TheAlum (4289) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft on tap at the brewery (Naperville, IL). Pours a deep brownish copper pour, some copper and orange sunset glowing edges and outer body. A nice hue, gentle haze. A frothy offwhite head dies to a firm film, laces ok. Aromas show bready and carmelized malts, gentle spice and raisin, a bit of toastiness. They aren’t joking, bready and raisiny. A gentle sweetness, cinnamon and that fenugreek comes on. It’s as advertised but more mellow overall, not overly done. Initial is a medium bodied, toastiness and biscuits up front, raisins and firmd ried fruit team with gentle cinnamon. Bready, dsome dough, carmelized malts. Gentle sweet toffee, fenugreek, and an enjoyable spiciness. Some rye, gentle Belgian yeast catches on past the spice and forms some of that dark fruit influence. Middle is a bit spicy yet inviting, gentle sweetness, dough, and raisin bread. I thought the base was a bit messy but overall, this treatment is a bit more fun, well integrated. Some toastinessn firm spiciness into the backend and a good deal of raisin and dried fruit from the yeast. Gentle yet growing dryness on the backend, lingering spice, cereal, crispix, and bready malts. Raisin and dried fruit. Not a bad beer if a focused experiment overall. As advertised and not cloying or humping your palate with sweetness or too much spice. A treatment that plays to the base’s strengths and improves the beer in my opinion.
deyholla (4787) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a clear deep purple with light brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a bit of rye with cinnamon and light spice backed earthy grains. Flavor is full of deep grains and a hint of eye with backing dark fruit.