jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft... Dirty medium mahogany, light tan head, too light on the fringes of the body... The nose is restrained, just not much going on, light caramel, just sweet no pepper at all... Tastes so boring and a bad mouthfeel makes it hard to drink, light toasted sugar, more caramel, feel is rough and harsh, was so drained on sand pepper. I’m guessing this is the sandpaper... Another bad 5 rabbit but more drinkable then their other flagships
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 8, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Hopleaf. Pours deep brown with a small off white head. Aroma is fairly simple, sweet lightly chocolatey malts, some spicy notes, caramel. Flavor is a bit more complex, though the beginning is pretty straightforward, sweet light roasty, a touch nutty, the chile’s finally come out in the end adding some interesting lingering bite and earthy character. Medium body and a soft with crisp carbonation. Ok, but I was hoping for more all around depth and complexity in the flavor.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I was actually really excited about this one, but was sort of disappointed. I was really pumped for some chile flavor, but there wasn’t much of one. Pours brown with very little head. Touch of smoke, little chocolate, but fairly thin.
brian60625 (742) - Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
16 ounce pour at Bad Apple in Chicago. The spice and cinnamon in this one really stand out and make it a great tasting and uniquely flavored beer. While there is a good amount of sweetness to it, that aspect isn’t overwhelming and it’s especially drinkable. I highly recommend this to anyone who can find it around town.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Maria’s Party. I’ve been waiting months to try this and was sadly underwhelmed. Pours a reddish brown, clear, with minimal head that dissipates. Nose is lightly sweet, faint cocoa and just a hint of smoke. On taste, flavors are quite subtle. Slight warming, light smokey chiles. It could really use more depth of flavor here as it just seems undwhelming. Okay, but far from great.
17thfloor (2429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Medium dark copper color. The anchos can be picked out a bit in the aftertaste, really subtle balanced flavors, some cinnamon like notes come out.
bseribeer (128) - Illinois, USA - JUN 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at Bar on Buena. Dark caramel color with tan, foamy head. Lightly sweet aroma. Smooth complexity with tastes lightly of chocolate. Similar characteristcs of a brown ale, with a little spice. Light to medium body texture on the palate. Solid brew from a new (new to me) Chicago brewery.
hombrepalo (1818) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pint pour at Maproom. Poured a dark brown coca cola color with light fluffy head. Aroma of piloncillo, carmel malts and spices. Light body with a malty backbone. Taste is of strong pilloncillo with a spicy finish. Decent brown ale.
TheAlum (5575) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled on tap at Map Room (Chicago, IL). Pours a nice darker amber pour, touches of brown with a good frothy decent sized whitish head. Laces small, sticks around decent sized in the end. Aromas are touches of brown sugar, caramel and toffee malts, with biscuits, a touch of toast, and a minimal pepper spiciness that touches on the end. Initial is sweter up front, mellow bready and biscuity malts, a lighter end of medium bodied with a touch of sugar, faint pepper which only lingers in the finish, just minimally with a touch of heat. Touches of crisp malts and light sweetness linger on, light toast, faint pepper. A simple fairly clean beer with just light peppery spice sticking on the palate after the finish. Surprisingly, this beer grows on me. A bit of a fuller Amber ale, with good lively freshness, not too sweet, quite drinkable with a touch of heat in the finish that grows a bit. Simple yet quite, pepper scores some point on the backend as opposed to getting to sweet in finish.