holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at GI Clybourn. Rich chocolate coffee aroma. Some strong earthiness. Smooth body. Bitter chocolate creamy sweet. Not overbearing. A decent amount of roast with that milky creaminess. good stuff.
deyholla (9822) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Clyborn location. Pours black with a dark brown head that lasts throughout the beer. Aroma has a strong coffee note with roasted malts and a hint of mocha. Flavor begins with espresso and roasted malts with a mocha finish.
msante79 (2224) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at brewpub. Pours black with small light tan head. Aromas of coffee and some roast. Flavors of coffee, some roast, and bit of dark chocolate. Finishes with some coffee bitterness. Body is a little thin, but that seems to work with coffee stouts. Solid.
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at Clybourn. Pours a deep brown black with a tan head that persists to the end. Well, this is fresh. Huge coffee aroma, deep chocolate notes. Coffee really dominates, in a good way. Some faint green pepper notes as well. On tasting, this tastes like iced coffee. Nice and medium full body with lots of fruity notes and roast from the coffee. Some dark chocolate comes across, really rounding out the palate overall. Really superb coffee beer that I’d drink a ton of.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the source, the gi clybourn... Pours a predominantly opaque dark cola hued complexion, a touch less intense at the edges, and topped with a one to two inch light beige head that rests on tap... Burst of roasted coffee notes upfront with very much little of anything else. Fresh and non-ashy probably best describes it. Solid... Flavors are a continuation if the same with fresh roasted noted of coffee, sligtly bittersweet and smooth in general albeit with a slightly lighter body than I would have expected. Mild to medium level of carbonation. Coffee-centric to be sure in the best possible way if into that. Well worthy of a try but a bigger body could have helped some.
chibuck (3507) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
draft... very interesting beer, called it an imperial but only 8%, alcohol hidden well, really easy to drink, medium bodied, tons of coffee, fresh grounds, a bit green vegetal, crushed quickly, easy to drink
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 13, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at goose, pours black tan head. Nose of uber freely ground coffee, dark smooth roast, vanilla and nutty, great coffee notes. Flavor of dark coffee roast, real nutty with some lemon hints, caramel, and some sweet vanilla in there. Awesome coffee stout.
TheAlum (6825) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2012 Flight pour on tap at the brewpub (Chicago, IL). A new Imperial Stout! Pours a rich opaque black hue, dark with some brownish ruby edges show some glow. A bigger frothy light brown head, dies to a good film, good lacing overall. Aromas are rich coffee, espresso, and earth. Roast, toast, dry hops, biscuits. Lots of rich coffee is lovely. Initial is fuller bodied, though not heavy, offering good healthy coffee, roast and touches of earth, cocoa, some caramel. Dry essence flows in, roasty and coffee filled being. Flowing into the palate, not overbearing, with rich coffee, roast, toast, gentle mocha and chocolate. Some toffee, biscuits. Great flavors with healthy roast, earth, and coffee. Not the most complex beer, but tasty. Quite drinkable. Tasty, strong assertive flavors. Recommended.