pantanap (3340) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Snifter pour at the source. Never got a chance to try this at fobab... Pours a deep silky solid dominant black consistency, fairly homogenous throughout, and topped with a thin medium to dark khaki head gently reducing down to a wispy film. Reddish undertones develop towards the edges after a little bit is consumed. Looks inviting... Smooth bourbon, cherries, dark fruit, and hints if vanilla combining with the expected imperial stout qualities. Subtle roast on the backside surfaces after warming. Nice... Flavors are more if the same and I use that a lot but it certainly holds true here. Mild bourbon notes held in check while allowing the dark fruit molasses and light roast run its course. Delectable and silky all around with more fruits coming into play some more. Bittersweet chocolate quality is nice as to not ever become cloyingly sweet. Body is silky smooth, full but not weighing oneself down. Smooth bittersweet finish with a touch of warmth working its way through the body. Pretty darn good.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Fobab 10. Surprised at the strength of the port barrel here. Pours pitch black with a dark brown head, iodine film on the glass. Nose is dark fruit, tart raisin notes and booze. Lots of cocoa as well. On tasting, super smooth and the port stands out. Sweet raisin notes with a bolstering bitterness to support it all. Rich and full bodied. Pretty awesome iteration, imo.
jstraw (1900) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Jerry’s. Black with scant, creamy brown head (barrel-aged) / Rich, dense, dark nose of molasses, licorice, coffee, chocolate, / Full body, malty with some hop balance but sweet & inky, lightly cloying, chewy, with lightly bitter finish / Flavors of dark roast coffee, licorice, semisweet chocolate, caramel, and just a hint of bourbon barrel / A little one note in the coffee-chocolate direction, and lacking sufficient hopping in my opinion, but still a worthwhile brew.
TheAlum (5205) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampler pour on tap at the ICBG FoBAB 2012 Brewers/Sponsors Dinner (Chicago, IL). Pours a rich deep opaque black hue, dark and ominous with rich deep body, no glow. Big cakey brownish head dies to a firm layer, laces well. Aromas are gentle oak, touches of tawny port, spirit and gentle red wine. Gentle roast, deadened, with sweeter caramel and roast, vanilla, oak. Toffee, toast, and biscuits. Black malts, cocoa, and deadened sweetness, the Port seems to cover up and deaden the complexity. Initial is rich and sweet, oak and toast, dark fruit, gentle red wine, spirit, and vanilla. Oxidation, sherry and vinous qualities, toast and biscuits, black malts, thicker sweet toffee, caramel. Vanilla, gentle coffee, more oak and barrel flavor. Middle is more coffee and roast meeting spirit barrel, flavors from the Port come through more, sherry and dark fruit, vanilla, sticky qualities, and toffee. Cocoa, oak, and some roasty dryness into the backend, as we dry ths bad boy up a bit, roasty and dry backend as the finish shows roast, coffee, earth, gentle ask. Lingering firm Port barrel shows some presence lingering. Some cocoa, toffee, vanilla, oak. An odd beer that comes into it’s own half way through. Complex, but I wouldn’t say I like it more than the other versions. Nose is a bit dead. Solid beer, but I still prefer other Indignant versions. This one certainly has heart and I definitely grow into it though. It just has a mellow front end that only asserts some richer more assertive flavors and character into the middle and backend.
Blairgus (2415) - California, USA - NOV 18, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
18 nov 2012, tap at Haymarket Pub. Black. Nose is sweet coffee, huge alcohol, toasted caramel. Full body and faintly fizzy. Competing flavors. Big butter dark chocolate beside vanilla and caramel and alcohol. Like a mix of a barley wine and a stout. Wow.