deyholla (10221) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 20, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from the tap at FOBAB 2012. Pours a near black with a dark brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma is full of ginger with some roasted malts and a bit of sweetness from chocolate and vanilla. Flavor has a lot of ginger as well with sweet dark grains and some roasted malts and rye in the finish.
csteele2144 (125) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Stout Fest 2012, dark pour with a brown head. Really interesting brew, hard to describe other than the fact that it reminded me of a s’more.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Stout Fest. Pretty cool beer, this one. Pours a deep black with a brown head. Nose is gingerbread. Vanilla and ginger dominate, some faint vanilla. Don’t really pull out the rooibos notes. On tasting, the gingerbread characted is pretty strong. Lots of bready notes and cookies. Mildly sweet. Low roast overall. Cool beer!
TheAlum (6991) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 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). Pours a rich blackish near opaque pour. A frothy tannish head atop dies to a loose bubbly layer. Aromas are tea off the bat, herbal meets spirit, oak and vanilla, gentle spice. Touches of cherries and a touch of spearmint. They play well together. Initial is fuller bodied offering tea, spice, cinnamon, mint up front. A touch of cherry, wet oak, spirit, vanilla. More cinnamon, brown sugar, I reall feel the tea hits hard up front. Middle shows more mint, spice, and oak. Cherries and mint work much better here than Cherry Mint Julep, oak and vanilla, touches of heat seem to aid it. Backend is lingering spice, mint coats the palate, oak, spirit. Cinnamon and tea really burst. Quite lovely, spicy and earthy, lively. All those odd elements play well.