Collaborative Evil 2008 | Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

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Collaborative Evil 2008Collaborative Evil 2008

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Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
Illinois, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
A collaboration of brewers Todd Ashman (FiftyFifty), Zac Triemert (Lucky Bucket), and Matt Van Wyk (Flossmoor Station). Made with Raisins, local honey, Mexican and Indian sugars, orange peel and black cardamom.

Added by orbitalr0x on 09-28-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 41 | Ratings: 53
Photo of jjayjaye
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark reddish hued cola color with a HUGE stiff foamy light tan head that settles fairly quickly to heavy spotted patterns of lacing. The smell has that earthy musty character that's a must to be considered 'in style'...banana, honey, raisins, almond, cloves and pumpkin. Well carbonated and really creamy, the mouth feel is medium-light textured. Full flavored, the pumpkin, caramel, banana, raisin characters standout and linger nicely. I experienced a little heat with the first mouth that was masked by the cloves and other complexities...can't believe that it's as heavy as 10% ABV! A real nice drinker....really enjoyed it!!

Many thanks to DavidEddie for the opportunity to consider this one!!!

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Photo of jwinship83
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- murky dark brown body with red around the edges and a finger of lasting cream colored head. very little lacing left on the sides of the glass.

S- lost of yeast. some spices. very fruity. banana, raisins, plums, figs. a hint of alcohol.

T- lots of sweet malts. figs, raisins, honey, and various spices

M- thin and almost watery with a nice high level of carbonation

D- an easy sipper. a little more than one bottle would be great. too bad its a limited release. the alcohol is pretty well hidden.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours cola, not much head, leaves fast, thin bubble sudsy lacing.

S - Banana, fruits, other standard Belgian yeast smells.

T - Cola, banana, vanilla, spices.

M- medium body, creamy, good balance and carb.

D - For the style, nice. Frankly, it just wasn't a stand out beer for me.

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Photo of Crosling
2.53/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark auburn color, with a thin, creamy, long lasting white head. Nose doesn't have much depth to it and is dominated by spice character. Very thin mouth feel with the flavor being mostly dominated by sour and spice. Lacking anything resembling malt or yeast complexity.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a red wax sealed 22oz bomber into two St. Bernardus goblets. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Slides into the glass a murky, dark chocolate-y brown. The tiny, off-white head quickly gives way to a mere suggestion of a skim and leaves the barest minimum of lace...we were ok with that!

S: Here's where this beer really shines. Glorious aromas of tart fruit, pungeant funky yeast, toffee, dark chocolate, spice, roasted malt, dark fruit, honey, clove, caramel, and raisin. Heather noticed earthy, "vegetable-like" aromas of squash, pumpkin, or gourd.

T: See above for a really accurate description. Add to this a bit of metallic alcohol burn and more sweet, spicy, and earthy vegetal flavors. Awesome!

M: Dry and roasty, with a sweet, tangy, and funky earthiness. A bit thin at first, but that could've been due to the slightly too cold serving temp.

D: We both enjoyed this beer immensely. The alcohol is present but not in your face, at all. However, by the end of the bottle we were both feeling a little "flushed". This was an excellent collaboration. Could this be the first in a series? Here's hoping yes!

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Photo of Floydster
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle with red wax acquired in a trade with wkcyr4, thanks for sending this my way on your first trade Wendall, drank on Halloween, reviewed from notes, poured into a snifter

A-First thought was that this looked like soda, then I started to pour a little faster and a small head formed, color was a medium to dark brown, head was 1/2 inch and creamy beige, some retention, lacing at first
S-One of the best smelling non-sour beers beers I have ever had, it had this buttery scent almost along the lines of candy corn that just drew me in, lots of honey, spices, sweet malt backbone, brown sugar, berries, raisins, faint alcohol, and toffee
T-Starts off with a sweet honey taste with raisins mixed in the middle and more malts than I could smell, finish is slightly warm and mostly made of spices and buttery cream which was my favorite part of both the aroma and flavor, later on dark fruits and candied sugars come to the surface, by the end there is a big spicy presence and it is more sweet than before, still as good or better than when the cap first came off, could not have picked a better beer to drink while passing out candy
M-Tons of carbonation that made this slightly crisp, medium bodied, sweet, buttery, spicy, and sugary mouthfeel, taste lingered with both sweetness and spice
D-Drank the whole bomber but I sipped on it for close to three hours, does not exactly go down easy but alcohol is well hidden for the most part, it is not overly heavy or anything either, it is ten percent though and quite potent

I will start by saying that the artwork on this bottle was well done, I had never had a single beer from the three breweries that made this masterpiece which are Fifty Fifty, Lucky Bucket, and Flossmoor Station, lucky to have tried this since it was a brewery only release limited to around 70 cases, would certainly drink again, recommended

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Photo of roadhouse
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle with red wax into a snifter.

