jstraw (1956) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at Jerry’s. Dark amber with big, frothy, beige head / Musty nose of dirty ashtray, roast coffee, and dark caramel / Light to medium body, a touch thin, dry, grassy, with lightly bitter finish / Mild flavors of roast coffee, grass, toasted grain, and biscuit / A pleasant, light, brew, with no bourbon character?
TheAlum (6825) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask pour on at the taproom (Chicago, IL). Pours a richer deep brown pour, darker body with some brown orange glow on the edges, light and frothy as it stays around as a firm layer, laces well. Aromas offer bigger coffee roast, earth, and espresso like feel. Dark Matter meets creamy vanilla, wet oak, spirit. The coffee makes this a softer landing than recent regular Barrel Aged Over Ale. Mocha, earth, lots of vanilla, cream, and some marshmellow. Gentle heat. Initial is lighter end of medium bodied, toasty marshmellow, rich vanilla, espresso flavors soak the palate up front. Toasty, biscuits, and vanilla. Gentle cocoa, touches of spirit. The coffee gives good earth, roast, richer espresso. Middle shows touches of heat, toffee and toast. Gentle dryness, toast, earth. A mellow heat lingering int the backend, dry barrel tannins, gentle spirit and heat. Earthy, gentle toffee, dry biscuits, gentle stickiness at the back. Firm flavors, much better than fresh regular Barrel Aged Over Ale from recently. Still a bit warm, some whiskey, toasty coconut, the coffee gives some bigger elements up front that trail off. I enjoyed this. Light carbonation, a bit slick. Really nice cask pour and treatment of a beer I found a little rough last time out.
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at Half Acre. Pours a deep brown with a tannish head. The nose is booze and coffee. Some faint cocoa and sharp roast. The barrel character is quite prominent overall. On tasting, moderate sweetness and coffee forward. Moderately sweet and the bourbon notes are a bit sharp. I still don’t feel like Over Ale really supports the barrel much. Okay, I guess.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Firkin pour for firkin Friday. Snifter pour consumed at the source... Pours a deep predominantly opaque dark toffee hue and topped with a creamy silky light beige head... Smooth bourbon and vanilla nose, touch of wood, toffee, and a lighter degree of coffee throughout. Semi-sweet overall. Pretty barrel forward but smooth... Flavors are more of the same with the aforementioned qualities with a brief sour tang surfacing late and through the finish. Bourbon vanilla upfront nuts and caramel throughout. A touch of vanilla and coffee beans mingling alongside the aforementioned. Smooth creamy body with light carbonation.drinks pretty good if a little barrel forward.