February 2016 - Stouts, Porters & Strong Ales

This month's Beer feature is Stouts, Porters & Strong Ales
Stouts, Porters & Strong Ales Reviews
213865
Horny Goat Brewing Co
Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter
Nearly opaque brown color. Bold, nutty aromas of roasted hazelnuts, dark chocolate, peanut butter, and rice crispy treaties with a satiny, bright, fizzy, fruity sweet medium body and an effortless, elegant, long hazelnut mocha latte and butter roasted nuts finish. A fantastically flavorful nutty porter that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213791
Infamous Brewing Company
"Infamy" Strong Ale
Dusty deep amber color. Bright, spicy, interesting tropical aromas and flavors of sweet corn pudding and orange and mango marmalades on toast with an bright, effervescent, off-dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length honey roasted carrots, delicate spices nuts, and peppered greens finish. An attractive, lively and satisfying strong ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213681
Mother Road Brewing Company
4th Anniversary Barley Wine
Brilliant dark copper color. Bright, fruity, citrusy complex vinous aromas and flavors of caramelized peaches and tangerines, crystallized ginger, clover honey, and delicate spice cake with a satiny, lively, spritzy, fruity medium-full body and a tingling, complex, very long orange pepper and apricot creme brulee finish. A fantastically rich, chewy, and spicy barleywine that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213993
Upland Brewing
"Barrel Chested" Barleywine
Cloudy burnt sienna color. Bright, fruity, malty aromas of caramelized dried fruits, nut brittle, and homemade catsup with a supple, soft, effervescent, off-dry full body and a warming, layered, long coconut macaroon, sweet and peppery spices, and vanilla nuts finish. Rich, chewy and wonderfully balanced barleywine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213666
Epic Brewing Company
"Big Bad Baptist" Stout
Opaque ebony color. Roasted aromas and flavors of espresso, dark chocolate mousse, molasses, and toasted bark and chicory with a tangy, finely carbonated, sweet full body and a peppery, very long pepper nut bread, sarsaparilla, and grilled radishes finish. A rich and delicious coffee stout.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213909
Kassik’s Brewery
"Statny Statny" Barrel Aged Stout
Opaque brown black color. Rich, complex aromas and flavors of melted chocolate, roasted nuts, molasses, and spice with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, fruity sweet full body and a warming, complex, very long caramelized stone and citrus fruits and coffee gelato finish. A delicious, well crafted barrel aged stout.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213763
Rogue Ales
Double Chocolate Stout
Dark opaque brown black color. Rich, attractive aromas of milk chocolate toffee and brownies, vanilla cola, marmalade on toast, and coconut with an oily, bright, frothy, sourish full body and a warming, complex, long baking chocolate, radicchio, chicory coffee, and pepper finish. A nicely astringent bittersweet chocolate stout.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213788
Service Brewing Company
"Lincoln's Gift" Oyster Stout
Nearly opaque brown black color. Delicate, grainy aromas and flavors of chocolate, roasted grain, and hint of oyster shell with a satiny, tangy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length toasted peppercorn muffin, cocoa, and watercress finish. A very savory and refreshing stout with an intriguing hint of oysters.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213906
Knee Deep Brewing Co.
"Imperial Tanilla" Porter
Opaque brown black color. Meaty, roasted aromas and flavors of roast beef, salt roasted nuts, and espresso with a satiny, lively, fizzy, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a peppery, layered, medium-long delicate spice, grilled radicchio and golden beet, and nougat finish. A robust and inviting imperial porter.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213863
Lancaster Brewing Company
Winter Warmer
Minutely hazy bronze color. Delicate, attractive aromas and flavors of caramelized fruits, ginger snaps, spiced nuts, and tamarind with a silky, crisp, bubbly, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-length toasted spice cake, peppercorn muffin, peppered kale, and minerals finish. A nice delicately spicy winter ale with great balance and range of flavor.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213971
Revolver Brewing
"Mother's Little Fracker" American Stout
Opaque brown black color. Mild, interesting aromas and flavors of toffee, caramelized citrus, and molasses cake with a supple, crisp, fizzy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length spiked coffee, peppered greens, dark chocolate ginger snap, and hint of Asian spices finish. A zesty, snappy stout with a hint of spice.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213987
Samuel Adams
Holiday Porter
Brilliant brown color. Delicate, toasty aromas and flavors of toffee, chocolate covered orange peels, and carrot cake with a soft, crisp, finely carbonated, off-dry medium-to-full body and a warming, engaging, medium-long roasted chestnuts, lemon pepper muffin, and mocha finish. A delicious, refreshing, very well balanced porter.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213990
The Boston Beer Co.
