fiulijn (13000) - Malmö, ITALY - NOV 29, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at the brewpub, Clybourn location
Cloudy brown color. Malty aroma and caramel. Strong body, with a lot of caramel and malt flavor, sweet toffee too, warming feeling; and to balance this, a very strong hopping, that leads to a mellow toffee final, very powerful Strong American Ale, excellent.
Not as intriguing as the Matilda, not as interesting as the Père Jacques, but overwhelming.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 12, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ GI Clybourn – Dark rusty brown with deep aromas of musty caramel, brown sugar coated pineapple, and hints of stale cookie. Rich tropical fruit flavors mingle with intense brown sugar tones, old dried citrus peel notes, and touches of ripe cherry. Full bodied, soft and smooth carbonation, lightly bittersweet finish. A great winter sipper…
holdenn (2062) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at clybourn. Pours a dark ruby brown with a creamy thin head. Aroma of red fruity and a malty "grain room" with alcohol and licorice. Creamy flavors. Red fruit, bourbon hints, chocolate hints, tar, toffee, caramel, and candied. The sweetness and tar are balanced well. Nice.
BBB63 (5602) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 15, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Clybourn and enjoyed with JSquire and MrFacto: Served in a snifter with a deep brown hue and ruby highlights. Topped by a surprising incredible lasting creamy head and left very good lace upon the glassware. The aroma has notes of honey, crystal, caramel, apricot, juniper, cardamom, rustic and earthy, pine needle and woody, NICE NOSE.
The taste starts with heavy rich sweet malts and a very fruity subtext. Oxidization and old hop middle ground before a spicy, woody and moderate alcohol finish. The mouth feel is oily and lush, sharp around the perimeter, warming after awhile. A hybrid between the American and English styled barley wines. Quite drinkable for the level of alcohol. (Let it warm, served far too cold)
NobleSquirrel (3429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 7, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Quite the malty brew. Surprising not a lot of sweetness, but tos of malt. Minimal bitterness, big mouth feel and rich. decent.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On cask at GI Clybourn. This is certainly a beer that would do better served colder. I much preferred it the last time I had it, back in May of 2005, and it was sensational in the bourbon barrel in November of 06. Onto the beer: Perfumey nose leads into notes of toffee, vanilla, brandy, candied ginger, and toasty oak on the palate. Solid, not overwhelming, with a warming (but pleasant) alcoholic finish.
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - MAY 13, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served on cask, dark brown with white head. Aroma of sweet malt, bourbon, vanilla, tobacco. Flaovr is dull malt, subdued hops, alc, tobacco, tastes aged(?). Also very thin. It was rather warm when served and I liked it at first, but it just got warmer and as it did it defintely didn’t get better.
drewbeerme (3809) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
sample on cask, served at room temp not cellar temp. poured dark brown with foamy white head. nose had subtle bourbon, vanilla, and caramel. flavor was pretty boozy, brown sugar, caramel, and apparent alcohol in finish. this would have been better if served at cellar temps like it’s supposed to be. i’ll have to re-rate.
YogiBeera (2435) - Hamburg, GERMANY - APR 22, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Clybourn: Nice malt nose - kind of oily dark brown with hints of red, small head. Nice hoppy incling - syrupy and thick. Long roasted malt aftertaste.
Ughsmash (6912) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 18, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at GI Clybourn. Poured a deep garnet/brown with a short, smooth layer of beige head. Deep, enchanting dark fruity nose paired well with chocolate malt, toasted barley, and woodiness... rich, with a little alcohol coming through as it warmed. Deep, dark fruits in the flavor, too... with chocolate malt lapping at the back half of the palate... some grains across the middle and smooth... more dark malts followed through the finish. Heavily-bodied and almost syrupy... smooth and delicate, yet huge! Very good B.W., with alcohol only acting as a complement in flavor and in warmth at the finish. Enjoyed it!