Rock Bottom Chicago Bourbon Barrel-Aged English-style Barleywine
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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.83/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
aged 4 months in oak bourbon barrels

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 18, 2008
Name: BA Barleywine
Brewery: Rock Bottom Brewery
Date: 08/09/2008
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewfest, Great Taste
Words: Chicago

Appearance: hazy gold, wispy beige head,
Aroma: sweet and fruity caramel malt aroma,
Flavor: rich and sweet malt flavor, lots of fruity character, light balancing bitterness,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2008
On tap at GTMW. Poured brighter medium golden with a short, sticky cap of white head. The aroma picked up sweeter bourbon and toasted pale malts paired with spicy bourbon (that singed the nose hairs a bit) and floral hoppage.. dry and decidedly English-style. The flavor had warm, toasty pale malts at the core with a touch of citrus zest and a hint of acetone surrounding.. increasing bourbon toward the finish.. didn’t give the best impression at the end. Medium-plus bodied and quite sharp on the palate.. warmed the belly greatly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2008
At the brewpub: It poured a slightly hazed pale amber with a thick head and provided solid lacing. The aroma was boozey and had scents of toffee, red sweet cherries, vanilla, and a light hint of wood. Smooth and warming on the tongue. The flavor held more Bourbon and alcohol notes, but they blended well with the other sensations noted above. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2008 on tap at RB Chicago. Let me start this review by saying the menu attempted to claim this was BA SubZero, but it is obvious it is the English Style Barleywine released 5 months prior. This version was aged 4 months in the barrel. The color and flavor is similar and the timing of the non-barrel aged release was about 5 months ago... SubZero did not look or taste like this beer. On to the review....pours hazy light amber with off white head. aroma is loaded with vanilla, bourbon, sharp oakiness, as it warmed more very sweet cotton candy came out in the nose. flavors of vanilla, oak, bourbon, sweet caramel, and cotton candy. a rather boozy and syrupy body. this is one of those beer that i liked quite a bit at first but towards the end got rather cloying. i think the beer needs to age longer but the bourbon would truly take over if that happened. still tasty and i would love another sample of it.3.8.

7/28/08, draft, this version aged 6 months in the barrel. Oh man those extra 2 months made this cloyingly sweet, vanilla bomb, and really boozy. this is really hard to drink and not nearly as balanced as the 4month version. still I dont think this beer was right for the barrel, and I wish I could try it just aged in kegs for a few years (not aged in barrel at all!).3.2.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 3, 2009
FoBAB 2008. Poured a clear light orange color with an off white head that laced the glass. Smelled of cotton candy, caramel, and toffee with subdued barrel imparted notes of bourbon and vanilla. Full bodied and sweet with cotton candy, bourbon, vanilla, and dark fruit. A raw alcohol note detracted a bit, but this was a good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2008
Fobab VI. as Clare’s Happy Ale. Okay, first of all, I generally am not a fan of the English style BW. Why did I like this one so much? Bourbon nose, candy, vanilla. Fair amount of English hops, though they jumpes out with some spice. Very smooth and Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2008
tap at Rock Bottom Chicago...for the record this is not my 700th which was Stonewall Ale but i can’t find the damn rating....anyhow, pours a semi-transparent mostly cloudy orange brown with a soapy white head.... aroma of wood, caramel, toffee, and ripened fruit... flavors follow suit if only a little more sugary sweet, some bitterness on the backend with some mild carbonation to go along with it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 10, 2008
On tap at the brewery. The beer pours a bit hazy muddy type of color w/ a small dense white head and good lacing. Aroma is big full of bourbon and oak, a good amount of alcohol bordering on fuesal, some orange rind and basic grapefruit aromas hints of toffee.. Full well coated pal. Flavor is pretty good a lot of barreling comes through, a pretty aggressive alcohol, some light perfume almost hoped bittering, that is very light and hints of a toffee.. It’s ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2008
Pours a hazy amber with a thin head. Mild fruit aroma and some vanilla. Heavy caramel flavor and it was actually very sweet. Almost seemed like I was drinking syrup. Served a little too cold at first. Although it didn’t have a lot of the bourbon I was expecting, it was still good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2008
slightly hazy gold orange, tiny bubbles rim glass. nose of sweet fruit, mild bourbon and caramel. bourbon is the first thing i notice in the flavor, followed by the dry fruitiness. smooth. much too smooth for the 12 percent abv. kinda oily mouth feel, bourbony finish. alcohol is too well hidden for me. on tap at rb chicago.

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