TheShat (131) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAY 31, 2008
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I tried this one on tap at the Eccentric Cafe.It had a small head and was opaque like porter or stout. The aroma was almost of chocolate liqueur. There was a lot more bite than I expected in the taste. Not bad. The strong alcohol finish seemed to detract from this rich and flavorful beer.
Silphium (3193) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - MAY 29, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Eccentric Cafe. Classified as an American Strong Ale due to the significant alcohol content (10% ABV). In snifter: deep opaque brown body, thin beige head. Big, buttery oak nose, backed by toast, molasses, and light vinous and burnt raisin notes. Body dominated by big, round oak, marshmallowy and soft like the Barrel Aged Double Cream/Expedition Stout. Brown ale characteristics generally take a back seat to the oak, but I picked up sweet chocolate, fruitskin, and fig or raisin. Warming alcohol bite. Good heft, fair complexity.