anders37 (16719) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 13, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ FoBAB 2009, Chicago, IL. Pours a hazy dark reddish color with a small off-white head. Has a sweetish malty hoppy caramel aroma with hints of yeast and some hints of oak. Sweetish malty caramel and hoppy yeasty flavor with weak hints of vanilla and oak. Has a sweetish malty spicy caramel finish with some weak hints of bourbon.
phaleslu (6509) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft sample at FOBAB 2010. Pours a red-amber color with a small off-white head. Notes of doughy and sweet malts, cherries, raisins, caramel, vanilla, oak, sugar, piney hops, and resin. Medium-full bodied, with low carbonation and a malty mouthfeel. Strange beer, and very much like a barley wine without much alcohol.
TheAlum (5701) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled on draft at the brewpub (Lombard, IL). Pours a nice deep murky dark amber, hazy, good offwhite head that laces ok, films. Aromas are some more subtle oak notes, vanilla and bourbon mix with a touch of booziness and some muted citrusy hops and sweet mellow malts. Nice. Initial is a nice barrel, tamer and balanced, vanilla and oak, bourbon, and a light booziness that is pleasant. Citrusy hops are muted, touch of belgian yeast, caramel and toffee malts. The barrel is the dominant element, but the hops and lighter belgian yeast are there, adding to complexity, as the hop profile comes about as well. Very well balanced, complex, better than the base and not really thinned out at all as a result of the aging. This is a nice, interesting beer, all elements add complexity and I especially like how the bourbon, vanilla, and Belgian yeast meld.
Cornfield (5482) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 14, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not an attractive pour, kind of a murky brown, but I forgave that once the other sensations kicked in. It had an aroma of Bourbon, cherry, vanilla, and charred wood. Tart and a tad funky, all gathered from the nose blended into the flavor accompanied by a slight touch of hop bitterness and a hit of alcohol. Very tasty. I missed the hops from the original, but the funky fruitiness made up for it.
Rock Bottom Yorktown, Lombard, IL
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
on draft at RB Yorktown, pours dark amber, small off white head. aroma of caramel, booze, bourbon, and vanilla. flavor is sweet, vanilla, caramel, bourbon. decent, but a bit bland if you ask me and I don’t think bourbon works with every beer! any Illinois wineries age in barrels?
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fobab VI. Again, pretty original. Pours a red-brown, offwhite head. Loads of hops, hit in the face with spicy apricot stew, mango, juniper and vanilla. Oak is definitely out there. Not sure how this is a Dubbel, but whatever. This one is very hoppy, nice clean bitterness and lots of bourbon. There’s not a ton of Belgian character, but the caramel does detract a bit. Still, pretty good stuff.
SrSilliGose (3257) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 7, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
fobab. sweet earthy, doughy red ale. light, herbal, pine, hop bite. some light toast and cherries. bourbon kind of an afterthought. decent body, for 9 months in barrel and the relatively low abv. good.
DrnkMcDermott (2800) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUL 11, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2008 Sampler. Cherry cider smell from my sampler tumbler. Cloudy, almost sludgy brown color, just a rim of foam around the edge. Sweet and fruit-tart, with threads of bourbon and vanilla, cherry cordial, and a bit of a vodka burn. Tartness stays in the background, and some hops turn up right at the end of the experience. 350th Illinois Beer! Counting all the "Corporate" Rock Bottom ratings that I’ve only had at the Chicago RB!
tmoreau (2426) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Snifter served at the 09 seasonal tapping. A 10% abv, and according to Tim M., more time in the barrel, (about 11 months) and a commingling of new and older batches. The pour was a cloudy, orangy brown, with a head that was no more than an off white, bubbly foam ring and a light filmy layer, which produced some clingy streaks of lacing. The aroma was a little roastiness, vanilla, a hint of coconut, alcohol /bourbon, and some sweet fruit and citrus. The flavor added to these hints of oak /wood, warming alcohol, and a strong hop bitterness, with the combination of the last two producing a rather intense mouthfeel.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I actually like the regular Demon Sweat over the bourbon barrel aged one. Pours cloudy reddish brown with a tan head. Aroma of some hops, but malt sweetness, caramel, and the bubblegum aroma of the yeast dominate. The wood and bourbon don’t blend as well with this type of beer. I am fairly certain the menu said 10% ABV also. I do like that they serve $1 samplers of this beer.