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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ibrew2or3 (8159) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 10, 2010
12oz bottle pours deep copper with tan head. The aroma is rich thick sticky and yummy with minced, smashed and then simmered dried dark fruitiness with sweet molasses, mild and smooth bourbon like notes and caramel candy. Wow. The taste is rich and nectar like with loads of concentrated sweet dark fruits mixing with malt and molasses sweetened citrus followed by a growing smooth bourbon note, some sweet vanilla and a sense of smooth oak. Double wow. This was smooth sweet silky yumminess.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thetomG (246) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2010
Nice dark brown/amber pour - surprisingly lighter in color with a small layer of head composed of tiny dense bubbles. Aroma and smell are dominated by bourbon. There is a nice strong malt presence as well - its just a very very strong beer overall. Mouthfeel is smooth, but the high abv and intensely strong flavors make it a true sipper. This was good now, but I think it would be even better with more time on it. Very glad I was able to try this one!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nickd717 (4165) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 28, 2010
12oz bottle thanks to TedSwimmer, the man, the myth, the legend. Pours a nice clear nut brown color with a small tan head that leaves a nice thick tan ring. Great aroma, lots of -bal and bourbon, along with great sweet caramel and toffee notes. A little fruitiness to it even. The flavor is really great, reminiscent of BA Coton. Really toffeeish with sugarplum and date notes. Sweet caramel, vanilla, oak, toasted coconut, and bourbon. Really rich and tasty. Medium-full bodied, silky smooth, with low carbonation and even slight booze. Really killer stuff. Wow, I’m impressed.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (14930) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 25, 2010
Bottle shared by jcwattsrugger at Pilsner Pete’s awhile back. Pours black. Nose and taste of lightly smoked wood, mesquite, dried fruits, bourbon, toffee and smoked malts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheAlum (6942) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2010
12 oz bottle from the fine owners of FiftyFifty! Thanks! Pours a glowing murky dark brown, some reddish brown tinges, a small ring of tan head dies, laces small. Glowing ruby red. Aromas are rich toffee and vanilla tannins, a big mellow flavorful bourbon barrel. Wet oak, sweet caramel and toffee malts, a touch of floral hopping, toffee, touch of darker dried fruits. Initial is heavier side of medium bodied, sweet malty body with toffee, caramel, bready and biscuity malts. Bitter dry floral hops, light dried cherry fruits, raisin, bourbon barrel, wet oak, touch of warming spirit alcohol. Warming, biscuits and toffee, good warming alcohol, dried fruit, wet oak, vanilla. Quite flavorful, a little warm, nice rich malts, warming spirit, oak, dried fruit. Light bitterness, lingering sweetness and heat. An honor to try. A solid BA barleywine, all the base beers get swallowed up a bit, but the Wee Heavy shows some stone fruit notes and peeking through are some of the hops from the DIPA and Barleywine. Nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2011 Heartwood symposium. 12oz bottle as supplied by Adam. Thanks man... Pours a darker reddish amber brown, lighter edges, with a quickly dissipating light beige head... Rich assertive bourbon nose that pairs well with toffee/caramel malts and dark fruit. Predominantly sweet with some fruitcake aspects... Aromas follow suit pretty accurately with toffee, caramel, dark fruits, with a mild degree of bourbon woodiness. Decent body and carbonation with a lasting booziness in the finish. Nice barleywine style albeit a little heated but has held up. 8/4/7/4/15

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (16055) - Dublin, California, USA - SEP 17, 2010
A: The pour is a dark amber color, sort of brownish in certain light, with a finger’s worth of off-white head. S: Quite a bit of sweet vanilla and caramel and toffee malt up front with some bready malt base. There is a definite oak presence, as well as bourbon, with some hints of dark fruit. T: A fairly well balanced flavor of bourbon, vanilla, oak, and sweet toffee and caramel malt. A soft bready flavor with some dark fruits and brown sugar. M: The body is medium with a somewhat low, but quite smooth, carbonation. D: This is a very nice blend. The bourbon is definitely present, but not overdone. And pretty easy to drink despite a rather high ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Christian (12884) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 13, 2010
Very dark brown with a small tan head. Strong, perfumed bourbon/coconut aroma with toffee malt notes. Cloying sweet malt and bourbon flavour with hot alcohol. Some tannin in the aftertaste

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (12717) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 3, 2010
(Bottle, courtesy of thirdeye11) Pours a dark brown body with a small tan head. Aroma of bourbon, wood, chocolate, light anise, and caramel. Flavor of caramel, coconut, bourbon, molasses, wood, and vanilla.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - AUG 19, 2010
bottle thanks to thirdeye11. poured dark brown/ruby with an off white head. aroma was chocolate covered cherries. flavor was chocolate covered cherries, caramel, toffee, and alcohol, and raisin. slightly sticky body with low carbonation.

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