deyholla (9265) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Clyborn location. Pours near black with a brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma is full of a strong coffee with underlying roasted malts and dark grains. Flavor begins with pear and calvados, but the are quickly overwhelmed by a roasty coffee note and a bit of roasted malts.
csteele2144 (125) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Stoutfest 2012, dark black pour, huge coffee aroma which really dominates the show. Same taste with a vanilla finish. I couldn’t find the pears, just too much coffee for me.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Stout Fest. This was a pretty damn cool beer. Pours black with a tan head. Nose is quite coffee forward, definite pear and pomme notes, sweet booze and vanilla. On tasting, very coffee forward. Cream and lush with the pear notes somehow fitting in really nicely. Soft booze. The hops are pretty faded overall. Really clean and refreshing. I liked this a lot. The coffee was very fresh.
andyhwcinc (1729) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Enjoyed on tap at Goose Island Stout Fest 2012 in Chicago, IL. Appearance is pitch black, moderate consistency, thin off white head. Aroma of very very strong dark coffee, smoky, rich, vanilla notes, really really potent stuff but smells fantastic. Taste is just coffee, I posed the question - is there any beer in here? Its still good, mainly chocolate and coffee though, felt the vanilla/pear notes were dominated by coffee. I like what they did with aging with different ingredients, and maybe I’d try again without drinking 12+ huge stouts beforehand.
TheAlum (6650) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Samples poured on tap at Goose Island Clybourn’s Stoutfest 2012 (Chicago, IL). (Liq Inspiration) Pours a rich blackish thicker hue, roasty and opaque, with a frothy head. A rich coffee aroma meets vanilla beans and cinnamon. Touches of pear, spirit, roast, toast. Coffee becomes the focus with an interesting spicing. Initial is medium bodied offering spicy touches, peanut butter, vanilla, and a rich rose of coffee. Roast, toffee, and touches of biscuits. A gentle spirit, touches of pear into the middle, a touch of fruit. More coffee and spice, vanilla and gentle cinnamon and brown sugar. Lingering, a touch of citrus into the finish from the pears or maybe a hopping. Pretty interesting, rich, works well for me. Yum. My favorite of Clybourn’s beers on the day.