chanokokoro (138) - Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2012
Enjoyed at the Beer Bistro in the West Loop, Chicago IL. Served in a Goose Island branded chalice.
Served with a two finger fluffy off-white head. The body is amber with dark brown hues. The head retention is excellent and a bunch of splotchy lacing coats the inside of the glass. The nose is a combination of rich toffee, light peppery spice and mild accents of smoky, charred oak. Quite complex, caramel and nutty toffee upfront and through the midpalate, joined by rye, peppercorn, and caraway that tingles the tongue. Finishes semi-dry with light smoke and continued rye and caraway spiciness. Lighter side of medium body with adequate, but gentle carbonation. Slick with malty smoothness. Highly drinkable. This beer was really impressive. The complexities are subtle, abundant, and expertly balanced. The result of the creativity that went into Casimir exceeded my expectations. A true pleasure to drink.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2012
Draft at Whole Foods. Technically a variant of Gratzer. Pours a deep brown with thin offwhite head. The nose is big and smokey, lots of oak and spice notes. Campfire and pumpernickel. Faint floral/herbal hop as well. On tasting, moderate bitterness with some cocoa and sweetness to go with the carraway notes. Distinctly smoky and nice. The more I have the better it gets. Smokey and balanced. Faint char notes as well. Solid beer. DrnkMcDermott (3099) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Pint mug at the Wrigleyville pub. The menu describes this as a "Grodziski" style of beer. Dark reddish brown pour with a nice thick head. Smoked malt in the nose, a bit of wood smoke among the usual cheese rind. Taste has lots of thick malt to hold up the smoke. Invites obvious comparisons to a Bamberg bier, but also reminds me of a peaty Scotch ale. Also some phenol, which would be par for a smoked beer. Very substantial for a beer with "regular" alcohol count. beerbaaron (1998) - Arizona, USA - APR 19, 2013
Unclear reddish brown amber. Medium to large beige head, fully lasting with drippy lace. Smoke, peat, campfire, wheat, candy/fruit loops(?am I crazy!). Unique. Sweet and smoked. Smooth and surprisingly balanced to me. Interesting how it all comes together. Not being overly smoked allows more of the lighter character to stay in the background and makes for a fun beer to taste. ddemmingjr (800) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JUN 2, 2013
On tap from Heinen's so I've got a growler to ponder this one from: pours clear deep mahogany, fluffy khaki head that persists. Nose of smoked wheat, peat, rye bread, peppercorns. On the palate, roasted grains, wheat, rye bread, peppercorns, subtle sweetness possibly from caramel malts, a bit nutty and subtle dark fruits. Such a unique, complex style that we don't see often. Lighter bodied, somewhat dry finish. Really drinkable and I'm happy this is all mine this evening on the deck...
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shigadeyo (3739) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 15, 2013
9/15/2013: Goose Island Casimir... Aroma: Caramelized bread rye bread crust, chocolate malt, and some nice smoke/char undertones. Appearance: Chesnut brown color with golden highlights and a frothy tan-colored head; clean appearance, opaque. Flavor: Caramel and dark malts up front; roasty and smoke in the middle with some fruity rye bread and a touch of molasses; almost salty finish; good level of sweetness and balance overall; complex and unique, but somewhat difficult to describe properly! Palate: Medium-bodied; smooth, calm mouthfeel; slightly watery maybe? Overall: VERY good, quite delicious! Quite flavorful and unique, but still really drinkable; Draught (growler fill) from Country Fresh Market in Cincinnati, Ohio. Rating #20 for this beer. Tmoney99 (14479) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2013
Growler shared by shigadeyo. Poured hazy dark brown with an average light brown frothy head that was mostly lasting with very good lacing. Moderate to heavy smoke and toasted bread malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium toasted sweet malt andf smoke flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Complex good beer. jlruthven (612) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 25, 2013
On tap @ Craftsman. Pours murky brick red, big soapy/foamy head. Sweet woodsmoke, big rye, bits of caramel and a hint of oak. Taste follows, with maybe a bit of vanilla sweetness from the bourbon barrel residue (or maybe its just my imagination). Soft, full palate. Nice. kaser (6312) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2012
On tap at Murphy and sons. Poured with half the glass head that took forever to go away. Very dark unexpectantly. Smells like a sweet stout. Leather and malty taste. Smokey. Not bad, better than I thought it would be. Bacon aftertaste. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Draft on tap at Bavarian Lodge (Lisle, IL). Glad to finally try this. Pours a rich deep darker brownish hue, good haze, some lighter brown glowing edges. A frothy tannish head atop laces well, remains a mellow layer overall. Darker rich hues, some copper brown edges glow a touch, but dark rich body. Aromas are a rich woody smoke, smoked breads and growing campfire meats, ham, touches of ask, roasty wood and oak, gentle earth. Touches of carmelized malts, biscuits, and gentle fruit, reddish. Initial is medium bodied, a touch more full on the palate than expected, putting some carmelized malts and earthy woody smoke elements firmly in the focus. Campfire meats, gentle florals and spice, toasty and carmelized malts, some biscuity and wheat bread malty qualities. A bit more dry and spicy as we push through the middle, offering rye spicy caraway, gentle florals. Some thicker rye, bread, and biscuits give a darker slant. Mellow campfire meats are pleasant, with earth, roast, and gentle ashy woody, smoked wood, and oak. Gentle spice, some almost chocolate or darker brown malt qualities. A bit dry, lingering smoke, kiss of floral, waft of fruit. Pretty well put together. I’d prefer more smoke personally, less spice and dryness and a more crisp lighter body. But overall, it’s a solid offering. Gentle toast, dryness, spice, and mellow dark fruit in the middle. Richer rye and darker malts, smoked wood, and gentle campfire presence overall. The nose left a little to be desired from the Smokehead, especially as it warms. Perhaps I got too used to it, but the smoke falls out a little too far for me. Still, as I mentioned a nice beer.