dinkle50 (1134) - 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.
Newk (299) - - OCT 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
had on tap at rev. Poured into a tulip. Pours a chocolate color with a foamy head.
Nice and malty aromas of roasted beans, chocolate and other malts. Not too complex and fairly straightforward.
medium bodied with good flavors of chocolate and espresso notes with some roasted malts too. Good depth, but the finish is fairly clipped.
A solid brew from Rev. Didn’t fully hit me in all the right spots, but one I certainly wouldn’t turn away.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Old rating. Tap at Rev brewery. Pours black with a tan head. Touch of Belgian yeast, cocoa, coffee. Solid brew.
Theydon_Bois (12690) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Revolution Brewpub, Chicago - 04/11/12.
Dark black with a thin tan head that retains well, good lacing ensues.
Malty nose, light roasting, grain, wheat, mineral tones, touch of smoke.
Taste follows from the nose, burnt toffee and sugars, light metallic.
Medium bodied, moderate carbonation leading to a roasty dry finish.
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.
Dogbrick (9425) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at the brewpub. The beer pours brownish-black with a medium foamy light beige head that dissipates steadily to a film. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of malt, cocoa and yeast. Light-bodied with flavors of chocolate malt, yeast and a bit of spice. The finish is toasty with a short malty aftertaste. Decent all around.
TheAlum (6193) - 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.
Tmoney99 (11900) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Poured a black color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate toasted malt and yeast aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium toasted sweet malt flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. My expectation where met.
drewbeerme (3898) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours black with off white head aroma has sweet molasses, smoke, tobacco, raisins, ash, and toasted oats. Flavors have chocolate malts, chewy wheat character, spicy dark fruity esters, dried out ashy finish. Hint of licorice and booze on the finish. Leaves the tongue all tingly like. I liked the beer a lot until it finishes twangy, phenolic, and boozy. But a lot of good aspects to this beer and it all works.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - 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...