DrnkMcDermott (2790) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the Burger Joint, Ogilve Transportation Center. Deep brown like dried blood, with just a little bit of highlighting at the bottom. A thin tan head. Has the creamy smell of a porter or milk stout. A very big taste thatís too complex to pigeonhole. Start with some Schwartzbier malt, Just a slight astringency. A bit of bakerís chocolate and again, a creamy texture. Quite filling after the Tallgrass 8-Bit I just had. Lacks the "spice" of a wheat beer, but surely offers a fine smooth texture, emphasized at the end by the return of a milk stout-ish mouthfeel.
sawbuck (314) - Round Lake, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Notes of chocolate, bread, and roasted malt.Deep brown color with a frothy tan head. Roasted sweet malt up front, Notes of coffee and chocolate, but mild in flavor. Sliky mouthfeel, finishes with same sweetness, and then a faint dry bitternss sets in. Interesting beer.
Niko100 (1976) - Illinois, USA - JUL 14, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown/black color; Medium creamy body; Aroma of malt/wheat, some clove, & cocoa/chocolate; Flavor of malt/wheat, some yeast, caramel, bananas, and dark chocolate; Has porter/stout qualities - pretty decent.
Dragonfly1 (488) - Colorado, USA - JUL 13, 2014
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Engine oil black. Aroma is a nice rich roasted malt and chocolate combo. Taste starts heavy, roasted, chocolate cake, espresso, then abruptly turns thin and has a wheat-like tart finish. I think the dark malts ultimately overwhelm any flavor nuance of the light wheat.
shrubber85 (7527) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUN 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Banana and chocolate malt aroma - hint of charcoal. Very dark brown with moderate head. Charcoal, dark chocolate, and roasted wheat malt flavor. Mildly bitter herbal finish. A nice beer but tastes more like a schwarzbier/stout than a dunkelweizen - intensity of the malt covers up any phenols that might be present.
Barnoloid (159) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft pour at The Publican. Interesting hybrid style wheat beer with a dull chocolate malt taste. Slightly roasted note with a porter-esque mouthfeel. Interesting, falls off a little near the end but solid. Has a slight anise feel on the back end as this warms.
Patrickctenchi (3569) - Coxís Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JUN 11, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rubied-black with a tall, oatmeal head.
Chocolate powder, roast aroma.
Taste is sweet, chocolate malt, cream.
Tasty....though more along the lines of a sweet porter.
ARH (371) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap, pouree into a pilsner glass / imperial pint hybrid. The aroma is a dominant roasted coffee with roasted grain. Itís a nearly opaque brown/black beet with a light fluffy head and a medium thick creamy ring. Thereís also a very light, runny lace consisting of micro bubbles. The taste is medium sweetness with a medium - light bitter quality. The texture is creamy, but light, and has a medium - full, rich, roasted body. This one has lots of soft carbonation helping it go down. A smoked grain finish is accompanied by a touch of burnt toast and some raisin sweetness. Its a mostly dry finish. The burnt grains linger in the aftertaste reminding you that it is, in fact, a wheat beer, and not a porter. The aftertaste does cling a bit
Frank (2817) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Calling this beer a black wheat ale implies itís a dunkelweizen and this beer isnít even remotely on planet dunkelweizen. It is more of a porter or stout brewed w/ a lot of wheat in the grist. It does have the creamy texture of a Bavarian wheat beer but it has none of the bananas or cloves youíd expect in the aroma. This isnít a bad thing, thatís just how it is. I personally think this has a really nice nose w/ loads of roast coffee aromas. The wheat allows it to be thick and luscious on the palate w/o being too sweet but unfortunately this is a touch on the overcarbonated side for a beer w/ such a strong roasted grain presence. This is a pretty good beer overall. Fix the carbonation issue so you can taste a bit more nuance and I bet it would be great.
jebert (500) - Watertown, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours an opaque black with a thin tan head. Nose is of dark roasted grains and a hint of chocolate. Rather thin viscosity, but nice and creamy on the palate. The taste is of dark roasted grain with suggestions of chocolate and molasses. Very lightly hopped, it finished with a mild dry touch. Pairs well with pastrami and rye.
Lemke10 (771) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This pours a dark brown/black color with a slight, off-white head. The aroma is slightly robust with burnt starches and molasses. The taste is fairly heavy and complex. There is a lot of roasted flavor mixed with some coffee a slightly bitter hop finish. Pretty decent brew for being a newer brewery.