January 2017 - Stout & Porters

This month's Beer feature is Stout & Porters
Stout & Porters Reviews
218078
Brasserie Schoune
L'Encre des Ténèbres
Dusty medium brown color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate covered citrus peals, dark caramelized nuts, and cocoa-fig muffin with a supple, lively, fruity medium body and a warming, delightful, medium-long caramelized citrus, peppercorn muffin, and cappuccino finish. A great lively porter with snappy, tongue tingling flavors and acidity.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218058
Infamous Brewing Company
"Camacho" Stout
Nearly opaque dark brown color. Artificial, fruity aromas and flavors of chocolate figs and nuts, caramel pastry, and latte with a satiny, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long chocolate pudding, arugula, citrus marmalade on toast, and hint of radish finish. A lively and flavorful stout that hits all the right notes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218060
Infamous Brewing Company
"Pumpkin Massacre" Porter
Brilliant mahogany color. Curious, citrusy aromas and flavors of blood orange juice, sassafras, toffee, and raspberry preserves with a supple, bright, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, appealing, buoyant spiced fruits, peppered greens, and gingerbread finish. A pleasant spiced holiday porter.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218013
McGuire’s Irish Pub & Brewery
American Porter
Dark-Brown color. Aromas and flavors of melted chocolate cake and toasted hazelnuts with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, fruity body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-length dried fruits, cocoa, and watercress finish. A delicious satisfying porter with everything in its proper place.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217893
Rogue Ales
Chocolate Stout
Opaque brown black color. Spicy aromas and flavors of creamy vanilla, milk chocolate, and coconut with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, amusing, medium-long dark roasted nuts, grapefruit, bitter greens, and coffee finish. A rich hoppy dry stout with lots of bitter and sweet chocolate notes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218075
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company
Kinsale Foreign Export Stout
Minutely hazy dark brown color. Toasty aromas and flavors of chocolate, roasted nuts, and honeyed pumpernickel toast with a slightly chewy, lively, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, dried cherries and figs, coffee, and delicate spices finish. A spot-on export stout with rich, clean, roasted malt flavors and a long finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218034
Yellowhammer Brewery
Lickskillet Porter
Dark brown color. Toasty, attractive aromas and flavors of chocolate toffee and dark toast with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length arugula, nuts, and hint of peppered citrus peels finish. A very crisp and lively session porter that is very clean and refreshing.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217914
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Big Bear Black Stout
Nearly opaque brown color. Fruity, umami aromas and flavors of chocolate cherry bonbons, spiced caramelized figs and pears, praline, and tamari with a slightly chewy, lively, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, long grilled citrus, bread and romaine, apple brandy, and toasted pepper bread finish. A big, brawny and tasty stout bordering on an imperial stout.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218084
Big Top Brewing Company
Hawaiian Lion Coffee Coconut Porter
Opaque medium brown color. Tropical, attractive aromas and flavors of toasted coconut macaroon and chocolate toffee and citrus peels with a round, lively, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length arugula, fruitcake, and coffee finish. A lively coconut porter that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217912
Granite City Food & Brewery
ZugZwang Vanilla Porter
Dark brown color. Aromas and flavors of melted toffee, chocolate espresso beans, and coconut macaroon with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, engaging, medium-long mocha milkshake, vanilla maple fudge, hint of peppered nuts, and arugula finish. A tasty, toasty chocolate, vanilla and coconut accented porter.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218011
McGuire’s Irish Pub & Brewery
Imperial Stout
Ebony color. Aromas and flavors of spiced citrus, toasted chocolate muffin, and pine with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long dried fruits and peppered greens finish. A very tasty, well hopped. session imperial stout that will be very versatile.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218077
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company
Chouteau Joe Coffee Stout
Bright dark brown color. Roasted aromas and flavors of fresh roasted coffee, baking chocolate, and burnt toast with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dry medium body and a silky, interesting, cheery lit tobacco and cigar ash, lava rocks, nutskin, and grilled kale finish. A rich, dry stout with fresh, 3-D coffee flavors.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217944
Sixpoint Brewery
"5Beans" Porter
Nearly opaque brown color. Interesting aromas and flavors of menthol mint lozenge and chocolate espresso beans with a round, lively, finely carbonated, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, compelling, medium-long sarsaparilla, gingerbread, and pepper finish. A fun, snappy, minty coffee porter.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218019
