NobleSquirrel (3313) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Stoutfest. Pours a very lowly carbonated, nearly still black with minimal head overall. Nose is probably the worst BCS nose Iíve smelled. A bit solventy and some buttery notes in the background. Booze and brandy as well. On tasting, it shows similar solventy notes but they fade pretty quick. Nice apple/calvados type notes. Pomme fruit and chocolate, well integrated overall but that initial barrel hit sticks with you. Meh, interesting.
TheAlum (4289) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at FoBAB 10 - 2012 (Chicago, IL). Pours a rich dark deep opaque brown black hue, good aromas offer apple brandy, toffee, toast, and cocoa. Some coffee, gentle vanilla. Richer Apple Brandy, touches of oak, apple, spirit. Initial is apple brandy, roast, toast, gentle fudge. Middle is sweet, thick, toasty and fudgy. Backend shows some tannic vanilla, apple, and gentle spirit. Brandy, vanilla, and toast. Gentle vanilla, toasty marshmellow, and apple. Oak. Finish shows some gentle heat, some toast, vanilla. Solid offering, the Apple Brandy really brings a fun level, a touch of fruit and mellow acidity from the spirit. Good flavors, balance, still a firm thicker body. Nice.. really nice.
hombrepalo (1623) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fobab. Dark brown thick pour. Smooth chocolate, hints of brandy, a touch of sweetness. Well balanced bcs. This treatment works well. Loved it.
crossovert (4567) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I was happy the apple brandy didnít overpower the beer. Not too boozy, very nice.
Dfonorow (716) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Rattle N Hum. Keg from 08í is what the menu said. Pours a deep brown/close to black with a thin but noticeable tan head. Leaves a nice mahogany lacing on the glass when swirled. Aroma is almost as sweet as the BCVS with notes of molasses, brown sugar, chocolate, and oak. Flavor is more boozy than the aroma but not overpowering in any way with a nice oak and chocolate finish. Some sweet dark fruit flavors are also present. Fantastic beer.
msojka (457) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 10, 2011
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
í08 Vintage at Rattle N Hum. Of all of them which Iíve had I liked this one the best. By far the best nose, next the vanilla, its very sweet. Taste is very smooth with hints of molasses and brown sugar., with some vanilla and oak hints.
jredmond (4023) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUN 22, 2011
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On Draft at Rattle n Hum with Streets and Kyle during the Goose Island Twenty Tap Takeover Event. 2008 Vintage. So probably closer to 15% at this point. Pours a deep brown body, nearly black with light chocolate brown lacing coating my glass. Aroma is sweet molasses, brandy, oak, vanilla bean and chocolate. Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, and silky with notes of sweet brandy, chocolate, molasses, maple, brown sugar, wood, and sweet vanilla. The alcohol is hidden incredibly well under the explosion and diversity of flavor. Very similar to Angel Share as it verges closer to an barrel-aged barleywine rather than stout. I hope I get to try this again.