auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2013
12oz Can. Why did I buy this? I don’t know? It was a stout in a can I’d never heard of I guess. I certainly wasn’t disappointed, but I’m not sure I really needed a mediocre stout/porter from Illinois. Some roast in the nose, followed by light cola stoutness. Clean, drinkable, good water profile. Otherwise, un-notable, but certainly not offensive. Maybe a little light for a sweet stout. kaser (6360) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Poured from a can at Emerson’s. jet black with brown head. Nutty malty and mild hops taste. Pretty good DesertDevil (699) - Arizona, USA - MAR 3, 2013
12-oz. can. A very dark brown color with thin tan lacing. More roasted malt than coffee on the nose with some espresso and cocoa. Sweet forward with caramel, espresso, and maple syrup, with a light maltiness at the end. Light body with a slightly gritty finish. Meh. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2013
12 oz can from the Binnys Singles Rack (Bolingbrook, IL). A deep dark black brown pour, good haziness but not opaque. Brownish glow and copper on the edges. A frothy offwhite head atop dies to a small ring and laces small. Aromas are lots of cocoa and oatmeal, gentle sweetness, growing roast as it warms. Bakers chocolate, caramel, smooth touches of vanilla and cream. Mellow sweetness grows, integrates well. Gentle coffee, toast and roast. Initial is medium bodied, cocoa and toffee, gentle oatmeal sweetness, grainy and biscuits. Smooth intermixed bakers chocolate bitter elements and sweet caramel, some toffee, toast. Mellow dryness as a bit of body shows into the middle. A touch of toasty roast into the middle, but pretty inviting and accomodating. Backend shows dryness, roast, and oatmeal. A bit of creaminess to the body and palate, some darkness. Finish is A bit thin and fleeting but the flavors are on. A more approachable sweet stout that doesn’t run to lactose to get it there. Pretty solid Chicagoland offering that may easily be overlooked. A touch more body would elevate it, but it’s quite drinkable and approachable. Solid. Firm bitterness into the backend grabs me a bit and wins it an extra point giving this particular beer some versatility. A touch more body and this could be special. GranvilleTim (1857) - Granville, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2013
Black pour with a brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, some sweetness. Taste is roasted malt, maybe some black patent. Light sweet aftertaste. Ok beer, nothing sticks out. Little watery in the finish.
jmohno (1652) - Iowa, USA - DEC 17, 2012
Black,tan head about a finger width,lacing.Pourd mostly into a SS 1/2 english pint glass.My two ss english pint glasses are annoying,one is too small,the other way too big.At least for a 12 oz bottle/can.
Aroma is more of roast,with some chocolate,and mineral.
Taste is pretty smooth,fairly roasty,with a diety aspertamish type sweetness to it. Pretty average in a generall stout taste,bad finish leaves a bad diety taste with the bitter in this.Maybe the water/ph is off or I just dont like the hop flavor/bittering. jdavisesq (38) - - NOV 29, 2012
Tap at brewpub to pint glass. Pours deep black but thin with low head. Smells malty with roast. Malty, mild roast taste, toasty, low carbonation. Good session stout with nice smooth flavor almost no bitterness.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2012
Black with modest tan head / Mild, toasty nose of sour malt, coffee, and caramel / Light to medium body, thin, somewhat fizzy, mostly dry with weak, lightly bitter finish / Thin, simple flavors of dark roast coffee and caramel / Poor. NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 7, 2012
Draft at Owen & Engine. Pours black with a creamy tan head. The nose is moderately roasty and chocolate, some toasted notes and faint hop presence. On tasting, a well built stout. Drying finish, not sweet really. Some caramel and coffee roast, cocoa. Medium bodied and creamy with a pleasant bitterness overall. Quite nice. Misterbum (2) - Island Lake, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2012 does not count
A decent stout. Good 2-finger head on this, so nice appearance. Had somewhat of a metallic taste to it, which I docked some points for. I’d prefer a Lefthand to this, but this will do if you’re at the brewpub and want to give it a shot. Very drinkable, but there are better ones out there in the style.