TheAlum (4283) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - SEP 28, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A couple of these in honor of the Collaborative Evil release on tap. Poured a very nice thick hazy brownish-copper hue with a small off white head. Aromas are heaven, mixing oak elements mingling with nice caramel malts and some fruity sweetness. Yum! The hops have fallen out in the aging of this bad boy in a Woodford Reserve barrel, but that’s not a reason for sadness. The brew itself gives some very nice malt and fruity sweetness up front, a touch of belgian spiciness, then moving quickly to some of the more prominent oaky characteristics, prominent bourbon with some hints of vanilla in between. Nice mouthfeel, good body, not too strong (However, you certainly won’t miss the alcohol.. it’s there). This was a beer I can’t wait to try again. Cheers!
CaptainCougar (7093) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 17, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Great Taste of the Midwest (8/9/08): Pours a slightly hazy copper bronze with a spotty-lacing off-white head. Aroma of fresh grapefruity hops and big whisky woody notes with some sweet caramel malts. Body starts with good oily fullness and sticky sweet complex caramel maltiness before a drier, semi-bittersweet finish. Perhaps a little too oaky, but still pretty good.
jamvin23 (162) - chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. I was able to get some of this at the KK release. Aroma: bourbon, fruity with a slightness of vanilla. Flavor: bourbon, fruit and sweet
mixinnixon2000 (227) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at the brewpub. This was the best of them all. looks like a shot of whiskey in the small glass. boozy flavor with a complex flavor of fruits and malts. small hint of citrus at the end.
Cornfield (5276) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I had this at the brewpub at the Kapowski mug club tapping/bottle release. I’m not sure how I’d missed this in the past. Nice pour into a snifter, a clear amber body with some lazy bubbling and a tall, firm white head. Nice boozey aroma blended with citrus smells and sweet malt scents. Smooth. In the flavor, the hop bitterness is pretty much gone but there’s plentry of citrusy hop flavor blended with the Bourbon, sweet malt, and a peppery spiciness. Very satisfying and warming sipper.
HonkeyBra (2483) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours amber with a big head. The had actually was above the snifter and it took a lot of careful maneuvering to get back to my seat without losing some beer. Aroma is nice and bourbony. The flavor is bourbony too, but with the sweet, fruity, vanilla notes similar to wooden hell. Really excellent and not very boozy.
msante79 (2124) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Served in snifter at brwpub. Pours dark orange with off-white head. Aroma is hops, citrus, bourbon, vanilla and booze. Flavor is dominated by bourbon and booze with citrus, hops, vanilla and some spices. This one is dominated by bourbon and booze with good amount of sweet malt. Thought it was a barley wine. The barrel really changed this brew but then again I only had the 6.5% hoppy little O.
BeerBunker (709) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Flossmoor. Pours dark orange with a foamy white head. Aroma is of malt, spice, citrus, bourbon, and caramel. Taste is of bourbon, citrus, yeast, spice, and malt. Has a strange underlying, rye taste. Bitter alcohol presence lingers with each sip. Has only the faintest taste of hops. Has a thick, sticky mouthfeel. Overly bitter due to the alcohol, but a very good beer.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very hazed bronze pour with an off-white head. The nose smells like the bourbon barrel...pretty domininating. The flavors are cloyingly sweet caramel and very moderated hop bite...grapefruit and oranges? The alcohol is really overbearing here, and the hops are surprisingly subdued. Good stuff.
tjthresh (1858) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - DEC 12, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
FoBAB 08. Hazed amber with off white head. Nose is just a load of juicey hops with a touch of wood. Flavor has tons of juicey hops with a bit of Belgian yeast spice and an oak finish. Full body with oily mouthfeel. Good carbonation. Full dry finish with a resurging heat.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
FoBAB 2008. Pours a hazy orange with a thin head. Good bourbon aroma and flavor. Had a little bit of vanilla, some orange, and a little bit of the wood flavor. Solid.