"White Christmas"
Minutely hazy gold color. Bright, spicy aromas and flavors of cardamom orange cake, ginger snaps, potpourri, and pinecone with a soft, vibrant, frothy, sweet medium body and a warming, subtle, medium-long roasted nuts, lemon soufflé, wheat cracker, and herbal tea finish. A lovely, spicy winter warmer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213973
Revolver Brewing
Fracker Barrel One
Opaque ebony color. Interesting aromas and flavors of chocolate berry cake, peach gastrique, chocolate creme brulee, and reduced balsamic with a creamy, bright, finely carbonated, sweet-and-sour full body and a peppery, long tart citrus, baking chocolate, and dark roasted nuts finish. An intriguing barrel aged dark sour beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214088
Mehana Brewing Company
"Hawaiian Crow" Porter
Nearly opaque brown color. Delicate, attractive, roasted aromas and flavors of fresh coffee, dark chocolate banana, and cashew toffee with a silky, bright, effervescent, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length roasted grain, dark toasted pumpernickel, grilled romaine, and dried tropical fruits finish. A spot-on porter with great drinkability, balance and style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213974
Revolver Brewing
Anodyne Wheat Wine
Bright gold color. Muted, fresh, attractive aromas and flavors of peach cobbler a la mode and apricot-mango creme brulee with an even, bright, fizzy, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, breezy carrot and coffee cakes, sweet and peppery spices, and mango chutney on nut toast finish. An engaging and flavor barleywine with a lively balance.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213833
Island Brewing Company
Bourbon Barrel Russian Imperial Stout
Opaque brown black color. Bright, spicy aromas and flavors of raisin compote, chocolate craisin, mole, and roasted chestnuts and edamame with a supple, soft, effervescent, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, delightful, medium-long peppered greens, honeyed fruits, cherry brandy, and soy finish. A rather lively and snappy imperial stout.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213852
Potosi Brewing Company
"Fiddler" Oatmeal Stout
Nearly opaque bronze color. Interesting, exotic aromas and flavors of Indian spiced chocolate bar, bbq rubbed meat and fish sauce, caramelized nuts, and dark raisin toast with a glycerous, bright, petillant, off-dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, captivating, long molasses cookie, chocolate covered citrus peels, honey, and pepper finish. A very tasty, clean, and snappy oatmeal stout.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213831
Island Brewing Company
"Starry Night" Stout
Clear dark brown color. Delicate, herbal, vegetal aromas and flavors of chocolate creme brulee, root beer candy, and butter toasted zucchini bread with an even, crisp, finely carbonated, off-dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length roasted grains and coffee beans, peppered citrus, nuts, and minerals finish. A very lively and and palate stimulating stout.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213832
Island Brewing Company
"Big Island" Barley Wine
Minutely hazy copper color. Lively, hoppy aromas of honey roasted citrus, pine needle and sap, orange spice cake, and lavender herb tea with an even, vibrant, effervescent, off-dry medium body and a peppery, refreshing, medium-length lemon pepper, grilled pineapple, and nutshell finish. A nice hoppy, peppery barleywine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213904
Knee Deep Brewing Co.
"Stoutella" Stout
Dark opaque brown black color. Lively, roasted aromas and flavors of hazelnuts, German chocolate and carrot cakes, and granola with a soft, crisp, effervescent, fruity medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length mocha cream, delicate spice, dried fruits, and lettuce finish. A smooth and tasty, creamy nutty stout that goes down easy.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213818
Mt. Carmel Brewing Company
Stout
Opaque brown black color. Delicate, malty, grainy roasted aromas and flavors of chocolate fruits and nuts and grainy toasted bread with a velvety, bright, finely carbonated, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-long coffee, pepper, grilled sweet potato, and grass finish. A nice and lively dry stout with a zippy finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213972
Revolver Brewing
Hey Porter!
Nearly opaque copper color. Lively, roasted aromas and flavors of caramelized fruits and nuts and chocolate yogurt with an even, bright, fizzy, off-dry medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long coffee gelato, nutskins, and roasted carrots and lemons finish. A nicely astringent chocolatey porter.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213864
Baltika Brewery
Baltika Brew Collection Russian Imperial Stout
Cloudy brown color. Delicate, interesting aromas and flavors of spiced toffee, sarsaparilla float, mincemeat pie, and licorice with a soft, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity sweet medium-full body and a peppery, complex, long salty roasted nuts, pepper mole, grilled citrus, and arugula finish. A vibrant, refreshing, well balanced imperial stout.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214024
Fat Bottom Brewing Co.
