Collaborative Evil 2010 - Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
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Reviews by mikereaser:
3.68/5 rDev 0%
A - Pours a dark black with an inch of off-white foam that left a ring of soapy bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S - There is a nice amount of smoke in the smell. Some nice roastiness is also poking through the smoke. I'm not the biggest fan of smoked beers, but the aroma at least is very inviting.
T - Starts out very sweet and then the smoke starts to creep. It never gets overpowering and mixes well with the rest of the flavors. There is a malty sweetness that seems to be a bit much for the beer but it doesn't ruin it completely. Overall I like the flavor but think it could become too much.
M/D - Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. Its easy to drink except for the sweetness but it only knocks it back a little.
01-22-2012 06:15:39 | More by mikereaser
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3.98/5 rDev +8.2%
Big thanks goes out to 67couple for sharing this one during the Upstate-area BA Meetup at RJ Rockers this past Saturday. Served from bottle into a Duck-Rabbit snifter. Poured a massively dark brown with a minimal slight light tan head. Maintained minimal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasty malt, smoked ham, and pure smoke. The flavor was of charred malt, smoke, and ham. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild-medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. If you like smokey beers, you can't miss this one. However, I'm not a huge fan of extremely smokey brews so this one wasn't my cup of tea. The flavor however was well balanced on the smoke with the ham aspect in it adding a little sweetness. This one was very easy to drink though for an 8+% ABV brew. A must try for any fan of the smoke.
02-21-2011 20:12:43 | More by thagr81us
3.91/5 rDev +6.3%
Bottle: Poured a deep clear brown color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of cherry wood smokiness with some light roasted malt notes is very pleasing. Taste is a well-balanced mix between some cherry wood smokiness with some light roasted malt profile. Light chocolate notes and dry fruits are also noticeable. Body is a bit light for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very nice example of the style which might have been even better with less age on this bottle.
05-18-2014 00:02:28 | More by Phyl21ca
3.4/5 rDev -7.6%
Inflatablechair hooked this up... It came from our same peep who helped us the the Stone 3/3/3... Thanks fellas.
Dark tan head atop a deeep brown brew.. nice lacing..head drops pretty quickly.
Damn... Sammy pulled in a smoked beer under my radar.
This one is pretty okay in my book.... Nose shows plenty of smoked qualities with some good background base chocolate and maybe even some deep roast... still too much IMHO... but I give way to my Boise buddies.
Flavor shows good cocoa and dark malt... the smokiness comes in late but very heavy... I keep describing the smoke as "reservation jerkey"... roasty and some cocoa blossoms in the finish.. pretty nice actually.
Body is pretty hefty, but I keep lapping the smoke off my lips.. carbonation seems a little lite, but I'm not the one to complain.
Ehhh.. Honestly, I normally don't appreciate smoked beers or normal/Baltic porters.. but this one greased the right wheels.
Thanks Sam for hooking up the 3/3/3 and this very cool extra.
11-09-2010 06:48:12 | More by JohnGalt1
4.28/5 rDev +16.3%
dark beer here, black as night as it pours out. A big cascading brown head comes up and over the top and then settles down into a half inch layer that hung around for the entire rest of the session. The aroma was vanilla, huge vanilla beer and light cafe like coffee notes. Some hints of roasted malts, but vanilla in a beer like I have never come across before. Not terribly sweet and fake, this was like whiffing good vanilla ice cream. As I take the first sip, wow. This beer is suprising the crap out of me. First off where is my 12 percent? This is soo smooth I really got caught off guard by my second glass. The vanilla explosion followed through on the taste, rich and creamy with light and sweet coffee notes following through on them as well. Really tight flavor here, smooth with a long drawn out finish that was sweet, delicate and drying
12-12-2011 02:15:30 | More by mikesgroove
3.85/5 rDev +4.6%
I have heard good and bad about this one. Bottle graciously shared on Christmas by Jwiss22. Let's get to it...
A- A deep, dark almost black mahogany color with a very rich and dark ruby hue. It's almost as black as a stout, probably the darkest porter I have seen so far. Has a light carb that leads to a thin off-white/semi-beige head. I'm not used to seeing a whitish head on a porter, intriguing. Very interesting can't wait for the rest.
