Pawola22 (3262) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On cask at Jake Melnick’s. Pours a lightly hazed, mostly clear, deeper golden colored body with a thin, frothy, off-white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma is sweeter bready malts with some floral fruits and a light, but noticeable spicy pepper. A very light caramel and a hint of heat from the pepper. Flavor is similar. A hint of smoke mixes with the sweeter bready malts up front before the pepper comes in and gets pretty earthy. Florals, a touch of caramel, and a hint of honey before the chipotle pepper comes out more at the end with a distinct, but not overbearing heat. Finishes smooth with a touch of pepper smoke that leaves a lengthy aftertaste. Light, smooth body and a light carbonation. Overall, a pretty straightforward, but solid version of this beer. The heat is really nice and balances very well with the sweeter bready malts and florals. Nice.
TheAlum (4989) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask pour at Jake Melnick’s Charity Event (Chicago, IL). Word from Doug is this is different from Conjunto. This is a treatment, Conjunto was brewed with Chipotles. Pours a nice lively dark golden amber pour, darker with some glowing haze and life. A decent offwhite head sits atop and dies to a small layer. Light lacing. Aromas are gentle earthy spice and pepper mixing with some bread, biscuits, light dry florals and more spice as it warms. Initial is fairly clean up front, bready malts and touches of carmelization, gentle and moving into a middle of rich earthy chipotle. A touch smoky, peppery, with some heat. The beer becomes and ode to them. Offering good pepper flavors for spice heads, but not overbearing, the finish leaves some decent heat and spice. Pretty nice. Simple though. But, I really liked it.