Cornfield (5341) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served in a goblet at the brewpub, this black-bodied ale was topped by a healthy tan head. The aroma was coffee, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, roasted barley, coffee, and coffee. Very smooth in the mouth. The flavor was coffee, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, roasted barley, coffee, and coffee. Also thrown in were a touch of vanilla, a woody bitterness, and coffee. (Itís apparently a good thing that I like coffee.) The finish was bitter and dry. Pretty nice offering from Mr. Shimkos.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very opaque black pour with tan head. The nose is strong coffee/chocolate/espresso/roasted barley malt/vanilla. Flavors likewisw are skewed heavily towards the coffee/chocolate notes, but there is a nice creamy texture that helps to perfectly meld the various flavors, all the while providing a smooth, silky and satisfying drinking experience.
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
black color, minor brown head, nice tan lace. nose of coffee and sweet malt, with a trace of chocolate. chocolate malt is a little more apparent in the flavor, with bitter coffee notes. full bodied, bitter finish. a bit of fun... i can see drinking this on a cold winter night, wrapped in a blanket, watching monster movies... but i digress. on tap @ brewpub.
TheAlum (5100) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft served on tap at the brewpub (Flossmoor, IL). The Dark Matter base. Pours a pitch black opaque pour, ominous, in a goblet with a moderate darker brown head that laces well, stays pretty nice. Aromas are straight coffee grounds, intelligencia seems right, with a good roast malt, coffee strong, a touch of mocha chocolate. Initial is raw coffee, heavy coffee grounds and a blast of roasted beans, cocoa and mocha slide in to sweeten a bit, but a strong roast and decent bitterness on the backend tend to dominate. The alcohol is not so noticeable and the beer picked up a bit of body it seems, a touch of creamy sweetness, earthiness likely from the coffee and faint ash. The beer is an improvement on the base I feel, but I could see non-coffee lovers falling a little by the wayside with it. A touch nutty, likely from the growing earthy vibe, and heavy bean influence. Finish is roast, bitter with a light sweetness that just keeps hanging on and doing itís best to even attempt to balance. I liked this, but Iím a coffee lover. Considerably better than the base beer. Cheers.