kseecs16 (1209) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught, pours an opaque dark brown with just a thin line of tan head along the edge of the glass. Robust roasty aroma. Flavor is nicely roasty with some char hints and also has a rather rich body and a hint of tart in the finish alluding to some belgian character. Finishes quite dry and roasty, full bodied.
TheAlum (6146) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Served on tap at the brewpub (Lombard, IL). Pours a pitchblack pour, decent creamy brown head that stays at a small level, laces well enough. Aromas are a bit fruity and definitely show a Belgian yeast influence, dark fruit, light spice, with a touch of cocoa, roasted malts. Definitely an interesting agenda.. Which is why I chose it! Initial is cocoa, bitter chocolate and roasted malts as the actual Belgian influences fall behind a bit, no real spice but a bit of candy sugar and dark fruit help to balance against the roasty feel. Raisins and a touch of sweetness temper against the roast on the backend, which a bit of fruit pops up in as well. Interesting, the fruit actually makes this more like a real porter, not emphasizing roast and coffee and chocolate. Points for innovation, good body for the style. Raisin and cocoa become the aftertaste with light belgian influence on deeper sips.
tmoreau (2804) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mug Club served at Rock Bottom-Yorktown. Poured a cloudy black/brown hue with an off white, bubbly foam head that reduced to a film quickly but left some clingy curtains of lacing. The aroma was roasty, coffee, and some baker’s chocolate. The flavor was also strong roasted notes, a little nuttiness, and a touch of dark fruit sweetness that combined with the hops to give off a tart bitterness. Some spice and good carbonation then combined to give a nice prickliness to the tongue. Medium+ body, but very quaffable.
From what I gathered, this recipe was Bill Kirkpatrick’s, a maxi-regular from Iowa who collaborated with Tim to present this robust Porter.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUL 24, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Interesting beer served at the brewpub: It poured an intensely dark brown opaque body with a tall bubbly light brown head. The aroma was seriously roasted stuff - malt & barley & coffee - with some bittersweet chocolate. That and some dark dried fruits were up front in the flavor followed by an earthy, nutty bitterness. A Porter? Probably... I trust brewmaster Tim. It is very, dangerously drinkable. Whoever Bill Kirkpatrick is.
drewbeerme (3895) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap at the brewpub. pours black with beige head. nose of coffee! and dark fruit. flavor of lots of coffee notes with harsh roast and dark fruit finish. a bit unbalanced.
DrnkMcDermott (2873) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2009 Mug Club Draft. Brownish black color with a brown stoutie head. Mocha roast coffee in the nose, quite nice. Taste brings in the coffee notes with plenty of roastiness and unsweetened chocolate. A bit of ale fruitiness and light spice from the Belgian yeast. Background of mostly noble hop bitterness. Very drinkable and enjoyable. My 400th Illinois beer rating!