msante79 (2224) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Park Tavern. Pours hazy rich dark brown with light tan head. Aromas of dark malts, toffee, caramel, and some bready notes. Flavors of toffee, caramel, some spices with good dose of chewy bready malts. Definitely has that british feel to it. Not bad.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This poured a deep chestnut body with reddish tints, topped by a tan head and followed by lots of lace. The aroma was faint, mainly cinnamon with some woody malt. The spiciness intensified in the flavor, getting flowery and orangey with more cinnamon, but never got overpowering. Not bad.
zebra (1659) - Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
didn’t have much of a winter this year, but it’s always nice to be warmed. i don’t get the "spoonless".
deyholla (9915) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 18, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a cloudy deep amber brown with a light brown head that lasts throughout the beer. Aroma has notes of toffee with earthy grain and a bit of backing spice. Flavor has notes of toffee and earthy grains that grow throughout the beer and a bit of spice. A bit thin.
TheAlum (6860) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Full pour on tap at the brewpub (Flossmoor, IL). Last leg of the Michigan Birthday Run. Pours a rich brownish pour, healthy haze shows just a touch of amber glow at the edhes. A bigger feothy tannish head sits atop, laces well. Aromas are dry floral hops mixing with caramel, toffee, sweeter malts. A touch of toast, mellow bread, biscuits, a touch of fruit. Initial is fuller bodied, offering straight caramel and toffee, biscuits, sweeter malts mix with florals, gentle sweetness, and dry earthy hops. Light spice, faint brown sugar, and gentle floral essence. Middle offers sweetness, rihch caramel, toffee, toast. Sweetness pervades with brown sugar, mellow carmelization. Gentle rich dry hops. Finish is dry and gentle spice. Mellow, a bit hot, still smooth and inviting.