TheAlum (5833) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft on tap at Polar Beer Fest 2014 (Chicago, IL). Pours a well hazed amber golden hue, darker hazy middle with some decent glow as we hit the edges and bottom. Frothy offwhite head atop stays as a mellow layer, laces ok. Aromas are red wine, more fruity with some tannic elements, oak, vanillin and touches of fruity ester. Gentle spice, the yeast remains in check. Some gentle spiciness, crisp cereal and honeycrisp elements. A bit dry, the red wine barrel takes control. Initial is a touch tannic, green apple and red wine, some decent oak, vanilla and spice. Gentle warmth, red wine element comes into play firmly. The middle is a bit dry, bready with some gentle yeastiness. The red wine barrel really offers some life here, oak and tannic, red grapeskin. Some gentle bready and wheaty malts, kiss of honey, fruity esters. Finish is dry, a touch yeasty, red wine barrel lingers on. A lot better than I thought it would be. Solid stuff.
HonkeyBra (3480) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at FoBAB2013. Pours a hazed orangish pour with a white head. Aroma is kind of funky, lots of wine barrel, carbernet, tannic notes. Mild leather and tobacco, sweet malt, some sugary notes and apricot. Flavor is sweet and tannic, lots of fruity malt and wine barrel notes. Slick bodied. Some alcohol burn. A different take on your classic tripel.