S- Right away I am greeted with a very pleasant and inviting aroma of smokey goodness. It's a nice smoked malt and wood aroma with a very faint and subtle ripe cherry smell. The fruit esters in the smokey wood are very subtle, but are inviting in the nose. Continued warming allows the porter notes to show up which are some very subtle sweet chocolate notes along with a tiny caramel malt aroma that is almost nutty. Very subtle aromas, not as intense as I would have expected, but very well balanced.
T- What an interesting collaboration of flavors in this one. I am getting a bunch of cherry and smoked wood flavors right away with a touch of vanilla. It's a little sweet and a continued warming brings out the underlying chocolate and faint coffee notes from a normal porter, but they are also bringing along a nice caramel sweet finish which is astounding. Very good, but I would have liked more smokiness.
M- Has a very nice syrupy coating, but is a little thin in my opinion. Could've been a little more viscous which would have allowed for more of the nuances and subtleties to come out. There's no abv burn, but it's just not as complete as I would've expected from these guys.
D- It's very drinkable and not to extreme as one would think from the higher abv and packaging. It's just a very nice porter with a different take on the smoked wood used by most breweries. Not many are using cherry wood which is a nice flavor to try and impart, this one just wasn't as viscous as I would have liked from an imperial smoked porter.
I enjoy the Collaborative evil beers and don't understand why this one is catching shit. It's simply a nice beer and is quite enjoyable. Please make Wooden Hell again though Flossmoor, that is your best barrel aged beer to date.
12-26-2010 08:05:59 | More by StormKing47
3.73/5 rDev +1.4%
Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to Khazadum for this.
3.5 A: Black color. One finger of light tan creamy/frothy head with below average retention and just a touch of lacing.
3.5 S: Smokey, ashy, and toasty. A touch of dark chocolate and a smaller touch of unidentifiable raisin-like fruit.
4.0 T: The taste is a bit more exciting than the nose. Smoke, ash, and toast are stronger than the nose, but not overdone. Caramel and toffee to an extent. Plenty of fruitiness with plums, dates, raisins, and prunes.
3.5 M: Medium body. Carbonation is a bit too aggressive for my tastes. This could also stand to be a bit creamier.
3.5 D: Decent beer, but the carbonation is a bit high and it somehow stays in the beer forever. Nice smoky components and good enough taste. If this was mashed a bit higher and was a bit thicker and creamier, it would be markedly better.
01-04-2011 19:32:02 | More by DavoleBomb
3.85/5 rDev +4.6%
Poured from a red wax sealer 22oz bomber into a thick stemmed DFH tulip.
A: I was expecting something dark and oily and evil looking. What I got was something like cheap, watery, Aldi-brand cola. A smallish khaki-colored head quickly melted down to a creamy ring that didn't leave anything more than a few spots of lace.
S: Nicely smoky. "Rauch-y"...as opposed to campfire or burnt barrel. Actually a bit one-dimentional due to the smoke. Some minor chocolate, caramel, and dark fruit too.
T: More complex than the nose. Loads of smoke that's filtered through layers of fudge, dark fruit, Tootsie Roll, caramel, roasted nuts, toasted malt, cherries, and spices.
M: I was really unimpressed with this right out of the fridge. Pretty thin and lifeless. As it warmed to cellar temp, it won me over with the way it continued to thicken as it got warmer. Liked the prickly, peppery, spiciness of the finish, too.
D: This just goes to show, "you can't judge a book by it's cover..." The thoroughly uninspiring appearance and one-note aroma of this was more than made up for by the rest of its' characteristics. I found myself plowing through the bomber pretty quickly.
10-27-2010 23:54:45 | More by GbVDave
3.98/5 rDev +8.2%
I was lucky enough to try this several times at Goose Island's Stout Fest. Brian, their head brewer, was manning the pours and he was a class act all the way. He was very engaging and actually told us about the beers that Flosmoor was pouring. If I remember correctly, he said that only 6% of the malt for this beer was smoked.
