February 2015 - Stouts, Porters and Strong Ales

This month's Beer feature is Stouts, Porters and Strong Ales
Stouts, Porters and Strong Ales Reviews
209136
Excelsior Brewing Co.
'Spresso Milk Chocolate Stout
Opaque dark brown black color. Rich, inviting aromas and flavors of cappuccino gelato and toffee with a silky, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, elegant, medium-long finish manifesting notes of artisanal mocha, nuts, and watercress. A fantastically flavorful and balanced coffee stout that gets it just right.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209194
Chatham Brewing
Imperial Porter
Dark brown color. Bright, attractive aromas and flavors of chocolate cherry bon bons, chestnut brittle, brown sugar, and sarsaparilla candy with a supple, tangy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-long finish that shows impressions of salty roasted nuts, vanilla salt, grassy earth, and peppery radish. An exceptionally zesty, well balanced and attractive imperial porter.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209122
Sixpoint Brewery
Resin Imperial IPA
Bright amber color. Herbal, peppery aromas and flavors of grilled citrus, roasted root vegetables, herb muffin, and honeycomb with a satiny, tangy, frothy, fruity medium-full body and an astringent, complex, long finish with notes of grapefruit marmalade on toast, mango sorbet, pepper, and pine. A rich and delicious IPA with great fresh citrus flavor.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209196
Bonfire Brewing
Kilt Dropper Scotch Ale
Bronze brown color. Attractive aromas and flavors of chocolate nuts, salted caramel, and candied fruit with a satiny, tangy, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, captivating, very long finish evoking suggestions of roasted sweet potatoes, arugula, peppery spices, and sassafras. A delicious, balanced, and appetizing Scotch ale that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209159
Southern Prohibition Brewing
Ragana Baltic Porter
Dark brown color. Lively aromas and flavors of chocolate toffee, caramelized fruits, and chestnuts with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a mildly astringent, stimulating, long finish with suggestions of mocha gelato, honeyed orange peels, bitter greens, and creamy vanilla. A delicious and finely balanced Baltic porter that is a benchmark of the style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209148
Straight to Ale
Bourbon Barrel Aged Laika Russian Imperial Stout
Opaque dark brown black color. Rich aromas and flavors of dark chocolate citrus peels, butter roasted nuts, mushroom consommé, and cracked pepper with a creamy, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, intricate, long finish with accents of chocolate espresso beans, dark rye toast, and tamari. A fantastically savory, umami driven Russian Imperial stout.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209191
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company
Daft
Cloudy bronze color. Lively, dense aromas and flavors of praline, roasted tropical fruits, chestnut honey, and creme brulee with a velvety, tangy, finely carbonated, fruity medium-full body and a warming, very complex, very long finish displaying impressions of pepper jelly, brandied cherries and peaches, cedar, and minerals with light oak. An amazingly flavorful, complex , and balanced barrel aged beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209342
Deschutes Brewery
Mirror Mirror Barleywine
Hazy bright copper color. Dense aromas and flavors of caramelized fruits and nuts, creme brulee, and spiced cherries with a chewy, tangy, finely carbonated, fruity full body and a peppery, nuanced, long finish with suggestions of peppery spices, arugula, honeyed citrus, and minerals. A bold, boozy, and delicious barleywine with a healthy dose of hops and warming alcohol.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209138
Excelsior Brewing Co.
Smoke on the Porter
Opaque dark brown black color. Smoky aromas and flavors of charred nuts, campfire embers, and smoked meats with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, dryish medium-to-full body and a complex, medium-long finish with impressions of dried fruits, molasses, smoked peppercorns, and grilled romaine. A robust yet very nuanced and well balanced smoked porter.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209134
Knee Deep Brewing Co.
"Dark Horse" Imperial Stout
Dark brown black color. Rich aromas and flavors of roasted nuts, grilled citrus, artisan chocolate, and rum raisin bread pudding with a silky, tangy, fruity full body and a warming, interesting, very long finish evoking impressions of chocolate espresso beans, nougat, dried fruit, and pepper. A robust, delicious imperial stout.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209164
Stone Brewing Co.
