MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - JUL 8, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at GI Clybourn, served in a snifter. Ruddy brown pour with some orange highlights and a thin head of lasting beige foam. Decent lace. The aroma had thick, heavily bourbonized caramel. Wow! Also some caramel-covered apples and light pear. The flavor had strong caramel and vanilla followed by fruit skins and a shot of bourbon. Really heavy on the caramel and vanilla, but not overly sweet. Mildly alcoholic. Full-bodied with minimal carbonation. Good stuff!
3Faveryrogue (181) - Aslip, Illinois, USA - JUL 2, 2009
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft @ clybourn 6/29. Orange amber hued to the dim light. Slow rising, thin weak head. Kind of one dimensional. Smells and tastes of vanilla, booze, wood, bourbon and caramel. Mouth is tad spirity with some wheatiness surviving in the finish. Comes off like a thin, cloying barleywine. Tylenol linger. Barrel very harsh, hot, and dominant. I have a soft spot for barrel-aged beer, but this pushes the envelope. Overpriced. Limbo.
BeerBunker (943) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - JUN 30, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Goose Island Clybourn. Pours brownish red with a small ring of tan lacing. Aroma is of caramel, wood, bourbon, vanilla, fruit, and wheat. Huge alcohol presence in the aroma. Taste starts off with lots of citrus, sugar, and wheat. There is also an overpowering fruity taste, than almost comes off like a wine. It was very medicinal, and harsh. I couldn’t seem to get past that, it really hurt the beer in my opinion. Each sip finishes with some wood, bourbon, and vanilla. Extremely warming booze bite. Mouthfeel is medium and very sticky. Finish is all alcohol. This beer did not work for me at all, and was just generally hard to put down. $10 for an 8oz snifter seems a might pricy as well.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 3, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
FoBAB 2008. Poured a clear dark orange color with an off white head. Pleasant aromas of caramel, toffee, whiskey, fig, and orange liqueur. Medium to full bodied and sweet with a warming alcohol effect. Caramel, vanilla, bourbon, butter, and dark fruit flavors. Good stuff.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at the brewpub. Pour is dark red-brown, dissipating head, no lacing. Nose is distinct for play-doh and mead/honey. As it warmed, honey was the predominating character, very sweet. Taste is rich and complex, slight bitterness and distinct bourbon character, though not boozy at all. well-hidden alcohol. Taste also has some marshmallows, a touch of salt and a ton of vanilla. Very slick and easy to drink. Very good and properly aged in a barrel.
fidemaster (288) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
FOBAB same as everyone else. Cherry and oak flavored bourbon. It was like a very sweeth bourbon. It had a nice complexity and finished very smooth. This was a great beer.
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - NOV 12, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at FoBAB ’07. Cloudy brown with slight beige head. Aged dough, red fruit aroma. Flavor was aged dough, bourbon, cherry, red apple, alc. Medium body, slight carb. Pretty awesome, great fruit flavors and aged notes.
sersdf (1018) - chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
FoBAB 07. reall sweet. probably the sweetest beer i’ve ever drank. got super saccharine after a while. so sweet and honeyish. i couldn’t tolerate it, but i could see others loving it.
Ughsmash (7387) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 5, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at FoBAB 5. Poured a lightly hazy, caramelly-deep brown with a short cap of off-white head. The aroma was sweet and extremely rich with bourbon, vanilla, and darker fruits.. very malty, with little indication of wheat in the nose. The flavor had sweet grainier bourbon, vanilla, and medium-skinned-to-darker fruits at the base with warm, tart wheat around the tongue.. warm and malty finish with a touch of overt alcohol. Grainy, sweet, and challenging on the palate.. warm and syrupy at times, too.. great barrel integration. This was a very large beer, and it carried itself VERY well! One of the highlights of the fest.
BBB63 (6475) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 5, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
FoBAB 2007: Honey and coppery hue with a small head and some lace. The nose has a initial uppercut of booze and heavy malt (honey, sugar, wheat, apple, pear, vanilla, oak, phenols, and a hint of rubber).
The taste is marzipan, honey comb with a smack of vanilla with a fruity midsection that finished spicy and woody, boozy throughout but not overpowering. The mouth feel is smooth, oily, sticky with a noticeable warming. This is great stuff but not for the meek of palate. A lot of things to contemplate.