chibuck (3511) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2011
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The beer is a medium very dirty looking brown, looks very oily. The head is light tan and rises only about a finger.
The aroma is super strong and complex. It starts off with tons of cocoa and is very strong throughout. The cocoa then gets mellowed by by some figs and vanilla, and it finishes with a hint of sherry.
The taste is super sweet, to sweet for me. Its dominated by the cocoa but the dark fruits come into play as well.
The feel is light and its not very drinkable to me because its just a one noter that is sweet. There are some good things going on here and if they tweak this it might be a good one.
hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
8oz pour into snifter @ Hopleaf’s event. Poured a dark brown almost black pour with dirty colored head. Smell of dark fruits especially of prunes and figs, dry malts and alcohol. Taste is similar, a bit on the medicinal side. Very dry finish with a alcohol finish.
chaz01 (190) - Miamisburg, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served in a snifter glass at a recent visit to Clybourn for Sunday brunch. Not what I would normally order for brunch, but this would be my only visit this trip and wanted to try something unique and over the top. Dark black with a light brown/tan head that produces some nice lacing. Roasty malty aroma with coffee, sherry and alcohol notes. Sweet malty flavor, with a little pleasant tartness. Some sherry and rum flavors give it some pleasant alcohol tastes. Smooth, cream, light in the mouth. What you would expect from a cask. Sipping beer, very smooth and delightful.
JaBier (7458) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample at Goose Island Clybourn. Pours clear brown with a thin off-white head. Very botanical fig aroma with hints of caramel. Floral and fruity fig flavor with hints of chocolate and caramel. Sweet finish.
j12601 (9929) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 29, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Goose Island Clybourn. Pours a ruby brown with a medium sized white head. Toasty and smokey, fig paste, baker’s chocolate, prunes. Heavy on the fig. Earthy and minerally. Medium bodied, sweet, dark earthy fruit. Plum, prune, loads of fig. Really interesting. Slow dirty bitterness. Tasty though.
holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled at gi cly. Pours a clear red with a creamy head. Odd earthy nose dirty and malty. Malty sweet flavors. Alcohol sherry red fruits. A slight tangy sourness. Light body fizzy carbonation. Ok but that sourness is out of place.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample at goose cly... Pours a semi-opaque cherry cola brown pour with a thinnish soapy off-white head... Aroma of semi-ripe fruits, grapey, almost juicy in nature... Earthy dark fruit flavors but very much held back by an expressive earthiness. Not as sweet and fruity as the aroma foretold with more of a dark fruit bent with subtle caramel-choco notes. A thin bitterness in the finish. Nice mouthfeel.
drewbeerme (3919) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
cask at the cly, pours dark ruby with small off white head. nose of prunes, brown sugar, port wine. flavors have loads of figs and plums, some port wine, maple syrup, dry finish. a little too straight forward and big fig notes.
beernbourbon (1582) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - APR 12, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at brewpub. Pour is murky brown with little head. Aroma is vegetal with notes of malty sweetness and hints of background hop. Flavor is similar to nose with an alcohol flavor in the finish. It’s not offensive, just not a whole lot going on.
kuphish (381) - Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA - MAR 27, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On draft at Goose Island Clybourn. Pours a murky, deep reddish-brown body. Sweet, dark fruit aroma is sticky and viscous. A little over-ripe vegetable/organic matter aroma in the aroma. Flavor is of sweet fruit and more of the over-ripe fruit and vegetables. Thick, viscous body with low carbonation. Sticky, somewhat oily and lingering dark fruit. Overall not what I was hoping for. I’d like to try this again because I have to hope that the near rotting vegetal aromas I was getting are a fluke.