RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
#2 in the 12 Beers of Christmas: Looks like the base beer...golden and hazy with big fluffy head. Smells more like the wisps of chocolate dust on a tiramisu...light sweet cocoa powder. Flavor is also pretty subtle...chocolate were it wasn’t before, but not big and overpowering at all. Fun experiment!
TheAlum (6193) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the brewpub (Flossmoor, IL). Day 2 in the Christmas series, with King Hefe as a base beer, which sadly was a bit spicey and not as estery as I like my Hefes. Pours a darker golden hue, frothy white head that laces fairly well, translucent body. Aromas are a bit darker, still largely clove, spicey dough, and a bit of fruity lemon and banana ester underneath, however a darker, chocolatey cocoa comes into the fold. The chocolate works well with this beer, making it better for me than the base alone. Bready spice comes to the forefront, with some fruity esters and chocolate beneath, helping to start to break the stranglehold the wheaty bread and spice have on this Hefe. I enjoyed this, a bit of bitterness on the backend, this makes 2 for 2 on beers for the 12 Days that I found better than the base. Cheers!
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
An interesting brew for Day 2 of the 12 Beers of Chrstmas at the brewpub - This retains the hefeweizen look, a slightly hazed golden body with a tall sustained head and plenty of lace. The aroma was cocoa and a touch of clove with the banana fruitiness takng a supportng role. The flavor left some bittersweet chocolate around the mouth and the back of the throat, the bready sweetness of the wheat taking a step forward. The combo of chocolate and spices gave it a slght bitterness n the finsh. Nice.