dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2008
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
deep dark brown color, fluffy tan head. aroma has hints of yeast and malts. flavor is malty, yeasty and slightly bitter. finishes sweetly. good start, but the sweet finish leaves me cold.
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 28, 2007
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep brown pour from the brewery. Slight grassy and yeast aroma with some notes of sweet bread dough. Pretty smooth overall, the flavor is somewhat dry and malty with a smidgen of dark fruit thrown in for good measure.
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - AUG 27, 2007
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this one on draught at the brewpub in Flossmoor, Illinois. Cloudy, uncharacteristically clear and dark brown pour with a thin, foamy tan head, faint maltiness in the nose. WOW like a firecracker in the taste with lots of soy sauce, milk chocolate, absolutely no bitterness, steak sauce, and cherry. Very clean finish! Awesome.
frankenkitty (1990) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - MAY 16, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a deep mahogany under a thick (yet pale) off-white head. Malty, roasty, fruity aroma with light esters. Palate is thin yet flavors are full with a solid caramel malt base carrying notes of chocolate and roasted grain. This puppy came home with us in a growler more than once.
Note: No longer available at the brewpub.
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heemer77 (5234) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - APR 2, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewpub. This was a solid dopplebock. The body was dark copper and brown with a khaki colored head. The aroma was caramel with some leather and sweet pears. There was also some cinnamon. The taste was caramel with roasted almonds. There was definitely bread and iced tea to complement the fairly thick and sticky body.
Brigadier (3470) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Flossmoor
With three left, I chose a slight change of pace in the doppelbock. This is a style I tend to enjoy more than most because of breweries like Capital. Perhaps I should pick up a mixed sixer of their stuff this weekend - with spring just around the corner it is the perfect time to transition from dark thick imperial stouts to lighter summer beers.
Aroma / Appearance - The color of the body was that of caramelized onions sitting in a saute pan, slightly burned. The aroma of cherry liquor, black licorice and sourdough breed greeted my nose when I took in the scent of my sampler glass. It felt thick and dense as a good bock should be.
Flavor / Palate - The fruity opening caught me by surprise as pears and cherries poured down my throat. Along with it was the taste of hot fresh apple pie glazed in brown sugar. The finish was a strange mixture of cherry licorice and cough drops but other than that I found very few flaws. This would be a great beer to drink while sitting outside watching snow melt. I wish I’d picked up a growler to go.
holdenn (2101) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Station: A hazy brown tan color with a nice froth head. The nose is nice: chocolate malts, toffee, bakers chocolate, and hops. Medium bodied, bakers chocolate, sweet toffee, yeast and hefty dose of flowery hops. The yeasty and spicy hop finish go extremely well with this beer.
jaymobrown (1812) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet taste. Tan and oiled used leather minimal head. Warm alcohol in the body. Couldn’t smell much of a nose. Actually, quite a hoppy beer. I’d have this again if it was on tap.
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 26, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
On tap: Very deep amber (almost brown) with a beautiful frothy head and very good lace. The nose hints of caramel, toffee, toasted malt with some plum esters. The nose is bit weak for the genre. The taste starts with a note of olde hop flowery component before the malts kick in displaying a sweet but hardly cloy flavor. There is simply a lack of depth on the palate and then I found an off flavor band-aid note on the finish which was a put off as well. The mouth feel is soft and dry, easy to drink and not sticky. Starts good and ends up a mess, not all that good.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This pours a deep lighter shade of brown, thick enough to blot out light, with a creamy ecru head. The nose is lightly roasted malt and a touch of sweetness. There’s more of a caramel sweetness to the flavor that accompanies the roasty tastes, but I’d like to see a tad more in this style. Still, a darned good sessionable Lenten lager.
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