February 2013 - Stouts & Porters

This month's Beer feature is Stouts & Porters
Stouts & Porters Reviews
201008
Elevator Brewing Co.
Bourbon Barrel Barleywine
Hazy amber color. Aromas of creme brulee, fruit preserves, and rich brown spices with a tangy, chewy full body and a long, lush apricot custard and spicy apple-pie driven finish with layers of grass, citrus pith and piney hops underneath. Very rich and very delicious.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201380
Caldera Brewing Company
Toasted Coconut Porter
Dark brown color. Bold toasted coconut and chocolate peanut butter cup aromas with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a grilled nut toast, mocha, and root vegetable accented finish with mild earthy hops. Great, really drinkable coconut flavor.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201101
Thirsty Dog Brewing Co.
Siberian Night Imperial Stout
Rich, pure aromas and flavors of dark chocolate covered fruits and nuts with a satiny fruity medium body and a lingering tangy, Brazil nut, pipe tobacco, pepper, Thai iced coffee, and sweet spice finish. A well-made, flavorful imperial stout that is remarkably smooth and easy drinking.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200387
Birrificio Brúton
Dieci (10)
Cloudy chestnut brown color. Aromas of chocolate covered fruit cake and sautéed root vegetables with a rich, satiny fruity medium-full body and a graceful, fruit sauce, chocolate pudding, cola, nut, and kiss of earthy hops finish. An elegant, drinkable barleywine that will work well with food.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201009
Elevator Brewing Co.
Winter Warmer Spiced Holiday Ale
Lightly hazy copper color. Spicy gingerbread and carrot cake aromas and flavors with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, pepper bread and savory parsnip and cauliflower puree accented finish. Nicely balanced.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201120
Oskar Blues Brewery
Ten FIDY Imperial Stout
Brown black with a saffron yellow rim. Attractive aromas and flavors of chocolate pudding, dried stone fruit and baklava with a thick, satiny fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, bitter peppery hop and honeydew melon accented finish. A chewy delicious IS.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200383
Rogue Ales
Russian Imperial Stout
Brown black color. Aromas of chocolate, grilled sweet potato, parsnip, and okra with a round, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a pillowy finish with an astringent blanket of piney, citrus hops. A rich, lively food-centric imperial stout.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201906
Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery
Organic Chocolate Stout
Opaque brown color with tan gray head. Bright chocolate brownie a la mode aroma with a silky fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a chocolate cherry mousse and pumpernickel bread pudding finish with a dash of grassy peppery hops. Very tasty, pure and super drinkable.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201118
Shmaltz Brewing Company
He'Brew Funky Jewbelation Ale
Dark brown color. Bold aromas of baker’s chocolate, molasses, soy, and fig paste with supple, fruity full body and a long, pomegranate sorbet, apple butter and honey on pumpernickel finish. A rich, fruity barleywine-like with remarkable balance and elegant depth.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201079
Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.
Stagecoach Stout
Dark brown color. Aromas of chocolate pastry,mocha and dried fruit with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, refreshing citrus, sweet potato, and spiced coffee finish. A fun, lively and flavorful stout that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201080
Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.
Magpie Porter
Brown black color. Aromas and flavors of dark chocolate and coffee with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, roasted nut and roasted root vegetable accented finish. A delicious and appetizing beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200380
Flossmoor Station Brewing Co.
Pullman Brown Ale
Dark brown black color. Alluring aromas of chocolate covered citrus fruits and nuts, latte, and sweet pipe tobacco with a generously plush, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long well balanced finish of savory roasted nuts, herbs, birch beer, and spiced fruits. Magnificently rich and flavorful über porter.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200994
Full Sail Brewing Co.
Old Boardhead Barleywine Ale
Rich copper color. Aromas and flavors of fruity caramel, baked sweet potatoes, herbal hops, and sweet spices with silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful roasted root vegetable and nicely astringent peppery hop finish. Well done.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197927
Moylan’s Brewing Co.
