BeerBunker (965) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Day 7 of 12 of the Christmas beers at Flossmoor. Pours black with a big fluffy tan head. Aroma is of mint, roasted malt, chocolate, and spice. Smells a might strange. Taste starts off with a big taste of mint. The mint starts off pretty harsh, and leaves a very dry taste in the mouth. The base of malt is still there, but way underneath the mint. There is also a fair amount of spice to it as well. Lingering taste of very dry chocolate. Itís pretty damn harsh until it warms. When it warms, the malt and mint starts to actually blend fairly well together. A decent beer, but way too damn dry.
TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the brewpub (Flossmoor, IL). Day 7 of 12, with Devout Stout as the base again. The beer is a bit intimidating, as mint and itís dominating features tend to be. Not to be outdone, the beer pours as Devout does, a nice dark opaque black body, a pretty creamy brownish head that laces well, dies to a decent layer, leaves no surprises. Aromas throw the typical roasted malts, chocolate, and earthiness beneath, with a touch of coffee, however the mint comes on fairly powerful. Green mint, a touch of gun, "Wintergreen" in and of itself is one of my favorite mint archetypes. However, this beer is a bit much for me and kinda humps my palate into submission. Certainly the roast and chocolate, the decent bitterness are there but the mint does take over up front and lingers quite a bit on the backend, making this a fairly potent treatment. This works fairly well and I do love Wintergreen, however, this is a bit offputting overall. Decent, and not the worst of the Christmas beers for sure.
RAYBOY01 (2011) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
#7 of the 12 Beers of Christmas: Very rich roasty aromas wafting off this beer and a signifigant amount of mint as well. Flavors of chocolate and very roasted barley malt with a big mint profile on top of it all. This is definitely the most highly spiced of the series, so far, but the wintergreen, by itís very nature, is very strong anyway. Mint does blend well with the roasty stout flavors. Another winner in the Christmas series.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub as Day 7 of the 12 Beers of Christmas. Brewer Bryan Shimkos showed his heaviest hand on the spices with ths entry in the series, or perhaps itís the nature of the mint. Good looking brew, pouring an opaque brown body, nearly black, with a tall sustained head. The aroma was strong on the mint (Donít ask me which; I donít chew gum.) almost burying the roasty malts, but not quite. The flavor brought forward more of the original characteristics of the oatmeal stout base, and the mintiness and roastiness blended smoothly into a satisfying quaffer. The finish is a tad dry and leaves the mouth with an odd (but not bad) roasted mint coating.