phaleslu (9380) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft sample at FOBAB 2010. Pours an opaque dark brown, near black, with virtually no head. Notes of vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, a little oak, coffee with cream, and I also got some odd cherry and chili notes. Maybe I had residue in my glass from other beers. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. Lighter-bodied than Iíd want in a typical impy stout. Not bad, though.
TheAlum (6942) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at FoBAB 2010 (Chicago, IL). Pours a roasty brownish hue, huge cakey light brown chocolate milk head. Laces well. Aromas are rye, roasty malts, sweet cocoa and toffee, creamy body, some bourbon and oak, sour twang. Initial is roasty and spirit ridden, bourbon and toasty malts, sour vinegar, acrid. Roast and big sweet toffee. Finish is sweet, mellow caramel and rye, vanilla, cocoa, and an out of kilter twang.. Meh.. I didnít love Big Hugs, but this came with some good and some bad.. Better than I had expected, but still something was off
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 12, 2010
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
FoBAB 2010: Jet black with minimal head and lace. The aroma has notes of lactic acid, slight buggy funk, coffee, chocolate, ashy charred and slightly smoked barrel, some vanilla and fusel alcohol. The taste is all over the place, some sweet lush malts and bitter coffee, vanilla wafers and bourbon, rye like snap but sadly some acetone and chemical tones that while not overpowering does ruin the moment. The mouth feel is sticky but a tad thinned out. I was really looking forward to this but was left disappointed. Hope to try the regular version soon.
HonkeyBra (4036) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at FoBAB 2010. Black pour with a small tan head. Aroma of bourbon, chocolate, coffee. Slight alcohol sting. Flavor is mostly bourbon up front, with chocolate and roast. A bit of coffee and creme. Thick, luscious mouthfeel. iíd like to spend some time with this one outside of the festival setting.
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
at FOBAB, pours black with tan head. nose is sour. flavor of sour veggies and smoke, some cocoa. not good.
chibuck (3510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2011 On tap at FoBAB, just now finally getting to this, shows you right there how much I enjoyed it...Black with a light tan head, not much retention...The aroma is wood, some coffee, not much going on, surprised this is barrel aged...The taste brings out more coffee to start, roasted, with some more wood.
This is boring and seems a waste of wood as you canít tell it was even in the barrel.
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2010
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Draft at FoBAB 8. Itís unfortunate what this turned into as I really liked the unaged version. Pours a thick black with tan head. Nose is chocolate, fusels & acetone. The barrel destroyed this one, pulling apart the soft fun stuff and injecting cheap bourbon. Bitter and astringent. Blech.
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 11, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at fobab. sweet doughy , creamy, milk chocolate. creamy tasting bourbon and vanilla, with a slightly thinned out bod. dry. good not great.
holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at FOBAB í10. Pours a black color with a beige tan head. Ashy nose of caramel and cream. Chocolate coffee malt flavors with some hops and chocolate in the finish. Not bad, but I think it was better before it saw the barrel. 7/3/7/3/14
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
FoBAB. I also preferred the regular Big Hugs. Pours black. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, funk, and oak. Actually seemed a little thin and the bourbon didnít blend well.