NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Fobab 10. Pours a deep amber with a tight white head. Nose is richly herbal and grassy with some toasted malt to back it up. Floral notes of the heather stick out. On tasting, a malty sweetness leads but is put in check by a bitter heather note. Floral and grassy with some vanilla coming in. Drying tannins. Some spruce notes as well. Quite nice.
Nate (3800) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2009
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On cask at Piper’s Pub. Graham crackers, toasted malt, oak barrel and champagne caves, light wine and grape juice aroma. Mild alcohol notes. Light floral hops. A terrific nose on this. Dark coppery amber clear with thin off-white lacing head. Medium heavy watery body with cask carbonation. Starts sweet and rich, malty with lots of oak, caramel, vanilla, and toasted grain. Light tang with a hint of woody bitterness. A bit too sweet for drinking a lot, but with dinner it’s terrific. Almost seems like a bit of cranberry flavor, astringency.