Stone Imperial Russian Stout
Opaque brown black color. Bold aromas and flavors of chocolate coconut, salt water taffy, and nougat with a chewy, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, involved, long finish with accents of tamari on nori, grilled citrus, and burnt sugar. A fantastically vibrant Imperial stout with a great hop cloak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209187
Belching Beaver Brewery
Ol' Dirty Barrel Russian Imperial Stout
Brown black color. Rich aromas of chocolate toffee, toasted date bread, and fruity caramel with a velvety, tangy, fruity full body and a mildly astringent, long dark roasted nuts, baking chocolate, caramelized citrus, and arugula finish with moderate oak. A wonderfully balanced barrel aged imperial stout with great depth and vibrancy.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209343
Deschutes Brewery
Black Butte XXVI
Brown black color. Bright, complex aromas and flavors of chocolate covered pomegranates, orange marmalade on raisin toast, chocolate mint cookie, and cedar with a silky, lively, finely carbonated, fruity medium-full body and a warming, elegant, long finish with accents of chocolate orange peels, pink pepper, and delicate spice with light oak. A rich and delicious flavored porter.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209160
Rahr & Sons Brewing Co.
Rahrzehnt 10th Anniversary Ale
Brown black color. Lively aromas and flavors of mocha, dried fruits, and dark pastries with a velvety, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity full body and a tingling, intricate, medium-long finish revealing notes of chocolate mousse, roasted nuts, pepper, and herbal honey. A fantastically rich and balanced chocolate stout treat.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209219
Blue Pants Brewery
Pinstripe Stout
Opaque dark brown black color. Bold aromas and flavors of coffee grounds, bakers chocolate, and roasted nuts with a supple, lively, frothy, dry medium body and a tingling, captivating, medium-length finish imparting notes of dried fruits, pepper, and grass. A delicious, spot on export style stout.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209233
Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.
Stagecoach Stout
Opaque brown black color. Delicate aromas and flavors of toasted fig bread, chocolate nut, and root beer with a tangy, frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length finish revealing accents of cherry chutney, cocoa latte, frisee, and pepper. A delicious and super sessionable oatmeal stout.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209099
James Page Brewing Co.
JP's Yabba Dhaba Chai Tea Porter
Dark brown color. Attractive aromas and flavors of pumpkin pie spices, cherry cola, and chocolate graham crackers with a silky, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish manifesting accents of sweet potato pie, nutskins, chai tea, and horchata. A super flavorful and enticing spiced porter.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209096
NOLA Brewing Company
Barrel Aged Irish Channel Stout
Dark brown black color. Rich, creamy aromas and flavors of chocolate mousse, creme brulee, and root beer float with a velvety, bright, finely carbonated, fruity medium-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-long finish with nuances of honeyed greens, mocha latte, and sweet cream. A delicious and well balanced barrel aged stout with great drinkability.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209027
Port City Brewing Co.
Porter
Dark brown black color. Delicate aromas of toffee, sweet potato chip, and cola float with a satiny, lively, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a mildly astringent, interesting, medium-long espresso gelato, nougat, mango-citrus chutney, and pepper finish. A great zesty porter.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209028
Port City Brewing Co.
Tidings
Bright golden yellow color. Lively, spicy aromas and flavors of ginger, buttered baguette, honeyed soufflé, and coriander with a supple, lively, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, charming, long finish evoking shades of watercress, nougat, pepper, and minerals. A very tasty Belgian ale with skillful spicing.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209161
Rahr & Sons Brewing Co.
Snowmageddon Imperial Stout
Opaque brown black color. Delicate aromas and flavors of roasted nuts and soy with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length finish with notes of latte, chocolate salted caramels, and greens. A rich, tasty, and nicely balanced imperial stout with great drinkability.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209107
Red Brick Brewing Co.
21st Anniversary Dark Saison Ale
Brown color. Rich aromas and flavors of milk chocolate mousse, toasted panettone, and marmalade on toast with a satiny, tangy, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a complex, medium-long finish with accents of caramelized citrus, candied yams, chocolate covered tropical fruits, and vanilla yogurt nuts. A delicious and mouthwatering saison with a lovely, well integrated barrel character.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209120
Sixpoint Brewery
Lump of Coal Porter
Dark brown color. Bright aromas and flavors of chocolate covered citrus and berries and fruitcake with a silky, lively, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish conveying notes of roasted nuts, field greens, and sweet citrus. A very tasty and seamlessly drinking porter.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209165
Stone Brewing Co.
Double Bastard Ale
Copper ruby color. Delicate aromas and flavors of frosted carrot and banana cakes, roasted nuts, and mango chutney with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, intricate, long finish evoking notes of grapefruit, salted caramel, pepper, and rapini. A wonderfully rich and balanced hoppy strong ale with a fine savory streak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209365
Sweetwater Brewing Co.
"16, So Fine" Red Wheat Wine Ale
Bronze ruby color. Delicate, interesting aromas and flavors of cherry preserves, rye toast, and nut brittle with a supple, bright, frothy, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, stimulating, medium-length finish with shades of fruitcake, pepper, citrus jelly, and greens. A lovely well-balanced strong ale with great flavor and depth.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209236
Blue Pants Brewery
Barleywine
Hazy stratocaster sunburst color. Lively aromas and flavors of caramelized grapefruit, brown sugar, dried mango, and spicy custard with a velvety, tangy, effervescent, fruity medium-full body and a complex, medium-long finish with accents of apricot marmalade on toast, baking spices, brown sugar, and pepper. A lip-smacking and well made English style barleywine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209674
BrickStone Brewery
"Dark Secret" Russian Imperial Stout
Opaque black color. Dense aromas and flavors of dark roasted coffee beans, burnt sugar and nuts, burnt raisin toast, and wood with a velvety, soft, under-carbonated, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, medium-length finish with elements of espresso gelato, smoked nuts, caramel cream, and honeycomb with light oak. An intense coffee stout for real coffee connoisseurs that has an interesting arc from burnt to sweet.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206448
Fabbrica della Birra Tenute Collesi Srl
Collesi Imper Ale "Nera"
Hazy dark mahogany color. Complex aromas and flavors of circus peanut, chocolate toffee, mocha gelato, and cedar with a satiny, tangy, frothy, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, involved, medium-length finish revealing notes of fruit tart, delicate spice, and honey. Not really a dry stout, but quite delicious; this is more of a Belgian stout.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209008
La Quinta Brewing Co.
Napoleon Imperial Stout
Opaque brown black color. Mild aromas of roasted chestnuts and sprouted grains with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dryish medium-full body and a warming, appealing, medium-long espresso gelato and peppercorns finish. A snappy imperial stout.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209097
NOLA Brewing Company
Prytania Imperial Porter
Dark-Brown color. Lively, interesting aromas and flavors of nut brittle, salted caramel chocolates, papaya chutney, and brown sugar with a chewy, lively, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish with impressions of roasted parsnip, pepper, fig, and latte. A rich and savory imperial porter that will be best with food.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209105
Red Brick Brewing Co.
Thick Silky Double Chocolate Oatmeal Porter
Dark brown color. Interesting aromas and flavors of chocolate covered dried mango and apricot and chestnut honey with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, intricate, medium-length finish revealing suggestions of toasted dark bread, salty roasted nuts, granola, and citrus. A delicious and mouthwatering flavored porter with great fruity and savory notes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209261
Reuben’s Brews
Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout
Opaque dark brown black color. Rich, toasty aromas and flavors of melted toffee, chocolate cherry danish, creme brulee, and spiced nuts with a satiny, tangy, effervescent, fruity medium-full body and a warming, appealing finish that presents overtones of sarsaparilla, cherry and apple brandy, exotic peppercorns, and tobacco with light oak. A big boozy winter warmer that dose the trick.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209123
Sixpoint Brewery
Global Warmer Imperial Red Ale
Bright deep amber color. Rich, inviting aromas and flavors of grapefruit marmalade, herb bread, and dried mango with a chewy, tangy, frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an astringent, appealing, medium-long finish with notes of kumquat chutney, pine, and bitter greens. A robust and very well balanced imperial red ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209363
Sweetwater Brewing Co.
