Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had on draft at the King Henry release at the Clybourn location. Had on draft, served in a goblet. 6.2% ABV, aged in 18 year Elijah Craig barrels.
A: Very hazy dark brown with some hazy orange and red hues mixed in. Thin yellow head with some splotchy lace left on the way down.
S: Butterscotch sweetness and whiskey upfront, but the barrel is pleasantly integrated and not in your face. Slight malty aroma on the back end with a little fruit sweetness.
T: Whiskey forward with a caramel and tofffee malt profile with a sweet butterscotch and vanilla finish. Underlying fruit notes as well.
M: Medium bodied with a sweet after taste and lively carbonation.
O: This was barrel forward, but in a good way. Didn’t really remind of a barrel aged Irish Red, but still a decent beer none the less.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 11-26-2011
dinkle50 (1327) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sweet aroma of vanilla. Bourbon flavor all the way through. The taste is like drinking a glass of bourbon with too much water in it. Palate is super thin. I wasn’t crazy about this, but it has a few things going for it.
chibuck (3510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light dirty orange... Outstanding nose, smooth bourbon, vanilla and coconut... Taste is ok, medium bourbon but almost watered down, base is totally gone, good but needs a bit more heft to it
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Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at Goose Island Clybourn. Pours a cloudy amber colored body with an inch thick, creamy, beige head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma is light with some sweet toffee and caramel as well as some oak standing out. A light vanilla bourbon with a touch of earth and dark fruit. Flavor is a bit better, but nothing special. Lots of wood and sweet toffees and caramel up front, but they seem muted and plain. Bigger vanilla comes out in the middle with some dark fruits and a light bourbon. A touch of buttered toast comes out in the end as the wood and a light earth dries this with a bland, somewhat watery vanilla sweetness. Medium length aftertaste following a medium-light body and a moderate carbonation. Overall, a pretty unremarkable barrel aged beer. Some toffee and caramel sweetness with a good amount of wood and vanilla as well as a light bourbon. Not very impressed with this one.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
On rap at the black Friday event... Pours a mostly transparent caramel toffee hue and topped with a creamy white... Aroma of soft subdued bourbon and vanilla alongside milder dark fruit and caramel notes... Flavors are a soapy tamed down version of the aforementioned. Softer caramel vanilla with dark fruits and toasted caramel. Mute and earthy throughout. Soft soapy body with a light creamy carbnation level. Def not enjoyed.
TheAlum (6935) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft on tap at the brewpub on Black Friday (Chicago, IL). Pours a murky dulled amber brown pour, a frothy whitish head sits atop, laces small, rings small. Aromas are muttled sweet malts and barrel, touches of the Irish Ale dance on the nose, a bit spicy and crisp, gentle hopping, sweetness and oak barrel. Initial is thinned, lighter than medium bodied with some muttled sweet malts, vanilla and oak. Gentle earth, hops, and toast. Some sweetness, decent barrel and a gentle heat into the finish. Some sweetness, muttled malts, some toffee and toast, bland and a bit watery bodywsie. Finish is some gentle caramel and sweetness, buttery oak, and gentle dryness and spirit heat. Meh. Avoid. A bit of a muttled mess especially for the price.
deyholla (9993) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sampled from the tap at 2011 FOBAB. Poured hazy golden amber with a white head that remained throughout hte beer. Aroma had a decent amount of caramel and toffee, quite sweet. Flavor was very sweet with vanilla, caramel and toffee. A bit too sweet for me.
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2011
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Draft at FoBAB 9. Pours a deep reddish brown/amber with some fluffy head. Nose is all wood. Minimal anything else, maybe some toast and vanilla? On tasting, there is no beer flavor or character. Just wood. Like, wood tea. Try again GI, try again...