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Illustration Ale - East End Brewing Company

Illustration AleIllustration Ale

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BA SCORE
89
very good

41 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 8.93%


Brewed by:
East End Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DavoleBomb on 07-03-2010)
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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.7%

02-17-2013 17:48:33 | More by RblWthACoz
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4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Have had this intriguing 1L flip-top bottle in the cellar for at least 2 years now... so about time I broke it out.

Pours with a short, slightly fizzy tan head over a deep cola-colored body. Head fades to thin film/ring pretty quickly.

Even with a congested nose, the aromas are long and strong. Lots of deep, dark fruits, tobacco, yeast, cocoa, cinnamon, and some black licorice.

Flavors are huge, without being overpowering. Rich dark fruit includes cherry, plum, raisin, and chocolate, but the fruit quality is a bit tangy, which cuts through and dominates the sweet characters. Seems Quad-like. Mouthfeel is pretty soft, with very little carbonation present... actually seems a bit light for the ABV.

Fun beer, fun label. Nicely done.

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Serving Type - 33.8 oz flip top bottle

Appearance - Dark brown/tan with a huge 3+ inch head and lots of foamy lacing,

Smell - Cherry, belgian yeast, spcies, plum, rasin, caramel, some brown sugar, and a mix of hops and malts.

Taste - Huge cherry and apple flavor kicks this brew off. Lots of yeast and spices, mixed with some booze. Caramel and rasin add more sweetness. Has a bubblegum taste and feel with each drink. Some hops and a little chocolate also comes out at the end.

Mouthfeel - Lots of fruty flavor. Tounge gets alot of fruits, yeast and alcohol. Malts and spices come in and coat mouth well. Palette gets plenty of fruits and more hops, along with spices and some chocolate. Aftertaste is bold and dry.

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Had this on 2/17/12 and shared with my wife and some good friends.

A -- Dark Brown, big 3" light brown head, lots of nice lacing stuck to the glass

S -- Roasty, caramelized, toffee malts, spicy, fig/currant/raisin notes; maybe a bit of chocolate flavors

T -- Chocolate and roasted malt flavors mix with figs and raisins...flavors intermingle with a nice lingering aftertaste

M -- Medium carbonation, smooth and a bit thick

O -- Amazing beer. Very complex in my opinion. Aroma and taste are an outstanding mix of chocolate/toffee and fig/raisin/currant flavors that pop out at different points during smelling and tasting. It was actually difficult to characterize the taste because of the how the two distinct flavors jump out. Hope to pick up another one and age.

1L Bottle, RR snifter. These bottles had five different label artwork styles and this one was done by Jason Lex. Really cool dinosaur drinking a beer, with an old man in a rowboat in his belly, drinking the beer the dinosaur is chugging. Not sure what it means, but it looks cool, considering Pittsburgh's association with dinosaurs and Carnegie.

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4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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From notes. Thanks to Florida9 for contributing this to our tasting.

A: Deep mahogany. Half (off white) fingernail head on medium pour.

S: Raisin, fig, and plum with caramelized brown sugar, roasted malt, and hint of spice.

T: Reminds me of Raisin Bran cereal, but in a good way. Very roasted with dark fruits and caramel sweetness coming through.

M: Full bodied with soft/medium carbonation.

O: This beer is a very nice autumn beer, I think. The depth and complexity are nice and it should be enjoyed when the seasons are changing. I'm not a huge fan of this particular style, but this beer was very well done.

Serving type: bottle

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meatyard

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly murky, dark brown with minimal head and no lace.

The smell is dark fruits and a bit of cherry.

The taste is stronger attributes of the dark fruits, especially raisin, prune and cherry.

Mouthfeel is, definitely, thin with sparse carbonation.

Overall: I think it's been too long in the bottle for some parts, otherwise, it's a pretty tasty beer.

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4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Florida9 for bringing this to the tasting. One of the coolest labels and bottles I've seen. Poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a dark brown with a small head that leaves tiny spots of lacing

S- Dark fruits including plumb, black cherry, fig, raisins, brown sugar, roasted and caramel malt and some earthiness.

T- Caramel and roasted malt with fig, bakers chocolate, black cherry, plumb and caramelized raisins.

M- Medium carbonation and body that is very smooth with the alcohol being hidden very well.

O- This was a very enjoyable belgian dark ale. Well-balanced and the age made this beer very smooth.

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10-13-2011 04:14:20 | More by iadler
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown, but still slightly translucent. Forms a thin tan head that quickly reduces down to a thin surface coating.

S: Smells strongly of raisin, toffee, and cough syrup (in an oddly pleasant way). Pungent. Aromas of figs and molasses develop as it warms.

T: More raisins and lots of dark fruits. Figs, light molasses, brown sugar. Malty, with a fruity sweetness to it. Port wine and even some light notes of tobacco. The flavor is quite unique.

M: Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Very smooth, almost velvety.

O: A very good and quite complex beer that appears to have aged rather well. Quite flavorful with a superior complexity. This one turned out far better than I expected it to be.

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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to DavoleBomb for sending me this one in a trade long past! Served from swing-top bottle into a Green Man snifter. Poured a massively dark brown with a minimal light tan head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark fruit, alcohol, and caramel. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark fruit, banana, roasted malt, plum, and bread. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. This one had really held up quite well sitting in my cellar for this length of time. There was no sign of the 9.4% ABV at all which was nice. It really mellowed out and made all of the subtle flavors come forward rather than being muted. Definitely worth trying if you have a bottle of this one still in your cellar as it is drinking pretty good currently.

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07-18-2011 19:01:21 | More by thagr81us
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Illustration Ale from East End Brewing Company
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