anders37 (22307) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 13, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ FoBAB 2009, Chicago, IL Pours a clear amber color with a small off-white head. Has a sweetish malty caramel and dark fruit aroma with hints of bourbon. Sweetish malty dark fruit and caramel flavor with hints of vanilla and wood. Has a sweetish malty caramel and dark fruit finish.
crossovert (10910) - Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light golden pour, thinner body, sweet, pretty bourbonny. A mediocre wheatwine that didn’t age that great.
deyholla (9835) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from the tap at FOBAB 2012. Pours a clear deep amber with a near white head that lasts throughout the beer. Aroma has a lot of sweet grains with a bit of sweet light fruit, caramel and a bit of barrel. Flavor is sweet with grains and toffee with the bourbon coming through towards the finish.
Earlier Rating: 8/3/2009 Total Score: 3.6
On tap at Clybourn. Poured an orange amber with an off-white head. Aroma consisted of notes of fruits, sweet grain and bourbon. Started a bit grainy sweet and then the alcohol takes over leading to a finish of almost purely alcohol. Nice and thick on the tongue.
alexsdad06 (8449) - Ohio, USA - JAN 8, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft sample at FoBAB 15 from notes. Pours a slightly hazy orange amber color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor has caramel and toffee malt sweetness, bourbon, vanilla, grainy, some orange citrus, warming, wood, good, not great.
Ughsmash (7507) - 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.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 5, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Clybourn location: Pours a clear copper orange with a thin ring of white bubbles. Has a big bourbon woody oak aroma with some light cardboard, caramel, and vanilla notes. Starts with pretty good fullness and light caramely sweet wheat with a touch of oxidation and big bourbon oaky flavor before a drier, woody, slightly warming finish. The barrel seems to dominate here and there’s a little too much oxidation.
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 9, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
draft @ GI Clybourn. Amber orange pour. Caramel malts, bourbon, oak with light vanilla in the aroma. Taste was rich maltiness, oaky bourbon, nice alcohol burn, balanced but still pretty intense. Nice offering from Goose Island
BBB63 (6527) - 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.
HonkeyBra (4020) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JUL 9, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap and GI Clybourn. Dark brownish red with an egg shell head. Aroma of bourbon, candied fruit, caramel. Flavor is a sweet bourbon fruit explosion. Thick, chewy, mothfeel with light carbonation. Some alcohol in the finish. enjoyed sipping on this one for a while.
CanIHave4Beers (3946) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - DEC 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an orange color with a good head and some lacing on the glass.
The aroma is resiny with some orange rind, marmalade and some brown sugar. The barrel character is subdued and lends a light vanilla character to the nose.
The flavor is sweet but nicely bitter, some vanilla and toasty malt. The alcohol is warming but not overbearing, similar things can be said for the woodiness. A bright tasting barleywine.