chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at the brewpub. Haven’t been by much since they changed the place. Pours cloudy brown with a tan head. Aroma of wood, sweet dark fruit, caramel, vanilla. Fairly heavy sweet beer, but well done.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub. The waitress said this was aged in barrels for a year. Pours a murky, muddy brown-amber colored body with a thin, creamy, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a solid lacing throughout. Aroma is pretty nice. Lots of bourbon up front, but plenty of sweet toffees, molasses, and caramel malts. A nice vanilla and oak as well as a hint of roast, brown sugar, and a bit of a wine like character, but this is more bourbon than wine. Flavor follows suit nicely. Big oaky vanilla and bourbon up front with lots of malts. Sweet molasses, toffee, and dark caramels with some brown sugar as well. The wine characteristics really come out nicely towards the end and give this a touch of sharp fruitiness. Oak and vanilla increases and smooths this out with a light roasty bitterness, some alcohol warmth, and a very light cloying sweetness. Lengthy oaky, bourbony, dark caramel and molasses aftertaste following a full, pretty smooth, only slightly rough body from the wine notes and a soft, light-moderate carbonation. Overall, a really enjoyable and bold barrel-aged barley wine. Lots of barrel characteristics and plenty of sweeter malts. The wine adds a pretty cool note that is easier to pick up in the flavor. I liked this one a lot.
BOLTZ7555 (2656) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 10, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled @ Rock Bottom Chicago. Incredibly fragrant aroma with vanilla, oak, brown sugar, and cocoa rising from a mahogany body with crimson highlights and a small eggshell head. Flavor is aggressive as well with molasses, caramel, vanilla, chocolate and some fruitiness from the wine barrel. Syrupy and thick but not at all cloying. Really glad to have tried this...from a legendary RB location!