mahennin (16) - chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2008
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark amber, almost brown with nice white head that lasts. Smells like an earthy malt. Tastes of malt, no real hop taste. Very, very plain beer.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2009 Re-rate: 12/7/2009. I opened a 12oz bottle of this and anticipated downgrading it a few points (for no real reason), but it really is just as nice as I originally rated. See my original rating from just under a year ago.
12/16/2008. On tap at the Grumpy Bulldog in Naperville. Pours a nice looking chestnut, brown-red with a big, fluffy, everlasting white head that remains very lacy. I imagine this doesnt look as good from a bottle, but this looked pretty good on tap. Aroma of lightly roasted grains, rye bread, caramel malts, and spicy hops. Definite winter ale quality to both the aroma and flavor. The flavor is similar to the aroma and the rye is more evident in the taste. Slightly fruity, spicy, sharp, and a bit nutty. Warm feeling with a medium body and good balance. Pretty dry finish. Overall, very drinkable. Nice rye flavor and good spices.
beastiefan2k (2830) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle from drewbeerme. Clear, filtered brown color. Aroma is metallic, empty chestnut. A bit of syrupy bark as well. That translates to the flavor and finishes with a weird sweetness, very artificial. Otherwise, rather unremarkable. I have a new name for GI, the Saranac of the mid-west.
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Fairly light aroma, some light buttered popcorn, rye toast, and a minor woody hop. Had a good half bubbly, half cream off-white head on the pour, semi-translucent, and a reddish rust color. Different flavor from the aroma, spices, a wheat like presence, toasted barley, orange zest citrus, good linger with a prominent sweet grainy taste. Maybe nothing too special, but very enjoyable from my perspective.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark nutty body with faint white head. The barley and rye really stand out as distinct aromas in this beer with the rye dominant in the flavor and the barley in the aroma. A Lightly spiced body with a bit of a dry hop bite on the finish. Very nice bear.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a dark amber with a small white head. Light aroma, little bit of malt. Nothing amazing stands out in this beer...malt and hops are well balanced. Very smooth and easy to drink.
mcjay (463) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 11, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep amber/copper color with a nice off white head. Caramel aroma with a rich malty and slightly spicy taste and a dash of hops.
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - DEC 9, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a darker amber color with a little white head. Nothing to special. Smells of malts and maybe a hint of fruits. Very smooth on the palate. Goes down very easy. A good drinkable enjoyable beer.
JMerritt (1890) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampler at Old Chicago. Dark amber in color, small white head. Very mild aroma, slight hints of caramel and slight floral notes. Slightly spicy flavor, floral clover sweetness. Very mild carbonation.
Trev (2012) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 8, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
nice copper colour with a thick lasting head.
Biscuity aroma, caramel, some dark fruit tones. Flavour was rich molassess, dark fruit light spice. Light bready rye tones.