Ryan Sullivan's Imperial Stout
Black with a tan head. Artisan dark chocolate and butter roasted nut aromas and flavors with a chewy, dryish medium-full body and a date-cherry bread, floral honey, and peppery hop finish. Delicious balanced and flavorful.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199004
Blue Tractor Brewery
Mad Cow Milk Stout
Dark brown color. Rich roasted nut and dark chocolate aromas with a chewy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a dried fall fruit, citrus and spice finish. A deliciously vibrant milk stout.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199430
Buckman Botanical Brewery
Fruit Cake Stout
Deep brown black color. Attractive aromas of spicy carrot cake and cherry cola with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a rich roasted nut, mocha, and sprouts finish. Stylish, flavorful and well balanced; will be great with roasted meats.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200901
Excelsior Brewing Co.
Mr. Jimmy's Baltic Porter
Copper brown color. Aromas of caramel and maple nut fudges and chocolate citrus peels with a chewy, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming buttery praline, zucchini-fig bread, and apple brandy accented. A weighty winter warmer with nice depth and balance.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201158
Middle Ages Brewing Co.
Double Wench Ale
Deep copper brown color. Effusively hoppy aromas of citrus and apricot compotes, squash, and date bread with a chewy, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and an earthy, tangy chocolate and pepper finish. A nicely balanced double IPA-like strong ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198984
Williams Bros. Brewing Co.
Midnight Sun Porter
Dark brown black color. Interesting piney, barky, sassafras, peppered jerky, and cola sorbet like aromas with a plush, zesty dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, chocolate covered citrus, spice, and buttered herb bread accented finish. Tons of fun, flavorful character for sipping on its own or with rich foods.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199028
Big City Brewing
Jamaica Stout
Dark brown black color. Aromas of nut fudge, honeyed prunes, spice, and teriyaki nuts with a supple, fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, tropical citrus, cherry cola, and honeyed radish like hop finish. Tasty; pair with mu shu pork or ramen.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198264
Blue Tractor Brewery
Cherry Republic Stout
Brown black color. Dark pumpernickel toast and cherry butter aromas with a supple, dryish medium body and a creme caramel, nut, grain, and beet accented finish with delicate earthy astringency. A delicately cherry flavored stout with great sessionability.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201074
Middle Ages Brewing Co.
Wailing Wench Ale
Deep copper bronze color. Aromas of buttery nut brittle, peach butter, and toasted zucchini nut bread with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, chewy, sweet citrus, arugula and pepper driven finish. A richly layered hop-driven strong ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201078
Middle Ages Brewing Co.
Wizard's Winter Ale
Rich amber color. Aromas of dried fruit, nut brittle and toasty caramel cake with a frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, roasted corn, dried citrus and herb bread accented finish with astringent peppery hops. Very nicely balanced and refreshing.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198949
MOA Brewing Company
MOA IMPERIAL Stout
Murky brown black color with a light brown head. Dense aromas of melted toffee and honeycomb, dried fruits, roasted vegetables, and clay with a vibrant, fruity sweet medium-full body and a zesty, dimensional tropical citrus, berry, cedar, and spice finish. A intriguing bold and mouthwateringly different IS. Will be great with game.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201044
Peter B’s Brewpub
Russian Imperial Espresso Stout
Aromas of roasted espresso and soy beans and chocolate dried fruits and nuts with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tangy, chocolate grapefruit peel, burnt chocolate chip walnut cookies and grass driven finish. A richly flavorful and nicely hopped IS.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200947
Stone Brewing Co.