Happy Ending Stout
Black color. Rich aromas and flavors of oregano, roasted citrus, dark toasted bread, and chocolate with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a warming, captivating, medium-long finish revealing notes of arugula, roasted nuts, figs, and pepper. A very nice hop forward imperial stout with nice balance and intensity.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209341
Deschutes Brewery
Black Butte Porter
Dark brown color. Interesting, delicate aromas and flavors of chocolate covered fruits, mocha nuts, pepper, and celery root with a silky, lively, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and an interesting finish with elements of light citrus, cocoa, and lettuce. A very nicely balanced, light and easy drinking porter.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209137
Excelsior Brewing Co.
Row-Bust Porter
Dark-Brown color. Mild aromas and flavors of dried tropical fruits, melted toffee, clay, and brown sugar with a supple, frothy, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length finish with accents of nut brittle, mocha cream, sprouts, and green coffee. A very nice porter with high drinkability.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209239
Fish Brewing Co.
Fish Tale Ten Squared Barley Wine Ale
Copper color. Rich, fruity, herbal, dank aromas and flavors of honey roasted citrus, peppery spices, and toasted fruitcake with a chewy, tangy, fruity thick body and a warming, colossal, very long finish conveying impressions of kumquats, grilled mangos, exotic peppercorns, and radicchio. A superbly rich and intense barley with nice complexity of hop and malt character.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209237
Fish Brewing Co.
Hobbit Series: Smaug Stout
Dark brown black color. Lively, smoky aromas and flavors of grilled grapefruit, roasted nuts, and chocolate yogurt with a velvety, crisp, finely carbonated, dryish full body and a peppery, interesting, medium-long finish that exhibits accents of dark coffee, lettuce, pepper, and minerals. A robust, lightly smoky and peppery stout, well done.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209070
Full Sail Brewing Co.
Mathias's Main Ingredient Oatmeal Stout
Dark brown black color. Aromas and flavors of unsweetened chocolate, dark roasted nuts, dried cherry, and latte with a satiny, lively, dryish medium body and an astringent, delightful, medium-long finish conveying shades of chocolate citrus peels and espresso bean. An intensely chocolatey oatmeal with great dryness and length.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207818
Innis & Gunn Brewing Company
Scottish Porter
Dark brown color. Delicate aromas of chocolate nuts, dried fruit, roasted parsnip, and vanilla hazelnut coffee with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium length toasted meringue, chestnut brittle, fig pastry, and cocoa puff finish. A rock solid porter with an appealing sweet roasted character.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209121
Sixpoint Brewery
Gorilla Warfare Coffee Porter
Brown black color. Interesting aromas and flavors of coffee, chocolate toffee, and pickle with a velvety, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish medium-full body and a mildly astringent, involved, medium-long finish with notes of roasted nuts, watercress, citrus creme brulee, and peppered jerky with light oak. A very nice coffee porter with an interesting range of subtle flavors.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209185
Belching Beaver Brewery
Beavers Milk Stout
Brown black bronze color. Curious aromas and flavors of chocolate nuts, dark toast, and mocha mousse with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, captivating, medium-length finish conveying notes of watercress, dried fruit, cocoa, and nutskin. A nice appetizing stout.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209340
Deschutes Brewery
Obsidian Stout
Opaque brown black color. Lively, interesting aromas and flavors of chocolate banana, nut brittle, and chestnut honey on rye toast with a supple, crisp, medium body and a mildly astringent, interesting, medium-length finish with notes of espresso, cocoa powder, radish, and pepper. A very balanced and even dry stout with great drinkability.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209238
Fish Brewing Co.