"Java Jane" Coffee Porter
Clear dark brown color. Bright, interesting aromas and flavors of dark roasted espresso beans, dried jalapenos, and cocoa nuts with an even, vibrant, effervescent, dryish medium body and a seamless, charming, breezy latte, arugula, and nutskins finish. A bold, peppery, coffee porter.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213826
Lancaster Brewing Company
Double Chocolate Milk Stout
Clear brown color. Mild, confected aromas and flavors of chocolate peanut butter cup with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, fruity medium body and a graceful, complex, medium-length dried fruits, mesclun greens, chocolate macaroon, and wax finish. A fun, nutty chocolatey porter.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213828
Lancaster Brewing Company
Shoo-Fly Pie Porter
Brilliant medium brown color. Lively, interesting aromas and flavors of chocolate graham crackers and pudding, molasses cookies, and black licorice with an even, bright, bubbly, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, stimulating, medium-length sassafras, spiced nuts, peppered lettuce, and cocoa finish. A fun, crisp, delicately flavored porter.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214003
Lost Rhino Brewing Company
"Woody" Stout
Dark opaque brown black color. Lively, smoky, earthy malty nutty aromas and flavors of cocoa, berry vinaigrette on greens, marinated artichokes, and grilled meats with a silky, soft, effervescent, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, buoyant molasses cake, grass, sassafras, and nutskin finish. An easy barrel aged IS.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214081
Roy-Pitz Brewing Co.
"Laydown Stay Down" Ale
Reddish mahogany color. Delicate, roasted aromas and flavors of charred nuts, peanut butter stuffed pretzels, and chocolate figs with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a sleek, compelling, medium-length arugula, grilled root vegetables, pepper, and bubblegum finish. A nice savory strong ale with a touch of Belgian character.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213674
Stanley Park Brewery
"Ice Breaker" Winter Ale
Nearly opaque dark medium brown color. Lively, fruity aromas of toasted fruitcake and toffee with a silky, flat, fizzy, off-dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length circus peanut, chocolate cherry bon bon, mocha phosphate, and delicate spice finish. A very tasty and comforting winter ale with lots of fruitiness and little spice.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213991
The Boston Beer Co.
Merry Maker
Nearly opaque ebony color. Lively, vinous, earthy aromas of fresh gingerbread, honeycomb, chocolate berries, and spiced parsnip with a satiny, bright, bubbly, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long teriyaki jerky, mango chutney, pink peppercorn, and turnip greens finish. A nice, spicy strong ale for Xmas.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213979
Green Man Brewery
Forester Stout
Clear brown black color. Mild, earthy aromas and flavors of dark oatmeal raisin cookie, nut brittle, ginger snap, and clay with a silky, bright, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a seamless, interesting, quick peppered kale and beets, nutskins, coffee bean, and lemongrass and bamboo finish. A peppery, tingly , earthy stout.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209228
Hops and Grain Brewing
Porter Culture
Dull mahogany color. Mild, interesting aromas of cocoa, fig pastry, cola, and hint of spice rubbed meat with a supple, bright, effervescent, fruity medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length chocolate lemon peels and peaches, pepper, and arugula finish. A pleasant, zesty Baltic porter that will be a good match at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213992
Upland Brewing
"Bad Elmers" Porter
Minutely hazy dark brown color. Delicate, sweet aromas and flavors of cocoa and nut with a velvety, bright, spritzy, off-dry medium body and a tingling, medium-length chocolate covered citrus, radish, and soil finish. A solid, earthy porter for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209842
Horny Goat Brewing Co
Brownie Flavored Porter
Bright color. Lively, inviting aromas of artisan Mexican pepper chocolate, cinnamon raisin toast, hint of bbq rub, and cola with a velvety, bright, effervescent, off-dry light-to-medium body and a silky, interesting, medium-long dried fruits and delicate spices finish. A nice chocolatey, fruity porter.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213933
North Coast Brewing Co.
"Old Rasputin" Russian Imperial Stout
Dark opaque dark brown color. Roasted aromas of baking chocolate, pinecone, and dark roasted nuts with a soft, finely carbonated, dryish medium-to-full body and a peppery, medium-long grilled vegetables and citrus, nutshells, and coffee grounds finish. A very bitter and astringent imperial stout; try aging this.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213975
Worthy Brewing Co.
