kseecs16 (1158) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught. Opaque with a thin off-white head, minimal spotty lacing. Aroma is dull dry nutty malts. Nice dry quaffable beer with some toffee sweet notes and a roast character with a strong dry finish of coffee. Rich and full in the mouth with a nice carbonation.
TheAlum (4289) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mug club draft on tap at the brewpub (Lombard, IL). Pours a nice dark brown, reddish edges not really opaque but dark enough. A decent tannish head that laces ok, stays a thicker film. Aromas are a nice firm roasty cocoa base, brown malts throw earthy tobbacco, brown sugar, coffee grounds, a touch of sweetness and faint vanilla. Initial is firm, a lighter side of medium bodied with a good roasty base, coffee and roasted malts pair with sweeter brown malts, dark chocolate, brown sugar, good roast that sticks to the palate and provides a light floral bitterness on the backend. Still, roast is king with coffee, earthy tobbacco, and cocoa sticking. Nice, with just enough sweetness coming in. A drinker.
drewbeerme (3645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap at the brewpub. pours dark ruby brown with off white head. nose is very roasty and nutty. flavors are robust and roasty with chocolate and hazelnuts. flavors med body, big flavorful brown/porter that at times seems a tad astringent.
tmoreau (1625) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2009 4oz. sample. Dark brown pour with an off white head which reduced quickly to a thin ring, leaving some light lacing. Roasted malt, nuts, a touch of coffee, bakers chocolate, and toffee with a pleasant, bitter finish. All flavors were moderately potent in a nice balance. A good representative porter.
Next time around, I was served in a club mug, and detected perfumy/floral notes in the aroma and a more pronounced brown sugar sweetness to the flavor.
BeerBunker (709) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark brown with a frothy, minimal tan head. Very heavy carbonation. Aroma is of brown sugar, chocolate, and light roasted malt. The roasted malt was very subdued in the aroma. Taste is very nutty, with brown sugar, hops, roasted malt, and chocolate. More of a brown then a porter, but it was very drinkable and enjoyable.
DrnkMcDermott (2621) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUN 5, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2008 <i>Dec. 2008 batch, 5.1% abv:</i> Deep brown body with thin tan bubbles. Smell of mocha and freshly roasted malts. Taste falls right between porter and dry stout at first, with some coffee turning up in my throat. A bit of English hop, but also a perception of PNW pine. Could position between a session beer and a winter warmer.
<i>First batch, June, 2007. 4.8% abv:</i> <i><u>Unfrosted</u> Mug Club mug.</i> at first it tends more toward brown than porter, but itís much more complicated than that. Opaque, dark brown body under a thin head with slight lacing. Smell is light, but suggests hearty roast malts. First taste has chocolate roast malts, but not too much, as its balanced by what I think are English hops. Traces of coffee follow. Alcohol is light, but easily noticed. Earthy and nutty toward the middle, followed by almost stoutlike roasties. Very malty, but not overly sweet.
Cornfield (5276) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The name may be misleading, but brewmaster Tim Marshall tells me that this is a brown Porter. It pours a deep chestnut body with a bubbly, short lived off-white head. Good lacing, regardless. The aroma is light and chocolatey with a bit of toffee and some lightly roasted malts. It was perhaps a bit thin but still imparts a chocolate chip cookie flavor, completely with some chopped nuts. Pretty decent.
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