NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Stoutfest after the BCS variants started kicking. Pours a deep brown-black with a dark tan head. Nose is creamy chocolate, light toast and some caramel. Moderate sweet notes in the nose. Clean. On tasting, drying roast, chocolate and a light hop flavor towards the finish. Really solid porter, this one.
TheAlum (5100) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft pour on tap at Stout Fest 2013 (Chicago, IL). Pours a deep blackish brown pour, firmer haze. Frothy tannish head laces well, frothy head. Laces ok as a thicker ring. Aromas are gentle cocoa, toffee, and biscuits. Gentle toasty qualities, milk chocolate, gentle toastiness and darker malts. Initial is lighter end of medium bodied. Gentle sweetness, toast, and roast. Mellow toffee, toast, and gentle cocoa. Roast, gentle toastiness, mellow sweetness. Some toffee, caramel. Gentle creaminess, sweetness on the body. Mellow roast, sweetness, more creamy and gentle. Put together. Nice.