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RATINGS: 4   MEAN: 3.5/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
A small batch, experimental ale. We infused our "Drink Me" Finnish style Sahti with Medjool dates. orange zest, juniper berries, coriander, honey and dates combine for a delightfully unique flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmoreau (3563) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2010
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. Itís been a long time since Iíve eaten dates, so I probably wouldnít 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheAlum (6860) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2010
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 donít 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 itís elements

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2010
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 wouldíve guessed Medjool even if it wasnít written on the menu) didnít have a very strong presence, but added a quiet dark fruitiness to the taste. An interestingly refreshing beer woorth repeating... if only it hadnít been done in a small batch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrnkMcDermott (2992) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2010
Draft tulip. A small batch prepared for a Brewer/Chef dinner at RBY. Have to say itís 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 Iíd in front of me at the end of a day of summertime chores.

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