pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
sampled at 2008 FOBAB....dark brown almost black pour with a thin wispy light brown head...aroma of sweet chocolate with soft vevely bourbon.... chocolate and bourbon upfront with a sweet lingering boozy finish. medium yet lively carbonation and a boozy finish. one of the tastier offering of the day.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 3, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
FoBAB 2008. Poured an opaque black color. The head was light brown. Smelled of bourbon, vanilla, dark fruits, and chocolate cake. Full bodied and slightly sweet. Big malt bill with toffee and light roasty bitterness that peaked through the sugars. Vanilla and bourbon flavors imparted by the barrel were also present. Good beer.
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
FOBAB 08’. Poured black with a tan head. Aroma was caramel, choolate and some nutty notes. Taste was more chocolate and caramel, with a nice balancing bitterness on the end. I like the "pissed off candy bar" description. Describes it to the tee.
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - DEC 12, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
FoBAB 08. Pours black with a creamy brown head. Lots of sticky hops in the nose. SOme milky chocolate too. This thing tastes like a pissed off candy bar. Chocolate, caramel, and chewy fruit. Very full and rich body. Average carbonation. Surprisingly dry.
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 5, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
FoBAB 2008. Pitch black body with a nice creamy tan head. Viscous. The aroma is nutty with tons of sweet barley and lots of English hops. Almost like oatmeal. Subtle bourbon. Rich charred oak with a nice creamy chocolate. A nice blend of English Barleywine and Stout. Clean full palate with a long lasting non-sticky finish.
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
FoBAB 2008 - pours black with tan head. nose of chocolate, vanilla, coconut. flavors coconut, vanilla, chocolate, roast, booze, tasty!
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
FoBAB 08. It said a blend of Barleywine and Imperial Stout (not IPA). Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head. Interesting combination. Had sweet flavor of malt, chocolate, blending well with the bourbon. Interesting.
TheAlum (6825) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
FoBAB 2008 offering: #713 - Black opaque pour with a prominent cocoa hued head. Aroma is a cross between bourbon and oak mixed with some sweet malty characteristics that give off coffee, vanilla, and a little chocolate. Very malt forward as the stout and barley wine mix, a very telltale taste after this festival. Finishes with some warming bourbon / boozyness.
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fobab VI. it says English BW and IS aged for 8mths in my program, but whatever. This, to me, is kind of the little sister to the Hungry Ale. Not as big, more subdued and less hoppy, but still a nice looking beer, Translucent dark brown. Nose is spicy and coffee, lots of vanilla. Pretty decent, but hard to have after the Angry...
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bubbly amber body with a thin off-white head. Combo of Imperial Stout and Imperial IPA. Two of my favorite styles. Nose was Bourbon, oak, citrus, coffee, caramel. Big on mouthfeel. Bourbon strong in the flavor with a nice bitter finish. Very interesting.