tmoreau (1934) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Wrigleyville before DotLA. Poured a cloudy, dark brown tone, with a modest, foamy head and the same foamy lacing. The aroma was pleasant roastiness with some sweetness of caramel and molasses. Just a light touch of roasted coffee was also present. The flavor carried over all these but the coffee, and added malty, tangy and bitter notes. The body was medium to full, with a nice, creamy mouthfeel, and a dry/bitter finish. A very good taste bud prep for the rest of the day.
slitcher (266) - Freeport, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft @ the Clybourn location. Pours an extremely dark brown, almost looks like a stout. Thin tan head. Aroma of dark bown sugar. Fairly thick and sweet with just enough hop bitterness to balance it out, all though the bitterness is not noticed much until the finish. A good sipping beer.
TheAlum (4989) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured draft on tap the the cybourne brewpub (chicago, il). Pours a very dark opaque blackish brown with nice brownish head that laces in a tulip. Aromas are very nice brown, slight nut, malty, nice sweetness with a touch of booze, brown sugar, and creamy sweetness. Initial is very welcoming, assertive malting with nice sweetness, nut, and nice balance with hopping to match. Finishes a little vinous, subtle dark fruits and carmel and brown sugar with a bitterness on the backend. A little thick.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I had this after the Imperial Coffee Bourbon beer @ Goose right now and this was decent, but not in the same league. Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of dark fruit and malt. Flavor is much the same with thick sweet malt and some dark fruit and a touch of hops. Decent.
laguerita (111) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at GI Clybourn. Dark brown pour. chocolate-y sweet nose. The taste is fantastic- dark, fruity with alcohol slightly thick body. yum
pantanap (3324) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
tap at GI clybourn on 2/9/09... pours a dark cola brown with a thin film of quickly dissipating head... dark fruit and perhaps a shade of banana in the nose... sweet caramel malt flavers interspersed with strong dark fruit accents. some bittering hops or spice in the finish. med carbonation. not bad but not great.
NobleSquirrel (3429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at GI Clybourn. Pours a dark and thick brown with disappearing head. Nose is initially chocolate with sweet alcohol poking out. Taste is super rich and decadent, the alcohol sweetening the beer even more and making it feel slippery. I’m glad this has enough body to support the abv. Taste shows cherry skins, light chocolate notes and a clean, ambiguous bitterness. Interesting and another nice edition to the brown ale catalogue for GI. Nice.
drewbeerme (3809) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
on cask at Maproom. pours dark brown with small off white foam head. nose of dark fruits, cherry, and coffee. the flavor is pretty sweet dark fruits and cherry with malty body and a coffee finish. oily body that tended to be a bit thick at times.