BBB63 (6396) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 21, 2008
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
FoBAB 2008: Muddy light brown with honesty does not look very attractive. The aroma has notes of vanilla bean, bourbon, caramel and some herbal notes but missing most of the hops esters. The taste is more of the same, too sweet and malty, warming booze and oak over-the-top of any IPA character. The mouth feel is oily and sticky, actually the best part of this beer. I am starting to hate what overdone Woodford barrels will do to beer. A waste of beer and barrel...
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fobab VI. Poured a goldish brownish color. Not my favorite in an IIPA. Nose was subtly hoppy and vanilla. I never would have guessed this was an IIPA if I hadn’t read the program. On the taste, it’s a bit thin and has some bitterness, but I think this one worked its way past it’s prime and is a bit boozy and bitter, not a lot of hop character. I could see this working, just not this time. Meh.
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - JUN 29, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub: This poured hazy golden in color with a fluffy white head. The nose gave off aromas of tart grapefuit and lemon along with wood notes and some boozy bourbon. The palate shows off the oak usage along with the citrus in a medium-bodied beer with an engaging midpalate. The barrel aging made this seem a bit harsh and I would have preferred a creamier vanilla-laden addition.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
tap at Rock Fest.... poured a fgolden caramel brown with a thin soapy off-white head.... aroma of tropical fruit hops with very little barrel influence.... flavors had more of an oaky vanilly profile which were furthermore accented by tropical fruit. very smooth with a nice mouthfeel although the hops could have been a little more pronounced.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 9, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
maybe it was just the temp of the beer that was hiding the aroma but it certaainly was lacking. looked god though like melted caramel in a glass. flavor still had a piney resinous bite followed by a large dose of vanilla"ey" woodiness and bourbon. overall a nice effort that goes down relatively smooth especialy for the 10 percent tag that comes with it.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
FoBAB 08. Pours incredibly murky brown. Aroma of bourbon and caramel with just a slight amount of hops. Very sweet and malty. Little disappointing.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I often question the aging of IPAs in Bourbon or other barrels because itís my favored style and Iím concerned that the ale will lose itís hoppy edge. Not so in this case. Brewmaster Tim Marshall (using his own recipe and not an imaginary corporate one) took his aggressively hopped IPA and aged it between three to four months, apparently just the right amount to add barrel-aged goodness without killing the hops. Served in a snifter, it has a cloudy dark amber body with a sustained off-white head. The lacing is spotty but plentiful. Its aroma is strong and citrusy, tart tangerines and orange zest, with a touch of pine and Bourbon undertones. As it warms, some caramel and toffee sweetness joins the fray. Very smooth yet peppery-warm in the mouth. The initial flavor is tart and bitter citrus tastes, soon joined by a soft malty sweetness, a wee hit of woodiness, and a light splash of Bourbon. A very well crafted beer.
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drewbeerme (3895) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
on tap at Rock Fest í08. pours hazy golden with soapy white head. nose has faded PNW hop notes. no dry hopping in the barrel? flavor of an aged ipa that has lots it edge with oaky boozy to it. citrus, orange, and tropical fruit hop notes. i think a bigger beer and additional hopping along the process could have made this work a lot better.
hombrepalo (1924) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2008
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
on tap at Rock Fest 08. Poured a hazy golden color. Minimal aroma of hops, fruits, dates, citrus. Taste a bit too carbonated, spicey but light. Bourbon? didnít notice it. Nice IPA but not up there with the big boys!
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
hazy amber, medium head that quickly dissolves to dishwater bubbles. aroma of medicine and pine. the pine is even more pronounced in the flavor, with hints of citrus. a bit too evergreenish for me, so i knocked a point off the overall rating.
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