RATINGS: 46   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
Six local artists have conspired with this local brewery to bring you Illustration Ale, a limited edition, 700 bottle run of a one-time East End brew. Each bottle bears handiwork of one of the six different artists who contributed to this project, and two bucks from the sale of each bottle will go directly to Pittsburghs very own Toonseum! Illustration Ale is a bottle conditioned beer, with a rich dark malt character, spicy and nuanced, but without any actual spices added. That all comes from careful handling of our Farmhouse ale yeast. If you decide not to frame this bottle, you can carefully remove the label and return it to the brewery to collect your deposit. Or better still, bring it back and put it toward your next liquid art purchase.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Naka (719) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2012
Batch 1. Pours brown with small head. Gone quickly. Aroma is banana and then banana. Some dark dried fruit as well. Flavor is sweet with mild fruit and a nice yeasty bite. Medium /black full body. Yeasty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (7705) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUN 4, 2016
Bottle purchased at East End last August. Dark brown pour with a thick tan head. Aroma of malt, banana and sweet caramel. Malt and caramel flavor with less of a banana character and more of a grape one (kind of like trappist yeast) before a dry finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nuplastikk (6141) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 13, 2015
750ml from the brewery. Off garbage tones in the aroma. Deep brown unfiltered body. Brown sugar Belgian Brown Ale. Leathery brown sugar. Not so good. The aroma kills it.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
emacgee (4671) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 18, 2015
I believe this bottle was several years old. Dark copper pour with one finger of sudsy tan head. Candy and dark fruit in the nose, odd esters, rusty, yeasty, and weird. Over carbonated. Doughy and yeasty with a vitaminy note. Not a fan.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (7619) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2015
Sampled on draft at Hou Thou this beer poured a red-brown color with orange highlights and a large foamy beige head that lingered and left good lacing. The aroma was cherry, plum, boozy, almost medicinal and had a burnt caramel note. The flavor was boozy, black cherry, fig, plum, a touch medicinal, faintly smoky and had a bit of burnt caramel. Very long finish. Medium body. Odd but interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2015
Good beer... You may see this in a different label. This 2014 batch was better than the 2013, thats for sure. Great flavor, great body... Good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
John25 (1291) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - AUG 14, 2014
Bottle. Dark purple amber. Raisin, nutty, plum, red grapes. Light bitter malty finish. Ok ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
conway (2210) - - AUG 14, 2014
Bottle. Dark ruby with a thick off white head. Aroma is dark fruit and spices. Taste adds a spicy and roasty note on the finish. Medium mouthfeel and light carb. Ok.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
cheap (5738) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2014
Candy aroma. Interesting leather on typical EE yeast. Doesnt seem to be near 10% but fer sure you know theres alky in thar. On tap at the bocktown. Quite unique, on the up side of the bell curve.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryanscourt (1436) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2014
Great flavors of dark fruits. Great Belgium spices. Tastes in the style of the dubble. Down fall is in the body, plays out a little thin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (8996) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 8, 2014
750 ml bottle thanks to Dan. Pours a dark ruddy brown color with a medium white head. A rich fruity nose, some caramel. This beer is a lot like Rochefort; spices, dark fruit, toffee, chocolate, very yeasty. The malt profile is just huge, and it has toasted malts, almost brown malt flavors. Deep dark fruit and candy. Quite good.

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