DrnkMcDermott (2988) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
4 oz. taster at Atlas, where they run $2 to $2.50. Deep black with a strong coffee nose. Taste brings home those deep coffee roast malts, and a very dry finish. There is a slight taste of "staled stout" sourness, but only very slightly. Maybe this one, um, "pales" after I’ve had two of their specialty IPAs, but this comes across as a standard stout. Might interesting to try on nitro or cask.
TheAlum (6825) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampler pour on tap at the brewpub (Chicago, IL). My first stop in saw 10 drafts. This was one. Pours a richer deep blackish pour, murky but not opaque. The bottom and edges show reddish brown glow. A loose brownish head atop dies to a mellow ring, laces ok. Aromas are firm cocoa and roast, touches of oatmeal, soda bread, and gentle bready and biscuity malt presence. Darker, the stout offers touches of coffee, darker sweetness, dryness. Initial is heavier end of the medium bodied area, a bit of girth up front offers toffee, toast, cocoa. Some raisin, vanilla smoothness and coffee and roast. Middle is toffee and cocoa, some dry soda bread, old coffee is roasty and earthy overall. Some raisin, plum, but overall more roasty and coffee slanted. Backend and finish offer toast, roast, pretzels. Coffee and bakers chocolate. A lighter body makes this fairly drinkable en masse, but richer flavors for the body are pleasant, making it a bit more memorable for me. Touches of cocoa, smooth silky backend and finish, lingering roast and toast, soda bread. Solid brewpub stout offering that I quite enjoy. I’d come back for this if I was specifically asked "What Chicago brewpub stouts would you recommend?". Nice.
kaser (5312) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at atlas. Black pour with sticky brown head. Thick palette. Coffee and nutty taste dominate. Hints of chocolate. Super easy drinking and quality stout. Get it
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nbondi (203) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark caramely brown with good, lasting mocha head. Very nutty nose with hints of coffee and roastiness. Smooth creamy body with good carbonation, but taste doesn’t live up to nose. Flavors of milk chocolate, pool water, metal. Finish is reminiscent of nose. Roasty, nutty, sweet stout. Something’s missing, but overall, enjoyable.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a black body with a finger-width, creamy, light brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma is dark chocolates with a medium sweet caramel and a solid roast backing. A few coffee notes, touches of earth, and a hint of vanilla. Flavor is similar. Nice chocolate malt up front with some caramel and a firm roast backing. Light coffee towards the end as this finishes dry and roasty with a moderate bitterness, but balanced with a nice sweetness. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium-thin body and a moderate carbonation. Overall, this wasn’t perfect, but it was probably the best beer that I tried from these guys so far. A bit thin, but it has some nice things going on. Enjoyable.
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 7, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark brown with off white head aroma has a real stiff bakers
chocolate, a simple brownie character, a touch green and grain husky,
finish of a mild espresso, Flavors are straight chocolate malt,
simple bakers chocolate, watery cold press coffee, real straight
forward and 1 dimensional, med body. Easy drinking but really
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Atlas. This was probably my favorite of the night. Pours a deep brown, not black, with a frothy offwhite head. The nose is quite big and roasty with cocoa, faint vanilla, strong malty presence. Some soft floral notes as well. On tasting, strong roast, plenty of cocoa with a mitigating sweetness. Drying finish. Creamy enough body overall. A bit of tweaking and dialing in and this will be a true winner for sure. Good stuff.