3Faveryrogue (181) - Aslip, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2009
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
Murky brown pour. No head. Smells of over ripe banana, oak, vanilla, bourbon. Mostly strong bourbon, which is generally good. Not in this case. Mouth is dull, flat, spirity on the tongue. Touch hot. Barrel kills most everything else in this beer. Sipper. Almost spilled this on purpose, but I’m afraid she might have given me another one. Gimme some sprecher instead!
msante79 (2211) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2009
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Goblet at brewpub. Pours dark brown with small off-white head. Aroma is extreamly strong with bourbon, wet wood, light malt and booze. Flavor is very harsh with bourbon and wet wood with some vanilla and malt. One of the weakest looking stouts I have seen. Light mouthfeel with an overkill of bourbon and wood. This beer is not strong enough to survive for a year in a barrel. No balance a ton of alcohol on the palate for a 7% beer. Disapointing.
BeerBunker (725) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2009
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Snifter at the brewpub. Pours dark brown with no head. Aroma is of whiskey, faint roasted malt, and oak. Taste is of whiskey soaked wood, roasted malt, chocolate, and vanilla. Roasted malt flavor is extremely subdued. The barrel aging has made this beer a muddled mess. It’s all booze with small notes of everything else. Mouthfeel is light, almost watery. A massive dissapointment,
TheAlum (5909) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2009 Goblet poured draft at the brewpub. Pours a marvelous pitch black in this light with minimal offwhite head. Aromas are quite pleasant: oakiness mixes with Woodford and whiskey notes, vanilla, and light roasted malts. Initial is wonderfully balanced, perhaps a bit more sessionable than other representatives of the style. Lower ABV prevents warming but brings the flavors full force regardless. Woodford mixes with vanilla and oak, with nice roasted malt and chocolate finish that is a touch more subtle than expected. Balanced well, more sessionable and lighter representative of the style. This made me very happy. Cheers!
Update: the last time I had this brew, it had an mild Acetaldehyde flaw. 3 points deducted. New score as shown
Cornfield (5552) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served in a snifter at the brewpub, this is an intensely dark brown with a tan ring in lieu of a head. The aroma is chocolatey and roasty dark malt mixed with Bourbon, vanilla, and a touch of old wood. There is also a light trace of the citrusy hops from the earlier incarnation of the beer. Creamy mouthfeel. It tastes of Bourbon, roasted dark malt, oak, vanilla,and a dollop of chocolate. Very nice.