Cornfield (5437) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Preparing for today’s visit to the downtown Rock Bottom, I realized that I’d missed thiss from FoBAB ’07. Luckily, my notes were scribbled on the program. It poured a dark, dark brown body with a modest but sustained tan head. The aroma had sweets from the Bourbon, doughy malts, dark brown sugar, milk chocolate, and a bit of vanilla. Some dark, juicy stone fruits are added to the flavor, but the chocolate and Bourbon seemed to dominate. Another damned fine effort from Pete Crowley.
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ElGaucho (2189) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
FoBaB ’07. Bourbon aroma with hops. Black body. Tan head with beautiful lace. Subtle flavor. Nice hop finish. Better when a little cooler. Gold Medal winner in the Classic Porter/Stout style.
Ughsmash (7092) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 5, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at FoBAB 5. Poured clear, very deep brown with a short cap of medium brown head. The aroma picked up lots of sweet bourbon and vanilla sugars with underlying cookie and brown sugar sweetness.. quite nice! The flavor had lots of sweet vanilla, sweeter chocolates, and bourbon sugars at the core with drier chocolate and more bourbon at the end.. sweet overall with moderate roast.. very enjoyable! Medium-bodied and grainy on the palate with an overall solid feel. Excellent brew!
BBB63 (5946) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 5, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
FoBAB 2007: Deep brown and nearly black with a lasting brown head. The aroma has notes of sweet chocolate, oats, herbal and aromatic hops, coffee, oak, and an earthy estery tone.
The taste starts with a nice chocolate overtone with a interesting twang character of plum and cherry. Found equal parts coffee and hop bitterness upon the finish along with notes of oak.
The mouth feel is smooth and very drinkable for a BA beer, supports the flavor profile very well. This is really good and I would have passed it up if not for winning a medal. Worth a try for sure if found on tap.