emerge077 (70) - RIP Johnnies, Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 15, 2013
look: 4.25 smell: 4.25 taste: 4.5 feel: 4.5 overall: 4.5
Multiple drafts at the release party at Hopleaf. Congrats go out to the brewing team, Dave, Keith, Brian, and Ken... and a high five to Dave for the concept of a MDL with some interesting twists to it.
Black body with dark brown edges, the pint arrives with a finger of creamy tan foam on top, the surface creating a convex dome that rises above the rim of the glass. The retention is good, and a persistent patchy skim remains for the entire glass, and there’s also a fair bit of lacing around the edges.
Nutty toasted malts in the aroma, dry and rich with hints of coffee and dusty blocks of unsweetened bakers chocolate in the periphery. There’s a unique note that comes and goes, a slight hazelnut coffee inflection that’s hard to pin down but keeps you sniffing trying to figure it out.
More nuttiness in the flavor, toasty and bready with a substantial malt character and an underlying noble hop bitterness that compliments subtly. A Czech pils yeast added a finely dry finish, showcasing the Caramunich malt. It drinks more like a light and dry porter, definitely feels substantial, though it’s light to medium body never sacrifices maximum drinkability here. Extremely smooth due to the addition of 3 varieties of wheat and Belgian oats. Out of the 16 MDL’s i’ve reviewed on here, this is by far the best.
I and many others went through a number of pints, and we were more than a little envious of the liter boots the brewers were equipped with.
Serving type: on-tap
04-04-2013 kaser (6312) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 2, 2013
Brownish pour. Sticky brown head. Had this on draft at uncommon ground. Nutty and chocolate taste. Not sure what this has in it. Combo of brown and stout. Good tho DeliveryDriver (170) - Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2013
Had it on tap. Pours a deep, dark brown color with minimal head. Strong roasted malts on the aroma, with toffee, dark chocolate, and nice nutty notes. Taste is sweet and roasty, with not much hop character. Medium bodied with a nutty, chocolatey aftertaste. A beer worth looking for. crossovert (12934) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2013
Not a super potent dunkel, mellow roasted notes, some cocoa, malt. Decent water profile. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 27, 2013
Tap: Medium brown with hint of reddish highlights, okay head and lace. The aroma has notes of walnuts and macadamia nuts, slight chocolate, roast and caramel with light herbal hop esters. Somewhat earthy yeast notes as well. The taste is malt forward but not overly sweet, plenty of munich malt notes along with nutty and roasty tones too. The hop kiss the beer with light bitterness and there is a faint coffee note. The mouthfeel is smooth and quite drinkable/sessionable. Overall a very nice brew in a style that just is not all the exciting.
tmoreau (4365) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2013
On tap at Lunar Brewing Co., and shaker served showing a darkest brown color, a decent layer of tan head foam, and clingy dots & dashes of lacing. The nose was toasty, slightly nutty, soft malt & light graininess, light cocoa, with a touch of caramel. The flavor was similar, with only a moderate hop bitterness but balanced nicely by a like intensity of smooth malt, and propelled by appropriate carbonation. Medium bodied and very drinkable! TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2013
Draft on tap at the Clybourn Brewpub (Chicago, IL). Pours a deep brownish dark pour, some haziness, lighter brown orange edges glow a bit. Hazy middle clears up on the edges and bottom. A mellow brownish layer atop dies to a filmy layer, laces ok. Aromas are roasty, cocoa, and biscuits. Earthy walnut, toast, and soil. A bit darker, some Schwartz qualities with that mellow roast and anise like quality and cocoa elements. Biscuits. Initial is lighter end of medium bodied, firm roast and toast elements wash over the palate up front. Carmelized, a touch ashy, earthy. Fairly dry even as we round the corner. Middle is bread, biscuits, carmelized malts and grain. Some iced tea, earthy. Lots of toast and biscuits, still dry as we move to the backend. Faint brown malt, earth, more toast. Pretty toasty, but pretty dry overall. Some cocoa, caramel, carmelized and toasty dry finish. Faint kiss of anise in the bcakend that doesn’t overwhelm even for someone who easily is. Just slight. Pretty nice beer here. Good complexity. pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2013
Taster flight at the source... Pours a dark cola like composition with deeper auburn hues and topped with a light beige head that rests on tap... Roasted malt, caraway seed and toasted grain and light cocoa... Flavors are more of the same semi-sweet with dark husky grains, cocoa, toast, and roast throughout. Smooth semi-sweet feel throughout. Medium bodied or just shy there of with adequate carbonation. Pretty nice.