Nearly unscented, brownish so-called ‘Legacy’ has cheerful red ale nuances (peppy hops, roasted malts, cracked wheat) countering minor sour fruiting. But second-rate finish lacks fortitude. Brewery defunct: 2002.
Immaculate sweet-scented dark brown porter brewed in the Windy City since the 1800′s in the Great English tradition, Big Shoulders leads with a great chocolate punch and finishes with hop-charred roasted coffee assertiveness. Though stout-like with its maple mocha presence and burnt caramel malts, it’s smooth going down and perfect as a crossover. Brewery defunct: 2002.
Quaffed on tap at Barcade in Brooklyn with then-Chelsea promoter Ron Carlson. Robust black-as-coal full body brings opulent roasted coffee ground bittering to sticky anise, dark chocolate, and cocoa bean embrace. Harsh wood-charred acridity exceeds charcoal, tobacco chaw, and raw molasses illusions. Liqueur-stained port notes linger behind java penetration. Carlson agreed, ‘bitter blaster would benefit from better counteractive residual sugaring.’
Easy flowing, mineral-grained, odorously musty golden amber perfect for introducing lagerheads to fine pale ale splendor (but too smoothly delicate for actual robust English-styled IPA). Crisp barley-hops induce light earthen peat finish, but some metallic astringent seeps into the nebulous mix. Somewhat similar to fellow UK canned brews by Wexford, Boddington, and Caffrey’s.
Strong auburn pale body brewed with pure well water and fine English barleymalts. Bitter hop sharpness permeates caramel-centered bright citric fruitiness and gentle vanilla vibe. ‘Red ale’ character reminiscent of Bass Ale, but overwhelming fizz precludes distinction. Luckily, heavy alcohol content gives Dragoon an intoxicating hike.