NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Haymarket. Pours black with a thin tan head. The nose is a shock, hugely peppermint, cocoa and york peppermint patties. The peppermint is inescapable. Candy canes. On tasting, the beer is virtually gone, all I can summon is more candy canes and york patties. Coconut finish with cocoa in there as well. one of the more bizarre things I’ve ever drunk with some pepper notes and heat and light numbing sensation. Minty is an understatement with this one...
TheAlum (6825) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
4 oz pour on tap at the brewpub event (Chicago, IL). Late night stop. Pours a rich blackish hue, pretty dark and opaque with copper and ruby edges and bottom. Small frothy tannish head sits atop, dies to loose ring and laces small. Aromas are moderate peppermint freshness. Wow. And that’s all the nose gives. A touch of floral, and it’s all candycane after that. Wow. Initial is mint, peppermint candycanes dance up front, cool and earthy mint refresh the palate, envelope it. Some dry florals, touches of citrus mix in gently behind, dry it out even more. Some biscuits, darker malts, but overall, it’s all mint, folks. Middle is mint, peppermint, candycanes, mint sprigs, touches of spice. Finish mellows out just a touch as the hops provide a synergy, much of the Belgian influence and malts covered up by the mint. Medium bodied gives a firmness to the flavor. Simple, the treatment kills the base, but in all honesty, it’s exactly what they were going for. Further in, once the palate becomes much more accustomed, darker malts, touches of roast, and the lightest dark fruit element follows through. Though cool peppermint remains the mode. Finish is lingering cool mint dominance, touches of hops. Wow. Well.. That’s how you make a peppermint darker beer (though the malt base is hard to discern even further in). Cools into the belly. Well.. I like peppermint. The beer doesn’t overwhelm. The score reflects this experiment positively. And I’d rather drink it than any of the Angrier’s. #Truth