Fish Tale Mud Shark Porter
Hazy brown black color. Meaty aromas and flavors of crispy herbed chicken skin, salty roasted nuts, and chocolate with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-length finish revealing overtones of roasted sweet potato, pepper, and dried citrus. A fun, meaty, astringent porter with great table appeal.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209009
La Quinta Brewing Co.
Bourbon Barrel Aged Koffi Porter
Brown black color. Bold aromas and flavors of caramelized nuts, dark chocolate espresso beans, tropical fruits, and baking spices with a satiny, bright, finely carbonated, fruity medium-full body and a warming, amusing, medium-long finish that shows elements of mocha, root beer float, cedar, and caramelized carrots with light oak. A nicely balanced barred aged coffee flavored porter, well done.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209118
Maui Brewing Co.
Coconut Porter
Opaque dark brown color. Delicate, curious aromas of potting soil, dark chocolate, and burnt coconut husks with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a relaxed rich coffee and coconut gelato finish. A very tasty and balanced flavored porter.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209095
NOLA Brewing Company
Irish Channel Stout
Brown black color. Mild aromas and flavors of mustard greens, multigrain toast, dark chocolate mousse, and wood with a satiny, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, engaging, medium-length finish with accents of roasted root vegetables and arugula. A very nice dry stout.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209260
Reuben’s Brews
Expat IPA
Old gold color. Rich, herbal aromas and flavors of oregano, grapefruit marmalade on rye toast, mango yogurt, and pine needle with a supple, lively, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity body and an astringent, appealing, medium-length finish displaying touches of grilled root vegetable and peppers, rapini, green peppercorn, and dried apricot. A very savory and balanced IPA that will be great at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209079
Rogue Ales
Sriracha Hot Stout Beer
Opaque black color. Bold, spicy aromas and flavors of smoked hot peppers and deep dish pizza with a supple, lively, frothy, saline medium-full body and a hot, delightful, very long finish displaying notes of hot sauce, greens, and wasabi nuts. A wild hot and spicy flavor ride that works.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209054
Stillmank Beer Co.
Perky Porter
Dark brown color. Rich aromas and flavors of dark coffee and roasted nuts with a supple, lively, frothy, dry medium-to-full body and a sleek, intriguing, medium-length finish that presents accents of latte and water chestnut. Nice pure coffee flavor, yum.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209195
Bonfire Brewing
Mistress
Copper color. Attractive, spicy aromas and flavors of pumpkin pie spices and praline with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, layered, medium-long finish conveying accents of creme brulee, cinnamon candy, and radish sprouts. A delicious and spot-on spiced beer that delivers the goods.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209143
Etna Brewing Co.
Old Grind Porter
Dark bronze color. Aromas and flavors of roasted brazil nuts, chocolate, toasted rice cake, and grilled greens with a supple, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a mildly astringent, appealing, crisp finish that shows notes of roasted root vegetables, pepper, and grass. A nice savory porter.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209090
Moab Brewery
Export Stout
Brown black color. Lively aromas of cocoa soufflé, smoked nuts, and hint of jerky with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, compelling, medium-long tamari, mocha cream, and pepper finish. A nice savory stout that will be great with food.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209106
Red Brick Brewing Co.
Divine Bovine
Opaque dark brown black color. Delicate, spicy aromas and flavors of gingerbread, honeyed tea, roasted nuts, and sangria with a lively, effervescent, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, compelling, medium-length finish with notes of bittersweet chocolate and latte. A very tasty and delicately spiced porter that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209119
Sixpoint Brewery
Barrel-Aged Imperial Otis
Dark brown color. Lively, interesting aromas and flavors of honeycomb, chocolate cherry fudge, graham cracker, and oak with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, engaging, medium-length finish with notes of roasted grain, grilled greens, hot cocoa, and earth with moderate oak. An appetizing imperial stout.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209163
Stone Brewing Co.
Stone Smoked Porter
Mahogany brown color. Lively, toasty aromas and flavors of roasted grains and corn, chestnuts, and bbq jerky with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish medium-to-full body and a bitter, interesting, long finish with shades of chocolate espresso bean, grilled citrus, pepper, and dusty root vegetables. A nice lightly smoked porter with a big wallop of hops.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209425
Worthy Brewing Co.