Appears a dark cola brown with a half inch light tan head. Sinks to a skim and leaves very little lacing.

Aroma has a somewhat sweet backbone with lots of herbal tones, dark fruit, clove, and other spices that I can't really distinguish.

The taste is initially kind of sweet then there is an explosion of spices. Spicy cloves, earthiness, raisins, berries, brown sugar, etc. Very complex.

Mouthfeel is medium but still somewhat thick, very soft on the palate, smooth and easy drinking.

Excellent stuff from Flossmoor. I think the spices have blended and mellowed a little bit since I last had it on tap at the release. I only wish I had more money with me at the release so I could have gotten more bottles.

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Photo of brdc
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to a generous BA for this sample.

Reddish brown in color, with a dark tan head, nice retention and lacing.
Nice aroma, dark fruits, cardamom, some herbs, lots of spices.
Full bodied, starts fairly sweet, malty, and heavily spiced, but fairly low bitterness to be noticed. Lots of fruits, dark ones, as expected.
Good, might turn great with some aging; spices are a bit too prominent right now.

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Photo of botham
4.53/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

on tap poured into a goblet at the brewpub in Flossmoor. pours a dark brownish garnet color with a single finger of tan, dense head that has good retention and leaves no lacings.

aroma is mildly sweet, with a distinct herbal quality and subtle malt notes of caramel and dark fruit. overall the brew takes on a medicinal quality from the herbal undertones, imparting a pleasant aura overall.

taste is heavy on malts, with a caramel base and a warming backbone of sweet biscuit and caramelized malt. the same herbal undertones envelop the malt, creating a wonderfully complex and complete profile. the 10% APV is barely detectable, with notes of dark fruit (plum and raisen) rounding out the profile. finishes on a malty note with the same herbal quality lingering after the fact. aftertaste is of dark fruit and a bit of black malt without being bitter.

mouthfeel is excellent. a full bodied brew with a complex character and a smooth mouthfeel that rounds out the malty profile and covers up the alcohol nicely. one would think that this has been aged for wuite a while due to the smoothness of the overall brew.

drinkability is great. this is a big brew with solid malt complexity and a very unique overall character. a wonderful fall/winter seasonal with a nice warming quality from the richness and the alcohol. Flossmoor is worth a trip just for this brew. cheers!

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Photo of rye726
4.39/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not sure is I would call this a BSDA, but is fro sure a delicious brew. Pours a dark brown with a decent head. The nose is simply amazing. It has the most earthy and herbal aromas I have ever experienced in a beer. The taste was quite nice as well. Good malt profile along with the spicy green hops. Full body goes down well. A fantastic offering.

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Photo of brentk56
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a burnt caramel color and a very modest head which leaves a bit of lace before morphing into a ringlet

Smell: Dried cardomom dominates along with cherry, ginger and Cheerwine (you have to be from NC to get this)

Taste: Opens with a cherry flavor that is joined by the cardomom, cinnamon and ginger flavors at mid-palate; lots of dark fruit and candi sugar aspects in there, too; after the spices dominate the flavor profile, although there are some yeasty dark fruit elements discernable underneath

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body but a bit undercarbonated for a Belgian style

Drinkability: The spice profile is very interesting and a nice experiment but, to my palate, a bit overwhelming relative to the BSDA elements; it would be a much better beer if the two aspects were reversed

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This has a frothy, dark tan colored head that sits on top of a murky, amber tinged, dark brown colored beer. Wow, this smells strongly of cardamom with a mix of aromatic notes of cola, clove, an at times green herbaceous note and even a distinct hemp like notes. The aroma is also quite herbal, and I was actually a bit surprised by how spicy this was.

The herbal / hemp flavor continues on in the flavor, but there is also lots of expressive cardamom character as well as a clove-like finish to the beer. This is fairly sweet and has a chewy, rich, viscous bodied, amply maltiness to it as well. The herbal notes are interesting in their intensity; at times it is mint-like and at others more menthol oriented, but both are probably a result of the dominant cardamom character. Underneath all the spice character, and accentuated by the rich malt character, is a hidden, rich, fruity backdrop that adds notes of raisins and figs.

