hopscotch (11430) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2008
Draft... DLD’08... Muddy, brown ale with a large, frothy, white head. The nose is all cookie and cocoa with unidentified spiciness and grains. Full-bodied with a sandy mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Fairly well-balanced, but leans a touch on the bitter side. Earthy, grainy, moderately bitter finish. Ughsmash (7502) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 28, 2008
On tap at RB – Yorktown. Poured deep caramelly-brown with a shorter cap of deeper off-white head. The aroma picked up deeper fruity notes with clove spicage.. sweet overall feel with a dry, grainy undertone.. dry, mulled candi sugar gave the final impression. The flavor had sweeter candi sugar and plums with caramel and more fruit at the core.. light chocolate and aged caramel toward the back with sharp, spicy, peppery alcohol at the finish.. solid. Medium-plus bodied with heavier carbonation and sharp notes at the back.. OK balance.. meh. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 3, 2008
Poured on tap at Yorktown. Pours a hazy deep nut brown with smalle but pretty offwhite head. Initial taste a bit boozy and strong. Deep dark malts take over with a bit of a belgian spiciness. Still, I feel the malts pervade. Chocolate, vanilla, caramel (Like a sundae) notes linger on the tounge as the backend takes a a still strong taste. An interesting brew, but either too strong in the malt or not balanced properly. Decent, but mainly for its impressive flavors. BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 27, 2008
Growler at the pre-DLD party at Flossmoor, thanks bwkrieger: Hazy reddish amber hue with a small head and okay lace. The aroma has notes of grain, caramel, flowery and herbal hops, earthy spicy yeast esters and a hint of butterscotch. The taste has a nice acidic fruity twang over a layer of sweet and biscuity malt, slight walnut, spice and herbs upon the finish. The mouth feel is sprite yet soft and refreshing. A really nice brew, I liked this. Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2008
Aha! I beat my arch-nemesis Drnk_McDermott in entering this beer!
tmoreau (4743) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUN 19, 2010
Alright. Sorry for the dramatics, but it’s the first time we’ve actually run in to each other at the brewpub.
I know that brewer Tim Marshall was a bit anxious about this one. A Bière de Garde isn’t an easily defined style for professional or amateur to nail. But this is a dandy drink. From the tap it pours a cloudy brown body with a sturdy tan head that laces the glass (they gave me a mug-full, although it was supposed to be served in a goblet) heavily. Yeasty nose supported by dusty, nutty malt, hazelnuts, dark grapes, and a light wilted flower/herbal/earthyl bitterness. Very spicy and peppery on the tongue. Whoever wrote the description must’ve actually tasted it, because it indeed holds flavors of toasted biscuits and dark fruit and hazelnuts with a dash of chocolate, all supported by an earthy/spicy bitterness that grows as the beer warms. Nice job!
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On tap at the Yorktown brewpub, and dispensed to a chalice with a cloudy, reddish brown hue, a good amount of silky, light tan foam to the head, and curtainy lacing that turned web-like as the beer warmed. The aroma was toasty, cocoa, a touch of wood/smoke, and a little tartness. The flavor added more complexity with notes of spice, dark fruit, and lurking alcohol. Nicely crafted, Tim. drewbeerme (3921) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2008
on tap at RB YT while I was filling a growler for DLD! pours hazy chestnut with thin off white head. aroma was earthy, dusty/musty yeast, and some spice. flavors had some anise, dry caramel, spicy, herbal/earhty notes, with a finish of a very faint chocolate. nice now but i bet this could age nicely for a few more months. oh well. another tasty beer from RB YT! pantanap (3367) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2008
had a taste from a growler that andrew shared on DLD. thanks.... poured a hazy caramel brown with a barely noticeable thin wispy off-white head..... aroma of earthy grainy malt that was somewhat lacking.....flavores of muted earthy malt with some hops coming through in the finish. DrnkMcDermott (3176) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2008
Draft at RB. Hey, Cornfield gets a big ol’ mug and I just get a goblet? Is that what my AHA-branded Mug Club card is worth now? ;^) Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 15, 2008
Brown and cloudy with a light bubbly head. Smell reminds me of a darker Belgian dubbel. Taste reveals sensuous brown malts, and a slight bite of yeast. Almost nutty, then ample spiciness from fermentation. Thick, nearly syrupy Belgian malts. Goes down way too easily for a beer with this strength.
Had the draft and cask side by side:
Draft: Pour is hazed burgundy with a very thin tan head...toasty aroma but not very strong...taste is earth fruits, anise (licorice), and musty yeast...seem a little thin and cloying... 7 3 6 3 16
Cask: Pour is slightly more muddied in color than the draft...very nice dense tan head...smell is much spicier than the draft with pepper and anise leaping out...taste is also much spicier than the draft...tons of licorice...nice velvety mouthfeel...7 3 7 3 18