fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2010
Growler. In the current world of beer-geekery, this beer is an imperial porter, no doubt about it. It just happened to be concocted without the existence of such a term, and since it’s a made up style anyway, there’s nothing concrete to warrant such characterization here. But it is what it is. In any case, chocolate, toffee, nougat, maybe some circus peanuts, and odd musty fruit sum up the beer. The first three, more traditional notes would be nice, but the weirdness creeps in too much for me here. LilBeerDoctor (4144) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2010
Growler from the brewpub. Pours a dark brown with a small light tan head. Aroma of roasted nuts, oak, roasted malt, and a sweetness that is hard to describe. Flavor is also a bit difficult to describe -- roasted notes, sweet malt, and some citrusy hops. Definitely an interesting beer -- part brown ale, part ASA, part porter, part IPA. But certainly drinkable, enjoyable, and worth a try.
7/4/7/4/15 [3.7/5] Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 19, 2008
Pours brown with a tan head. Smells of sage, spice pepper, caramel. Tastes of sweet malt, some nice spicy hints and a bitter finish. elihapa (1554) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - JUL 23, 2008
3/10/08 notes: on tap, from Bram. This beer poured a deep red-brown, and thus was difficult to categorize by style. I thought it was kind of like a doppelbock, or a dark brown ale. Taste was full-bodied, creamy, smooth, nutty, with very slight hops and a nice malty-sweet undertone. Reminded me of offerings at Gordon Biersch (Winter Bock) and L’Amere (Bock). High Alchohol hidden very well, definitely a well-made beer. joebudzjoe (676) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 17, 2008
On tap at the brewery. Tan head with a dark brown body. Very delicious. My bartender described this as a stout/porter hybrid, and I kinda agree with this comparison despite the fact that its a strong ale.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JUN 2, 2007
On tap at the brewpub. Very dark brown with a thick beige head - a beautiful beer! Sweet, chocolatey nose tinged with earthy hops, some toffee. Thick, silky mouthfeel. Big toffee and caramel flavors, earthy. Not a sharp bitterness, restrained but firm. Excellent. Cottrell (72) - Connecticut, USA - APR 30, 2005
Served in a willibrew pint glass, pours a very dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma is very sweet, chocolatey, sweet strong caramel, toffee, and figs. Mouthfeel is wonderfully full, thick, creamy and smooth, feels almost silky on the palate. Flavor is sweet all the way through, with some great complex malt flavors. Toffee, caramel, molasses soaked raisins, and strong surges of sweet chocolate. This is defintely worth a try, I’m sorry I passed up on it a week earlier when it was on cask. Damn.
tiggmtl (4544) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2005
Low smokey note to the malty sweet aroma. Almost opaque dark brown with a decent tan head that recedes to cover with some nice lacing. Round, full, thick and malty flavour with some spicy hops and fair fruity esters. Medium body with medium-low carboantion provides for a smooth texture in the mouth. Sampled at the brewpub with MartinT, muzzlehatch and Rastacouere. muzzlehatch (4970) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 31, 2005
New England Road Trip Easter ’05 with MartinT, tiggmtl and Rastacouere, beer #44. Small tap sample at the brewpub. Thick molasses with a lasting touch of creamy head...very slight malty nose, I just couldn’t get much out of it...sweet, malty thick body, molasses and nuts, vanilla and some stickiness...wish I could have smelled more. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2005
Coca-cola color, nice off-white head is foamy and sticky. Another highly aromatic beer from Willimantic, smoky, beany and earthy, yet salty, caramelic and leathery. It’s nice to see that the brewer can handle the malt interplays as well (or almost) as it can move the hops around like a scalpel. Fully malty palate, earthy and anise reminiscent at first, yet the second part of the taste gears toward a far fruitier and sweeter finish, very grape like. Smooth medium to full bodied, rounding low carbonation. Another great mouthfeel for Willy.