Zeswaft (1783) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 18, 2006
Outstanding stout. Reminded me a lot of Storm King - a good stout with a great hop presence. In my book, a hoppy stout is a godsend. Loved it. StewardofGondor (2088) - 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. sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2006
clyborn brewpub. mahogany hues contrast the semilucid creamy tan wrung that formed into a peninsula. Bam! thick but moderate, something about espresso and dark chocolate. that came up a few times. dunkel? anyways, it’s a charlie chaplin of craft beer apparently. bam! Jokes (1455) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2003
A dark, dark brown color with a light brown head. A little roasty in the aroma. Nice chocolate flavor to accompany the rye. It almost seemed sweet and spicy at times. The cask conditioning was evident. A rather nice beer. alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - MAR 14, 2007
On tap at brewpup. Dark black, with a tan head. Aroma of roasted and chocolate malt; some rye and hops. Good palate; rye flavor gave it some uniqueness. Very enjoyable.
Nuffield (4201) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 8, 2003
Darkest stout I had at Goose Island this day (compare to Dublin, Oatmeal), 98% opaque. Only a ring of head remains for long. Served cask conditioned, this shows through in the body, with a velvety touch. Low carbonation--a welcome break from the brewpub norm! Rye bread clearly comes out, lingering in the finish. A very nice beer. (on tap, Goose Island, Clybourn, Chicago) TAR (2787) - 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. drewbeerme (3921) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2009 sample at clybourn, poured black with white head. hoppy nose for a stout, some roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee. flavor is again really hoppy for a stout but real nice, big chocolate, rye, and roasted barley. enjoyed this a lot.....4/1/07 sneaking several samples of this from the brew tour and I have to increase the rating by 1 palate point and 1 overall point. this is really a delicious and interesting stout.NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2009
2/11/09, i had this on tap, full pour, forgetting i had it before well i enjoyed it much, i love rye in stout so this is up my alley, also is pretty hoppy too.
Cask at Clybourn. They had blown the Pub Stout, but they had this to take it’s place. Pours an attractive black with a pretty big head for a cask beer. It comes across wonderfully with a nice creamy body and spiciness from the rye, but the roasted malt plays nice with it. Pleasant noble hop finish. Very tasty stuff. BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 7, 2004
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!