This beer poured a dark, dark brown on the verge of black with a light tan head. The aromas were dominated by smoke. It had this campfire appeal to it that I just loved. It was nice to mix up things during the Stout Fest with this one. It had this really appealing smoky oak characteristic that I really enjoyed. It was far more prevalent than the coffee or light yet bitter chocolate flavors. It drank smoothly and left a nice campfire smoke behind in the aftertaste, yet not in an overpowering manner. It was in between medium and full in body. I went back for more a couple times. I liked it and was glad to try it.
03-14-2011 22:49:36 | More by aasher
3.83/5 rDev +4.1%
Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a standard pint.
A: Dark brown. Pours a slight, brown-white head, which settles into a smattering of foam very quickly. A bit of sparse lacing.
S: Baked rye bread and hickory smoke.
T: Nice baked bread flavor and a deep smoky tone. Cinnamon in there, too.
M: Deep and rich. The smoky finish lingers. A little peaty in the finish.
Atmosphere is decent enough. Dark appearance and nice little head. Nose is simple but full....grain and smoke. Woody and very smoky flavor rules the day here. Overall, this is a good quaff.
02-06-2011 08:22:12 | More by bmwats
3.65/5 rDev -0.8%
Thanks to Jeff for sending me this one awhile back. Finally got around to opening it on St. Patrick's Day.
A: The beer pours a dark brown color with some reddish highlights. A thin layer of off-white head sits on top.
S: I'm pleasantly surprised that the smoke is fairly mild on this. Most of the aroma is the caramel and toffee sweetness of the beer with a moderate roasted malt smell.
T: Moderately smokey, with most of the smoke flavor coming toward the back end. Sweet toffee, caramel, and chocolate are there with just a slight roasted malt flavor and bitterness. The smoke seems to give the beer a touch of woodiness.
M: Medium in body with a light to medium carbonation.
O: I had some doubts going into this, but it turned out to be pretty enjoyable.
03-20-2011 06:14:10 | More by womencantsail
2.93/5 rDev -20.4%
Pours a dark and murky brown-black and is capped with a smallish tan head. The nose is smoky, burnt and almost medicinal with some naked grain notes underlying. It is not terribly pungent, but I do not dig what's going on there, either. The flavor is an improvement, but is still underwhelming; notes of smoke and leather, burnt caramel and woody notes are there, they just aren't particularly cohesive or inspired either.
06-09-2011 21:21:47 | More by ktrillionaire
4.25/5 rDev +15.5%
On tap at Flossmoor Station 09/01/10.
Appearance -- Black in the glass with the faintest of brown highlights and one finger of spongy khaki head.
Smell -- Smoke, plum, floral lager yeast, cocoa, french roast coffee, char, and a touch of buttery diacetyl.
Taste -- Robust smoke flavor, dark chocolate, buttered pumpernickel, coffee with cream, leather, floral and fruity lager yeastiness, and a strong minty/herbal hop finish.
Mouthfeel -- Medium to full in body with creamy low carbonation.
Drinkability -- I can typically take or leave a smoked beer, but this was done with a skilled hand; smoke was at the forefront, but balanced well with more delicate flavors from emerging from the lager yeast. Depth of flavor was just complex enough to keep me engaged and searching for more flavors. Can't wait to try it from a bottle.
09-02-2010 01:45:41 | More by yeahnatenelson
3.9/5 rDev +6%
From the giant box of beer Mikesgroove sent me...thanks again.
22 oz. bottle poured into a Piraat tulip. A thin layer of tan/grey foam settled on top of brown body. The brownish color is deep but turns ruby toward the edges. The head faded quickly, leaving small amounts of lace behind.
The nose is not what I was expecting...the smoke is there, but more of a background player. You get a lot of meaty wood dominating the aroma.
The flavor is pretty straight forward...starts off with roasted malts that turn more smoky toward the finish. By the end of the drink, the smoke is all you can taste.
Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a slick finish.
Pretty decent beer...not the best smoked porter I have tasted, but enjoyable non the less. Should be easy to finish a bottle. Awesome label...
02-18-2011 23:51:03 | More by mgbickel
2.85/5 rDev -22.6%
[A/L] Pours a thin watery brown, sitting chocolate/dunkel colored in glass. A thin layer of bone-white head atop. For an "imperial" porter, this is quite disappointing.
[A/S] Tart cherry very forward, with a slight roast, underlying chocolate and char. Even as a regular porter, there is not enough dark malt to back this up.
