Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 23, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the brewpub. A cloudy, dark amber body is crowned with a small, compact layer of khaki colored foam. Wavy ribbons of dense, sticky lace coat the glass. Aromas are as complex and unique as any you’ll encounter. A caramel malt base is accompanied by a strong, tannic grape influence, with vanilla and pervasive, tart, funky oak element. Apricots and honeydew melon make surprise appearances, while sugary sweet, concentrated Chardonnay grapes are stronger than one could possibly expect. Flavors start out with a sweet caramel and citrus blossom honey base, with tart, fruity notes of pineapple, green apple, peaches, apricots, and even hints of tropical mango. A drizzle of melted toffee imparts further richness, while lightly bitter, floral hops lend just a touch of bittering balance. The toasty, funky oak barrel is an obvious influence throughout. Medium-full bodied, smooth, and sweet, but not cloying, the body is as satisfying as the rest of the brew. Part barleywine, part fruity Chardonnay, part icewine, and part funky wild ale, this one is impossible to categorize. A truly unique and enjoyable experience.
Ungstrup (32164) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
GABF 2007. A hazy golden beer with a thin beige head. The aroma is sweet with notes of over ripe fruits - some peaches among others. The flavor is very sweet with notes of over ripe fruits - again peaches being strongest, also with notes of wood. The finish is dry woody and peachy.
egajdzis (5780) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
[Draft @ the brewpub] Poured a lightly hazy, golden amber color with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of vanilla, green grapes, caramel malts, apple, honey, and light alcohol. Taste of caramel, vanilla, light oak, tart chardonnay notes, and a lightly alcoholic finish.
bu11zeye (12400) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draught, 2008 vintage) Pours a clear amber body with a small white head. Aroma of floral, tangerine, peach, clove, white grapes, honey, and subtle wood notes. Flavor of strawberry, toffee, cherry, and honey.
mmather (145) - Colorado, USA - MAY 2, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
at the 2007 Boulder CO Strong Ale Fest. Lots of spicy, malty aromas. Alcohol blends well with the base beer. Barrel aging does not overpower beer. A great, very well balanced beer.
BeerandBlues2 (11471) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 14, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
8th Big Beers, Belgians, and Barleywines. Pours clear orange with an average, rocky, off-white head, diminishing with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, hay, straw), average hops (flowers, citrus), average yeast (dough, earth) with notes of peach and pear. Medium bodied, creamy texture, soft carbonation, and a metallic finish. Average duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
FOBAB 07. Cloudy pour with small whiteish head. Nose of light fruits including but not limited to grape, notes of hops including flowery citrus and earthiness. Different for sure, good......ehhh different for sure.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 27, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the 2007 GABF: Pours a hazy but mostly transparent golden with a thin ring of white bubbles. Aroma of sweet pale malt and a touch of citrus and light fruits. Body starts fairly full and caramely sweet with some slightly earthy tartness and a drier, more bitter and warming finish. Needs a little more balance and refinement.
Ughsmash (7465) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 5, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at FoBAB 5. Poured hazy medium amber with just a light ring of off-white head. The aroma was really odd.. carrying an assortment of sweeter grapes and honey throughout, and some other fruits down at deeper levels.. bit of overt alcohol.. this was intriguing, but I just couldnít wrap my head around what they were trying to do. The flavor had sweet chardonnay grapes and honey that jumped out at me.. warmer finish and definitely complex, but again I just didnít get it. Medium-bodied with little (if any) carbonation, which I know was intentional.. grainy and sweeter on the palate. Iíd like to give this another shot.
DrnkMcDermott (2959) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
FoBAB Chicago, 2007. The programís listing called it "intentionally still," but it has a nice bubbly texture of sparkling cider. Grapes again, and some apricot as described. Suggests a Belgian Special B malt profile. Easy drinking and very much like a dessert wine: Fruity, nicely sweet and lightly alcoholic.