NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Fountainhead. Pours black, brown at edges. Soft tan head. Nose is roasted grain and faded hops. Toast. On taste, this is probably the best dry stout I’ve had. Crisp and light, full flavored and a nice body behind it. roasty without being acrid. Good hop balance. Excellent.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Picked up a growler @ Half Acre. Purs brown with a tan head. Roasted malt, chocolate in the aroma. It is a touch thin, but expected for a 4% ABV beer. Cocoa in the flavor, slightly sweet. Good beer.
TheAlum (6650) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled on tap at the brewery (Chicago, IL). Pours a roasty dark brown, translucent and pretty dark, some light brown edges, a small light brown head that dies to a ring, laces pretty small. Aromas throw moderate roasty malts, irish soda bread, biscuits, and semi sweet cocoa. Nice, with a light brown malt profile. Initial is light bodied with a moderate roast, soda bread, light creaminess, and light cocoa. A touch of coffee, smokey ashy quality grows on the palate, pretty good flavors for being so light bodied. Leaves a lingering roasty finish, faint sweetness of cocoa, coffee roast, clean soda bread dryness. Solid session stout.
satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2010 mostly opaque pour with excellent head and big lacing. aroma is partially developed dark roast that begins to toe into java territory but stays mostly tame. flavor is touch of neutral bakers chocolate with hint of sizzling hops before a mostly dry end. lacks in flavor department but that is likely in this case associated with low ABV. still, it sessions well as it was intended to do foremost.