DrnkMcDermott (2835) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2009 <i>Sampler.</i> Flat black enamel in color, thin porter head. Major vanilla and bourbon smell. Taste is full of bourbon too… tastes much more alcoholic than a mere 7.5%. Stronger and smoother than my beloved Bourbon County Stout. Porter base makes it very smooth, with no grainy of hop harshness. Bit of wood in the taste. brewer Tim says there was still some bourbon in the barrel when they poured the beer into it. Not enough to raise the abv appreciably, but still with a bigger bourbon bite. Some dark roast malts appear at the finish.
anders37 (17593) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ FoBAB 2009, Chicago, IL. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty chocoalte and licorice aroma with oaky vanilla hints. Roasted malty chocolate and coffee flavor with hints of bourbon and vanilla. Has a roasted malty oaky vanilla and chocolate finish.
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with creamy tan head. Nose is piney hops, oak, and chocolate. Flavor of chocolate, oak, bourbon, licorice, with a dry ashy finish that falls flat on the palate. Mouthfeel is chalky. Not too shabby.
TheAlum (5909) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled on tap at the brewpub (Lombard, Il). Pours a near pitch black pour, opaque, with brown cocoa head that dissipates to a film. Aromas are subtle, light roasted malt, bitter chocolate, and coffee on the nose with a touch of hops. Light, though. Initial is rich off the bat, sharper roasted malt balances with bitter coffee and a touch of semi sweet chocolate on the back end. I like the in your face flavor of this guy, harsh to some, but not for me (atleast on this trip). Citrus hoppiness present is odd at first, but makes this a very nice brew. Toasted burnt malt dominated, not too boozy, pretty good. Finishes with the memorable roasted malt and coffee aftertaste coupled with pretty hefty citrusy bitter hops. Chocolate is subtle, but there.
BBB63 (6155) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 5, 2007
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
FoBAB 2007: Near opaque with a small tan head. The aroma has distinct note of green apple (Acetaldehyde flaw found far too often in BA Imperial stouts and porters) along with bourbon, grainy vapours and hints of oak and earthy esters. The taste is chocolaty and boozy with a light bitterness and coffee. Minor spice and wood upon the finish. The mouth feel is equally bland due to a thinness. A flawed beer, what happened since the last ratings?
Cornfield (5552) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served in a snifter. This is an intensely dark brown ale, nearly black, with a creamy tan head that lasts a long, long while. Plenty of Bourbon here, but restrained enough that it doesn’t get boozey. The nose also contains roasted malt, vanilla, dark caramel, and a chunk of wood. Very smooth & creamy mouthfeel, almost fluffy when I swish it around. The flavor is a masterful blending of what you get in the nose, with a bit off chocolate to boot. Very nice sipper by brewmaster Tim Marshall.
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