DrnkMcDermott (2855) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
FoBAB 2007. Maybe all these great beers are making me too happy to be objective. Hell, it’s enough that I can still read my notes. Big black pour from a bottle to my souvenir taster glass. Rich cocoa-colored head. Big Imperial stout smell, but its taste is totally smooth by rye whiskey notes. Big, big taste.
tjthresh (1866) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - NOV 24, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2008 Bottle from the brewery that Mike was able to get from FoBAB 5. Dense opaque black with a brown head with reddish hues. Stunning aroma of chocolate, roast, booze, oak, and vanilla. All very forcefull and blended damn near perfectly. Insane flavors. Chocolate, rye, oak, vanilla, and coffee. Quite bitter. Rich, full body. Perfect carbonation. Dry finish. What a great beer. Thanks, Mike!
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - NOV 10, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at FoBAB 5. This stout poured a deep, dark brown/black with a thin tan head that lasted throughout the sample. The aroma of the brew consisted of dark chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, and also some lightly alcoholic whiskey notes. The flavor was heavy on chocolate with subtle notes of alcohol and vanilla blending in nicely. The mouthfeel was full-bodied with mild carbonation. Very nice brew with excellent flavor.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mike Rybinski continues to develop his skills with the barrel. This pours black bodied with a firm brown head. It has an aroma of chocolate, dark stone fruits, rye, vanilla, and a light roastiness. Smooth. Oak and smoke are added to the flavor, rich with chocolate, spicy with rye, and just a bit boozey. Very nice.
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Ughsmash (7223) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 5, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled at FoBAB 5. Porued black with a very nice cap of deep brown head. The aroma picked up lots of deep chocolate, pumpernickel bread, and a hefty dose of barrel influence (vanilla and a sweeter, less-oppressive bourbon).. sweet and lightly roasted, with an enjoyable presentation. The flavor had a moderately-roasted, darker malty core (dark chocolate, molasses, and rye bread), again with a lot of barrel influence (tingly, sharper bourbon and vanilla primarily).. overall quite tasty. Medium-ish bodied and tangy on the palate from the bourbon primarily.. flowed decently.
BBB63 (6292) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 4, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2007 RERATE: Bottle with Tom and Brian: WOW no WOW really WOW, this was a pure balance of Rye barrel and deep intense stout. The twangy character of the rye whiskey played perfectly against the sweet and smoky mlats. EVEN BETTER THIS TIME!!! Thanks for the bottle Mike, I must visit your place soon!!!
FoBAB 2007: The debut for this beer and quite the stunner! Opaque with a small creamy head. The aroma has notes of rich chocolate and vanilla, heavy rye vapours, plum, raisin, and slight smoke. The flavor profile is a lovely balance of rye expression over a chocolaty stout. The are minor dark fruits and smoke also to be found. Hidden mostly is a nutty quality as well. The mouth feel is lush and aggressive with the rye sharpness rounding out the palate. What a great surprise and it seemed to be enjoyed by most at fest. Bottled by the brewer due to issues with the keg.