TheAlum (6487) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Flight pour on tap at the Clybourn Brewpub (Chicago, IL). Pours a richer hazed copper hue, good hazy elements, dulled darker body. Some richer glow on the bottom and edges. Ruby, orange, and copper elements shine. A frothy tannish head sits atop and dies to a film, laces ok. Aromas offer banana and estery fruit, gentle funk, yogurt, and lemon. Pear, apple, gentle carmelized malts, toffee, and bready malts. Touches of oak, vanilla, gentle spirit intertwine. Some gentle dark fruit, grape and plum. Initial is lighter end of the fold in body, richer oak presence hits, firm spirit, vanilla, and firm spirit driven feel up front. A bigger fruity grape and dark fruit nose takes some hits. Heat, rich oak, very tannic barrel presence up front. Some yeastiness, spice, funk. Red wine, vanilla, and bourbon spirit show as we move forward. Backend is a bit vanilla forward, a bit carmelized and sweet. Fruit elements die out a bit, more mellow tannic oak, touches of spirit linger. Certainly a fun experience, some good red fruit elements, oak is strong, spirit is a bit much. A bit overriden by the barrel here, wild yeast elements take a bit long to offer a counter. Ok. It certainly doesn’t offer a balance but there are some fun flavors and moments in there with the fruit. A fun experiment by Jared here if a bit off at times, harsh at others.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Goose Island. Pours a hazed reddish gold with a creamy head. Nose is cherries, caramel and vanilla. Some acetone and solvent. Faint vinegar notes. On tasting, light sweetness. Mild tartness and bitterness. Vegetal note. Taste is bitter and sweet with sour and vanilla. Kind of a mess. Not a fan.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the brewpub clybourn. Never had this before... Pours a mostly transparent copper orangey hue, clear and consistent altogether, and topped with a creamy soapy white head... Aroma of soft oak and bourbon upfront with supporting notes if vanilla and softer fruit tannins. Fairly barrel forward with a bit of tart dark fruit and leather coming through late... Flavors are more of the same with an assertive bourbon barrel note without the heaviness alongside a semi-earthy and tart brett pear fruit type of essence. A touch of light astringency and earthy dryness coming through late and rounding out the finish. Softer than medium bodied with a fluffy mouthfeel. Carbonation is light and subdued. Ok
vyvvy (5015) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 23, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at the Midwest Belgian Beer Fest 2012 - Pours clear copper with a tan head. The aroma has tons of whiskey. There is also some wild funk and a mild amount of Belgian beer presence. Medium / full body with semi-soft carbonation. The taste has more beer presence than the aroma with some maltiness and a bit of earth, but this is still bourbon heavy and it seems to be hiding the nuances of the beer. There is also a bit of brett wildness. The finish has some pepper and fruitiness. Okay, but too much whiskey presence.
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - AUG 1, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample from beerfest. Poured a murky brown color with a huge pillowy white head. Aroma was dried fruits, some vanilla, caramel and lots of bourbon. Flavor was molasses, dark fruits, bourbon, and alcohol. Alcohol more present as the beer warms. Heavy mouthfeel. Longer finish. Another great offering from goose island.
jcnielsen (2776) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 31, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the Midwest Belgian Beer Fest. Sour cherry aroma. Bourbon and slight cherry flavor. Very tasty and drinkable for a sour aged in bourbon barrels.
lcherre (6) - - JUL 30, 2012 does not count
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
There is a very heavy bourbon aroma and you can definitley taste the bourbon in the beer as well. It is definitely different but the taste grows on you
phaleslu (8006) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft sample from MWBBF. Pours a clear copper with a massive, frothy off-white head that takes a while to lower enough for me to drink. The aroma is big on bourbon, with fruity funk, rhubarb, plums, burnt sugar, wood, rye, caramel, vanilla, and black currants. The flavor has somehow even more bourbon- which I liked, but damn- with the same fruit profile, funk, caramel, and brown sugar. Medium-bodied, with a boozy, funky, sweet mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This was like the Luciana with a shot of bourbon dropped in. I liked the Luciana a bit more but this is interesting.