Stevens Point Brewery
Whole Hog Espresso Stout
Nearly opaque medium brown color. Aromas and flavors of fresh roasted coffee beans, chocolate raisin pastry, and maple with a supple, tangy, effervescent, dry medium body and a tingling, medium-length honeyed dates and apples, radish sprouts, and peppered nuts finish. A fun coffee stout with inviting aromas and flavors.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218085
Branchline Brewing Company
Dark Territory Oatmeal Stout
Brown black color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate, toasted herb muffin, and arugula with a supple, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity body and a smooth, buoyant finish. finish. A soft easy drinking session stout.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218086
Branchline Brewing Company
Bexar Imperial Stout
Dark brown color. Aromas and flavors of dark chocolate, citrus, and grilled yams with a lively, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, intriguing, medium-long radicchio and peppercorns finish. A robust, lively imperial stout with pleasing bitterness on the finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218012
McGuire’s Irish Pub & Brewery
Irish Stout
Dark medium brown color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate, roasted nuts, and coffee gelato with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, refreshing, medium-length dark almost burnt toast, chocolate phosphate, and almond butter finish. A rock solid stout.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217892
Rogue Ales
Shakespeare Stout
Nearly opaque dark brown color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate drizzled fruits, roasted nuts, peppercorns, and apple butter on toast with a supple, lively, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length grilled pepper bread and dried citrus peels finish. A crisp, snappy stout that will cover a lot of bases.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217894
Rogue Ales
Mocha Porter
Bright medium brown color. Aromas and flavors of mocha and buttered dark raisin toast with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy dark roasted nuts and grass finish. A light and easy delicately flavored porter.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218031
Samuel Adams
Cream Stout
Cloudy walnut color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate peanut butter protein bar, toasted sesame Greek bread, and hint of dried fruit with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-long cocoa-dusted nuts, peach custard, delicate spices, and sprouts finish. A clean, well made cream stout that goes down easy.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217795
Two Roads & Evil Twin Brewing Companies
Pachamama Porter
Bright mahogany color. Aromas and flavors of honeyed spiced peach and pear, roasted yams, and herbal honey with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity body and a tingling, interesting, breezy honeyed exotic fruit, Mexican chocolate, and arugula finish. A delicate spiced porter with nice drinkability.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217796
Two Roads Brewing Company
Espressway Stout
Opaque dark brown color. Aromas and flavors of spiced dried peaches, mild coffee, Playdoh, and panettone with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an even, delightful, medium-length cappuccino and roasted nut finish. A nice mellow coffee stout.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217980
Big Boss Brewing Co.
Goodbye, Titan Daedalus
Nearly opaque dark brown color. Attractive, tropical aromas and flavors of chocolate coconut macaroon, peach cookie, and caramel corn with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, off-dry medium-to-full body and a warming, appealing, medium-long nut brittle, pepper, and apple brandy finish. A brawny, slightly boozy coconut flavored stout.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218057
Great Crescent Brewery
Coconut Porter
Dark bronze color. Buttery, sweet aromas and flavors of kettle and caramel corn and coconut buttercream on banana cake with a satiny, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, breezy honeyed lettuces and radish sprouts, young coconut, and peppered nuts finish. A fun, buttery coconuty porter.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217905
Narragansett Brewing Company
Autocrat Coffee Milk Stout
Opaque dark brown color. Aromas and flavors of fresh coffee, toasted fruitcake, and cocoa powder with a supple, tangy, effervescent, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, compelling, roasted chestnuts and radish finish. A lively coffee stout.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218069
O’Connor Brewing Company
Winter Pecan Porter
Hazy walnut color. Nutty aromas and flavors of butter roasted nuts, chocolate bar, and fruity Brach’s caramels with a silky, bright, finely carbonated, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, fruit cake a la mode, almond toffee, and latte finish. A nice nutty, creamy porter.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218076
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company
Cocoa CowTao Chocolate Milk Stout
Dark dark brown color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate custard and cake, Mexican hot chocolate, and cherry pipe tobacco with a silky, bright, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy chocolate nuts and dried fruits and lettuce finish. A nice, creamy chocolatey stout that is very sessionable.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217982
Big Boss Brewing Co.
