TheAlum (4359) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Full draft on tap at the Clybourn brewpub (Chicago, IL). Pours a rich roasty brownish pour, near transparent though, with a cakey tannish head, ruby copper bottom and edges glow very nicely. Just gorgeous with light lacing. Aromas are touches of spice, dry hops, and toast. Gentle biscuits, faint toffee. Gentle cocoa, fruity hops, touch of apple. Initial is heavier end of light bodied, offering some girth, toffee and biscuits, toast, fruity toasted apples, gentle spice. Delicate yet firm floral and earthy hops with more gentle spice. Firm gentle sweetness moves into a complete beer as it hits middle and finish. Tasty, some toasty apple, carmelized malts, and gentle spice. Finish is lingering fruit, faint cocoa and toastiness mix with decent toffee and healthy biscuits. A dry floral and Euro earthy hopping kick into play. Very nice, but the roasty toast character seems out of place (but still enjoyable for me). Gorgeous pour.
NobleSquirrel (3336) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Drat at GI Clybourn. Quick caveat, this is one of my favorite styles... Pours a deep mahoggany with a pale offwhite head. Nose is super roasty, completely inappropriate. Hint of fruity notes & some soft maltiness. On tasting, the roast is far too dominant (no roast would be more appropriate). The malt falls behind. Some nice fruity notes and round melanoidins. Firm bitterness and decent herbal hop flavor. A grapey note as well. Hugely let down here. Not sure what this beer actually is...
brian60625 (639) - Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
They gave this to us at the brewpub tour during our tasting session. I’ve never seen it outside that setting. It was perfectly drinkable and smelled ok, but it lacked any memorable character. It was light- to mid-bodied and slightly citrusy. I got the impression that they were serving it more as an example of an alt bier, rather than a beer that they ever expected to serve to paying patrons.
crossovert (4770) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 13, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at the brewpub, it was rather pedestrian. It was just called "Alt Ale" at the pub.
drdisque (382) - Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Somewhat intense caramel flavor that I didn’t expect. As my palate adjusted I did note the more typical roasted and fruity flavors of an alt. Heavy mouthfeel for this style. Good finish. Not exceptional but after a rough start, I was satisfied with.
troyc (2014) - Oklahoma, USA - DEC 21, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
[Tap] Sampled at GI brewpub in mid-November. Light brown pour with little head and nice lacing. Toasted bread and grain in the aroma. Light brown sugar and hazelnut notes in the taste. Caramel and lightly grainy backbone. Crisp herbal hop finish. Average mouthfeel and carbonation levels. Very drinkable, but very average at the same time.
andyhwcinc (1166) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I’m not sure if this is the correct one I should be rating, but enjoyed on tap at Local Option in Chicago, IL while hanging out with a friend on his birthday. Standard, non-descript brew. Appearance dark brown thin white head. Aroma mostly malty with a bit of yeast. Taste crisp and malty. It’s good.
tmoreau (1673) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
One of the 7 beers served at the IL. Craft Brewers Guild 5 by 5 Dinner at the Marion St. Cheese Market in Oak Park, IL. Poured a clear, brownish amber hue, with modest, off white foam to the head that reduced quickly to a ring and film, but left some healthy curtains of lacing. The aroma was light grain, along with some earthy and nutty notes. The smooth malt and moderate hop bitterness balanced out nicely in the flavor, and the finish was pleasantly dry. Paired very well with the chestnut bisque.
JaBier (3945) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sample at Clybourn. Clear amber pour with a medium off-white head. Malty and sorta grainy aroma with some light hops. Creamy malt with a touch of hops and a semi-dry finish.
17thfloor (2405) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clybourn. Pours clear bright glowing copper thin dense frothy cream colored head. Aroma is fruity, fruit snacks, hint of roast, light caramel, round. Flavor is the same, fruity, light hop notes, very round, nice alcohol bright notes, some malt flour. Medium light bodied crisp carbonation.