[F/T] There is little porter character, aside from a weak chocolate. Caramel. Mostly cherry twang, and the redeeming smoky, campfire flavor, which lingers through finish. Scores some points in my book, as I tend to be fond of smoke in my beer. This should probably be considered a smoked/rauch. But rating by style, I find the malt solely average. Impressed more by the Cherry Wood Briess malt, than the beer. Part is > the sum?
[P/F] Twang is slightly sharp, along with the fiery char, in awakening the palate. Not expected in the projected style. Feel is slightly sour, though a soft caramel sets in.
[O/D] After a full 22 ounces, I feel 11 would be enough for the full experience. I think a snifter is all I would really need.
I feel this could have been bigger on the chocolate/roasted malt end. The cherry and smoke were too big, yet the porter qualities were lacking. In 3 years, there has been NO side by side tasting @ Flossmoor. You would think if these guys could get together to brew, they could at least send kegs to each others' pubs. It would be nice to put all of the Evils side by side. I either think that this was an extremely weak base recipe, or Bryan goofed it up by turning it smoked. Don't know what its lacking in recipe, but it is definitely missing something as a whole.
09-29-2010 16:36:21 | More by 3FaveryRogue
3.23/5 rDev -12.2%
Pours a very dark, murky brown color with a minuscule off white head.
Scent of roasted malts, smoke, oak, cherries, tobacco, earth, and a hint of alcohol. The cherries are a little too potent right off the bat, maybe a little time will be kind to this.
Taste of roasted malts, ash, smoke, cherries, sugar, and earth. This one is not bad, but a little rough out of the starting gate; I can only hope that time will be kind to this one.
Mouthfeel is thin bodied and watery with no carbonation, which is absolutely inexcusable.
10-07-2010 05:21:27 | More by paco1029384756
3.9/5 rDev +6%
Good lookin out bobbizle for crackin open this brew.
A: poured a dark brown in color with brwon highlights and had a thin bubbly head leaving a little lacing sticking to the glass.
S: verynice smokey aroma jumped out on the nose with caramel chocolate notes, a hint of roastiness and faint various grains.
T: the smokey flavor also dominated the taste with caranel, chocolate, roasty accents and a touch of toffee.
M: the brew was medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a smokey, sweet, roasty, and silky finish.
D: I really like smoke brews but this one was just average and was lacking in the smokey character.
02-10-2011 06:38:55 | More by Gobzilla
3.15/5 rDev -14.4%
650ml bottle picked up at the brewery during the beers release. this bottle cost $10. drank from my sam adams perfect pint glass.
A- the beer comes out of the bottle a decently dark brown colored body with ruby red highlights around the edges. there is a very small beige colored head on top. the head doesnt last very long, and leaves behind little to no lacing.
S- the first thing i notice in the nose are smoked malts. they have a distinct odor to them, which is guess is what smoked cherry wood smells like. theres a little bit of chocolate and some sweet caramel that shows up also.
T- the cherry smoked malts come to the forefront here. not overly strong. if anything, this is a little bland. some chocolate and coffee notes as well as a little caramel like sweetness.
M- very thin and watery. they definitely need to thicken this one up. little to no trace of the alcohol. no aftertaste.
D- meh, this was the most boring of the collaborative evils so far. im glad i didnt buy a whole case. ill probably end up trading my other bottles away.
11-13-2010 21:48:49 | More by jwinship83
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.43/5 rDev -6.8%
On tap at the Great Taste 2010
Imperial Smoked Porter
Pours a light head that doesn't have the best retention. Color is a mahogany brown.
Aroma/Taste: There is a ton of smoke flavor in this beer. It is made with cherrywood smoked malt, but I don't know too much about the cherrywood. It has flavors of burnt sugar, dark fruits, and chocolate.
Mouthfeel: Smoked, roasted, smooth. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with a bland aftertaste which I find a bit odd.
Overall, I was a little let down with this one. I have had the others in the series and I thought they were a bit better. I will probably grab a bottle of this and re-evaluate it, but I didn't find this to be particular pleasing. Not something I drank a lot of.
08-18-2010 23:05:17 | More by mothman
Collaborative Evil 2010 from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.