TheAlum (6908) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Full draft at the brewpub (Chicago, IL). Pours a nice brownish copper pour, fairly murky, with a frothy whitish layer that laces ok. Aromas are sticky toast, some banana, brown sugar, and toffee. Some cocoa, toast, and biscuits. Estery banana sticks out. Initial is lighter end of medium bodied with toast, dry malts, touches of light biscuits, some dough, light estery banana. Dry, moving towards some toast, bread dough, biscuits. Fairly dry with a light very subtle fruity character in taste. Finish throws a touch of spicy yeastiness, bread dough, biscuits. Not bad, lacks some character, forgettable. A solid Dunkel, but nothing to write home about. Some caramel and toast stick out, but lighter. Solid Dunkel I guess, better than the BA Institution.. It didn’t stand out, but it was thoroughly drinkable. Well made, I guess is a good monniker.
deyholla (9993) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 17, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled from the tap at the brewpub. Pours a clear deep gold with a white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of sweet grains with a hint of light fruit and bread. Flavor has grains with some bread and a bit of caramel sweetness in the finish. Nice and smooth.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - SEP 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a cloudy, deep auburn-amber colored body with a finger-width, dense and creamy, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is a bit grainy with a subtle wheat malt sweetness that is somewhat fruity. A crisper yeast and a lightly sweetened raisin bread along with some apple, a subtle banana, and a very soft spicing. Flavor is similar. A bit more banana up front, but it blends well with slightly richer wheat malts that are lightly sweetened alongside a light raisin bread and some grains. A tad bit yeasty as a light spice comes in and balances throughout. Wheat grows a bit towards the end along with the light, richer malts before this finishes very clean and smooth with a light, grainy, touch of grass and spice bitterness that mixes very nicely with the malts and leaves a fairly lengthy aftertaste with the wheat and even some dark fruits showing up. Medium, very smooth and clean body with a moderate carbonation. Overall, a somewhat subtle, but very smooth, clean, and enjoyable dunkel. Really nice, lightly sweetened malt richness with a pleasant blend of fruits and light spices. Nothing crazy, but very well done.
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 15, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Revolution. Pours a hazy copper brown with a fluffy offwhite head. The nose is nice, brown sugar and banana. Some light cloves and spice. Not a ton of bready notes, but a pretty nice fermentation character overall. On tasting, more banana bread with a spicy note. The phenols aren’t overwhelming. Pretty light and refreshing overall and well made, far better made than the hefeweizen was. Solid overall, just not my favorite style.
chibuck (3509) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 14, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft... Cloudy brown, a bit of amber, a really creamy lasting tan head... Sweet nose with lots of banana, caramel and bit of spice, very nice... Taste is good but a little less sweet, an interesting cocoa note with a bit of banana... Solid