HonkeyBra (2848) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the taproom. Pours a rich dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of chocolate malt, rye, touches of dark bread. There are notes of dark malt, some cereal notes, toast, and roasted malt. Flavor is rich, dry, focused on rich roasted malt and rye flavors. Lots of chocolate malt, with some cherry, caramel, and bread notes. Moderate hop bitterness is an afterthought. Creamy bodied, above average carbonation. Nice.
napdynmite (34) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bubbly and not bitter. Modest chocolate notes and an overall pleasing, if unpronounced flavor. Higher carbonation.
DrnkMcDermott (2715) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
10 oz. tulip, $5.50 at Tap House. Opaque brown, with a thin brown layer of foam. Heady smell with definite alcohol. Taste has big coffee and cocoa notes. A bit of sour cherry around the edges. Keeps a nice hop bite throughout the glass, and there’s a bit of roast malt that grows on me as well.
tmoreau (1915) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewery, and dispensed to a nonic 10 oz. tumbler with a black/brown hue, creamy, brownish tan head froth, and waves & spots to the clingy lacing. The aroma was an inviting nose of roastiness, malt creaminess, chocolate, and hints of caramel & toffee. Medium- bodied, softer carbonation, moderately bitter, with some finishing dryness. The character waned as the tasting continued, softened & thinned a bit, but was still nicely quaffable.