Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap the Clybourn brewpub. Pours a cloudy brown, slightly red-orange tinted body with a finger-width, creamy, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma has a good amount of bourbon up front with a some sweeter toffee and caramel. No real smokiness to this. Some fruity yeast, oak, and a touch of earth. Flavor is similar. Lots of fruity yeast and bourbon up front before some slightly toasted toffee and caramel comes in. A good amount of oak and vanilla in the middle with no real smoke coming out. Finishes a bit thin while its somewhat fruity and sweet with a good amount of oak and bourbon. Medium length aftertaste following a thinner body and a light carbonation. Overall, a decent barrel aged beer. Lots of bourbon and I like the fruity yeast with a light malt sweetness. The barrel really took over this one and it was a bit thin, but not bad.
TheAlum (6487) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled on tap at Goose Belgian Fest (Chicago, IL). Pours a dark brownish copper pour, a good haze with a loose bubbled offwhite head that dies to a film, laces small. Aromas are a touch of smoke, sweet malts, a touch of red fruit. Booze and whiskey, touches of oak and vanilla. A wave of warmth. Initial is medium bodied, a touch fuller with dry ash up front, touches of earthy and woody smoke moving into cocoa and toffee, biscuits, and toast. Wet oak and clinging whiskey, wet oak, vanilla. Smoke moves into oak and sweetness, barrel and whiskey, vanilla. Finish is lingering ash and woody smoke, touches of barrel and spirit. Kinda a one trick pony, some faint cocoa and biscuits, touches of sweetness but remains quite dry and ashy, barrel and some toast. Really seems to have taken the barrel on up front. A bit scotch like.
drewbeerme (3915) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at belgianfest, pours murky brown white head. Nose sweet burnt toffee, slight smoked grain husk, vanilla. Flavors are strong peat and vanilla, caramel, med body, just okay.
troyc (2870) - Illinois, USA - AUG 17, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
[Tap] Pours a ruddy dark brown color with no head on it. Heavy bourbon and alcohol aroma had me looking over the ABV on the menu again. Vanilla and licorice also came across in the nose. The taste is whiskey forward, with some wood and earth mixed in. Sweet and malty base of raisins and rum. Too much whiskey for the amount of malt used. Definitely interesting, but not something I’d regularly drink.
LilBeerDoctor (3567) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at GI Clybourn. Pours a very cloudy dirt brown with a white head. Aroma of all bourbon. Flavor is still quite bourbony but a little bit more drinkable, some sweet malt, but I really don’t get much else. Way dominated by the barrel.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 23, 2011
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Draft at GI Cly. Pours a slightly murky amber with a dissipating white head. Nose is straight up bourbon. Not really any smoke and the beer gets lost. Big oaky notes and vanilla. Overwhelming and non-refined. On taste, it’s very tannic and vanilla permeates. Faint phenolic notes, either from smoke or the yeast. Just hard to palate because of the overbearing barrel notes. Not a fan at all and surprised at the lack of finesse.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at gi clyboun... Pours a semi-transparent caramel toffee brown hue with lesser intense edges and topped with a thin quickly dissipating barely off-white head... The barrel notes are apparent right off the bat with a burst of hot spicy bourbon that quite overwhelms all other aspects even after warming up. Hints of vanilla, dark fruit, and maple are abundant throughout withou any hint if smoke... Flavors are predominantly on the sweeter side with caramel and toffee malt that mesh with the bourbon barrel flavors. The base beer itself doesn’t hold up well to the barrel. Thin bodied as it’s a bittoo thin and the barrel notes just overwhelm it all. Feels a little hotter than what the 5.3% suggests. Aforementioned thinlike mouthfeel.