Aces & Ates Coffee Stout
Opaque dark brown color. Aromas and flavors of caramelized apples and peaches and melted toffee with a supple, bright, effervescent, dryish body and a smooth, rapid roasted nuts finish. A pleasant and quaffable, but the flavor could be better defined.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218033
Delafield Brewhaus
Pewaukee Porter
Medium brown color. Curious aromas and flavors of honeyed citrus, dried lavender and thyme, dark roasted nuts, and cocoa with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, fast chestnut honey, daikon, and toasted fruitcake finish. An interesting lightly spicy, fruity and herbal porter.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217976
Gilgamesh Brewing Company
Terry Porter
Dusty bronze color. Roasted aromas and flavors of roasted pecan, figs, hint of rubber eraser and clay, and mint with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity light-to-medium body and a medium-length chocolate banana muffin and praline finish. A bright fruity porter with a sweet chocolatey malt core.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218071
O’Connor Brewing Company
Ibrik Imperial Turkish Coffee Stout
Nearly opaque brown color. Minty aromas and flavors of mint leaf, spiced yams and beets, sassafras and ginger beer, and clay with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, spiced coffee, pepper, and green apple skin finish. A zesty, spicy imperial stout with good sessionability and pairability.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217906
Reuben’s Brews
Robust Porter
Medium brown color. Aromas and flavors of baking chocolate, roasted root vegetables, and grilled kale with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, easy nutskins, pepper, espresso, and citrus rind finish. A rich, dry, lightly peppery porter for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218062
Aviator Brewing Company
"BlackMamba" Oatmeal Stout
Nearly opaque medium brown color. Grainy, interesting aromas and flavors of roasted nuts, artisanal chocolate, grain and dough, and kumquats with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry medium-to-full body and a peppery, medium-length roasted hot pepper, citrus peels, peppered greens, and over roasted coffee finish. A very lively, snappy stout with a interesting mix of dry chocolatey malt and peppery hops.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218059
Infamous Brewing Company
"Sweep The Leg" Stout
Opaque dark brown color. Aromas and flavors of dark roasted root vegetables, baking chocolate, burnt corn cob, and Brussels sprouts with a slightly chewy, lively, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a tingling, medium-length cigar ash and dark carrot cake finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218032
Samuel Adams
Nitro Coffee Stout
Opaque brown black color. Attractive, roasted aromas and flavors of cocoa powder, dark roasted nuts, and black coffee with a supple, flat, spritzy, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, quirky, swift latte and white chocolate nut fudge finish. A very soft, dry, coffee accented stout.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217915
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Peter Brown Tribute Ale
Nearly opaque dark brown color. Earthy, vegetal aromas and flavors of succotash, mustard greens, and yeasty rye bread with a supple, racy, medium body and a peppery, arugula, cocoa powder, radish, and lemon zest finish. A pleasant, easy drinking dry porter.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218074
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company
Cherry Thrale's Russian Imperial Stout
Opaque dark brown color. Fruity aromas of spicy cherry butter on toast, waxy honeycomb, and hint of glue with a supple, bright, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, medium-length warm rubber and Styrofoam, chocolate, and latte finish. Nice cherry notes, here but the rubbery phenolics detract.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218035
Yellowhammer Brewery
"Audemus" Rye Stout
Brown black color. Unpleasant aromas and flavors of barnyard hay, dried fruit, dark roasted nuts, and baking chocolate with a supple, prickly, finely carbonated, medium body and a peppery, medium-length bitter greens, citrus rind, and pepper finish. A slightly funky, bitter and bracing stout.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218070
O’Connor Brewing Company
Dry Irish Stout
Dark dark brown color. Earthy, curious aromas of potting soil, dusty root vegetable, and chocolate yogurt with a lean, effervescent, bone-dry light-to-medium body and a polished, short carrot peels, lettuce, and nutskin and shell finish. A food beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217869
Muskoka Brewery
Shinnicked Stout
Medium brown color. Aromas and flavors of warm porridge, carrot peels, sautéed spinach, and wax with a supple, soft, finely carbonated, dry medium body and a smooth, short hot cocoa, kale, jicama, and dusty earth finish. A mild, earthy stout.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217895
Rogue Ales
Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout
Nearly opaque dark brown color. Aromas of chocolate mint, rum cake, latte, and apple sauce with a satiny, bright, finely carbonated, dryish medium-to-full body and a peppery, quirky, medium-length gingerbread and mincemeat pies, melted rubber, and peppered nuts finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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