holdenn (2078) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap in a tulip at the taproom. Pours a dark brown with a beige head. Earthy pine, caramel malts, toffee, and some roast aromas. The roast and pine is juicy in the flavor. Rich toasty roasted. Pretty solid and complex for a brown ale.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle from Binny’s Lincoln Park. Pours a deep brown colored body with an inch thick, creamy and frothy, light brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is lightly sweetened, smooth brown malts with touches of cocoa, molasses, and nuts. A bit grainy with a light roast and a light cherry-raisin note. Flavor is similar. Smooth brown malts with some grainy toast and cocoa up front as well as a light hop note. A touch of molasses sweetness, some nuts, and a light roast in the middle before a light cherry-raisin comes in. Finishes smooth and clean with a pretty noticeable, medium-light bitterness and roast that is balanced with a lightly sweetened malt backing. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium body and a moderate carbonation. Overall, a pretty solid, bigger brown ale. Lightly sweetened, somewhat toasted, and pleasantly bitter as well as a light cherry-raisin note. Very well balanced and easy drinking despite the ABV%. Good one.
brian60625 (742) - Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the Half Acre tap room. Dark brown appearance. Coffee and brown sugar-toasted aroma. Caramel, chocolate, almonds, and maybe some raisins in the taste. This one is fun because you’ll pick up more and more flavors as you swish it around on your tastebuds, and people at your table are bound to interpret it differently, given the wide range of elements present. Each of us could agree it generally had a sweetened profile, though, which seems appropriate for a strong brown ale. Medium bodied and easy to drink despite the 8% abv.
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bomber served in a Half Acre tulip.
A: Pours a very dark brown color with a thin khaki head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin collar leaving behind some sticky lace.
S: Light roastiness with a touch of chocolate. Some grainy malt as well.
T: Milk chocolate, some restrained hop bitterness, a little bit of roast and some mild sweet vanilla. Very good.
M: Medium bodied, creamy and smooth. Medium carbonation with a very smooth and sweet finish.
O: Great flavor profile and highly drinkable. I would drink this all the time. Great beer from two great breweries!
Serving type: bottle
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Half Acre Tap Room. Pours a deep brown with a tan head. Nose is fudgey, chocolate and deep malt. Some burnt sugar and caramel as well. Light florals and yeast aromatics. On tasting, it is moderately sweet with more caramel and chocolate coming through. Robust malt profile to support it overall. Clean and rich. More chocolatey than Thunder & Son for sure. Big huge beer, burly body. Really good big ass brown ale!
satan165 (1019) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. aroma is simple fudge, light roast and cleaner graininess amidst metallic twinge. appearance is dead opaque with muddled ruby edges, wispy head, disintegrating floating island of carb, heavier body unlightened by carb, tiny ring. flavor is deeper fudge, advanced by light fusels, fleeting caramel, echo of graininess from back of aroma.
TheAlum (5530) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft on tap at the Tap Room (Chicago, IL). Part of the Black & Burly event. Pours a deep brownish black hue, darker murky brown body with a touch of ruby, frothy tannish head dies to a ring. Laces small. Aromas are brown malts, tofee, molasses.Touch of raisin, cocoa, anise, and gentle dark fruit grows. Toast, carmael, and touches of earth, soil, mellow chocolate, sweeter and full. Initial offers a medium body, a bit bigger with a full mouthful. Good bitter hopping up front, Grapefruit, florals , and pine strike immediately. Firmly growing with brown malt, toast, earth. Toffee and carmelization, gentle cocoa and a kiss of dark fruit. Much different than the nose suggested, preaching a firmly bitter presence, well hopped with some malt elements, showing into the middle. Bit of molasses, toffee, and brown malt presence on the middle and backend thicken up the feel a bit, but still a firmly hoppy and bitter dry finish that tapers off more as I get into it. Toasty, caramel, brown malts and earth, kisses of dark fruit and dried stone fruit in the middle and backend fight with the hopping. Good synergy, considerably more hoppy and bitter than the nose ever let on. More palateable that Thunder & Son that is for sure (And I tried the aged version side by side with this). Solid offering.