TheAlum (6825) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft on tap at Belgian Fest (Chicago, IL). Pours a richer deepish cocoa hue, good haziness, with some frothy loight brown head dies to a ring, laces small. Aromas are cocoa, gentle fruit, and toffee. Gentle roast, a touch of black olive. Some spice, mellow fruit, caramel and toffee. Coffee, and gentle fruit. Initial is medium bodied, a touch of darker girth. Some cocoa, roast, and caramelized malts. Gentle ash, peanut, earth. Some dryness, mellow dry hops. Gentle Belgian yeast elements gives just a bit of dark dried fruit. Roasty and ashy at times, quite odd with mellow dryness, dark fruit,and jabsof malty bread, carmelized malts at others. Not bad, but a bit odd.
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Belgian Fest. Pours black with a tan head. The nose is roasty, cocoa and porter like. Some fruity notes. Clean and grainy. No Belgian character really. On tasting, more of the same. Maybe some pepper here. chocolate and caramel is noted. Some fruity notes, medium bitterness. Nice enough beer. Seems pretty much to be a porter...
dinkle50 (1278) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour with a thin head. Lots of lace. Slight floral aroma. Full mouth. Taste is full of honey and fruit. Some roasted malt too. Dry mouth inducing. A very interesting beer. I’ve never had one quite like this.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a black body with a finger-width, dense and creamy, darker brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is roasty up front with a light Belgian yeast note, a bit of a bready wheat, and a subtle dark fruit ester. Flavor is similar. Roasty up front with a bit of a bready wheat malt. Some Belgian yeast in the middle with a light, estery dark fruit. Finishes fairy dry from the roasts, but clean and lightly sweetened from the wheats and Belgian yeast. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium-light body and a moderate, somewhat creamy carbonation. Overall, at first I thought this was going to be a bit one dimensional towards the roasts, but as it warmed the wheats and Belgian yeast came out nicely and balanced this well. Still pretty roast forward, but a nice drinking beer. Enjoyable.