DrnkMcDermott (2865) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Solid black, with bright brown highlights at the edges. A thin creamy head that suggests oats in the grist. Caramel toast malts in the nose, but I can’t get much hop in edgewise. Has roastiness in the palate, but more like a porter. Hops tend to stick to their bitter business until some pine wanders around. Still, rather palatable for a high-BU beer. Pine hops get bigger further down.
tmoreau (2724) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Yorktown brewpub, displaying an almost opague brown color, with some ruby highlighting showing through, frothy, brownish tan head foam, and ribbons & spots of lacing. The aroma was roastiness, coffee, resin, and citrus following up. The body was light to medium, and with only a softly carbonated presentation, came off a little thin & watery. Hop bitterness and astringency were moderate and fairly lingering. Except for the initial aroma introduction, not altogether expressive, but basically okay in the drinkability department.