pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
tap at flossmoor station during KK release.... dark raisin brown pour with a moderate white head.... a not too assertive aroma of dark fruits, mainly raisins, and bready malt. hint of a little alcohol phenols as well...sweet dark malts, dark fruit, and a little bread make up the flavor components. perhaps some ligh spices to bood. low to medium carbonation.
kseecs16 (1213) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at the pub 02/07/2009. Sweet chocolatey aroma. Smallish creamy head that leaves nice full lacing. Nearly opaque ruddy brown. Roasty sweet and slightly spicy and doughy with a nutty aftertaste. Dry. Not bad.
drewbeerme (3898) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap at FS. pours reddish brown with off whie head. nose of chocolate, dark fruits, touch of spice. flavors of chocolate, caramel, and winter spices. really solid stuff.
tmoreau (2932) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the brewpub bar. Poured an amber/brown color, with a foamy, off-white head, and nice, silky cling to the lace. The nose had some light roasted notes and a touch of cocoa. A soft touch of sweetness, and toast were detected and mellowed by a light hop dryness in the flavor, which continued to finish. Nice brew!
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Flossmoor. This was pretty tasty stuff. Pours a nice, dark brown. Small foamy head. Nose has a touch of dark fruits, but mostly a chocolatey nose. Taste is great, Nice chocolate and caramel coming through, mostly chocolate. Pleasant bitterness that compliments and doesn’t take over. Very clean and imminently drinkable. Based on Cornfield’s rating, I think this changed a lot over the month since he had it. Fantastic.
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
on tap at the brewpub. mahagony colored pour, off white head, excellent lacing. mildly fruity nose with hints of malt. flavor is malty mixed with dry fruits. medium bodied, dry finish. good enough that i decided to get a growler for the family gathering on christmas eve.
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - JAN 17, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Flossmoor Station and served in an English pint glass. This beer poured a dark mahogany hue with a one-finger thick head of tan foam that quickly settled, leaving behind some light lacing. The aroma was rich with malts. Caramel, chocolate, raisin, and dark fruits were accompanied by a light whiff of noble hops. The flavor also included and abundance of rich caramel and a lasting note of chocolate, delicately balanced by a light herbal hop finish. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied and had moderate carbonation. I thought this turned out rather nice. Always nice to see these guys experiment with the occasional lager.
BeerBunker (923) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Flossmoor. Pours dark brown with a light brown head. Moderate carbonation. Aroma was of malt, sweet fruit, hops, and chocolate. Taste was of malt, chocolate, fruit, and spice. Had a very smoky breadiness underneath. Very thick, creamy mouthfeel. Not overly drinkable, but good.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Maple Tree Inn 12/27/08 Clean, clear, deep mahogany pour with a thin brown head that disapated quickly. Pretty sweet malty nose with touches of roasted barley. The flavors were sweet dark-roasted malt, touches of chocolate, smoke, and a light herbal hop bite in the finish. Pretty substantial alcohol presence as it warms. I know where this beer started: I am, however, not sure what style this wound up being...but as it veered distinctly off-course in the fermenter, it wandered into some pretty interesting neighborhoods.
DrnkMcDermott (2902) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the brewpub. Dark chocolately brown under a thin brown head. Smell is a little hard to snare, but I catch notes of chocolate and other darker malts. Matt’s schwartzbier has already demonstrated his skill at mellowing out very dark roasts in a lager. So again, chocolate malt taste, but a lighter texture befitting a lager, and good peppery German hop traces. Slightest hint of wintergreen. Cozy, smooth drinking beer.