TheAlum (5100) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2010 Draft on tap at Hopleaf (Chicago, IL). Set out to grab this when I found out it was around. Pours a dark brown, translucent with lighter edges of red, a moderate tannish beige head, brighter, laces ok overall. Aromas are caramel and toffee malt base, dark plum, bread and biscuits, a bit sweeter slanted with faint floral hopping. Initial is similar, lighter side of medium bodied with dark fruit, faint sweet cherry, caramel and toffee, biscuits, bread, light toasty nut. A bit thin for the style, a touch of warming alcohol is more noticeable with the thinner than expected body. Light bitterness, sweet malts overall. Ok, probably shouldn’t have driven out for this as Drew said.
Rerate: more roast and camrleized sugar than I remember, that kiss of cherry and dark fruit is still there providing a decent flavor. I bumped this up a couple points. Better flavors that I remember.
holdenn (2077) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a dark brown with a creamy beige head. Aroma of cereal malts some funk kinda odd. Light body cereal malts dirty earthy flavors some alcohol mixed in too. Kinda bitter cloying and odd.
pantanap (3335) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Jake Melnick’s... Pours a semiclear dar caramel ruby brown pour with a fluffly medium khaki head... Aroma of caramel malt and dark fruit, really subtle overall... Flavors are of nutty bready malt, light roast, and almost a rye-like type of bitterness in the finish. not too resembling of a dopplebock.
drewbeerme (3836) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Jake, pours dark red with off white head, nose red fruit, grain husk, flavors are sweet red and dark fruit, husky, mild pine hop notes, thin body, fizzy carbonation. A little boozy but not really a good dunkel.