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Heartwood Symposium Ale (2010 Craft Brewers Conference)

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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
Heartwood Symposium Ale was brewed to commemorate the Brewers Association’s Craft Brewers Conference and BrewExpo America, April 7-10 2010 Chicago, Illinois. Brewers from fifteen Illinois breweries formed four teams, each creating a recipe and brewing it at Goose Island Beer Co: Imperial Stout, Imperial IPA, Scotch Style Wee Heavy and a Barley Wine Style Ale. All were aged separately in Bourbon barrels. The resulting Symposium ale is our taste-tested blend of all four batches.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (10522) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 4, 2015
Bottle during RBWG. Pours a cloudy brown with small beige head. The aroma is bourbon and roast. Thick mouth, roast, vanilla, caramel, nice booze presence, very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wedgie9 (2638) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 9, 2015
From notes. Tasted on 9/16/12 from a capped 12oz bottle, thanks to Curtis for sharing. Pours nearly opaque dark brown with a thin tan head that leaves very thin, bubbly lace. The nose is fairly hot and very malty with tons of caramel, toffee, bourbon, and an old hops aroma. The flavor is all about the sweet malty caramel, toffee, and a bit of a toasted note, with nice brown sugar bourbon and just a bit of bitterness from the same older hops from the nose. The body is full and oily with average carbonation and a long, lightly bitter and bourbon barrel finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markwise (5195) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Bottle generously shared at RBWG. Pours a hazy brown with a white head. Nose is port, sherry, some oak, slight oxidation, some prune, and some fruitiness. Flavor follows- aging like a nice port- nice fruitiness too. Medium in body and very complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 30, 2013
Thanks to TheAlum! Pours a brown color, small head. Booze, vanilla, dark fruit, some oaky goodness. Coconut, sweet roasted nuts. Super stoked to have tried this one!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (8108) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 5, 2013
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (4050) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 28, 2013
Bottle at RBWG. Nose shows lots of oxidation, sweet malt, brown sugar. Flavor is also lightly sweet, barrel is more toned down with age, lots of brown sugar, lightly oxidized flavor. I probably like this more now than I would have enjoyed in fresh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drowland (7887) - Georgia, USA - FEB 23, 2013
2/23/13. RBWG. Thanks, Preben! Amber pour, small khaki head. Nice BA aroma, sweet caramel and wood, with some barrel. Nice flavor that parallels with a touch of oxidation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (11628) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2012
12oz bottle (thanks Josh for sharing!). Poured a deeper mahogany color with an off white head. Aromas of roast, bourbon, some smokiness, and some earth. Tastes of dark fruits, caramel, molasses, bourbon, brown sugar, and wood. On the sweeter side with the alcohol content well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3917) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2011
bottle, huge thanks to Adam for sharing this one. pours murky brown white head nose brown sugar tar molasses, flavors of tar caramel cotton candy, booze, figs, med body good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2011
FoBAB. Pours cloudy brown. Aroma of bourbon, wood, cherries, caramel. Vanilla flavor, boozy. Sort of a weird blend, but it is fairly good. Sweet.

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