chibuck (3511) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Map Room...A clearish brown with a little tan head, looks watery in the light, not good looking...The aroma is rye mixed with floral hops, not a great combination as the hops are muted by the rye...Taste is toasted rye with toffee with a bitter finish. You can taste way to much alcohol. This is not one of my favorite Half Acres, skip.
TheAlum (7130) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler pour from the brewery (Chicago, IL). Pours a nice glowing fiery orange brown hue, darker, good haze, with a small tannish frothy head that laces a bit, dies to spotty film. Aromas are sweeter malts, a touch of rye and caramel, toffee, biscuits, toast and floral hops with a touch of soapiness. Touch of pine, citrus. Initial is a fairly balanced beer off the bat, lighter end of medium bodied, sweeter biscuity malts, rye, a touch of bitter cocoa. Decent florals bitter, with a touch of resinous pine. Not really spicy, the rye is sweeter, with a good balance of bitterness from a decent overall hopping, dark cocoa, sweet biscuity and toffee malts, flourishes of toastiness. Finish is balanced, a touch dry, as the maltiness sticks around, lingers with mellow sweetness and dryness. An interesting beer, I could have taken a firmer hopping, but it is pretty good.
Headbanger (3986) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler (courtesy of Mowz)-Pours a dark rustic amber with a decent tan head. Aroma of hops, malt, and rye. Taste of the same. This medium bodied brew is pretty malty and I was expecting some more hops for a their version of a harvest ale. Not bad but I was expecting something else.
phaleslu (9851) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler shared by somebody super cool at Kristina’s pig roast behind West Lakeview Liquors. Pours an orange-brown color with a small tan head that disappears. Aroma of rye, floral hops, toast, cereal grains, caramel malts, and nuts. Flavor was equally malty and grainy, but the beer was pretty flat. Medium-bodied, with a smooth, flat mouthfeel and lingering grainy finish. Very interesting, and I’ll have to try this again sometime.
jaymobrown (1845) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A growler. Poured a light brown color, and at first had a nice tan head. Really thick grain nose with rye, wheat, rice. Some hints of pine and perfume in the nose as well. The beer itself was thick and chewy. Lots of malt and grain. A bit of bitter in the end that balanced it nicely. Nice on an October day.
satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2010 Fill #11, ring the bell. Warm near chaocolate aroma, some foliage, soft sweet burnt carmel edges. Appearance is root beer personified: well polished translucent sasparilla brown, spotty head, low carb, glass clean of lacing. Flavor is multi-way balance, begins with more warming sweet notes, light cocoa is tempered with nearly smoky spice late. Gooey wet hops come last but their citrus is lost, distant pine perhaps, their character seems to just mesh and build further layers. Palate succeeds, soft and nearly fat, substantial further as a seasonal autumn brew. in the end sweetness becomes overwhelming after a few glasses, a bit obnoxious in time.
HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler from the brewery. Gorgeous, deep red pour with thick off white head. Aroma is spicy with some pepper, rye, citrus and earthy hops. Flavor is incredibly smooth, the spicy rye matches the earthiness, dankness of the hops for an incredible balance. A touch of tea. Perfect, extremely drinkable. A mild sweetness comes through. Medium bodied, nice carbonation. Fantastic beer.