JMerritt (1871) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Goose Island Clybourn. Yellow-orange with thick, sticky off-white head. Lemon, peach/apricot, and white pepper aroma is heavily floral. Very soft bitterness, fruity, slightly tart. Finish is more bitter and tart than the overall flavor profile. A definite winner.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
plane golden color, about the same as the IPA. Nose is distinctly rye, followed by hops. Smells like a marble rye sprayed with xmas spice. I particularly appreciate GI’s most recent attempts at delivering the beer at the desired temp. I haven’t had an overchilled beer in ages. Anyway, the beer itself is spicy with a touch of hops. Creamy and drinkable. Complexity keeps it interesting.
JoeM500 (1907) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - SEP 11, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Clybourn: dark golden with nice thick head. Very hoppy nose with notes of pine and hay (as this warms the rye is in the nose as well). Body is very creamy and the malts are sweet and caramelly. Bitterness throughout, the end is especially hoppy. Very well balanced and hides the 6%+ very well.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 7, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler sample: didn’t get the best seal on this growler, so the head and body suffered a bit...dark bronzed body that screams hops into the nose: the aroma is almost palpable pine and fresh bark. Long lingering bitter flavour with lots of sap, caramel, and honey. Even with the big hop flavour and bitternes there was enough malt to make this one drinkable throughout the growler...
Nuffield (3771) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden with very rich clinging head. I mean, completely coating the sides of the glass. Wow. Bubblegum aroma seemed to come out when fresh-from-the-tap cold, but then more rye when it warmed. Very nice flavor, big IPA quality with the grapefruit, though clearly a good malt base. Also very smooth, but not pulling up limp. Very nice. (on tap at Clybourn location)
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2004 Cask. Dark golden amber with a creamy, full white head. The aroma shows the amount of hops added to this bad boy. Earthy and spicy with small hint of pine coming through at times. Also, there is an underlying caramel and rye aroma, with hints of light alcohol. The body is exceptionally smooth and pleasant to the tongue. The flavor is fairly strong and leans more toward the strong hop additions. Fairly bitter with that great spicy, earthy character from the Tomahawk. Some sweet malt pokes through at times, but it really isn’t of much consequence. Another great cask offering from Goose Island, brewed with Rye for smoothness, to boot. A nice hoppy, easy-drinking beer.