GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 5, 2007
Draft at the brewpub. Poured an opaque black color. Head was tan with good retention and lacing. Aroma was of chocolate, light coffee, sprucy/grapefruity hops, and a dash of brown sugar. Full bodied and very roasty. Espresso, dark chocolate, and burnt stick flavors. There was also a touch of citrusy hops. Great beer. Loved the combination of hops and robust roasty malt. DrnkMcDermott (3137) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUN 29, 2007
12 oz. glass. My 75th Flossmoor Station Rating! Solid black in glass with brown edges and a pillowy tan head. In appearance, it is pretty much a "5." Mellow stout smell with no harshness and a little pinch of sour. Taste is very bright, well-roasted malt but I say it’s minus the overdone "coffee" or "chocolate" flavor. Just standout stout maltiness. Add to that a perfect compliment from the rye and hops: well-settled and prepared to age out, but still pretty boisterous. First just a tangy pepper and rye bread taste, then a delayed action pucker in the middle from a bit of pine, but overall, a great fresh hop flavor. I know my impressions are directly opposite those of my beer buddies below, but it still equals out to a great brew, perhaps the best session stout to come out of this establishment. RAYBOY01 (2010) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2007
Unusually intense PNW hop aroma for a stout...I’m liking this already! Great creamy pour with a rocky brown head floating proudly. The flavors of coffee, chocolate and caramel are pretty rich and the rye adds a chewy spiciness that’s just great. Hop bitterness is pretty strong. The texture is really creamy and smooth. This is a big winner! Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2007
A Stout brewed with the hophead in mind - Very nice pour, thick and black with a bubbly yellowed tan head. Nice lacing. The aroma is quite a snootful, grapefruit and pine over coffee, roasted malts and barley, and a splash of chocolate. The blend of solid roasting and spiciness create the illusion that the beer is much stronger than its 5.5% ABV. Inhale as you drink to get the full enjoyment. This Stout is rich with roasted flavors followed closely by a peppery heat on the tongue (rye is good!) and a mouthful of PNW bitterness that lingers well into the finish. My personal preference is for IPAs, barley wines, Saisons, and strong golden Belgian ales, but this brew can easily make me go dark for a drinking session. And with its lower alcohol content, it’s quite sessionable to boot. Nice work.
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