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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
lobonator (19) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 14, 2010
Thanks to Larry and Sherry at Crown. Not normally a fan of blends, but this brew was an exception. Aroma sweet. Barrel comes through, some wood. Sharp bourbon, but not too much. An enjoyable brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAY 15, 2010
12oz bottle provided by Kevin from H24, thanks Kev. Real dark brown pour with a thin white head. Bourbon, citrus aroma, vanilla and pure yumminess. Damn, wow, such a fantastic brew, sweet and tasty, fuck this is good. (1241)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerealist (5) - Chicagoland, USA - APR 9, 2010 does not count
Tried at a pub by a gracious CBC attendee. Pours dark almost opaque with a nice brown head. Smells of delicious bourbon and oak, some raisin and caramel. Taste was a fantastic bourbon beer, though I believe it could have used a little more time in the barrel, but not bad considering the hurdles the group encountered with liq laws.

   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 .

   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 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 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (14944) - , 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 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 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!

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