Best Cellar Selections For Beer

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
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
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
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
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
Reuben’s Brews
Crikey IPA
Brilliant amber color. Aromas and flavors of caramelized citrus, sautéed greens, and pepper jelly on rye with a satiny, lively, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, very long rapini, candied yams and grilled mangos and apricots, roasted pepper, and pine cone finish. A robust, chewy, IPA with cascading waves of flavor.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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
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
Belgh Brasse
Mons Quadrupel D'Abbaye
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of waxy honeycomb, dried fruits, earthy herbs and mint, and leather with a supple, tangy, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a warming, intriguing, medium-long stone fruit yogurt, granola, pepper roasted carrots and beets with mint, and pepper finish. A silky and satisfying quad with a wonderfully bearable lightness of being.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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