- 2012 Stone Imperial Russian Stout
Dark brown black color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate, grilled zucchini bread and nuts with a satiny, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a tangy, peppercorn, citrus zest, grassy and chocolate nougat finish. Vibrant malt and hops in a dizzying balance.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200987
Theresianer
Birra d'Inverno
Dark bronze color. Aromas of roasted grains and root vegetables, spicy banana cake and honeyed dried fruit with supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an apple pie, nougat and greens on the brandied finish. A nice winter warmer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201121
Bastone Brewery
Udder Madness Stout
Brown in color. Creamy milk chocolate bar and granola aromas with a supple, well carbonated medium-to-full body and a tangy, carob, dried fruit, root vegetable and tobacco driven finish. A solid, tasty stout for all occasions.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199404
Blue Tractor Brewery
Robust Porter
Dark brown color. Rustic aromas and flavors of horse blanket and hay, butter praline, fruity caramel, herbed cheese rind, and chocolate coffee bean with a vivacious medium-full body and a lingering char-roasted nut, pepper and grassy earth finish. A wild and wooly, rather farmhouse-like porter that will be great with hearty meals.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198096
Blue Tractor Brewery
Oak-Aged "Hands Off My Goat!" Oatmeal Stout
Black brown color. Vibrant buttery oatmeal, dried stone fruit, aged balsamic, melted toffee aromas with a supple, chewy dry-yet-fruity medium-full and a mocha pudding and molasses roasted nut finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200928
DC Brau Brewing Company
The Rider Strong Ale
Murky copper color. Bold exotic tropical fruity and herbal "hop pellet"-like aromas and flavors with a plush, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, herb and pepper bread and peppered kale finish. Very distinctive.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201081
Ohio Brewing Company
Steel Valley Stout
Brown color. Aromas of chocolate caramel and maple nut fudge with a supple, dryish medium body and a rich, roasted grain, cocoa powder and root vegetable accented finish with leafy green hops. A great food beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201117
Shmaltz Brewing Company
He'Brew Jewbelation Sweet 16 Ale
Black with a saffron rim. Boozy aromas of Asian pear, wintergreen, and apple tart with a thick, chewy full body and a warming, pepper, tamari, salted caramel and chocolate nut finish. A rich complex barleywine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201062
Sweetwater Brewing Co.
Exodus Porter
Dark brown color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate covered fruits, nuts and grain with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a nicely balanced, toasted raisin bread, caramel, and radish greens notes on the finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201064
Sweetwater Brewing Co.
15
Deep copper color. Aromas of grilled root vegetables and kale, peppercorn, and fruity caramel with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a crisp, well balanced with surprisingly well hidden alcohol.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201274
Sweetwater Brewing Co.
The Gimp Old Ale
Deep copper brown color. Aromas of okra, root vegetables, cola, buttered roasted nuts, and peppery spice with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, grilled fruit, honey, root beer, and spice finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200109
Blue Tractor Brewery
"Hands Off My Goat!" Stout
Dark brown color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate covered espresso beans and peanuts with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy cherry, citrus, roasted carrot and dark toast finish. A nice sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200996
Innis & Gunn Brewing Company
Winter Beer
Copper brown color. Interesting aromas of pistachio nougat, cola, and molasses cake with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a nicely balanced, toasty, spicy finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200956
Lost Coast Brewery
Eight-Ball Stout
Dark brown color. Dense aromas of porridge, maple sap and dried peach with a plush, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a well rounded, bamboo shoot, baby carrot, and leafy greens accented finish. A nicely crafted stout that will be great at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200986
Ore Dock Brewing Company
Porter
Dark brown color. Aromas and flavors of grilled kale and root vegetables, oregano and chocolate bonbon with a very crisp, dry medium body and a coffee and chocolate cream accented finish. A nice porter for pub grub.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200988
Theresianer
Strong Ale
Copper color. Aromas of apple pie, banana taffy, and peach soda with a supple, fruity medium body and a jicama, roasted nut, kiwi and melon gelato accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201100
Thirsty Dog Brewing Co.
Old Leghumper Porter
Dark brown color. Aromas of chocolate mousse, soy bean, turnip green, and dried fruit with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium body and a pleasant creamy finish. A nice smooth porter.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200399
Asia Pacific Breweries
ABC Extra Stout
Brown black color. Fruity caramel, charred nut and molasses aromas with a off-dry, medium body and a tangy, jicama, mocha and peppery spice finish. A solid export stout.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201122
Bastone Brewery
Imperial Coconut Porter
Dark brown color. Rich freshly sliced coconut and spiced apple aromas with a satiny fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a tangy, dried peach, molasses, and coconut cream pie finish. Nice.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198970
Darwin Brewery
Original Flag Porter
Dark chestnut brown color. Aromas of milk chocolate, carob, and nut brittle with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and crisp, roasted grain, wafer, kiwi and grassy earth finish. A nice tidy porter.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201076
Middle Ages Brewing Co.
