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Flossmoor Station Bourbon Barrel Big Black Pumpkin
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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.78/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Brewer’s blog: (B4P)Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter aged in bourbon barrels. Pours inky black with brown foam. Aromas are complex with tart, cardamom spice, and bourbon most prevalent. Initial tartness in flavor yields to subtle chocolate and pumpkin spice finish. Slight alcohol warming after drinking. ~9% ABV.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2010
black color, tiny tan head, lacy. heavy bourbon barrel nose, which nicely offsets the spice and maltiness of the base brew. flavor is pretty much the same as the nose, bourbon and spice, but as it warms it gets a bit more complex, vineous, and a bit fruity. this one is much better than i expected for a spice beer, well worth repeating.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3340) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2010
sampled at FOBAB 2009... poured a deep black with a fluffy tan head... generally sweet aroma with vanilla, pumpkin, nutmeg, and other spices. subdued barrel influence but present nonetheless... smooth pumpkin flavors with added nuances of vanilla, nutmeg, and other spices. again, light on the barrel which was a nice touch. creamy smooth mouthfeel. i liked the base beer and almost liked this as much.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2009
FOBAB 09. Pours black. Interesting aroma and flavor of spices, nutmug, pumpkins, and chocolate. Well done.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drewbeerme (3869) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2009
FoBAB í09, pours black with tan head. nose of vanilla, clove, pumpkin. flavor is hot!, pumpkin, clove. boozy beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5362) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2009
FoBAB 2009: It poured a dark brown, nearly black body with a slender tan head. Thankfully the Bourbon played a solid role in the aroma, because Iíve never been a big fan of the pumpkin pie spices that followed in the smell, albeit backed by chocolatey, roasty malts. The taste was an accurate reflection of the nose, nicely merged flavors and quite drinkable, but not my cup of tea...

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SrSilligoose (3122) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 8, 2009
FOBAB -2009- pours a deep brown with a tan head. Notes of chocolate, cocoa, dust, pumpkin, bourbon, and vanilla. very smooth. nice body. barrel is a nice compliment to this. great beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - NOV 8, 2009
FoBAB 2009. Dark brown with a biege head. I didnít care much for the odd spice aroma. Strong clove aromas and flavors. Medium body. The BA character was a background player. That just really prevented my from enjoying this beer.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (5743) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 8, 2009
FoBAB 2009, the last of must try beers. Deep brown with a creamy head and good lace. The aroma is still PUMPKIN, YEA!!! I was worried that the barrel aging may dominate the base beer but that is not the case. Plenty of roast, chocolate, walnuts, coffee, plum and moderate bourbony vapours. The taste has a wonderful balance of pumpkin spice and porter with a bourbon barrel background. Fruity and woody finish. The mouth feel is lush and oily, this is a top notch "holiday" brew that would fit in with either All Hallows Eve or XMAS. I DIG IT, even better than the base beer! (Hey Shawn, save that bottle of the Midnight Sun so I can do a comparison)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2009
Really great job on this one! Pours an intense black with dark tan foam that lingers and laces well. Wonderfully subtle bourbon, chocolate, and coffe nose. The falvors follow suit; bourbon (subtle), chocolate. coffee, and the base pumpkin beer with itís subtle holiday spicing. Very, very drinkable, repeatable, and enjoyable. Could not be improved upon in any measurable way that I could suggest. (So then why isnít it a "5"?)

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (2830) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2009
On tap at brewpub
I had a chance to try this the day that it first went on tap. I am very impressed with the way that the brewer artfully blended chocolate, pumpkin, and bourbon barrel aging into a seasonal masterpiece. I donít know how long this was sitting around but it came out at the right time and not too soon.

Aroma / Appearance - Everything mixes nicely into an arrangement of vanilla and bourbon, chocolate, mint, pumpkin seed, and malt that reminds me of an after dinner mint coupled with a glass of bourbon. Holding it all is a creamy black body with nice sandy head.

Flavor / Palate - A little on the warm side it otherwise has very few flaws. Chocolate, pumpkin, spices, coffee, and ash collide without overwhelming the senses. With this much flavor packed into a single beer it would be easy to overdo any single aspect. This was a great dessert beer and because of its complexity would fit well with almost anything.


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