sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
looks like itís supposed to. dark brown, some red. opaque. smell is definitely brandy and oak. i canít believe iíve never had this. this is pretty awesome, but i canít really describe anything unusual about it. itís pretty much just a perfect oaked barleywine.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 16, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at the Wrigleyville location. Hazy brown color with a thin white head and orange edges. Wild aroma of alcohol, soy, molasses, and dried cherry. More dried fruit came out in the flavor (cherry and fig) along with soy and a warm splash of alcohol. Not the best barley wine Iíve had, but decent.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 21, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On Tap at the Goose Island Wriglyville Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beers November 4th, 2006.
Hazy murky amber with a thin tan brown head that is short lasting. nose is sweet and woody with some major hints of smoke. Taste is very sweet suggary with (vanilla?) and mroe and more brandy with sharp lashing fruits and pepper. Good.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 7, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Milky, hazed mahogany in color with a jaundiced tan wrung and celestial khaki brown colored swirls for the head. Balanced, gentlemanís aroma reveals rhubarb, stiff Thanksgiving pie crust, and black raspberries over oats that eventually get slathered as a salve on dark roasted, rain-saturated barn house planks. Plum sauce in a dried out eggplant shells is left open to the sunís aromatic persuasion. Holistic flavor is extremely enjoyable. Smooth yet fiery coexistence yields a flavorful fabric cotton freshness at the tip of the tongue. Thick juice slides in with some crisped pomegranate skin. Buttered plum juice and brandy cream sauce beautifully balance the full-bodied flavor and mouth feel. Saucy maple sugar gets swirled into dulce de leche cake batter with a hint of rum, and somehow makes the successful transition into beer. Candied English buttered rum toffee lozenges join a subtle, cottony bing cherry trait, hanging on the cusp of each sip and swirling into a pool of sticky caramel thatís growing harder by the minute. Brandy butter sees us out.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 7, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A pleasant surprize from GI, since I wasnít a big fan of their Old Aberration that was a base for this. The nose is sweet and fruity with toffee and butterscotch. Very smooth drinking, it tastes of toffee, dark dried fruits, alcohol, a splash of chocolate, some smokey wood, and a quiet earthy bitterness. All of this is blended well into one drinkable barleywine.
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Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
FoBAB 2006. My second favorite barleywine of the day after FFF Behemouth. Notes of caramel and toffee on the nose lead into honey, walnut, date, and BUTTER! Just a bit of pleasant scratchiness on the throat that was odd and interesting. Impressive.
Ughsmash (7507) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 29, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at G.I. Clybourn. Poured a perfectly deep and complex hazy burgundy with a medium cap of dense chocolatey-beige head. There was a whole helluva lot going on in the nose here... deep plum sugars, brandied figs, semi-sweet chocolate, earth, a hint of lightly-burnt grilled cheese... Time and warmth brought smokey, spicy malts. Loved it! Flavor wasnít far behind... sporting a smoky, fruity choco-toffee-spice-a-hol base with some earthy malts... alcohol became strong toward the bottom, but the brew maintained its composure. Brandy, plums, and spices graced the finish. Smooth and calculated across the palate with an old ale feel to it. Great stuff!
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Without a doubt the best of the Goose Islands that I have had; interesting, because Barleywine is among my least favorite styles. Almost blakc with a tan head. Nose of sweet dried fruit. Taste of sweet toffee, dried fruit, spice, alcohol, brandy, and spices. Good full mouthfeel, less cloying than the sweetness would suggest. Despite the alcohol and warmth, none of the alcohol burn or unbalanced bubblegum that I usually associate with a barleywine, possibly because this one is well hopped. Iím not sure itís really a 4.1 but maybe; itís as good as Iíve had from Goose Island.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 25, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2006 Darught, Clybourn: dark reddish-brown...fairly opaque with a touch of off-tan cream on top. Wonderful aroma of sweet, citrusy hops, black cherry skins, and plumy alcohol. The palate is super sticky and a bit too sweet for me. I was expecting the flavours to be harsh, but this ended up without the full flavours the original Abberation had. Orange bitterness and sweet caramel alcohol are at the end of a quick finish. The araom is the best part of this one!
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 24, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Clybourn. This bad boy pours a dark blood red mahogony with almost no head. The aroma is dominated by sweet butterscotch and caramel with some dark fruits frolicking in the background. The taste is plenty sweet but not unpleasant and the bitter hops of Old Aberration are still around albeit much more understated. Finishes warm.