beer, so little abv.
Black as night... small head. LOOKS delicious!
Faint smell- roasted & toasted, but not quite.
Slightly smokey in flavor, but not quite- nice! Slightly bitter. No alcohol present in the taste (at 3.2 it's no surprise).
A good drinkable, session type beer- low in abv, nice in flavor.