"Lights Out" Vanilla Cream Extra Stout
Dull dark brown color. Delicate, earthy aromas and flavors of chocolate fruits, cherry cola, and caramel with a velvety, crisp, effervescent, off-dry medium-to-full body and a warming, engaging, medium-length roasted nuts, arugula, and pepper finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213699
Peter B’s Brewpub
"Dancing Goat" Russian Imperial Espresso Stout
Opaque brown black color. Lively, umami, woody aromas and flavors of dark chocolate, buttery nut brittle, soy sautéed mushroom, and root beer with a creamy, soft, effervescent, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, medium-long coffee, toasted fruit cake, peppered greens and citrus, and chocolate phosphate finish. A light and umami-driven, zesty coffee and chocolate flavored stout.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213667
Epic Brewing Company
"825 State Street" Stout
Dark opaque dark brown color. Bright, interesting aromas of roasted sweet potato, caramelized bacon, and raisin bread toast with a supple, soft, finely carbonated, off-dry medium body and a tingling, rapid sauerkraut, lemon pepper, radicchio, and burnt nuts finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213668
Epic Brewing Company
Smoked Porter
Bright walnut color. Unusual, smoky aromas of smoked nuts and meats, grilled peppers and vegetables, chocolate custard, and burnt blueberry pie with a silky, crisp, spritzy, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, brisk charred rapini, bitter bark, and pepper finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213827
Lancaster Brewing Company
Milk Stout
Clear brown black color. Grainy aromas and flavors of chocolate, fruitcake, and parchment with a soft, bright, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, quick nutshells and skins, dusty potato and turnip peels, coffee grounds, and gravel finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213899
Public House Brewing Company
Revelation Stout
Clear dark brown color. Bright, buttery aromas and flavors of brown butter, mocha custard, and caramelized carrot with a soft, crisp, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, brisk coffee, mustard greens, and roasted root vegetables finish. A savory dry stout.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213871
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company
"Harwood Myth" English Style Porter
Minutely hazy medium brown color. Bright, roasted, vegetal aromas and flavors of chocolate nuts, roasted vegetables, and potting soil and mulch with a velvety, bright, effervescent, fruity medium body and a tingling, buoyant dusty root vegetables, grass, and gravel finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214033
Wisconsin Dells Brewing Co.
"Hazel's Nut House" Ale Hazelnut Porter
Clear brown color. Lively, nutty aromas and flavors of roasted hazelnuts, coconut dream bar, and chocolate cracker with a supple, bright, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length jicama, cocoa nuts, lettuce, and hint of wax finish. A pleasant very nutty porter.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214187
Revolution Brewing
"Stout Ol' Friend"
Opaque brown black color. Delicate, funky aromas and flavors of sauerkraut, borscht, and chocolate nuts and fruits with a silky, soft, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length molasses, ketchup on pumpernickel, dusty kale, and nutshells and parchment finish.
84 points $8.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213907
Granite City Food & Brewery
Broad Axe Stout
Clear dark brown color. Delicate, interesting aromas and flavors of chocolate mousse and soy rice cake with a soft, petillant, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, swift toasted nuts, peppered kale, dusty wicker, and old coffee finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213978
Green Man Brewery
English Style Porter
Clear brown color. Muted, malty, grainy aromas and flavors of nuts and wax paper with a silky, bright, finely carbonated, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk roasted grain husk, grass, and turnip finish. A dry, quaffer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213905
Knee Deep Brewing Co.
"Tanilla" Porter
Nearly opaque dark brown color. Bold, interesting, meaty aromas and flavors of spiced jerky, meatballs, chocolate, and fancy soap and bath oil with an even, bright, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a tingling, compelling, medium-length grilled yams, smoked nuts, and pepper finish. A mildly meat flavored porter that could use a bit more definition.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213918
Great Crescent Brewery
Chocolate Brown Ale
Nearly opaque medium brown color. Rich, unusual, vegetal aromas and flavors of creamed corn, silly putty, three bean salad, and old cocoa powder with a velvety, bright, effervescent, fruity sweet medium body and a tingling, brisk nutshells, grass, and parchment finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213919
Great Crescent Brewery
Bourbon's Barrel Stout
Opaque brown black color. Delicate, dank, vegetal boozy flawed aromas of baked yams and apples, whiff of acetone, chalk eraser, and Denver omelet with a soft, bright, fizzy, dry light-to-medium body and a warming, brisk toffee, chocolate cereal, peppered lettuce, and nutskins finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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