Brigadier (3550) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Flossmoor
This was the first of the heavier beers on the sampler tray. I was starting to tire but with a few hours to kill I was determined to finish them off. After all, how hard can it be to work through a half-dozen 4 ounce samples? This was not a bad stout - despite it being an average stout, that places it pretty high in my opinion. I would order this again as an alternative to some of the special releases.
Aroma / Appearance - The deep black body soaked up most of the light directed towards it. A maple brown head decorated the top provided some nice eye candy. The nose was a mixture of iced coffee, fresh asphalt, roasted oats and musty books. The closest scent is that of a wet dog coming in from a downpour.
Flavor / Palate - Sweet oatmeal, brown sugar and milk form a breakfasty introduction. Next comes lunch (wheatgrass, malts) and then dessert in the form of chocolate chip cookies. In some ways it reminds me of a milk stout with a sweet hoppy finish. This is a very well made stout.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 7, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at StoutFest. Poured a deeper brown with a short cap of caramel head. Aroma picked up sweet oats, roasted barley, and milk chocolate.. hints of floral hoppage and coffee as it warmed up. Flavor found dark and milky chocolates, flaked oats, and a grainy coffee bitterness... tasty and rather simple. Lighter-bodied on the palate with a nice flow.. solid overall.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 14, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
#976, ON TAP AT RADIO MARIA at the Champaign-Urbana private tasting held at Radio Maria. Clear, black, thin rim brown headdish with some big bubbles that is medium lasting. Nice, nose is malty, soft and sweet. Taste is nutty, salty roasted malts. Creamy and medium.
Arnie (274) - Chicagoland, IL, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampler flight at Flossmoor Station. Pure black opaque. Thick and long-lasting head. Maly, malty nose with hints of coffee. LIght and smooth for a stout. Mild flavors of coffee and bitter chocolate.
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this on draught at the brewpub in Flossmoor, Illinois. Opaque, dark brown pour with a sweet nose of chocolate. Light and very smooth, bitter and chocolaty throughout, with nuts toward the finish. Excellent!
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 15, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at the brew pub. Opaque black with a light brown head that didn’t leave much lace. Aroma was of dark chocolate and subdued anise. Vanilla, chocolate, and coffee flavors. Full bodied with a roasty bitter finish.
frankenkitty (2006) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured with a fluffy, sandy/mocha head that held thick above a near-black body with garnet edges. Dry aroma finds well-roasted black malt... mostly grains with a fruity/tobacco note (an aroma which, for whatever reason, reminds me of a drive in the country.) Alcohol is a bit astringent and forward but the beer stays "full" in the mouth. As this beer warms, chocolate comes out in the flavor and paints a smile atop the serious visage of bitter, roasty dark malt.
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holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ Flossmoor Station: Brownish black in color with a creamy tan head. Roasted barley aromas with a little chocolate. Creamy oatmeal mouthfeel with lots of roast, chocolate, toffee, and sweet. Not too complex or too much but with a nice body and mouthfeel, a pretty good beer.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - NOV 13, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pint at FS - Aroma of roasted barley and other dark malts with mocha undertones. Pours black with a medium brown head and good lacing. Flavor matches aroma with more cocolate. A creamy palate. Not overly complex, but quite tasty.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
At the brewpub. My hopes were up for a good stout. Well, I got a good stout. Not an exceptional or exciting one. A good one. Almost opaque black with a rich tan head. Roasted coffee, Nutella, ash, golden raisins, currants in the aroma. Rich and creamy. The flavor held more notes of a sweet stout than a dry but there was a balance. A respectable stout.