NobleSquirrel (3429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at DotLA. Pours black, thin dark brown head, opaque. Nose is moderately sweet with a distinct ethanol component. Vanilla and toast, coconut comes through a bit late. Rich with some molasses notes and Mounds bar. On tasting, big bodied with a moderate sweetness. Toasted coconut is really nice and surprised that this hasn’t happened before. A touch hot overall but really neat. I like it.
TheAlum (4971) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask pour at Day/Night of the Living Ales 2013 at Goose Island - Wrigleyville (Chicago, IL). Pours an inky black pour, fairly thick with big black legs, some body, inky opaque pour is dark and ominous. Aromas are cocoa, rye whiskey, gentle spice. Bigger toasty coconut, vanilla, some fudge. Coconut milk, vanilla, German Chocolate Cake. Touches of spirit, spice. Vanilla. Initial is firmer body, vanilla and cocoa. Bigger coconut, German Chocolate Cake, toasty coconut and spice. Gentle whiskey, spice. Medium to heavier body, with bigger coconut, toffee, some sticky evidence. Toasty coconut, warming spirit from the rye whiskey. Spice, vanilla, whiskey and heat. Nice. Firmer flavors, the vanilla, roasty, and dryness, warmer spirit into the finish. Fun beer. No real head or lacing.
drewbeerme (3808) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask, pours black small tan head. Aroma big fresh toasted coconut. Fudgy chocolate. Flavors slick roasted coffee and big coconut notes, mild spicy finish between the rye and booze. I’d love to see this bottled.