crossovert (7921) - Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. THis is supposed to be a dry stout? It’s a fairly dry beer but too strong for a dry stout, ended up reminding me of a black ipa instead.
TheAlum (5909) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft on tap at Floyd’s Alehouse (New Lenox, IL). Also another rating that’s been kicking around for awhile. Pours an opaque black hue, a bit thicker on the swirl with really no light on the edges, brownish head atop dies to a smaller ring, laces small overall. Aromas are a decent hop character, bitter florals, touches of fruit and pine. Gentle roast and toast, touches of bakers chocolate, gentle coffee. Initial is firmer bodied, picking up a bit more than expected. The firmer body is dry and bitter, touches of roast, firmer dry hops show pine, florals, gentle citrus and that bakers chocolate appeal. Middle is a bit firmer, with some roast, gentle oatmeal, caramel, the bitter and dry elements quickly react and counter. Some gentle char, more pine, more Black IPA-ish at times overall. Finish is dry, bitter and roasty. Solid stuff with a Black IPA slant overall. The Citra seems a bit wasted without the fruity character that hops necessarily preaches. It is quite bitter and hoppy, but the Citra doesn’t come into focus like you might expect.
tmoreau (2571) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Warren’s Ale House in Wheaton IL. for their Illinois Craft Beer Toast & Roast event. Dispensed to a shaker with an opaque, black/brown hue, a thick layer of brownish tan head froth, and wavy lacing that lasted for awhile. The nose was roasted, light grain, and light woodiness. Smooth on the palate, with light creaminess to the mouthfeel, the body was medium, the hop bitterness showed no tanniny astringency or bite, and little lingering quality, but compensated with some nice Citra dryness to the finish. Quite sessionable.