kaser (3124) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour from draft at sheffields. Malty toasty chocolate flavor. Nutty goodness. Great beer
TheAlum (5950) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at Duntís Tasting (Chicago, IL). Pours a rich deep opaque black hue, midnight dark body with a faint ruby glow on the edges and bottom. Cakey brownish head atop stays as a firm filmy layer, sticks around and laces well. Dark and appealing, nice head, deep assertive color. Aromas are richer roast and bakers chocolate, cocoa nibs and gentle coffee meet carmelized and black malts, biscuit and richer roast character. Firmer American hop character shows citrus and dry piney character, nice potency. Initial is firm bodied, nice roast and toast, medium bodied with a potent hop bite. Pine and citrus, touches of grapefruit, florals, and dry toast. Touches of black malt, touches of coffee, roasted cocoa nibs. Middle shows a touch of body, caramel, gentle fruit. Citrusy hops show a bit of life, gentle tropical fruit, caramel and biscuity malt body. Backend is dry and roasty, firmer cacao and bakers chocolate, roasty black malt, dry and earthy coffee, a touch of ash. Nice firmer hop character still shows a solid body and base, gentle coffee and cocoa nib. Toffee and dry earthy, floral, pine slanted hops. The American hops make this beer a bit more complex but the stout base is really fine tuned as it is. Lingering carmelized malts, black malt and roasted barley plus dry and bitter hop character. Really nice stuff.
tmoreau (2578) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2014 On tap at Piggyback Tavern in Forest Park, IL., and shaker served showing a black/brown hue, with fairly persistent, brownish tan head foam, and good cling to the waves & spots of lacing. The aroma was roasted, with more chocolate than coffee, a little char, and a touch of berries/dried fruit. The body was medium+, and the carbonation was suitable for a dark brew. Alcohol was pretty well hidden, and the hop bitterness was earthy, with a little tannic bite, and dry into the finish. Hearty, but nicely drinkable.
edwardbass (553) - Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Color is a light black with a smallish tan head. Aroma is deep roasted malt and dark chocolate. Tastes of dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee and just a hint of dried fruit, with a nice hop bitterness in the background that hangs around for the aftertaste. Itís a lighter-bodied stout, which I really like. Alcohol is not obvious at all. Very easy drinking. Iím really liking the beers that Buckledown is putting out. Itís great having a quality craft brewery 10 minutes from where I live.