DrnkMcDermott (2903) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft pint. Ruddy, dark brown pour under a thin, lacy layer of foam. Smell does have a bit of pumpkin pie to it, including a note of spice. Taste has the slight note of pumpkin pie, plus a little creamy note that I get with some pumpkin beer. Some of the bock character adds the spicy note. Hey, maybe a wheat or rye with weizen yeast might add more spice? Very slight vegetal character. Hops are in very gentle balance. Seems hearty, yet drinks easily. Little impression of maple, too.
tmoreau (2934) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub bar, displaying a clear, coppery brown color, with modest, off white/light tan head foam, and spots & streaks of lacing. The aroma was toasty, caramel, smooth malt, some molasses sweetness, and subtle pumpkin that was mainly overshadowed by the stronger, aforementioned notes. The flavor was similar, with the pumpkin and malt creating a medium fullness in the body, presenting moderate, hop bitterness, and a touch of alcohol warmth. Tasty, even tempered Bock, with a dry & crisp finish.
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had on tap at Rock Bottom - Lombard. Served in an imperial pint glass.
Brewer’s Note: Lord Infamous is burly German Bock, which contrary to popular belief, does not come off the bottom of the barrel. This stronger style of lager is made with German and Munich malts and over 60 pounds pumpkin. No spices were used in the making of this winter delight only tastes like the pumpkin part of the pie.
A: Pours a very dark ruby with hints of brown. A half finger light tan head forms on the pour and recedes to a thick collar that leaves some splotchy lace down the glass.
S: There are some nice dark malts with a touch of biscuit and some light roasted nuttiness. There is very minimal pumpkin in the nose.
T: Finally the fleshy pumpkin comes through and it’s complimented with a little bit of pie crust, caramel malts and a light fig newton taste on the backend. The pumpkin doesn’t shine like I would have hoped.
M: Full bodied with medium carbonation. Subtle malt flavors left on the palate. Not to heavy at all.
O: For being brewed with 60 pounds of fresh pumpkin I would have expected more of it in the flavor. It is balanced, but I feel that the lack of spices actually hurt this beer. Instead of enhancing the pumpkin with the spices the absence really didn’t make the pumpkin stand out. It wasn’t a bad beer by any means, but it was much more bock than pumpkin ale.
Serving type: on-tap
@ Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery, 94 Yorktown Center, Lombard
Reviewed on: 01-23-2012
TheAlum (6289) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Premium Sampler on tap at the brewpub (Lombard, IL). Pours a rich deep ruby copper pour, no haze, a striking glow in the body with decent frothy offwhite near tan head atop. A small ring laces small. Aromas are sweet sticky caramel, toffee, touches of biscuits, toast, gentle spice, a good pumpkin puree essence. Sweet on the nose, touches of cherries really grow as it warms. Initial is medium bodied, perhaps a touch less with caramel, biscuits, and cherries. Gentle touches of vanilla, sweetness, and a good dose of pumpkin puree as we get into it. A touch of soap and dryness into the backend, gentle heat from the ABV picks up a bit. Very pretty beer, falls back a bit overall flavorwise. It doesn’t mesh well with me but seems on for the style. A bit sweeter, cherries and carmelized sugars, pumpkin, touches of heat. Ok.