beastiefan2k (2408) - 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 (1792) - 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 (1929) - 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.
jstraw (1914) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2009 Draft at Jerry’s. Amber with good, foamy, beige head / Earthy, bready, brown sugar and spice nose / Light to medium body, some texture, with soft carbonation, good balance and dry, spicy finish / Mild, earthy flavors of rye, brown sugar, bread, and spice / Mild indeed, but lovely.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 5, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark copper to umber in color. Tall lasting aged canvas colored head. Malted and caramel aroma in the front. Some definite rye in the background. Bits of spice and leather as well. This is my type of brew. Malty and chewy. Lots of malt and rich flavors of the specialty malt mingling together. Some spice as well from the rye. ONly a bit of bitterness from the roasted malts, but there is a gentle nip in the finish and linger. A bit syrupy at times. Something tells me this would be a killer lager. But I am going against the grain here.