DrnkMcDermott (2856) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Finally writing my notes from Blarney Stone’s Summer Solstice Craft Beer Fest (also know as Stanley Cup Finals game 5). And I’m not only cracking the top off a new brewery, it’s with a beer no one else has rated yet. Big look and smell of amber malt, with a bit fresh yeast thrown in. Definitely a strong beer, though the abv is right at the middle by barley wine standards. The extra wheat malt is felt mostly in the mouthfeel, coming in a little smoother. Pats down any brusque disorderliness from the hops. Great early effort and I’m glad to have finally caught one of their beers.