holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
At the Rare Stout Night 2011. Black with a creamy beige head. Those oranges/tangerine aromas come off really nice. Thin body. Chocolates bittersweet with those tangerine flavors making it pretty solid. The blend of fruit and coffee works but it’s a little thin and finishes too soon and bitter dry. 8/4/7/3/15
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
draft at goose, pours black with tan head nose vanilla cream flavors have cream vanilla cocoa, citrus, med body, silky finish smooth and easy drinking.
troyc (2870) - Illinois, USA - OCT 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Tap] Part of a sampler at GI-Clybourn in early September. Named simply ’Dulce’ on the beer menu. Pours a jet black color with a chestnut brown color. Fragrant coffee nose has sweet vanilla and cream notes as well. The taste is heavy on the coffee. Mild citrus notes are underlying, but I wouldn’t say the orange notes are very prominent. Creamy mouthfeel. Dense and oily palate due to low carbonation levels. This was pretty much like drinking straight espresso.
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at GI Clybourn. Brand spankin’ new beer. Pours a deep black with ruby at the edges and a dark tan head. Nose is really big in the coffee department. Not a ton of the citrus, aromatically, but it is in the background somewhat. Two dominant characters for sure. Lots of cocoa and burnt toast notes in the nose, as well as a floral component deep within. On tasting, it gets better. The coffee component is really quite strong, but the brightness of the oranges really bring this one together, creating a fantastic balance overall. The brightness of the orange acts as a counterpoint to the burly brooding coffee. Fantastic beer.
chibuck (3509) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 3, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
draft at Clybourn, this was just called Dulce and the oranges were Seville but I’m assuming its meant to be the same beer... dark brown body, not much of head... smells outstanding, fresh brewed coffee mostly and the finish brings about some sweet chocolate covered orange slices, adds such depth and complexity, wow... the taste is equal nice, the coffee takes a back seat here and the main player is the oranges, tastes just like chocolate covered orange candy with a coffee finish, so good!... try this!
TheAlum (6860) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampler on tap at GI Rare Stout Night (Chicago, IL). Pours a nice dark blackish hue, a bit thicker with brownish edges. A decent tannish brown head dies to a ring, laces small. Aromas are a good roasty and earthy coffee element, some sweetness with some caramel, toffee. Sweetened up to a good dessert coffee feel. Vanilla, but sweeter caramel takes precedent in the sweetness department with some sweeter orange fruit, rind. Still, roast dominant. Initial is silky smooth deep earthy roast, roasted malts, bitter coffee and roasted malts. Earthy and rich espresso mix into that telltale caramel and orange fruit sweetness into the finish. Really gives a nice sweeter ending with the citrusy orange keepking it honest. However, it keeps the roasty earthy coffee at the forefront. Solid sweeter slanted stout on the edges with a big roasty coffee push. Probably my least favorite treatment of the evening.