29 November 2008

Beer Review, Great Lakes Eliot Ness

Great Lakes Eliot Ness
Cleveland, OH
6.2% ABV

Appearance: Dark amber coloration, very clear, no effervescence, tiny off-white head that dissipates immediately leaving only soapscum. Leaves no significant lacing. 3.5/5

Smell: Not a lot of aroma here. Very malty, slightly sweet. Slight notes of apples and a hint of citrus -- possibly grapefruit. Overall not very complex, but certainly not unpleasant. 3.5/5

Taste: Very much a standard amber. Has a strongly sweet flavor up-front, with a healthy dose of dark fruits. Highly malty, no hops present, hints of yeast. Overall a decent amber, nothing special, and slightly cloying in the aftertaste. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Moderate thickness, somewhat thicker than a "standard" amber. Low carbonation, low hops, leaves a nice coating on the palate. Slightly dry on the finish. Goes down clean. 4.0/5

Drinkability: The cloying flavor is a bit of a down note for this beer, but overall this is a decent amber and worth a taste for those who are fans of the style. It'd probably pair well with food, or it would be a decent beer for a get-together. 3.5/5

Overall: 3.55/5

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