Once tasted, I realized this was obviously quite amply spiced. This will most definitely age quite well for quite some time, especially since the spice character is fairly intense. It is not spiced to overwhelming levels though and, despite all my focus / complaining, is even fairly enjoyable fresh, but I definitely prefer a much more subtle approach to spicing beers.

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Photo of Blanchette
4.94/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up a few bottles at the Lush special re-release party in Chicago. I'd went to the brewery on the release day but got there too late, so this was an unexpected treat.

I was originally a touch disappointed by the appearance; it poured a murky brown color with a rapidly dissipating head. Revealed a nice thick body, though, and my original fears were calmed by the wonderful smell of this beer. Mysterious spices, a bit of alcohol, and something of a muted peppermint nose really got me excited for this one.

I was not disappointed: tastes like a richer version of the aged unibroue 2004. Absolutely unique, even for the style, and the flavor quickly shifts from a spicy sweetness up front to a roasty bitterness in the back, with a wave of muted mint. Extremely long lasting flavor, helped by a perfect density and smoothness in the mouth. Bitterness really takes over after a while, but it fills the mouth and isn't too sharp after it warms a touch.

The best thing about this beer is the drinkability. After a few sips, the flavors really come together and the heavy spiciness starts to dull the buds a touch. The flavor gets more intense and full in the mouth, leading you to want to drink this more and more. I easily finished a bottle and was itching to crack another (I resisted). The alcohol is very well hidden, and I could sip on this all night (though it was better from the bottle than on draft).

This one is world-class for the style. The Unibroue 2004 was a very original beer, but this one takes that style and brings it to a new level. It's rare that we see a belgian style dark ale as a special release that might achieve a cult following. I know that if this is released again next year, I'll be there at 11 am waiting to grab as much as I can.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.49/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby brown color, no head, little carbonation and an incredibly thin ring of lacing.

Scent of candi sugar, bubble gum, bananas, ginger, honey, cherries, and more spices. An absolute masterpiece, one the of the best scents I have come across. Potpourri in a bottle, just wonderful stuff, I can not get enough.

Taste of candi sugar, honey, ginger with tons of spices. Great stuff with a depth that will be realized with some age, but could possibly go further than that.

Mouthfeel is very smooth with some carbonation which balances out nicely with the marvelous smoothness of the beer.

A magnificent brew.

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Photo of spointon
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I poured this one from a 22oz brown bomber bottle (sealed w/red wax) into my St. Bernardus chalice glass.

A= This ale poured a dark caramel soda color with a 1/4" light tan head that quickly disappeared to nothing. I didn't find any lacing on the glass. Carbonation was fine looking and the release was active and gave this one an effervescent look.

S= The aromas coming from this ale were dominated by sweet malt, dark candied fruit, cherries, raisins, and spices. Alcohol was present in the aroma, but not overpowering.

T= From the very first sip this ale was complex and fruity. The sweet malts started the parade of flavors, followed by a mild earthiness, a slight sourness, and then finishing with an almost neverending and complex array of fruitiness and spice. I was seriously still experiencing new flavor sensations five seconds after each swallow was complete. Amazingly well balanced with little to no alcohol bite.

MF= This was a medium bodied ale with an absolutely outstanding carbonation. Effervescent without feeling sharp or too crisp.

D= I will admit that this is one of my absolute favorite styles of beer and this one really impressed me. Every bit of this one was balanced and well done. With the huge abv nearly undetectable, this is not only delicious but also dangerous. I can't wait to get some more...

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.59/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz red waxed bomber. This was a collaboration between Flossmoor Station, FiftyFifty Brewing and Lucky Bucket Brewing. Pours into my glass a deep brown with cola edges and a small eggshell head that falls to a ring around the top. Aroma starts out with spicy dark malts bringing notes of brown sugar, raisins, ginger snaps, honey, candi sugar and spices. The cardamom comes through along with a fruity undertone. Earthy yeast accents and a touch of caramel.

First sip brings somewhat sweet dark malt upfront that quickly moves into an array of spicy flavors. Strong notes of honey, candi sugar and raisins lead the way. It flows down with citric notes and cardamom that's evident but not overpowering. Yeast tones on the finish with a bit of bitterness. Finishes with a touch of lingering, but not cloying sweetness and a spicy, fruity aftertaste. Alcohol is well hidden throughout.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bit of slickness. Goes down smooth while still making itself known. Pretty much perfect on the mouthfeel in my opinion with steady carbonation. Overall, this is a complex and extremely tasty Belgian ale. Everything works together well here. I'm glad I made the trek up to Flossmoor for the release. Awesome stuff.

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Collaborative Evil 2008 from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
3.88 out of 5 based on 53 ratings.
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