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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 15/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2011
Bottle pour at FoBAB 9. Pours a murky brownish red. Dark. Some soft head as well. Nose is a big blast of bourbon barrel. The hops have completely faded out of this one. Big vanilla and coconut and a ton of deep malt in there. On tasting, it is very deep in the malt, bready with some plum and cookie notes. Pretty straightforward and solid, but lacking complexity. A bit muddled? Okay.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 5, 2011
Thanks to Adam for sharing this one. Clear red brown. Rich cherries and caramels nice brown sugars. Sweet caramels fruits. Some bourbon sweetness. Alcohol fruit flavors. Some bitterness. Good stuff. 8/3/7/3/15

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 16, 2011
Many thanks to Adam for holding onto this for so long and sharing it with me! Poured medium-deep brown with an easily-resuscitated beige head. The aroma picked up tangy metallic bourbon and oak over warm chocolate and a little licorice.. earth and some smoky accents.. the bourbon was fairly aggressive, but I enjoyed it. The flavor found chocolate, honey, and smoky molasses at the core, with burnt malts, oak, and bourbon around.. bitterness was moderate, and mostly earthy.. again the bourbon played a major role, but it worked. Dry and roasty on the palate with a grainy feel.. just a tad sharp at times.. very glad to have tried it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (10216) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 17, 2011
Bottle thanks to stawn on BA, shared with others. Poured a slightly hazy deep caramel amber with a gray head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma was full of sweet grain with a bit of an earth note, some sweet caramel and a bit of bourbon. Flavor was similar with a bit of roasted malts but overall it was a bit muddled and could have used a bit more direction.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (34690) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 3, 2011
Bottled. A dark amber beer with an orangey head. The aroma has notes of alcohol, malt, caramel, nuts, and bread. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, caramel, bread, alcohol, and spices.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
chibuck (3510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2011
Thanks to AZ and his Small connections. Shared at our latest quarterly epic tasting...A watery brown with amber highlights, not much carbonation...An aroma of harsh wood, alcohol and bourbon. A mix mash of a blend for sure, not brewed with a specific aromatic in mind...Taste of a strong ale, molasses, alcohol and hops on the finish. A boring blend, nothing great here. A rarity that should be traded and not enjoyed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drfabulous (6672) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 1, 2011
According to my notes, I drank this. Sweet caramel, malty. You get some barrel age bourbon. I’ll have to believe what I wrote.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beernbourbon (1558) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 30, 2011
Bottle. Pour is deep mostly clear brown with a small tan head. Aroma is surprisingly hoppy with notes of vanilla, wood, and light caramel malt. Flavor is also surprisingly hoppy with loads of caramel malt, light vanilla, and light wood. Different than expected.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 7, 2011
Bottle PPRBSG 10. Pours a clear deep woody copper brown with a thinning head. Aroma is big bourbon barrel, syrupy sweet, maple, molasses, burnt toffee, caramel, dark brown sugar. Flavor is leather, oak, bourbon, big chocolate, nutty, vanilla, molasses, caramel creme chewy candies, burnt toffee, maple, oak, wood, and more bourbon in the end with a bit of alcohol. Pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (6731) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2010
Bottle thanks to jcwattsrugger, who brought it to PPSG’10. Black pour with tan head, looks like a stout. Bourbon barreling comes through on both flavor and aromatic notes, also dark sweet malt, vanilla, and citrus.

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