holdenn (2101) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
At the Rare Stout Night 2011. Straight coffee chocolate aroma. Black with a beige head. Bitter roast sweet chocolates. Nice coffee roast flavors. Bittersweet chocolates. Medium carbonation Good stuff but strawberries? 8/4/8/4/15
drewbeerme (3915) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
draft, Pours blk tan round rim nose lots of roast, coffee, fl big rich coffee
toasty quality, lots of roast and piney bitterness, bit astringent. Not getting strawberries. Booze finish.
TheAlum (6812) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampler on tap at GI Rare Stout Night (Chicago, IL). Pours a a nice blackish dark hue, near opaque, edges are muted with a decent lacing head, thicker film. Aromas are jammy fruit and roast, toast, cocoa, and sweet toffee, caramel. Sweeter strawberry jam though. Initial is medium bodied preaching roast, rich strawberry fruit, largely sweet but a bit tart with cocoa, dark bakers chocolate, some bigger roasty coffee. Into the end some sweet caramel, vanilla, biscuits. Finish throws some mellow lingering strawberry and the roasty coffee and cocoa really stick and linger on the palate into the finish. Really interesting experiment. Strawberry and dry roast clash surely, provide a nice synergy. However the complexity ends there. Tastes good, but doesn’t push the envelope.