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Rock Bottom Yorktown Wit Noir

Rock Bottom Yorktown Wit Noir
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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 3.5/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
This new take on the traditional Belgian Wit uses highly roasted malt lending semi-sweet chocolate, toffee and coffee notes with a bready wheat character. Spiced with orange peel and coriander and served unfiltered.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (6900) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2011
Mug club draft on tap at the brewpub (Lombard, IL). Pours a murky brownish raisin hue, a big frothy light brown head sits atop, stays large and laces well. Aromas are flaked wheat, bread, chocolate, a touch of dark fruit. Some roast, toffee, a touch of chocolate covered orange. Initial is medium bodied, a big warming and inviting chocolatey and roasty malts, touches of wheat bread, flaked wheat, chocolate malty bread. Mmmmmm. Some touches of fruity esters, banana and maybe a touch of orange, full and sweet with mellow roast on the palate. Some full sweetness, roast clash with fruity esters, a touch of cherry out of nowhere, caramel and toffee, toast. Largely a chocolate or black wheat styled beer, a touch of bread dough spicy yeast, but covered up largely by chocolate and roast. Pretty good bitter finish to combat the sweetness. Not bad.. Quite interesting with a touch of orange. Tasty take on a darker wheat, with touches of roasty coffee shining through, a touch of mellow coriander does shine through. Interesting is the key word of the beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2009
tap at rockfest... dark brown pour with lighter brown edges and a soapy off-beige head... doughy chocolate and belgiany yeast aroma...light/fluffy, chocolate and roasted malt flavor, somewhat bready....is this really a wit?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2009
on tap at RockFest ’09, pours dark red with white soapy head. nose of dark fruit, spice, rye, roast. flavors of dark fruit, roast, rye, clean finish. this brew works!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrnkMcDermott (2992) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2009
Sampled, then home in a growler. Murky brown beer with a thick, bubbly brown head. Sweet malt smell. Taste shows some light wheat spices, much more in common with a weizenbock than a wit, what with its dark toffee taste and all. Some stoutlike astringency in the roast malts. Light alcohol warmth. A nice beer all around.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonkeyBra (4026) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2009
At the brew pub with dinner. Very dark brown pour with a minimal head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee. Lots of dark and sweet chocolates. Flavor is as avertised: toffee, chocolate, some coffee with notes of witbier spice. Solid, yet interesting. You have to give credit to the brewmaster here. Interesting experiment that worked out very well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2009
On tap at the brewpub: This obviously isn’t a Witbier, but an interesting and tasty experiment by top-notch brewer Tim Marshall. It pours an intensely dark brown body, almost black, with mahogany edges and capped by a tall tan head. It has an aroma of toasted fresh bread, bittersweet chocolate, caramel & toffee, and a yeasty spiciness. Smooth. The coriander is lightly added to the flavor along with some citrus tastes, a hint of coffee, and some dark fruits. The finish is a chocolatey, spicey dryness. Both interesting and enjoyable. Nice job!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmoreau (3571) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2009
Sampled at the brewpub as the newest offering on the menu. Poured a cloudy,dark brown with a light tan, "diminishing to a bubbly layer" head, but left some good, clinging lace. The aroma was roasty, light coffee, with some dark fruit sweetness. The flavor retained the roasted notes and added a touch of orange zest and a favorable dryness. The coriander escaped me. Although an ale, it reminded me of how a good Schwarzbier presents itself, dark and flavorful but light bodied and drinkable.

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