Dfonorow (1600) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Mash Tun Festival 2013. Pour is dark brown with no head. Aroma and flavor are of sweet bread, caramel, toast, brown sugar, and earth. Alcohol is well hidden, dry finish.
jmagnus87 (2732) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From notes. Draft at kedzie. Molasses, toffee and caramel. Sweet. Way too super sweet for me. Its a good attempt and a decent beer, but i wont be having it again for fear of a diabetic coma.
kaser (3108) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this on draft at the revolution taproom/brewery. Black pour with white head. Creamy oily smell. Nutty and bitter taste. Good overall
ccex (958) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Kedzie brewery. Pours a hazy, medium reddish brown color with a small off-white head that recedes quickly. Aroma is full of caramel, bread, toffee, and some fruit. Taste is sweet without any hops bitterness. Mouthfeel is a little sticky once it warms up. Body is lighter than I expected, so I wasn’t sure if this was a dark lager or a doppelbock. Not bad, but not close to the great German doppelbocks.
TheAlum (5909) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft on tap at the Kedzie Ave Taproom (Chicago, IL). Pours a richer deep brownish ruby pour, deeper copper glow with just a touch of haziness. Frothy tannish head atop dies to a loose smaller ring, small lacing. Aromas are mellow toast, some sticky caramel, toffee, and gentle red fruit. Simple, understated. Initial is medium bodied, a touch of girth, sticky caramel malts, gentle red fruit, and some toastiness as we move on. Touches of toffee, biscuits, and some sweet caramel. Some toastiness, gentle heat, the middle turns a bit bland with mellow nondescript sweet malts. Backend is a touch of red fruit, more toast and gentle heat hit the palate. A kiss of cocoa, some dryness, mellow flavors for a bigger beer like this. It’s pretty drinkable at this stage, but doesn’t really offer great flavors. Ok. Gentle red fruit, a bit more sticky as it warms. Meh. Looks really nice. Aromas can’t be found, flavors are a bit muddled. Meh.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of carmel, bread. Sweet flavor, heavy caramel. Decent brew though.
dinkle50 (1016) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very dark pour with no head. Aroma is very hard to detect. A little grain. Taste is not as sweet as most doppelbocks. Grain and hints of sugar. Light mouth. This is more of a dark lager than a doppelbock.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a deep brown colored body with a finger-width, creamy, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is pretty sweet with lots of rich caramels, some bready toast, a touch of earthy cocoa, and a few fruity notes. Flavor is similar. Rich and sweet caramels with some bread, toasty toffee, hints of cocoa, and a light fruitiness. Finishes a bit sweet, but dry with a light earthy bitterness and a slight alcohol note. Fairly lengthy aftertaste following a fuller body and a somewhat creamy, moderate carbonation. Overall, not my favorite from Revolution, but not bad. Fairly sweet, but pretty clean and easy drinking.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at the 3rd Year anniversary party. Pours a deep brown with a tannish head. Nose is sweet. Notes of molasses and faint cocoa, bready melanoidins. Hops aren’t really there. On tasting, it is sweet, almost cloying on the palate. Needs more bitterness to support all of the rich melanoidins, perhaps a touch underattenuated to boot. Not a fan, reminds me of most American Doppelbocks, unfortunately.