Ughsmash (6967) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 9, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at GI Ė Clybourn. Poured clear, deeper cola brown with a short-lived, short cap of tan head. The aroma picked up sweeter drawn caramel and chocolate along with darker fruity and floral accents.. nice and malty overall, and quite enticing. The flavor was sweeter and rather muddled.. caramel, sweet chocolate, and a touch of toffee fight each other for attention.. light roast to it, and a sweet caramel/chocolate blend on the short finish.. nice components, but it didnít really come together. Slick on the front of the palate with sweet malts on the middle that donít successfully fill it out.. mild bitterness. OK beer.
BBB63 (5693) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 17, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Clybourn and served in a MBA pint glass: Deep mahogany with a small frothy head and very good lace. The aroma has notes of chocolate, caramel, walnut, prune, currant esters, herbal hops and a hint of pipe tobacco. The taste starts with a nice twangy fruit and chocolate character with minor bitterness about. A hint of herbal spice and smoke towards the finish. The mouth feel is smooth and medium-bodied with a dry finish. A very solid brown ale with a bit more complexity than most in the genre.
Cornfield (5326) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
One of three brown ales that the Clybourn brew pub had on tap today, this poured a clear light brown with a modest white head. The aroma is caramel and chocolate. A bit of smokiness is added to the flavor, making the malts taste mildly roasted. Smooth with a sweet caramel finish.
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TheAlum (5100) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JUN 3, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Flight on tap at the brewpub (Chicago, IL). Pours a murky brownish hue, a bit muddy with lighter edge. Small tan head dies to a tiny ring clinger, no real lacing. Aromas are touches of sweet malts, dates and brown malt, touches of biscuits, and toast, faint toffee. A touch of dark fruit, toastiness, and maybe a touch of sweet syrupy maple. Initial is lighter end of medium bodied, some sweet bready and biscuity malts, touches of chestnuts, earthy soil, touches of faint tobacco. Not smoky, but dry and toasty finish with a touch of chalkiness, some cocoa like feel, and some mellow darker sweetness into the fold. An interesting beer. Strange earthy brown ale, dry into the finish, with some mellow sweetness but a lot of dry toast, some tobacco, and soil, grass. Really interesting, sweetness kept at bay as earthy malts, dry hops, and toasty brown and bready malts do the work.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
An interesting brown ale, to say the least. Fine hops in there with a chocolate sweetness that you donít find in a lot of brown ales. Light nuts, maple. Decent.
1FastSTi (3270) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clybourn tap. Pours to a really deep mahogany red/brown body with a white head. The flavor is really smooth. Light nuttyness. Good light tobacco. The palate is creamy and light bodied. Slick. The aroma is light. Light nutty malts. Very delicious for a brown ale! Iím digging this a lot.
17thfloor (2426) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap at Clybourn. Pours a darker cola color with a fine fizzy off-white head. Flavor is roasty, ashy, fruity, typical port type flavors, a bit buttery, vaguely English, touch of coffee, lingering ash, smooth and mellow. Thin water body with soft crisp carbonation.
Frank (2295) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled at the brewpub in Wrigleyville. Nice brown color with a decent head. Sweet and malty with definite roasty and sour notes. It's alright but I doubt I will order it again.
frankenkitty (1958) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Chestnut in color with red highlights and a tan film & ring above. Aroma is rich and oaken with honey, sweet malts and a nutty backdrop. Stout-quality roastiness emerges late with black coffee. Bittersweet throughout with the needle moving towards "sweet" in the finish... itís a slow slide from roasted grains through chocolate, grape and raisin. Full-bodied and smooth with just enough alcohol to dry the palate so youíll ask for more. A superior malt experience.
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StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 12, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clybourn. Deep chestnut brown in color with ruby accents and translucent when put to light. Creamy, tanish-gray overlay acting as the head. Hearty nut profile for the aroma, procured by pecans rolled in dark chocolate powder, natural wood paneling, brown sugar and maple nut fudge. Smooth segueway into the mouth, and easy on the carbonation. Sweet pralines and caramel linger with distant, yet distinct, chocolate milk. Sweet, diluted brown sugar and a sanded-down Heath Bar come to call. Mild bitters register on the tongueís sides in the finish. A noble brown, but Iíd opt for Goose Islandís standard Nut Brown if it ever comes to that.