TheAlum (5575) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft on tap at the brewpub (Munster, IN). Pours a very dark brown with dark brown ruby bottom, that light gets through somewhat. A decent offwhite head that dies to a decent layer, laces well. Aromas are a decent caramel and biscuity malt, not outwardly sweet but inviting, with a faint spice, a touch of vanilla, toffee, bready malts. Initial is a decent sweetness, caramel, bread, toffee and biscuits, but too sweet, instead opting for an earthy bitterness to help balance in the finish. A bit of vanilla, more caramel and toffee, faint spice, very drinkable, with a medium body (staying away from a syrupy beer). This beer is very sessionable, staying away from FFF’s motto of hopping things to death. A light earthy bitterness in the finish, very easy drinker. Cheers
Strykzone (4813) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
StLHops tasting. My favorite of the beers tasted. This one was pleasant and unassuming. Lots of malt based aroma with cooked brown sugar. It is a medium brown color. Flavor is oatmeal cookies throughout. Throw in some fruit. A late hop taste is tart citrus. Nice.
JaBier (4807) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Three Floyds. Pours clear brown with a medium tan head. Malty and nutty aroma with caramel and subtle bitter hop notes. Caramel malt flavor with a hint of chocolate and some bitter hops to dry it out on the back end. Pretty solid for a style I don’t usually seek out.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Three Floyds. Pours a quite dark brown with light tan head. Nose is quite roasty, some cocoa sneaks through. On taste, it is pretty clean, full bodied, though it has a roasty note that feels out of place for the style. Still, a quite clean beer that drinks easily with plenty of melanoidins, though the roast does detract, im. Good.
pantanap (3351) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at 3f... Pours a dark caramel cola brown with a creamy off-white head ... aroma of bready roasted malt with a hint of chocolate...Flavors are very consistent with more of a caramel and chocolate malt presence. Really nice creamy mouthfeel.
HonkeyBra (3271) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bizzam. Dark brown pour with small tan head. Malty aroma qith bread, caramel, roast. Roasty flavor, lightly bitter and very dry. Crazy hops are notably missing. It seems like 3F wanted to make a legit dunkel. Looks like they did a pretty great job.
DrnkMcDermott (2780) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Brixie’s. $4.50. Deep brown in a shaker glass. After several minutes during which I was doing something else or other, it still shows a small layer of foam. Smell is a bit nondescript, offering little clue to the beer itself. The taste, though, shows it to be a hearty, fresh dunkel, but minus the yeast bite of fresh craft lager. well, now I get a little yeast smell after all. Dark malt abounding fer sher; fewer hops than usually found in a Floyds beer. In this case, the beer is a straight shot at the definition of a dunkel lager style.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of caramel, chocolate, and a little roast. Decent flavor, just a touch of chocolate. It was okay, I thought it was a little thin though.
satan165 (1019) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
chewy aroma of caramel, taffy and chocolate. flavor is very well balanced, despite ultra sweet caramel malt a sizzling hop element comes to light late in the taste. complex aroma also contains nuts and subtle banana. a rare example of a classy FFF beer that isnt just a guilty pleasure for its out of whack hopping.
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - NOV 24, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2009 On tap at Three Floyds, served in a .5L dimpled mug. Clear, dark brown pour with a one-finger thick head of tight tan foam that slowly settled, leaving some nice lacing behind. The aroma was mild cocoa and bittersweet chocolate. The flavor upped the ante just a bit with some stronger chocolate and cocoa notes, a touch of roast, and a hint of dark fruit skins at the finish. Tasty and clean. Medium-bodied with some cleansing carbonation. The finish was somewhat abrupt, but this makes the beer superiorly sessionable. No palate fatigue, just rich, flavorful beer. This may be their best lager to date. Can’t wait for the new batch of Ham on Rye. Nicely done!