TheAlum (6289) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft on tap at the Deconstructed brewpub (Munster, IN). A new one. Excellent. Pours a rich blackish pour, darker with flashing deep ruby edges and bottom, some body flashes. A thicker cakey light brown head atop that stays well layered, laces ok and sticks around. Aromas are cocoa and roast, toffee and gentle kisses of dark fruit. Biscuits, more cocoa comes into the fold as it warms a bit more, dustings and gentle roastiness mix. A light dry floral hopping sits there. Initial is medium bodied, preaching a firm dry bitterness and hopping up front. Citrus and florals mix with black malts, bitter roast, and dark chocolate. Middle shows a touch of sweetness, cocoa and a bit of toffee, biscuits and bread. Middle picks up with a creaminess, cocoa and dry roast mix liberally with a firm malt body that gives it some girth, but definitely doesn’t get sweet. Earthy brown malts take the reigns here. Backend is dry and hoppy, lingering roast and toast with cocoa and biscuity elements kicking around. The hops and chocolate element interweave well, almost a bit creamy and chocolatey on the palate in the middle. Smooth and mellow, earthy brown malts really give some life in the middle giving the malt body a pleasant kick. They assert themselves. Lingering weird dry hop and almost a faint kiss of anise or something medicinal in the aftertaste is what I catch at times. Overall, a solid beer with some great balance, dry and bitter yet still with some of that malt body hanging on. Nice.
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap @ 3F (25Mar2012) ARE YOU KIDDING ME? this was the last beer I sampled @ 3F and it was easily the best. the smoothness and complexity just rocked me, 3F speaks to me in hops but nailed the english style.. coffe flavor is there but balanced, malty backbone still balanced... good drinking.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the source... Pours a cola like consistency becoming more brownish towards the edges. A thin light beige head rests on top that quickly dissipates... Chocolate and roast emphasized in the aroma, touch if rye bread almost... Flavors are more of the same with a slight fruity roasty bitter finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium with somewhat prickly carbonation.
deyholla (8123) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a near clear dark brown with a light brown head that dissipates to the edges and laces slightly. Aroma has a good amount of roasted malts with bitter chocolate and dark grains. Flavor has a creamy roast with a dry finish and some backing bitter chocolate.