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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 3.42/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Black color, toasted walnut aroma, roasted malt flavor, medium body

Brewed with black walnuts from Oriana’s Oriental Orchard in Skokie, IL


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
holdenn (2080) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2012
Malty roast and nut aroma. Light simple sweet roast flavors. Some nuts. Clean with a residual nuttiness.  7/3/7/3/13

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrChopin (3280) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 23, 2011
Draft at Clybourn. Thin cream ring, fluffy with large bubbles. Oddly spiced nose, walnut husks, bit meaty, muted as well, somehow smokey. Flavor is more nut, dry bitterness, bit of oat through chalky sweet body, light residual sugar finish, still some walnut skins, chocolate, and pepper showing, bordering dark saison in the finish despite bit soft and under-carbonated body for style.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - NOV 15, 2011
On tap @ Goose Island Clybourn. Dark brown with a small head. Aroma is burnt toast, coffee and some rich nuts. Flavor is walnuts and dark bread mostly with a light smoke and coffee in the finish. Medium body with mild carbonation and a oily, slick mouth feel. This is a nice dark lager and the walnuts add a pleasant component to the beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerman6686 (4346) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2011
This poured a dark brown color with a small beiege head. Aroma was smoked and roasted malts, light nutty character and some dark fruit. Flavor was walnuts, lightly roasted and smokey. Really nice beer, seemed to be a scwartz to me.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2011
draft... really solid lager worth seeking out right now... dark brown, nice sheeny amber accent, creamy tan head... the aroma is toasted nuttiness with caramel... the aroma carries over, super easy to drink lager with lots of nuts and roast, the finish is a bit harsh but very good

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (5701) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2011
Flight serving on tap at the Clybourn Brewpub (Chicago, IL). Pours a blackish hue, good haze with a ruby bottom that seems light and glowing. A small frothy offwhite head that dies to a frothy film, laces ok. Aromas are rich smooth toast and roast mixing with cocoa and sweeter dark malts, more cocoa, touches of roast and earthy malts and nuts. Simple, darker, yet inviting. Initial is medium bodied, offering a decent heft yet drinkability. Gentle toast and roast mix with some toffee, carmelized malts, red and dark fruit, nuts, cocoa comes on strong. Touches of gentle coffee. Cocoa seems to take hold, mixing with the toast and nuttiness. Finish throws some carmelized malts lingering, a blanket of cocoa and toast, gentle roast and chestnuts. A touch of body goes a long way here, making this a flavorful dark lager with some good flavors going on. In the end, I’m a big fan. Doesn’t get too sweet, dries out in the finish with a touch of red and dark fruit lingering with toast and roast, gentle cocoa and earthy and nutty malts. Nice. Worth a shot.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
rhsiung (732) - USA - OCT 28, 2011
looked forward to the black walnuts, but they weren’t very apparent. maybe an imperial version?

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2011
Draft at GI Clybourn. pours a deep and dark mahoggany brown with an offwhite head. The nose is nutty and roasty, but not malt roasty. Sesame oil and soft caramel are noted. On tasting, there is a roasty bitterness and a burnt popcorn note fading into more of the roasted sesame notes. Bittersweet walnut components come across as well. Really interesting beer, to be sure.


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