holdenn (2083) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at GI Clybourn. Black brown with a red opaque shine. Lots of bourbon in that nose. Rich malts, wood, and bourbon all over. Thin body. Lots if bourbon in that flavor with chocolate and roast but too thin and boozy. Good beer. 9/4/8/3/15
TheAlum (5909) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled on tap at FoBAB 2011 (Chicago, IL). Pours a roasty blackish pour, a nice roasty pour with thicker toffee pour, frothy and laces well. Aromas are touches of mint and roast, bourbon and toffee, vanilla. Initial is minty and touches of sweet cocoa, gentle roast, oak, vanilla. Middle shows some sweetness of toffee, vanilla, roast, and oak. Finish is a touch of cool mint, roast, and sweetness. Cocoa grows, nice finish. Missed this last year, glad I got another shot at it.
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
draft... popular beer that’s a judges favorite that’s just ok to me, too sweet and thin, needs a bigger base
HonkeyBra (3528) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at FoBAB 2010. Black pour with tan head. Nice aroma of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, some cookie. Flavor of bourbon with a light lactose tinge, some chocolate, some vanilla, very smooth and nice. Roasty malt and some nuttiness. Maybe a touch of earthiness? Overall, impressive.
Thorpe429 (5011) - , Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Clybourn location. Was excited to see this Gold Medal winner.
Poured near-black with a really nice dark tan head. A few spots of lacing on the glass as well as a fairly-thick collar as the brew went down. The nose was really fantastic with a good dose of bourbon and chocolate as well as some vanilla meandering in the background. The bourbon character from the Elijah Craig is quite excellent. The taste doesn’t hold back with really strong bourbon and chocolate notes, blended expertly in this brew without any real heat. Mouthfeel is fairly heavy and really smooth. Whatever booze is there fits in really well. Drinks really well. Very, very glad I was able to sample this. In Chicago at the right time.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 12-30-2010
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
first sampled at FOBAB 2010 and then a snifter at GI Clybourn....poured a darker carame cola brown with lighter edges and topped with a thin light beige head that is quick to dissipate... bourbon-forward nose with a decent vanilla backing. sweet and chocolatey while taking a backseat to the barrel...flavor is again bourbon barrel forward but not awkwardly so. additional hints of sweetness and vanilla meshes well altogether. Thin to medium bodied with prickly carbonation and a lasting sweet finish. pretty solid all-around.
zach8270 (3585) - Henrietta, New York, USA - NOV 21, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(draft @ Goose Island Clybourne - Chicago, IL) Dark black pour with a thin tan head. A lot more raw bourbon in the aroma in this one but has some of the sweetness from the stout coming through with the roasted malts and oak. Smooth and sweet with a nice bourbon and vanilla combination mixing with the roastiness of the stout. Very nice and thick. Man did we have a lot of bourbon beers this trip.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
FoBAB. Pours black with thin head. Aroma of chocolate, oak, vanilla, caramel. Bourbon in the flavor, sweet chocolate, roasted malt, and some vanilla. Smooth and well done.
wedgie9 (2100) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 19, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted on draft at the Clybourn Brewpub. The pour is nearly black with an average beige head that leaves spotty lace. The nose is oak and bourbon with vanilla, coconut, and dark malt. The flavor is lactose, cola, caramel, vanilla, bourbon, and oak. The body is medium with lively carbonation and a long bourbon and cola finish.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at FoBAB 9. Pours black with a brown head. Nose is pretty nice. Light notes of coconut and vanilla, perhaps marshmallow. Strong roast component as well. Minimal hops or fruitiness. On tasting, it is round and full, lending a lot of chocolatey notes and roast. The oats fill up the palate as well. Creamy and fresh, only detraction is that the barrel character seems generic. Solid beer.