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Illustration Ale | East End Brewing Company

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Illustration AleIllustration Ale

Brewed by:
East End Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by DavoleBomb on 07-03-2010

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3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.52/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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Photo of Tucquan
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%

Had this on 2014-08-30 in Columbia, PA

A - Dark, mildly hazy ruby-brown with a 3-finger tan head that fades to 1-finger pretty quickly and light-moderate lace.

S - Latte, fig, strawberry, floral.

T - Medium roasted malt, grape skins, prunes, earthy spice, touch of sour milk, light chocolate. Alcohol is evident but not overpowering.

M - Light-medium body and light carbonation.

O - Not the greatest flavor profile for my tastes but my wife rates this quite a bit higher than me. She really enjoyed the dark fruits and commented on it not being sweet, and well-balanced. Since I respect her opinion quite a bit, my rating is .35 higher than my initial rating.

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4/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of thecheapies
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany brown. Very dark, really. Overpour leaves no room for head.

Winey dark fruits, concord grape, plum, Madeira, roasty malts, and hints of peaberry coffee. Awesome nose. Very unique. Lots of fruit and dark trench aromas.

Heavy phenols with lots of dark fruit. Plum, red grape, roastiness, coffee, medicinal notes, clove, raisin, and candi sugar; all here in the flavor profile. Good warming heat with herbal hop bitterness and twangy abbey yeast. Great Belgian strong dark.

Has good mouthswish. Carbonation is very much alive. The body has a light stickiness, but it proves to be lighter than imagined.

Superb. Illustration, without the illustration, on draft.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3/5  rDev -25%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
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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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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Illustration Ale from East End Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 52 ratings
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