Best Cellar Selections For Beer

203803
Goose Island Beer Co.
Bourbon County Brand Stout
Opaque black brown color. Rich aromas of spicy poached peach, strawberry, and pear, rich chocolate, teriyaki, and espresso with a satiny, chewy, fruity full body and a long, creamy mocha, creme brulee, fruit, spice, and peppered greens finish that continues to evolve. Utterly delicious, complex,and super rich.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211729
Lambickx
2014 Lambickx Private Domain Gueuze
Brilliant clear light gold color. Bold, sour, earthy aromas of white balsamic vinaigrette, sourdough nut bread, reduced lemon, and stinky cheese rind and horse hair brush with a silky, puckering, spritzy, sour light-to-medium body and a tingling, long Swiss chard, citrus pith, and sour green apple finish. A racy, palate awakening lambic that will excel at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217577
Full Sail Brewing Co.
Bourbon Barrel Aged Wheatwine Ale
Medium-brown color. Attractive, fruity, floral aromas and flavors of toffee, peach custard, and apple pie with a chewy, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity sweet medium-full body and a warming, complex, long vanilla cola, peppered citrus and greens, and spices finish. A bold, barrel-aged ale with lots of sassy, spicy hops.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211730
Lambickx
2014 Lambickx Private Domain Kriek
Brilliant neon red oak color. Bright, fruity aromas of dried sour cherry, honeyed sourdough, mustard greens, and barnyard with a supple, tart, fizzy, moderately sweet medium body and a sleek, medium-long marinated beets and cranberries, red wine vinaigrette on artichoke hearts and mesclun, nuts, and cedar finish. A nicely nuanced, very dry and savory sour cherry lambic; will appeal to wine drinkers.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201589
Stone Brewing Co.
2012 Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale
Deep copper color. Aromas of grapefruit buttercream, dried peach, blossoms, and toffee with a crisp, chewy, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a long, buttery fruit cake, grapefruit zest, brown sugar, and pine finish. A serious, well hopped and age worthy barleywine that will improve with time.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214631
Upland Brewing
Mayhaw Sour Ale
Hazy light gold color. Bright, toasty, interesting aromas and flavors of butter toasted nut bread, turkey jerky, and hint of rubber with a soft, sharp, finely carbonated, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and an effortless, delightful, long white balsamic on radicchio, green peach, and earth finish. A lovely, tart, mouthwatering sour ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212252
North Coast Brewing Co.
2011 Old Stock Ale Barrel Aged Cellar Reserve
Dark hazy walnut color. Lively, mature aromas of chocolate fondue, tamari, figs, and pound cake with an oily, tangy, effervescent, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a peppery, distinctive, medium-long chocolate berries and raisins, caramel nut fudge, and microgreens finish. A mellow, well aged barrel accented ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207669
Hangar 24 Craft Brewery
Barrel Roll No. 3 - Pugachev's Cobra
Opaque brown black color. Rich aromas and flavors of chocolate coconut macaroons, roasted nuts, dried fruits, and peppery spices with a vibrant, effervescent, fruity medium-full body and a peppery, involved, medium-long finish revealing accents of grilled root vegetables and pepper with light oak. A deep and flavorful nightcap; give this a bit of time in the cellar.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212782
Magners
Pear Hard Cider
Clear bright silver color. Lively, yeasty, funky aromas of overripe pears citrus, brewer’s yeast, baked salted root vegetables, and straw with an even, bright, spritzy, fruity sweet light body and a smooth, swift honeyed apples and melons, vanilla, and minerals finish. A complex and nuanced perry with a solid core of fruitiness.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212854
Number 12
Sparkling Dry Cider
Brilliant yellow color. Delicate, yeasty aromas of sour dough bagel, fermenting apples, hominy, and delicate spice with an oily, tart, bubbly, sweet-and-sour medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-long reduced lemon and lime, grass, nut skin, and oak finish. A bracing, mouthwatering cider that will be great at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab