Collaborative Evil 2010 | Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

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Collaborative Evil 2010Collaborative Evil 2010

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Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
Illinois, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Red wax.

Added by mothman on 08-18-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle into tulip

Hazed cola brown color with a thinner crop of beige head, quickly fading out into a collar of retention with some spotty lacing dotting the glass while drinking.

Subtle smokiness in the nose with roasted malts. Touches of chocolate sweetness and faint warmth.

Dark roasted malt flavor with raw dark chocolate and cocoa beans. Substantial, yet a bit faded smokiness runs throughout the profile. Finishes with mellowed alcohol warmth and a touch of sweetness.

Thinned out body, milder carbonation, chewy and sticky on the tongue. This was probably past whatever prime it might've had, although I was happy this bottle didn't experience some of the infections or off-flavors that others noted in the past.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Geist, served in a tulip. Beer is brown with a haze, almost no head, low carbonation. Looks like a beer.

Aroma is sweet and smokey with a mild bite to it. Interesting to say the least.

Beer is boozy, sweet with a nice underpinning of smoke and a decent finish. A little dry but not overly so. The ethanol is present in this beer pretty forward on the front and the high alcohol serves to thin out the body a little. I'd have it again but it wasn't the best beer I've ever had.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is dark brown with a quarter inch of oily beige head. The aroma offers smoke, booze, oak. Reminiscent of a rauchbier. Smoke presence throughout with only a hint of sausage. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Pretty tasty beer. I'm glad I got to try it.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of GallowsThief
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in trade from ChugginOil (the man as always thanks). Poured out of a bomber into my tulip.

A – Poured out black with some ruby highlights. One finger of slightly off white head that settles down quickly. Spotty lacing.

S – Immediately a smokey smell come through with vanilla notes and a bit of cherry. Caramel and roasted malts.

T - Roasted malts right out of the gate though more subtle then the smell. Definite smokiness in the taste but again not overpowering. Caramel and mocha. Cocoa and a nice vanilla roll through at the end making it just a touch sweet. Very little bitterness.

M – Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Very smooth on the palate. Maybe a touch on the thin side but it does not detract from the feel.

O – I was surprised by this as I do not love smoked brews but this one is not overpowering and much more to my liking. Nice balance of flavors and some real flavor in it. Good job.

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Photo of Wadsey
3.37/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Collaborative Evil 2010

Served in New Belgium globe glass

A: Pours clear deep amber-brown with scant head. No lacing and no detectable effervescence. 

S: Surprising notes of cherries and charred caramel once you get past smoked malt. Some peat, chocolate, and dark, dried fruits, too. 

T: Medium-high malty sweetness, then cocoa powder and aforementioned fruit notes hit. Smoked malts strike next, nothing meaty, they are more like charred firewood or campfire. The peaty note keeps presenting itself as well. Medium bitterness. Cocoa powder, smokiness, and dark fruit make up finish. 

M: Medium body and medium-light carbonation. I think the beer feels too thin.

O: Collaborative Evil 2010 drinks like a smokey and light Baltic Porter. The smell and taste are quite subdued. I wish it were less sweet and a little bolder.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
2.91/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at the brewpub a few months back. Served in a taster glass at Goose Island.

A - Pours with a finger of tan foam that settles to a thick collar, leaving behind spotty lace work. Body is a transparent dark brown color.

S - Smoked malts, light burnt plastic, tobacco, light fruitiness, char, and caramel.

T - Smoked malts, cherrywood, and some growing sweetness as the beer warms up. I'm curious if there is lager yeast as it has a nebulous lager quality to it. Finish is the lightly burnt plastic and Play-doh note found in the nose.

M - Smooth, medium bodied, lower carbonation, with well-hidden alcohol. Could stand to be a little more substantial at 8.2%.

D - This is a pretty solid brew, but nothing exceptional. I'd have it again if offered, but I wouldn't buy more bottles if they were available somewhere. I liked it better than 2009, but less than 2008.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of aasher
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of ChugginOil
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown and remains that color when settled. The edges show rusty colored effects around the demension of the glass.

S- A lot of smokiness up front followed by some roasted malt.

T- Very smokey. I love smoke but this is a bit much. Dont get me wrong tho, underneath the smoke lies some bitter cocoa notes.

M- pretty smooth, leaves a crisp bite from the carb. and hops involved.

D- ABV is nicely hidden but i feel like im drinking Fade to Black in a burning house

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Photo of thagr81us
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of mgbickel
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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...

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of bmwats
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

D: Mmmmm....

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.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of StormKing47
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.17/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of GbVDave
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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" 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.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.22/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of 3FaveryRogue
2.82/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark mahogany that was instantly revealed as translucent dark cherry when viewed with sunlight behind the glass. Simply put, Imperial porters ought to be black holes. The khaki crown was a thick disk to start and never completely melted. At no point was beer visible from a bird's eye view.

Cherrywood smoked malt was front and center in the nose. So much so that rauchbier would have been a guess if I had been blinded. Nevertheless, the brown malt character of the base porter was noted. All in all, this was a well-proportioned smoked porter from an olfactory standpoint.

My disappointment that CE '10 has not yet been bottled was assuaged by the fact that it was available on-tap during my visit to the brewpub yesterday. The short version of this review is that even though most of the scores are similar, this annually released ale is my least favorite in the series.

Collaborative Evil 2010 is a good smoked porter, but I'm not sure if it's worthy of the cool name and what is sure to be an awesome label. Then again, I have yet to be gobsmacked by any of the Evils. This version needed more malt and some other interesting ingredient that would set it apart from most other craft-brewed smoked porters.

All that said, the flavor was right on the money... if you like smoke. Specifics included chocolate, a small splash of coffee, and a considerable amount of sweet wood smoke. That last one was far from the 'smoked meat' area code that some rauchbiers venture into.

More depth would have been great. There was a mild-moderate tightening on the finish, with no real hop flavor, and alcohol was nowhere to be found. Easy beer to drink, easy beer to like. Expect competence rather than fireworks and you'll be fine.

The mouthfeel was not quite up to snuff. It was more 5.4% porter than 8.4% porter. Time and warming helped to some extent, just not enough. There was a slight cling on the back end and the bubbles were well-buried.

Even though I won't be in the Chicago area when the bottles are released, it's my hope that the bottled version of Collaborative Evil 2010 is a step up from the on-tap version. History would say that that isn't likely. Still, I continue to look forward to whatever Evil Flossmoor Station conjures up every summer-fall.

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3.67 out of 5 based on 41 ratings.
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