Dragonslayer Imperial Stout
Aromas of toasted bread, dried apple, circus peanut, and cocoa with a supple, chewy medium-full body and a very bitter char-roasted nut, coffee bean, cacao nib, and pomegranate molasses driven finish with grassy peppery hops. Intense.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201082
Ohio Brewing Company
Jingle Bell Ale
Copper brown color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla bean, almond cookie, cinnamon sugar and cola with a frothy fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a spiced peach, pepper, and turnip accented finish with grassy hops.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200991
Reuben’s Brews
Dry Stout
Brown black color. Aromas and flavors of baker’s chocolate and roasted nuts with a crisp, dry medium body and a roasted grain, coffee and frisee-like hop finish. A rock solid stout.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200929
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company
Daft Barley-Wine Barrel-Aged Ale
Deep copper color. Bold aromas of garlicky dill pickle and honeyed fruits with a soft, flat light-to-medium body and a warming vanilla flan, brandy, sweet potato, peppered jicama, and chocolate dusted kiwi finish. Different.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201061
Crow Peak Brewing Co.
Pile-O-Dirt Porter
Dark brown color aromas of brown sugar, stewed citrus peels and stone and veggies fruits with a crisp, dryish medium body and a dark roasted nut and coffee bean finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200927
DC Brau Brewing Company
Penn Quarter Porter
Deep brown with a saffron amber rim. Aromas of seared pork fat, cigarette butt, and chocolate nuts with a dry medium body and a leafy mustard greens and white ash accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200858
Four in Hand
Winter Brew
Deep copper color. Aromas of caramel spread on raisin toast with a crisp, fruity-yet-dry medium body and an glazed apple, banana custard pie, pepper, and sprouts accented finish. A fruity sweet winter brew.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198973
Orkney Brewery
Dragonhead Stout
Lush honeyed cashew butter, dark dried fruits, leather and creamy chocolate with a silky, dryish medium body and a coffee, roasted nut, and mustard greens-like hop finish. Pair with goulash or smoked cheese.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201111
Samuel Adams
Honey Porter
Brown color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate nuts and honeyed spice cake with crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body a tangy, dried fruit, nut and peppery spice accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199572
Pearl Street Brewery
JAVA LAVA Coffee Stout
Aromas of coffee, roasted nuts and peppers, grilled cherries and root vegetables with a supple, dryish medium body and a tangy nectarine, wafer, and earthy vegetable accented finish. Pleasant and understated, like Blue Mountain coffee.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201077
Middle Ages Brewing Co.
Druid Fluid Barleywine
Copper color. Aromas of salt water taffy, dried tropical fruits, cruciform-like hops and latex with a creamy, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy molasses, turnip greens, and roasted nut finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201043
Peter B’s Brewpub
Whiskey Barrel Aged Stout
Dark brown color. Aromas of chocolate peanut butter bar, fig cookie, peppery spice, and caramel with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and cocoa, cappuccino, whole nut and dried fruit finish. Doesn’t deliver expected barrel aged character.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201075
Middle Ages Brewing Co.
The Duke of Winship Porter
Dark brown color. Aromas of roasted nuts, chocolate and charred toast with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a firmly astringent, roasted grain, coffee bean and whole nut accented finish. Nice.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201045
Northwoods Brewing Corp. LLC
Habanero Chocolate Porter
Dark brown color. Aromas of chocolate, smoked nuts, and dried chili pepper with fairly flat but vaporously peppery, dryish medium body and a pepper dust, turnip and grass finish with lingering hot chili pepper slow burning warmth and tingle on the tongue and nostrils. Needs more weight and balance.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201042
Peter B’s Brewpub
Chardonnay Barrel Aged Stout
Dark brown black color. Aromas of chocolate nuts and pepper with phenolic melted crayon and foam rubber notes. Fairly flat with a dry medium body and a Band-Aid plastic, nutshell, and hay finish. Problematic.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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