smroush (299) - Michigan, USA - AUG 4, 2015
Aromas of plum. Heavy malt, some molasses; pretty alcoholic. Malt is heavy, hops fairly light (or over powered).
Small off-white head. Beer is dark brown.
Body is full; texture creamy; carbonation average; long finish; heavy sweetness; fairly light bitterness.
I like the malty and plum favors; pretty sweet. koleminer20 (3976) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 22, 2014
From notes. Finally getting around to adding beers from the Ypsi Summer Beerfest! Enjoyed on July 25. The pour is a nice dark brown with some good garnet notes throughout. The head is a lighter tan, thin and falls down to a film. The aroma is surprisingly hoppy. I know they put a lot in it, but damn. The malts follow it up nicely with a great molasses sweetness to it. Some dark fruits begin to become prevalent on the back end. The flavor is a little hoppy and floral before moving through the malt and molasses. There might be a little roast in there (?) and maybe a touch of caramel. The mouth feel is a bit thin, with a decent carbonation that helps coat the mouth. The aftertaste is definitely bitter and it’s a great contrast to many of the other American strongs I’ve had before. zebra (2308) - Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2013
on tap @ The Return of Cleetus @ Fountainhead. 3rd/3 beers of 2nd/3 flights. thanks to my server, who let me make up my own flights. not sweet like i expected, but then again, molasses doesn’t strike me as sweet, either. thinking at that point in the evening i liked what cleetus did with food more than what he did with beer. jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 29, 2012
Dark mahogany with decent, creamy beige head / Light nose of coffee, chocolate and dry hops / Medium body, dry, chewy and toasty, a touch thin although alcohol well masked, with good balance and fair, bitter finish / Simple flavors of unsweetened chocolate, dark roast coffee, and dry hops / Not enough there for a strong ale. esjaygee (3906) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 28, 2012
On tap at Greenbush Brewpub. Brown with a thin tan head and minimal lacing. Aroma of brown sugar, very dark roasted malt and yeast. Taste of brown sugar, molasses, alcohol and pitted fruit. Finishes up with sweet molasses and a hint of bitterness.
Tmoney99 (14952) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2012
Draft sample at GB. Poured hazy dark brown color with an average frothy light brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted sweet malt with earthy hop aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy complex bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a standout beer.
shrubber85 (11615) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - OCT 10, 2011
Tap. Smoke, chocolate, and molasses malt aroma. Medium brown color with moderate head. Caramel malt and light molasses flavor with a moderate bitter finish. Different. queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - OCT 10, 2011
Tap at brewery. Sweet caramel malt aroma. Cola brown with a small tan head. Caramel malt and hops flavor. BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 2, 2011
Tap (many times over by now): Hazy deep amber nearly brown with a small off white head and clingy lace. The aroma has big notes of resiny and grapefruit hop esters, caramel, biscuit, roast, aromatic malts with a touch of molasses, plum, raisin, and earthy yeast vapours. Wonderful balance between the sharp and fruity hops, twangy molasses, and smooth malt profile. Almost comes off as a young barleywine and has some earthy and tobacco undertones too. Crisp and mostly clean hop profile on the finish. The mouth feel is lively, aggressive and biting, a bit warming too. This rocks, too bad I can get a growler to go for I could dig drinking this all weekend. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2011
Full pint on tap at the brewpub courtesy of BBB (Sawyer, MI). Thanks! Pours a rich dark ruby brown hue, copper edges and bottom, healthy glow and haze. A frothy tannish head sits atop, dies to a decent layer and laces ok. Aromas are a touch of heat, dry hops, Centennial mix with touches of sweetness, brown malts, molasses, touch of dark fruit, biscuits. Iniitial is a mellow malt profile, touches of brown malt, toffee, some raisins, moving into dry hops, light florals, and toast. Some biscuits, mellow tobacco and earthy qualities. Finish is lingering molasses, dry hops, and dark fruit. Some toffee, biscuits, some toast, and malts. Finish dries up a bit more. Really nice for a strong ale, the alcohol hides very well. It doesn’t win in complexity, but it is an enjoyable experience.