DrnkMcDermott (2990) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft pint at Downers Grove. Big head that hangs around awhile as I sampled some of the Barley Wine first. Creamy Guinness type head from nitro pour. Body is solid black. The smell has some of our favorite American IPA hops, but not overwhelming. Underneath the head is the creamy texture of an oatmeal stout, with dark, carefully toasted malts in the schwartzbier vein. Sometimes Iím getting an impressions of somethingÖ agricultural; like old hops with stems and seeds. Hop palate favors bitterness over the usual citrus and pine. But the overall package works very well with the nitro push in this serving.
Scipio (812) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - OCT 8, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark brown with a light beige medium head. Aroma consists of pine, grapefruit, lemon, with caramel undertones. Altogether has a floral appeal. Lots of pine and hops in the taste. Heavy grapefruit flavors remain, while mixed with some roasted impressions. Good hoppy kick. Strong aftertaste of pine, grapefruit, and hops lingers for a long time. Medium bodied with a sticky texture, although the stickiness is more subdued and not to intense. Very bitter and dry. This is delicious. Iím impressed with everything that is going on here. Order this when you come across it.
zebra (1627) - Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap @ maison brasserie. it was fun to get a feel for Lakeshore East. slick, leather, caramel, chocolate, lively, cereal, cheese, minimal, dough, earthy
kseecs16 (1215) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Downerís grove brewpub. Quite good, dark and roasty with potently floral hoppiness. More malt and roast character than I expected based on the color. Very good.
TheAlum (6825) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pint on tap at the brewpub (Downers Grove, IL). My first visit to Emmettís. A nitro pour was an odd choice as it arrives, but that is how it is. Pours a frothy cakey tannish head atop, thick and full lucious from the Nitro. A darker blackish pour with brownish ruby bottom and edges. Not opaque but dark. Aromas are mellow sweetness, toast and caramel mix with citrusy grapefruit hops, lemons, florals. A gentle kiss of pine into the fold with more grapefruit, roast, some tropical fruits moving in. Initial is medium bodied, offering a fluffy slick body and a good kick of grapefruit and citrusy hops, tropical and fruity, with lemons, florals, and a hint of pine in the fold. Biscuits, caramel, and pale malts come into play, some sweetness, toast, though no roast (as it should be) gets into play here. Backend throws more toast, hint of cocoa and coffee, faint roast and lingering dry florala nd citrusy hops. A firm hopping makes this beer pretty tasty, quite drinkable. Not too big of a body. Iím a fan of the hop profile and overall experience. Nitro was initially a strange choice, but worked well here. Try this if you get the chance.
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 7, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Haymarket. Pours a deep brown black with a pale tan head. Nose is full of American hops. Citrus and resin dominate, though itís a mildly generic hop profile. Some faint roast as well. On taste, some light burnt chocolate and strong citrusy hops. Some pine notes exist as well. Has a pretty robust bitterness. Dry finish. Not too bad.