StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 6, 2006
Clybourn. Nearly opaque with a touch of safire-mahogany hues when put to light. Semi lucid and medium viscosity, with a creamy tan wrung forming into a peninsula (reversed, it looks just like Pac Man.) Bam! Aroma comes out swinging. Rye prominence with a charred persona. Espresso grinds and a dark chocolate mocha, joined by unsweetened chocolate morsels, cocoa dust and hearty pumpernickel. Lovely nose. Thickly, yet moderate inlay registers for mouth feel and flavor with an incredibly balanced ensemble. Bitter coffee grinds and gentle, yet really f’in burnt, dark chocolate. So smooth, but abrasive. Dark chocolate cocoa traits weave with expounded coffee grinds and a dunkel undercurrent, continuing unto the finish and squaring up with the rye and hops to make its peace. Tries to wear a lot of hats and pulls it off very well. Ladies and gentlemen, this is the Charlie Chaplin of craft beer. RAYBOY01 (2011) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2006
Great looking pour. Some creamy chewiness in the mouthfeel...perhaps the 25% rye malts? Chocolate/vanilla/roasted nuts/caramel. the mouthfeel was just a tad too thin, especially disappointing after the great Russian imperial, both on tap and cask conditioned! drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2006
On tap at Goose Island Clybourn. Reddish black body with a very thin brown head. Aroma of bitterness, I think it was the rye. Tasted like a dark IPA. Very hoppy with some dark chocolate. Seemed rather thin on the palate. robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - APR 2, 2005
Black Coloring. No Head. Bitter Malt Aroma. The Odd Flavored Malt Can only Be the Rye...Haven’t Had Enough to Make an Educated Description on it. However, Enjoyable and Worth Trying. badgerben (5171) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 31, 2005
Black color with no head. Slightly bitter aroma. Strong smack of barley up front with a bitter overtone. Not much roasted malt. I couldn’t pick up on the rye, but then again, didn’t really know what I was looking for either.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAR 19, 2005
Nice dark dark ruby in color, with a minimal but lasting head. Super crisp, sharp, nasal hair stirring rye in the aroma. Nice nice body. Bready. Wonderful bits of coffee and sharp, stinging crispness in the flavor and palate. At the end, when fully warm, some not nice vinousness, a bit acrid. Good. Thansk again to - oh heck, you know who. TAR (2760) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - MAR 4, 2005
Draft: Prune in color. Quick foam subsides to a sparse, off-white ring. Amplified roasty nose with lots of coffee, seared malt hulls, and burnt toffee. Miniscule, but prickly, carbonation. Medicinal-tinged roast paves the way before a rich, roasted husk onset. Borderline-chalky roast texture is kept at bay by a lush chocolate malt & vanilla bean tandem. Interesting how the graininess seemingly compounds the acidity just before the dryness soaks it right up. Finishes dryly roasty and crisply rye-accented with meaty malts and vague memories of vanilla and earthy burnt malt hulls. Appetizing dry stout with not even a trace of [unclean] yeast, which enables the pristine roastiness to prosper. Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2005 Here’s a hardy, robust drink for a Chicago winter, despite it’s low (5%) abv. This handsome dark brown brew favored by reddish highlights sports a lofty tan head and exudes spicy chocolate aromas. The lively mouthfeel is backed up by roasted barley, chocolate, and peppery spice flavors. It ends on a surprizing, dry coffee note. This ale shows that BIG isn’t always better.BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 7, 2004
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Cask at Wrigleyville: Deep brown hue with small tan head and no lace. Aroma hints of rye sharpness, burnt malts, coffee, plum, and spicy yeast esters. The taste starts grainy and malty then develops a twangy grapefruit and rye twist. The finish is smoky and bittersweet. This medium-bodied beer has a sharp and crisp mouthfeel. This is a Rye Stout that you can enjoy a rye character, it's not hidden or just a undertone, nice! iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 4, 2003
Cask: Deep brown, minimal head. . . Huge yeasty rye aroma with some great roasted chocolate and hints of smoke. A dry oily flavour that I don't usually like but for some reason this works better for me - may be this is more milky/creamy than others I have tried, which seems to even it out a bit. . . Over very drinkable, but lacking some depth that I was expecting from a cask ale.