beastiefan2k (2079) - Lawrence (formely NYC), Kansas, USA - JAN 14, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
4oz pour at the brewpub. Had this after 2 of the different barley wine treatments. This did not taste much differently. Missing any estery or Belgian yeast aspects. Aroma is booze barrel and strong barley wine malts. Flavor is astringent and thinned out malts. We hoping this one would be better than the other strong beers. At least it looked good. Thick head atop a thick amber body with no clarity.
NobleSquirrel (3286) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Fobab 10. Pours a deep coppery color, thin head that falls off. Nose is big and sweet. Vanilla and coconut along with caramel. Pretty one dimensional, though rich. On tasting, big and boozy with a strong sweetness. Loads of caramel overall, vanilla and toast. Lacks malt depth and complexity overall. Okay.
jstraw (1654) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2012
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Jerry’s. Hazy caramel with light (but barrel aged), foamy, beige head / Big, rich nose of fresh caramel, chocolate, coconut, cream, and whiskey / Full body, astringent but still lush and chewy, sweet with excellent hop balance, and a touch of heat on fine bitter finish / Flavors of fresh caramel, coconut, chocolate, coffee, grapefruit, pine, resin, vanilla and whiskey barrel / Flavors don’t quite match the great nose, or stand up to the bitterness, but still excellent.
TheAlum (4289) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2012 Sampler pour on tap at the ICBG FoBAB 2012 Brewers/Sponsors Dinner (Chicago, IL). Pours a bigger brooding well hazed brownish pour, murky body darkness, with some touches of orangish brown glow on the edges. A cakey tannish head atop stays well sized, laces well. Aromas are gentle dark fruit, oak, and vanilla. Raisin, plum, caramel and toast. Some toffee, gentle spice. Gentle oxidation, vinous quality, and gentle Belgian yeast, brown sugar. Initial is lots of brown sugar, oak, and vanilla. Tons of raisin, dark fruit, and wet oak. Sweeter front end, oxidation, vinous, sherry. Like a fine aged barleywine, richer dark fruit. Middle shows some awkard spice, oxidation, gentle paper and oak. Backend shows gentle warmth, vanilla, oak, caramel and toffee, some dark fruit. Richer sweet qualities. Finish is lots of vinous and dark fruit, raisin, and oak. An odd beer for sure, spice, a lot of dark fruit, spirit. The ABV level incorporates very well. But the flavors just aren’t my bag.
Blairgus (1753) - California, USA - NOV 18, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
18 nov 2012, tap at Haymarket Pub. Brown/amber and hazy. Nose is huge alcohol, big barley wine like malt, raisins, vanilla. Full body and faintly fizzy. Big golden raisins and sharp alcohol. Really sugary. So rich, like caramel cake.