csteele2144 (125) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
My favorite from Stoutfest 2012, pour straight from the barrel, dark brown with no head, aroma of oak and peat almost like a campfire. Scotch foward taste with a sweet vanilla finish. Amazing brew.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft at Stoutfest. One of my favorite beers of the festival. Pours a deep brown black with a dark tan head. Nose is very whisky forward. Peat and sherry notes come across, as well as a strong roasty quality. Mild sweetness in the nose. On tasting, again, the whisky is dominant, though very smooth. Lots of earthy peat and subtle smoke behind the resilient roast and nutty notes. Soft sweetness and vanilla. Fantastic.
andyhwcinc (1854) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Enjoyed on tap at Goose Island Stout Fest 2012. This one kind of blew me away, as it was like drinking beer from the base of a broken wood barrel where it’s mostly wood and not much beer. The guy who served me this said that the cask is the dominating factor. Appearance is black, really thick, no head. Aroma of wood, a campfire, chocolate, milk/lactose. Taste is just straight wood barrel mixed with chocolate notes, and its awesome. Mainly dominated by the barrel, not a potent flavor, really f’ing good!
TheAlum (6991) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Samples poured from the barrel at Goose Island Clybourn’s Stoutfest 2012 (Chicago, IL). Pours a rich inky black hue, dark and intimidating, no real head. Aromas are Speyside, peaty scotch, vanilla, and spice. Oak, moving into spirit, heat and toffee, caramel, and some cocoa. Rich touches of meat and iodine, some really interesting aspects. It works for me. Initial is heavier end of the spectrum offering some amazing peaty and smokey essence. Touches of meat, peat, iodine, and seaweed. Touches of salt, cocoa, toffee. Really interesting play between the elements with oak, really interesting. Middle is peaty, smokey, toffee. Thinned a bit, mellow sweetness, really works well with lingering smoke, peat, oak into the finish. Lingering Speyside. Nothing like you’d expect, if you like scotch, do it. Wonderful treat with some great complexities between the BCS and Scotch.