HonkeyBra (3421) - 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.
pantanap (3365) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the source... Pours a toffee caramel hued hue and topped with a fluffy head that eve fully reduces down to a wispy film... Big bourbony barrel essence with deep rich toffee and caramel tones throughout. Barrel is fairly a abundant and runs rampant. A mild alcohol bitterness surfaces and is noticeable through the finish... Flavor is more of the same with a semi-sweet profile upfront with a pretty noticeable bitterness late on through the finish. Bourbon and buttery toffee exists with quite a boozy astringent finish. Body is lighter than expected. A bit too over-barreled.
Earlier Rating: 11/9/2007 Total Score: 3.9
FOBAB ’07....appearance: dark caramel brown with a thin ivory head....aroma: all i smell in this one is bourbon vanilla and booze....taste: candied brown sugar, bourbon, and a little too sweet overall.....i very much preferred wooden hell to this but not a bad offering overall.
10/31/08 On tap at GI Cly. Nice to be able to sit down with this one. aroma is pretty much the same but the flavors had more variety this time around. some bitterness in the finish cut into the bourbon and toffee flavors. a lot nicer this time around.
CanIHave4Beers (3322) - 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.
DrnkMcDermott (2810) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft sample at the FoBAB documentary party, 1/12/13. Deep amber color, a little brown. Thin ring of foam in my plastic cup. Smells very, very grainy, like a bag of wheat. Very thick texture and alcohol presence. Little notes of cherry, plus prune and smoke. A lot more sweet and thick than many other barley wines I’ve know.
Earlier Rating: 11/5/2007 Total Score: 4.5
FoBAB 2007, Chicago. Just the foam is enough to get you a good buzz (if I can decipher my notes correctly). Big heady white foam over a luminous brown body. Very much barley wine smell. No alcohol or dark malt harshness in taste, just a sweet malt and bourbon flavor with a interesting complement of hops (if it was so interesting, why couldn’t I describe it better?) Just the perfect thing to get s---faced with. Case in point.
holdenn (2080) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Clybourn location. Pours an amber color with a beige head. Rich bourbon buttery nose. Dark fruits, caramel, and grain barely peak out underneath that bourbon. Rich sweet malt and bourbon flavors. The bourbon becomes more apparent as it warms up, but still really tasty. Finishes dry. 8/4/8/4/15
wedgie9 (2004) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 11, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted on draft at Goose Island Clybourn. Pours a clear amber with almost no head. Aromas of caramel malt, sour fruit, and lots of oak. The flavors are slightly sweet up front with caramel malts, and it is very oaky. The bitter hops come through on the mid-palate and the back of the palate. The body is full with medium carbonation and a sweet and oaky finish. Overall, this is a very good beer that, I think, requires some more aging time for the oak and alcohol to integrate.
Pwn3d (1961) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUN 17, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the Goose Island’s Clybourn location. Pour is a cloudy brownish orange. Taste is bready, vanilla, bourbon notes. Silky smooth. By far my favorite of the night. However, tastes a bit young & could use a bit more time in the barrels.
hombrepalo (1831) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fobab. Definitely not better than King Henry but beat it at fobab. Dark golden orange with a fluffy off white head. Earthy hop oil, bourbon and caramel aroma. Earthy, brassy, caramel, bourbon, and alcohol taste with a sharp dry finish and an oily sticky palate.
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
~2 oz sample had at the Claybourn Brewpub.
3.5 A: Slightly hazy golden/straw color. Can’t comment much on the head since it was a 2 oz sample.
4.0 S: Lots of alcohol in the nose. Also a very strong wheat component. Lastly, a strong oak and bourbon flair. The nose is just jam packed with strong aromas.
4.5 T: This is my first wheatwine and I must say that the "wine" part is very fitting. It tastes just like a light wine only with a strong wheat flavor. Not much hops going on. I like wine just fine, but I like beer more and this is somewhere inbetween. Well done. Alcohol is present in the taste like a wine.
3.0 M: Heavy medium body. Low on carbonation though. It might be perfect for the style, I don’t really know, however, I would have liked a bit more carbonation. Not so smooth due to the tinge of alcohol.
3.5 D: Good tasty brew, but not all that drinkable due to the biting alcohol.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 06-28-2009 04:17:25
HonusWagner (1423) - Florida, USA - JUN 18, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
When the beer is slightly chilled, it has some nice fruity tastes, touches of vanilla, oak, and even the hint that this is a wheat beer. Unfortunately with warmth it becomes really bourbon-heavy, corn sweetness dominating and making other elements of the beer less noticeable. I dunno what to say, I’d like to try this beer in a better environment than a bar to see what I think of the overall flavor profile but life is life. And at 10 bucks a snifter, I would never consider revisiting it.