Powder Keg
Deep amber color. Bold, herbal aromas and flavors of oregano, pine, and grilled grapefruit with a supple, racy, frothy, dry medium-full body and a bitter, interesting, long finish with nuances of pepper. A big balanced almost imperial IPA more than a winter ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209144
Etna Brewing Co.
Grubstake Oatmeal Stout
Opaque brown black color. Aromas and flavors of dried citrus, cocoa, and mixed greens with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a mildly astringent, medium-length finish evoking accents of roasted nuts, toasted fig bread, coffee, and pepper. A nice zesty stout with good astringency.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209145
Etna Brewing Co.
Kappler Imperial Stout
Black color. Delicate aromas and flavors of bananas foster and roasted brazil nuts with a chewy, lively, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity full body and a peppery, delightful, long finish revealing nuances of roasted citrus, grassy earth, tamari, and white pepper. A brash, in your face imperial stout.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209182
Mother Road Brewing Company
Stranded Winter Ale
Dark brown black color. Delicate, spicy aromas and flavors of root beer float and cherry cola with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a mildly astringent, interesting, medium-length finish with elements of pepper, spiced nuts, and citrus. A very nice winter ale with a balanced melange of spices.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209309
Wild Wolf Brewing Co.
American Stout
Dark brown color. Lively aromas and flavors of herbs, citrus preserves, chocolate, and nuts with a silky, crisp, finely carbonated, dry medium body and a tingling, medium-length finish displaying nuances of citrus peels, bitter greens, peppercorn, and coffee. A rock solid stout.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209188
Belching Beaver Brewery
Horchata Imperial Stout
Black color. Confected aromas of root beer float, spice box, and milk chocolate caramel bar with a supple, bright, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, medium-length pumpkin pie finish. A tasty, pumpkin pie like imperial stout.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209193
Chatham Brewing
Imperial Stout
Dark-Brown color. Mild aromas and flavors of chocolate nuts, coffee sorbet, and apple cider vinegar with a silky, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, medium-length finish imparting notes of salty nuts, caramel yogurt, arugula, and olive. A nice savory, umami accented chocolate stout.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209356
Hudsonville Pike 51 Brewing Co.
For Whom the Sleigh Bell Tolls Ale
Opaque brown black color. Delicate, dense aromas of chai tea, orange jelly, sweet potato, and mocha with a supple, finely carbonated, body and a smooth, medium-length creamy cappuccino and fruity caramel finish. A very pleasant and relaxing winter ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209310
Wild Wolf Brewing Co.
Wolfinstein
Dark brown black color. Bright aromas of fig bread, brandied cherries, and oak with a body and a peppery, medium-long salted nuts, coffee beans, baking chocolate, and tamari finish with light oak. A powerful, brooding imperial stout.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209353
Badger State Brewing Company
Dubious Ruffian Chocolate Stout
Brown black color. Delicate aromas of chocolate yogurt, roasted brazil nuts, and roasted grains with a supple, crisp, frothy, dryish medium-to-full body and an astringent, medium-length baking chocolate, bitter greens, smoked peppercorn, and lit tobacco finish. A nice bitter stout.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209197
Bonfire Brewing
Tent Pole Whiskey Porter
Dark brown color. Aromas of chocolate soufflé, toasted danish, and vanilla pudding with a supple, soft, petillant, dryish light-to-medium body and a brisk roasted turnip, light baking spices, and chocolate cream finish. A nice subtlety flavored porter.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209311
Wild Wolf Brewing Co.
