TheAlum (5100) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the brewpub (Flossmoor, IL). Day 9 of 12. This beer is an interesting one. Panama as the base, this beer pours a nice darker red, copper with a faint haze, possibly just because it is darker, with a decent offwhite head that laces pretty well. Aromas are still the same sturdy caramel and toffee malt base, biscuits, bread, with a decent floral and grassy earthy hop. However, BAM there they are.. cloves. The beer drinks easy enough, with sweet malts and toasted elements meshing well with floral bitterness and a decent spicing of cloves on the back of the palate. It might prove difficult to drink a lot of this, but it certainly was interesting.
Cornfield (5326) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub as Day 9 of the 12 Beers of Christmas: A good looking pour into the mug, a clear amber body with a tall sustained head and plenty of lace. The aroma mantained the juicy malt base and the clove melded with the normal spiciness to create what seemed to be a new hop variety. The clove was subdued in the taste, emerging at the finish to deliver a spicy bitter finish, also coating the mouth with its flavor. Not bad.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
# 9 of the 12 Beers of Christmas: Amber pour with moderate white head. The base beer here is very hoppy and bitter. With the simple addition of cloves (anything else?) the hops are almost completely subdued, the bitterness subsides, and a sweet caramel malt and spiced holiday ale is created. Cloves are obvious but not overwhelming, the beer is still drinkable, (but not, perhaps, anywhere near as sessionable) and another fine holiday brew is ticked off the list of the 12 Beers of Christmas.