holdenn (2078) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Clybourn. Clear brown with an off white head. Citrus dough aromas. Slightly earthy sweet caramel malts. Bitter citrus. Too dirty earthy muddled Ok. 7/3/7/3/13
Brigadier (2875) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A fine saison was the perfect nightcap. A fantastic release, this had a great
balance that put it right on the edge of sessionability. I hope more like it
make an appearance at the Great Taste of the Midwest in August.
Aroma / Appearance - Deep brown with a thin ivory head, the
clear legs crawled up and down the glass. Rhubarb, black currants, plums, and
hay mixed with muddy earth and black pepper.
Flavor / Palate - The full bodied mouthfeel trapped itself in
every corner of the palate. Earthiness blended with black currants, herbs, and
other flavors of a farmer’s market before the refreshing and bitter finish.
A few of these might sneak up on you if not careful.
drdisque (504) - Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2012
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at clybourn brewpub. Pours dark ruby. Aroma is spicy plum. Flavor is a bit more bitter than expected. Currant and spice definitely comes through though. Not bad but was expecting a little more fruity complexity here.
phaleslu (6204) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft in a sampler at the Clybourn brewpub. Pours a clear copper color with a small off-white head. Notes of rye, black currants, plums, sweet malts, rhubarb, crackers, and toasted brown sugar. Medium-bodied, with a spicy, juicy mouthfeel and low carbonation. Complex and unique.
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
draft, Pours amber white head nose of spicy yeast citrus peppery flavors are citrusy peppery yeasty moldy, med body refreshing but odd
wedgie9 (1822) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted on 5/24/11 on draft at Goose Island Clybourn. Pours clear amber with an average off-white head that slowly recedes to a thin layer of even lace. The nose is fruity banana and red berry yeast along with slightly roasted caramel malt. The flavor is the same with the banana and red berry along with the malt showing a bit more prevalent and a hint of roasted bitterness. The body is medium with light carbonation and a long roasted bitter and black pepper finish.
swoopjones (5595) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
draft at GI Clybourn. amber plum pour. berries with farmhouse yeastiness. Berries, figs & touch of plum. Dry yeastiness. Medium body, drinkable but thought flavor would be more pronounced> #2700
TheAlum (5530) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - MAY 23, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled on tap at the brewpub (Chicago, IL). Pours a nice deeper amber pour, good haziness with frothy offwhite head that dies to a ring. Aromas are some sweet sticky malts, touch of pear and banana bread, caramel, with plums and touches of toast. Initial is medium bodied, red fruit and plums, some raisins, caramel, toast. Into the middle a touch of yeast, spice, and toast. A touch of boysenberry, raspberry, back into sweet maltiness. Finish is toasty and sticky, touches of yeast, bread dough, toffee, caramel. Sweeter slanted, but the red fruit and dark fruit element is interesting.
Hair6a11 (1311) - Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Goose Island, Clybourn. Pour is murky dark gold with an average off white head into this snifter. Lacing is fairly nice, as well as the retention. I am reminded of the dark wit collaboration brew I had yesterday, as far as the nose goes. I suppose its the yeast note. Anyway, the fruitiness that this brew utilized is very modest on the nose; the interest comes out on the tongue, though I don’t believe it works that well. The currants, farmhouse character, and lemon grass mesh with the plums; interesting brew. Not so impressed with the end result, however
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Clybourn. Pours a deep reddish amber with a frothy head. Nose is odd. I get coffee & prunes, some light cherry and dates. The roasty note is quite odd. On taste, the roast is even more prominent, lending a cocoa nib character. Definitely a bizzare farmhouse ale. Strong estery component as well. The plums really sing in the taste. somewhat on the bitter side with a light plasticy phenol that distracts. Okay.