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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
Theis (15150) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2010
Bottle at RBESG 2010, Rome. Clear dark brown - white head. Lots of dried fruity. Roasted. licorice. Sharpness. Bourbon. Wooden. Berries. Rubber. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blutt59 (6504) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 3, 2010
bottle, thanks to thirdeye11, amber pour with small foam, big caramel, whiskey and maple aroma, flavor of buttery maple, choclate, oak, hot alcohol finish

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (10612) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 3, 2010
Bottle… Clear, dark, burnt orange ale with a small, beige head. The decadent aroma is an uncomplicated swirl of gooey caramel, sticky vanilla beans and Kentucky bourbon. Full-bodied and velvety with reserved carbonation. Nicely balanced despite all the malt; the flavor is an indulgent blend of buttery praline, vanilla, bourbon and gobs of caramel. Even warm, the caramel shines brightly, but without the normal, accompanying sweetness. Warming, vanilla and bourbon finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thirdeye11 (6064) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 29, 2010
(12oz bottle via trade with jyoungsbcp) clear brown, rich color, viscous body is apparent with a ring of off-white bubbles. Nose of caramel, maple, chocolate, syrup, wood, bourbon, and alcohol. Smells complex and delicious. Taste of maple, bourbon, sweet chocolate, wood, this has tons of flavor. Very alcoholic spicy finish. Nicely done!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 27, 2010
2010 Bottle thanks to thirdeye11. Pours with brown body and a tan head. Aroma is woody, bourbon, fudge, chewy, cola, dark fruits and caramel. Taste is caramel, fudge and rich barrel. Creamy carbonation, bourbon, big and velvety.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
italarican (1543) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - MAY 25, 2010
Bottle at Peter’s RBSG. Dark tan pour with off-white head. Aroma is very strong of bourbon (a bit excessive), caramel, and sugar cane. Flavor is predominantly caramel backed by bourbon. The mouthfeel is really nice; a slightly sharp bite from the bourbon ends with smooth, creamy caramel. It feels like a lot of high quality ingredients are in this that I can’t decipher. I wish the bourbon didn’t get so much in the way of all that.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tomthompson89 (1977) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 21, 2010
wow really interesting beer, and interesting concept . My buddy John from Great lakes shared this one... thanx,,,,. dark pour, some beige foam, nose is sweet and bourbon, vanilla as well. when I read the bottle i wasn’t sure how all these styles would blend but this was great some chocolate some caremel, bourbon hops and just a joy to drink

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
j12601 (9548) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2010
Bottle at Peter’s 2nd annual spring gathering thanks to jcwattsruger. Pours a clear brown with a small beige head. Gorgeous bourbon, light citrus hops behind it. One of the nicest bourbon aromas I’ve ever encountered on a bourbon aged beer. The bourbon is present and prominent, but doesn’t overpower or detract from everything else in here. Some sweet dark fruit. Gorgeous. Smooth and subtle, very tasty, a light warming alcohol on the finish. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 18, 2010
Taste at PilsnerPeter’s 2nd Annual Gathering
Nut brown with a light beige head. Clay/earthy scent, some alcohol and chocolate as well. Flavor of fudge, light anise, some roast and caramel malts, and alcohol. Balanced throughout, creamy and rich with a lingering fudge finish. The dessert sweetness is front and center but the balance and varied elements keep this drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 20/20
Getbetter (1032) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - MAY 16, 2010
Had at hophead22 beer tasting thanks to Kevin from H24 .From a 12oz,honey,red in color ,no head,maple syrup.This beer is amazing , this beer is just fanatic .

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