tmoreau (2050) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not on the menu anymore, so I considered myself lucky to be able to try some of the remaining supply. Dispensed to a tulip with a hazed, honey/gold hue, a 1/2" of creamy, off white foam to the head, and wavy ribbons of lacing. The aroma was soft malt, spice and herbal hints, and sweet fruit, as almost banana/plantain, and figs. It’s been a long time since I’ve eaten dates, so I probably wouldn’t recognize the notes if they hit me in the face. The flavor continued the aroma notes with the smooth malt and a moderate, hop bitterness that merged with a pleasant dryness at the finish. A very tasty enhancement to the original Drink Me.
TheAlum (5100) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at the brewpub (Lombard, IL). Pours a hazy straw yellow, lighter, a frothy muted white head dies to a decent film, laces ok. Aromas are a touch of limey citrus, a touch of estery sweetness, fruity, a touch of juniper pine, pale bready malts, a touch of dough, faint dark fruit sweetness which should be the dates. Initial is mellow, citrusy lime and lemon mix with pale malts, wheat, bread, faint dark fruit sweetness, a decent bitterness jumps in with a good juniper pine element providing synergy on the backend of a pretty nice bitterness. A bit floral and perfumey, moving towards herbal. A decent bitterness, the dates fall behind and don’t provide much for this beer to set it aside from the base. A decent bitterness, especially for a lighter bodied brew. Not bad, the gin and juniper elements are nice for a gin lover. Still, a bit too light to support it’s elements
Cornfield (5326) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at he brewpub: Hazy yellow bodied with a tall and sustained fizzy head, this had an aroma of juniper and spices over a light, pale bready malt. very spritzy mouthfeel. The flavor reflected the nose faithfully, adding a gin-like dryness. To me the dates (I would’ve guessed Medjool even if it wasn’t written on the menu) didn’t have a very strong presence, but added a quiet dark fruitiness to the taste. An interestingly refreshing beer woorth repeating... if only it hadn’t been done in a small batch.
DrnkMcDermott (2737) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft tulip. A small batch prepared for a Brewer/Chef dinner at RBY. Have to say it’s a great visual presentation: cloudy yellow with a big, white, pillowy head. Smell is mainly of wit, minus the usual wheat beer esters, but with a hint of dark fruit lurking in the background. Taste starts with definite Juniper and spruce spiciness. Dates start out light, more like dried "cherry raisins," then come out a little stronger, like a pulpy dark fruit juice. May be a tad too heavy to consider a "lawnmower" beer, but this is what I’d in front of me at the end of a day of summertime chores.