NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Goose Island. Itís finally back and not from a barrel!. Pours a lightly hazed bronze with fluffy white head. Nose is actually citrusy and fruity, hints of tart wheat, restrained yeast character and noted ethanol. On tasting, medium-high bitterness, much lighter body than expected. Was anticipating more of a barleywine character. Alcohol is definitely noted, but not all bad. Fruity and lightly sweet but balanced. The citrusy notes are definitely welcome.
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Goose Island - Clybourn in August 2009.
A: Pours a dark bronze with a nice white head.
S: Sweet caramel malt, fruits, wheat, some tartness, and a wee bit of alcohol.
T: Similar to the nose but with a more pronounced spiciness from the yeast, and a bit more of an alcohol kick.
M: Medium bodied with good carbonation.
D: Pretty good--a little heavy and sweet to be really drinkable, but quite good all around.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 10-04-2009
evergreen0199 (1994) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 28, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Clybourn brewpub, Chicago. Golden pour with white head. Sweet aroma. Tastes sweet, wheaty, fruity, malty. No distinct taste in this one. Unremarkable.
17thfloor (2430) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Small sample (thankfully) at Goose Island Clark. Pours a clear glowing viscous yellow golden with a fine white froth. Aroma is very strong bubble-gum and super sweet extra ripe banana, sweet fermenting fruits, fermenting banana. Flavor is very cloying overripe fermenting banana and bubblegum, massive banana liquor. Doughy chewy very viscous, light fizzy carbonation. Glad I got a free sample. This belongs mixed into a tropical drink.
JoeMcPhee (8357) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 13, 2009
1.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Tap at the Clybourne location. Pale golden pour. The nose is intensely sweet with a lot of candyish and cotton candy aroma. Very sugary palate with a real tooth-aching sweetness. A little bit of peach and rotted fruit. Vegetal and DMS laden. Herbal hoppiness but nothing could even come close to balancing all of the unfermented, underattenuated malt sugars in here. Gak!
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - SEP 11, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at GI Clybourn served in a snifter. Slightly hazed copper pour with a thin head of lasting tan foam. Okay lacing. The aroma was a little dull for a beer this big. Some toasted wheat followed by some faint caramel notes. The flavor had creamy, lightly toasted wheat, caramel, a hint of fruit skins, and a very mild alcohol warmth. Full-bodied and lightly carbonated. The bourbon-aged version blows this away. Bland and almost a chore to drink.
pantanap (3351) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at gi clybourn... Pours a darker reddish amber brown hue with a soapy film of milk white head... Banana in the aroma with lighter fruit playing a backing role. Sweeter overall... Flavors are sticky and sugary sweet. Tasted like an extreme take on a wheat beer with a little bitter astringency in the finish. Semi-warming but holds the abv in check to some degree.
TheAlum (5672) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Goblet poured draft at the Clybourne brewpub (Chicago, IL). Pours an orangey amber! Light haze, moderate offwhite head that sticks around and laces pretty damn well. Aromas are wheaty malts, cereal with some toffee sweetness, a touch fruity with some darker bits and a bit of booziness. Some grapefruit citrus, caramel come in stronger as it warms a bit. Initial is warming booziness, an imperial wheat throws some bigger but smooth sweetness, toffee and graininess. Hops come in fairly strong but taper down. Citrusy grapefruit and a bit of other fruitiness comes (Pear? Apricot?) In with some warming booziness. Lighter on the palate, delicate with pretty good sweetness and decent hop balance. Finish is warming, sweet, with ok hoppy balance.
arjoseph (639) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
GABF 2007. Lots of brown sugar maltiness in the smell. Nice full brown sugar, typical barley-wine sweetness in the mouth, with a hoppy American-style finish. Sugar-drenched golden raisins highligh the middle. It reminds me of Midnight Sun Arctic Devil, but not as big-seeming in the body or the flavors. Classic, and borderline dope.
sstackho (249) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 17, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Goose Island Clybourn brewpub. A clear dark gold, little head or carbonation. Intense sweet aroma with a fair amount of hops in there as well. Intense sweet flavour. The sweetness dominates, and I want to call it unbalanced, but the more I have of it, the more balanced it seems, as there are a lot of hops and malts. A very big beer.