TheAlum (5909) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampler flight on tap at the brewpub (Lake Bluff, IL). Pours a rich murky brownish amber hue, darker with some orange amber ruby glow throughout. A small frothy offwhite head dies to a tiny ring, laces minimally. Aromas are gentle sweetness, pushing brown sugar, candi sugars, honey, and biscuits. Gentle fruity esters, touches of spice, vanilla. More red fruit comes in as it warms. Initial is medium bodied, a bit more firm with bigger caramel and spice, brown sugar, dark fruits kiss into the fold, with crisp carmelized apples, banana bread, just a kiss of cocoa wafting in. Toast and carmelized malts, toffee, vanilla, and touches of brown sugar and candi sugars. Middle is a bit sticky and sweet, giving the body a kick with mellow spice, touches of coriander and Belgian yeasty spice into the back. Crisp caramel and toast, brown sugar. Pretty nice, solid and sticky yet not overdone. Pretty enjoyable. A bit underwhelming on the aroma and appearance, but the beer is solid. Give it some more life on the nose and a head that doesn’t completely disappear, and I can throw a 2-3 point bump.
crossovert (7896) - Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The color is of a barleywine. This beer is a real anomaly, I haven’t had many like it, I guess you could call it a belgian barleywine, a malt overload, too much ripe fruit for me.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour from a growler. Thanks to the neiweems... Pours a deeper dark reddish brown and topped with a thin film of light off-white head... Aroma of dark fruits, a little banana, and caramel malt... Flavors are more of the same with more o an emphasis on dark fruit and caramel with a nice ending finish of chocolate and a very subtle roast profile. Body is somewhat syrupy and full but not overly so. Flavors have more depth and nuance than the aroma.