frankenkitty (2014) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2017
(From an old notebook) Mostly clear, rusty brown body under a creamy, long-lasting cream-colored head. Aroma of a Whopper malted milk ball (pale malt, milk chocolate, caramel). Pleasant flavor of malts, a little thin on the palate. Mild wash of sour milk in the finish but the dominant linger is chocolaty. Draught at FSRB, dated 28 Sept. 2010. chibuck (3521) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2011
On tap at the brew pub. DrnkMcDermott (3161) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2010
A super dark amber with lots of brown sitting in the middle, very light head, poor retention and lacing...A super light aroma giving off light aroma and roasted malts, nice what you can get of it...The taste is all toffee from start to finish, but again pretty light like an english mild should be. There is a pretty nice roasted coffee finish.
This is not really my style but I can appreciate what’s going on here and think its a very good attempt.
Draft sampler at FSRB. Hey, this is my 117th FSRB rating, putting temporary tied for third among most raters of a place I once pwned, until I moved away. My impression of this was of an English Brown Ale. Nit quite a Newcastle, but very nice. Pleasant English brown ale malt smell, with a touch of porter, too. Taste offers a nice play of malt and English hops with few distractions, as intended. I get a slight weizen note in the finish, and then a flash of peppermint after the last swallow. Very interesting. dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2010
dark brown color, purplish highlights, thin off-white head, lots of tiny lacy bubbles. nose of caramel and malt. flavor of malt, caramel with the slightest trace hops. medium bodied, clean finish. pretty decent warm weather brew. deyholla (12463) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 19, 2010
On tap at the brewpub. Poured a hazy brown with an off-white head that dissipated slowly to the edges. Aroma was full of malts with sweet grains and caramel as the main notes. Flavor was similar with sweet grains and caramel mainly and just a slight hint of fruit in the finish.
Frank (4240) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2010
This is light brown red w/ a thin head of tan mixed bubbles. It’s very mild and both flavor and aroma. Honestly, this kind of comes off as a watered down stout or a porter--just a bit toasty and chocolaty--and a mild, esp. at 4.5% ABV, should not be so lacking in flavor. A bit watery in texture and overall a disappointment. tmoreau (4679) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUL 9, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2010 Sampled at the brewpub bar, presenting a clarified, brown hue, with some coppery tones showing through. The head was a modest amount of off white foam that diminished rather quickly to a ring and film, and left some light spots and streaks of lacing. The second of beers tried this visit with a very light nose. Light hints of roastiness and cocoa were finally revealed. The flavor was a little more expressive example of these notes, along with some low hop bitterness. Light bodied, a bit watery, and not helped by low carbonation. Okay in the sessionable department. The next time around, the modest, light tan head still broke down quickly, but the aroma was more substantial, adding some dark fruit as plum and raisin, a little brown sugar sweetness, and a wisp of tobacco as a pipe variety. Added complexity +.3 NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 13, 2010
Draft at Flossmoor. Pours a deep brown with ruby notes, quite clear. Offwhite head. Nose is lightly spicy, a touch of phenols. Some light roast and cocoa as well. On taste, it’s a bit thin, some more of the roasty stuff going on and easy drinking. Not too complex, but not a bad beer. Brigadier (3760) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JUN 8, 2010
On tap at brewpub swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2010
The picking were very slim the day that I stopped through. Whether it was because it was a slow time or the good taps had been wiped out because of a local art fair this was the most appealing option. It was not that bad overall. If I had not been in a rush to get back on the road I might have tried a few more pints before taking off.
Aroma / Appearance - Deep brown, almost black, the body was deep for a mild ale. A thin patina of ochre foam bobbed like dirty wave caps on the surface. Slow roasted coffee beans soaked in tea which has also been steeped with lemons creates a summer feel. Light chocolate lurks in the background like an after dinner mint.
Flavor / Palate - Fluid and woody the mouthfeel sneaks into every corner of the mouth. Gentle and easy on the palate it contains a warming glow like a flat soft drink. The light bitter finish touches off memories for a few minutes before beginning to fade itself. For a mild ale this has enough flavor to be interesting but not too much to wear out the palate over the course of an evening.
Draft @ Map Room, Chicago. Brown, chestnut colored pour. Caramel malted aroma, taste was malt dominated. Very mild hop flavor, roasted malts, caramel malts. well balanced. Good beer