Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 4, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at GI Ė Clybourn. Poured clear medium coppery-brown with a creamy beige head and thorough lacing. The aroma picked up soft toffee, bread, and fruity notes with spicy pepper and a little brown sugar behind. The flavor was quite spicy with peppery and coriander over dry toffee and medium-skinned fruity sweetness.. tacky back-end with more spicage.. only a decent transition across the palate.. drinkable, but not great. Lower carbonation on the palate with an almost empty dryness on the back.. tacky bitter and lightly sour finish. OK brew.
TheAlum (7051) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
As a former resident (17 years, Richton Park) of southern Cook County, I really got a kick out of Cornfieldís rating. Poured from a growler my brother picked up. Poured a dark red coppery color with a decent head (although, that could be affected by it being from a growler). Vague aromas that are slightly malty, but mainly subdued with mild hop essences. Intial tastes that is malty and lightly hoppy, as appropriately reflected by its aroma. A decent ale, however Iíve had better bitters for sure.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
For those of you not familiar with my home turf, Cook County, Illinois, has as its main occupant the city of Chicago, where I was bred and reared. Historically it has been, and still is, a heated ratís nest of political corruption, governmental nepotism & cronyism, mobsters, gangs, racial tensions, random acts of violence, dirt, and extremes of weather with every season. Cook doesnít really recognize itself to be a part of Illinois. It doesnít really even get along with its "Collar Counties," Chicagoís sprawling suburbia.
For those reasonís, I would have expected a beer bearing itís name to be extreme, a clash of sensations, bitter and astringent, foul like the mightiest of malt liquors, with a huge skunk, burnt brick, and muddy aroma.
But what we have here is a sessionable ale, nominally a Bitter, yet quiet enough to approach the Mild Ale style. Handsome pour, a reddish copper body with a respectable, creamy ecru head. Good lacing. The aroma is sweet and malty with a pome fruitiness and a light herbal/grassy/floral hopping. A bit thin, its flavors reflect the nose, sweet with a bitterness that really only shows up near the finish.
Note: Cook County also has a lot of good folk living here, a lot of good brewpubs (some of them multi-award winning), many great beer shops, and a lot of solid bars for us geeks. Do drop in!
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Tmoney99 (13896) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Clybourn brewpub. Poured clear copper color with medium off-white fizzy head that diminished slowly with good lacing. Medium balanced spicy aroma. Medium body with light carbonation. Medium bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Solid drinkable brew.
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - JAN 15, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at GI Cly. Red clear copper with small beige head. Lots of spicy noble hops aroma, dry caramel malt. Grainy bitter malt, dry, noble hops, grassy, slighlty nutty. Med to light body and a little syrupy. Not bad for a bitter.