Four Paws
Deep amber color. Brash aromas and flavors of stewed peaches and bananas, brown sugar, and pear brandy with a velvety, frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, medium-long finish revealing overtones of salted nuts, arugula, coconut yogurt, and pepper. A swaggering powerhouse of a Belgian ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209186
Belching Beaver Brewery
Peanut Butter Milk Stout
Dark brown color. Lively, interesting aromas and flavors of hazelnut buttercream, peanut butter ice cream, and cracked black pepper with a supple, soft, under-carbonated, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, delightful, breezy finish displaying suggestions of latte and nutskin. An interesting creamy nutty stout.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209218
Blue Pants Brewery
Chocolate Oatmeal Porter
Opaque dark brown color. Lively aromas of chocolate yogurt, roasted black walnuts, and toasted grain with a body and a peppery, breezy mesclun, chocolate citrus peels, peppery radish, and turnip finish. A crisp, chocolatey porter.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209007
La Quinta Brewing Co.
Koffi Porter
Dark brown color. Aromas and flavors of dark roasted coffee, roasted chestnuts, and melted chocolate with a supple, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a relaxed finish that shows notes of oak, turnips, and minerals. A nice coffee porter.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209089
Moab Brewery
Black Raven Oatmeal Stout
Dark brown color. Earthy aromas and flavors of rice cake, roasted nuts, and edamame with a supple, crisp, frothy, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, brisk finish displaying overtones of nutshell, water chestnut, and earth. A sturdy, earthy oatmeal stout.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209308
Wild Wolf Brewing Co.
Dry Stout
Dark ruby brown color. Aromas of chocolate nuts, beans, and mesclun with a supple, vibrant, frothy, dryish light-to-medium body and a mildly astringent, buoyant coffee, bitter greens, and dried cherry finish. A nice stout for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209352
Badger State Brewing Company
Porte Des Morts Maple Porter
Dark brown color. Aromas of circus peanut and maple candy with a supple, bright, effervescent, dry medium body and a peppery, buoyant roasted grain, roasted chestnut, and cedar finish. A pleasant, slightly flavored porter.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209135
Denver Beer Co.
Graham Cracker Porter
Dark brown color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate soufflé, chocolate covered graham crackers, and sweet potato chips with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a mildly astringent, crisp finish manifesting accents of watercress, dried citrus, root vegetables, and pepper. A pleasant porter.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209355
Hudsonville Pike 51 Brewing Co.
Sinister Kid
Dark-Brown color. Rich aromas of tropical fruits, nuts, and putty with a tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a prickly, medium-length citrus, peppery spices, honey, and brandied fruits finish. A big brawny IP.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209158
Southern Prohibition Brewing
Hipster Breakfast Stout
Opaque dark brown black color. Odd aromas of beeswax candle, ham and beans, and stewed veggies with a supple, bright, foamy, dryish medium body and a tingling, odd, brisk tangerine and chocolate toffee finish. An unusual carnival ride of flavors.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209192
Chatham Brewing
Porter
Dark brown black color. Mild aromas of dark chocolate, nuts, and soy rice cakes with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dry medium body and a tingling, cheery grilled romaine, dark roasted coffee bean, and clay finish. A sturdy, earthy porter.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209354
Hudsonville Pike 51 Brewing Co.
Sabotage
Opaque dark brown color. Curious, meaty aromas and flavors of bbq pork and beans, peppered greens, and acidic coffee with a supple, racy, foamy, dryish medium body and a tingling, breezy finish revealing overtones of nut brittle, latte, chocolate covered citrus, and grass. A meaty coffee stout.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209347
Dad & Dude’s Breweria
Barrel Aged Lionheart Barleywine
Mahogany color. Aromas of fruity caramels, peach chutney, cherry vinaigrette, and white toffee with a soft, under-carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, breezy turnip, grass, dark honeyed nuts, and peppercorn finish with light oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209271
Dad & Dude’s Breweria
Toffee Porter
Brown black color. Bright aromas of melted toffee and peanut brittle with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, fast bitter greens, roasted whole chestnuts, root vegetables, and balsa finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209171
Wander Brewing
Correspondent Foreign Extra Stout
Black color. Mild aromas of gas station coffee and over roasted nut with a flat, soft, under-carbonated, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, brisk roasted squash and turnip finish. A serviceable stout.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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