TheAlum (5721) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft on tap at Polar Beer Fest 2014 (Chicago, IL). Pours athicker luscious blackish brown hue. Good haziness, some dulled brownish glow on the edges and bottom. No real head, skant negligible loose stick around and lacing. Aromas are sweet, double stuff oreo cookies, cocoa and vanilla. Some roast, toast, and toffee. Cream, vanilla, and touch of marshmallow. Just a touch of oak, but fairly negligible as the sweeter treatment takes over. Initial is definitely in line with itís treatment, preaching Oreo cookies, cream and vanilla. Some vanilla bean, creamy sweetness shows cocoa, cookie, and biscuit. Middle is sweeter, creamy, and luscious. A lack of carbonation makes it a bit flabby and emphasizes the sweetness a bit more. Still, I donít find it sticky or messy. Just a bit unkempt perhaps. Overall, the flavors are good and it really doesnít find itís way into the sweet sticky realm youíd think. Perhaps the barrel, which stayed in the background for the most part for me through the experience, aided with this. Some fine tuning on the carbonation (likely messed up by the treatment) could make this a pretty impressive beer. Tastes good as is, hard pressed to drink more than a small glass.