shigadeyo (3730) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2013
Brigadier (3665) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2013
2/19/2011: NABC Poor Richardís Ale Old Lightning Rod Colonial Strong Ale... Aroma: Weak chocolate and licorice. Appearance: Mahogany brown color, mostly opaque; thick, light beige head; dainty lacing. Flavor: Licorice, faint chocolate; nice residual sweetness. Palate: Medium-bodied, smooth. Overall: Quite good and very interesting; different.
Draught sample (7.2% ABV; 30-35 IBU) at New Albanian Brewing Company in New Albany, IN. Rating #11 for this beer.
shrubber85 (11324) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JAN 27, 2012
My second pour was a local with a delayed effect. While it starts somewhat low key it soon ramps up the intensity. I think one pint is enough for an afternoon. If it shows up in bottles or on tap locally maybe Iíll revisit it.
Aroma / Appearance - The beer comes out with a nice gradient that transitions from black to light red as it gets closer to the top. Hints of idle carbonation escape from time to time. Carmel, chocolate, red vines, and a bittersweet texture tease the nose. This is like smelling the concession stand at a movie theater.
Flavor / Palate - Bubbly caramel rises up and over the tongue. Lifting the senses it carries along anise and bitter chocolate. The inside of a cream filled chocolate donut caps a beer that is good from start to finish. Once again NABC hits it out of the park.
Tap (2012 Version - 6.4% alcohol). Chocolate and light molasses malt - very nice. Dark chestnut brown color with moderate head and nice lacing. Lightly sweet molasses and chocolate malt flavor with a lightly bitter herbal hops finish. This is some great stuff - a bit light but very tasty. Tmoney99 (14372) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2009
Draft sample at New Albanian.
Poured dark brown color with average white fizzy head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate roasted grainy and sweet aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium roasted grain sweet flavor with a medium roasted sweet finish of moderate duration
Solid drinkable brew and standout for style.
Very interesting brew. allfreej (556) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 11, 2008
On tap at New Albanian. Poured dark brown, with a tan head. Spicy, malty nose. Flavor was pumpkin pie spice, sweet malt and alcohol. Finish was refreshing with warm alcohol notes. Billed as a "Colonial Strong Ale" this was a wonderful brew--flavorful, refreshing, yet powerful. Iím glad someone else was driving!
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 17, 2008
Pours dark ruby with a mostly receding tan head. Aroma of toffee, honey, molasses, and brown malt. Taste of honey, toffee, brown and crystal malt. Mouthfeel is full bodied with lively carbonation. Very interesting and rather sweet beer. wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2007
dark brown with cherry red edges. disappearing brown head. cherry chocolate toasted oak aroma with a hint of smoke. very interesting very nice. sweet chocolate tart cherry flavor with light toasted oak and some smoke. finish tart cherry spicy black pepper hazelnuts oak a hint of smoke and a touch of nice piney hops. great medium//full mouth feel. piney hops let there presence be known throughout this beer but they do not overpower anything. well done. very nice very interesting beer. tish (35) - In transition at the moment, Indiana, USA - FEB 4, 2007
Draft. Deep dark brown, with small head. Oak and dark roasted coffee with a balance of sweetness in both flavor and aroma. Clean finish. Got to love a tribute to our forefathers. antzman (316) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - FEB 16, 2006
Draft. Pours a dark brown with a thick tan head. Excellent aroma of molasses, oak. The flavor was excellent. A little sweetness, added to a little malt, with a clean taste. If this is how the Colonialís drank, life then would be great! smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - FEB 9, 2006
Draft - deep brown/amber body with a creamy beige head of about one-fingerís depth. Huge fruity nose - I could just sit and smell this one, but of course then Iíd miss the fun! Absolutely delicious flavor! My first thought upon tasting it was that it is Imperial Rogue Dead Guy - fruity and sweet and just plain yummy! Keep íem coming Jessie!