chibuck (3504) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2011 The beer is a clearish medium brown, has a really nice thick and creamy tan head. This beer to me is rye, not an old ale. Its light smelling a little rye and hops, taste is super easy to drink, nice bite at the end.
nickd717 (4000) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 27, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours clear dark brown with a small off-white head and decent lacing. Aroma is really dark fruity, mainly plum and raisin from what I’m getting, with some sweet brown sugar. Flavor is also lots of dark fruit - raisin, prune, plum, and fig - with sweet caramel malt and toffee as well as molasses. Just a touch of booze. Smooth syrupy palate, fairly full-bodied. Decent overall. I didn’t really peg it as a barleywine, but I’d believe it.
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft sample at Revolution. Pours a clear red-brown with foamy head. Aroma of plums and spice, some raisin and bread. Minimal hop notes. Toffee and caramel come through as well. On taste, much of the same, somewhat sweet and caramel. Full bodied and rich. Could use some age to cut down on the fusel notes, however. Rye dries it out nicely. Pretty decent. Will be interested to try it aged in a barrel.
TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - APR 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub.
Pours a dark mahogany-brown with creamy tan head. Aroma is of dark bready malts, molasses, toffee, and some herbal hop spice. Flavor is intense, crisp, dry, bready, toasty-grainy, with moderate hop bitterness and a touch of licorice-like herbal spice, all supported by a good sweet malt base. Alcohol starts to warm and soothe after a few sips. Finishes dry and tingly. Weird little brew but I like it.
msante79 (2224) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at brewpub. Pours clear reddish brown with small off-white head. Aromas of caramel, toffee, dark fruits, and some dark malts. Flavors of dark fruits, dark malts, caramel and toffee, with some light booze. Finishes sweet. Usually like old ales but this wasn’t really what I was hoping for.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ RevBrew. Heard some of this beer is going to be barrel aged - which sounds tasty. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Light aroma sweet malt, rye, caramel. Slightly sweet - decent body and doesn’t seem like it packs the 8.5% kick. Smooth and sweet - good Rye beer.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampler at revbrew... Pours a semi-clear reddish caramel brown with a thin creamy off-white head... Aroma of dark fruit and sweet caramel malt. Pretty subtle...Sweet toffee, caramel, and dark fruit flavors with a bit of a spicy hop finish. Again with the prickly carbonation and a touch of dryness in the end.
TheAlum (6812) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at brewpub before Flossmoor Event (Chicago, IL). Pours a dark mohangany, brown meets deep red, hazed and more red at the bottom. A big tannish head that laces very well, stays big. Aromas are subtle, mellow sweet malts, rye bread, sweet caramel, toffee, biscuits, with a faint earthy hopping. Interesting. Initial is a medium body, rye bread comes in with toffee and caramel compliment. A faint bitterness on the backend, with a touch of spice and mellow smooth sweetness sticking to the palate. A sweeter sipper, coats well with Rye dominance. A beautiful pour, a simpler beer with sweet sticky malts, a faint hopping, and rye bread dominance. Mellow, tasty, but could use some more hops to balance and really make it hold and balance well. A touch of vanilla, faint spicing makes it a little more interesting. Not bad, just a bit unbalanced. Tasty regardless, smooth, sweet.