TheAlum (5909) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz glass on tap at the taproom (Chicago, IL). Back-to-back with the base tap version. Pours a rich well hazed brownish pour, some mellow orange and copper glow, good healthy haze with a looser bubbly tannish head. Dies to a firm layer, ok lacing. Aromas show that cardamom off the bat, some gingerbread, biscuits and toast, bready malts, some toffee. Red fruit, plum and dried fruit. Some mellow spice. Initial is a bit thicker and more malty off the bat, good biscuits, caramel, toffee. Toast, some bread, gentle spice and dryness. Kiss of seemingly ABV heat. Spiciness kinda catches on into the middle and through the rest. Oranges, orange rind, spicy yeast and cardamom and ginger flavors come on. Some sticky and caramel malts, toast, dryness and red fruit. Finish is spicy, caramel malts and carmelized elements. A bit of dryness, spice, cardamom and orange rind. Mellow carbonation from the cask makes this a bit flabby for me. I’ve got mixed feelings on this beer. It’s solid, interesting, but I prefer the base. The ginger seemed already a touch presence in the base, this one really ups the ante.