Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
"Bourbon barrel aged Batch #666 More details coming" That was helpful. The body was nearly black , covered briefly by a thin brown head. The aroma was mainly Bourbon with a little chocolate and dark caramel. It seemed thin bodied, almost watery. The flavor was Bourbon, chocolate, caramel, vanilla... with a light touch of sourness left at the back of the throat. Okay.
Travlr (20923) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Almost black, brown head. Light whiskey, dark chocolate, toffee. Taste has more whiskey, coffe, butterscotch. Tasty stuff, but a bit too much whiskey.
wedgie9 (2598) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 9, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted on draft at Flossmoor Station’s 2011 Pre-DLD party. Pours opaque dark brown with a medium tan head that leaves thin, spotty lace. The nose is vanilla, cinnamon, oak, dark roast, caramel, chocolate, and coffee. The flavor is even more roasted than the nose, with coffee, dark chocolate, toasted oak, underlying vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, and a buttery flavor on the back of the palate. The body is full with average carbonation, and a long vanilla, caramel, and a strong bitter coffee and dark chocolate finish.
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
impervious to light black, small tan head, somewhat lacy. nose is chocolate malty, fruity, hoppy. flavor pretty much follows the nose...don’t detect much barrel. medium bodied, sweetish finish. a small batch aged in a woodford reserve barrel. i didn’t detect much barrel, though. still, worth sipping.
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 3, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
tap at flossmoor for rebecca black friday bash. big sweet toffee with a light whiskey kiss. touch of bread. big american strong ale. think i prefered regular beelzebeer, more nuanced.
phaleslu (9255) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the Flossmoor Station Pre-DLD event. Pours a dark, murky cola brown color with a small tan head. Big bourbon pops out of the aroma, supported by notes of vanilla, caramel, toffee, chocolate, and oak. Flavor is also led by bourbon, with a nice, subtle warming boozy heat, root beer, tannins, oak, caramel, toasted brown sugar, and vanilla. Light-medium bodied, with medium carbonation and a sweet, boozy, warming and coating mouthfeel. Pretty neat beer and I’d like a bottle to set down and age for a while.
TheAlum (6860) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 1, 2011 Snifter on tap at the brewpub (Flossmoor, IL). The newest release from the barrel room. Surprised it’s ready this quickly. Pours a near pitchblack pour, dark and brownish, opaque edges, a decent frothy darker brown head sits atop. Dies to a thick film, laces well. Aromas are kisses of Bourbon spirit, wet oak and vanilla, molasses and bakers chocolate. Moving into ok roast, caramel, toffee. Barrel plays well, takes over a touch, but doesn’t get cloying, as the bigger malty slanted beer beneath gave it plenty to work with. Initial is fuller bodied, with a touch of bourbon up front, sweet caramel, toffee, and roasty malts to balance come out. Some vanilla tannins, wet oak, and bakers chocolate come in. The sweetness seems tamed here, the barrel gives it a lasting feel, but doesn’t dominate it. A good candidate for aging, after the initial spirit push it moves into sweet caramel and toffee, bread and then moves quickly into dry cocoa, roasted malts, and a fairly dry, tannin forward and oaky finish. Some touches of lingering sweet malts, but overall, I’d say the barrel made this beer better, which can’t be said for a lot of beers. A bit sweet on the nose, but overall pretty palatable (though still full), with just traces of dark fruit, some roasty malts, cocoa, and sweet caramel, molasses, dried out without much ABV-hit. It’s not the most complex beer unless you are really into discerning all the malt differences, but it balances better than the base, it tastes good, it doesn’t get cloying, and it doesn’t get boozy. A quality ager, one which I now understand why it’s on tap now, only 6 months since release. That sticky molasses feel on the backend. Interesting, solid, for the better in my opinion. Rating only reflects that minimally, but from what I remember I liked this a good bit more.