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RATINGS: 149   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
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Heavier Handed is one of a series of special limited-run beers in the styles that are more extreme or unusual. This Artisan Beer is in celebration of our new French oak tanks, called "Foudres". Tons of fresh, wet hops from Washington State power through this stepped up version of our seasonal IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Headbanger (3311) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2009
22oz bottle 11/20/09 (Binny’s Naperville)-Pours a medium orangish amber with a big tight off white head. Aroma of hops, citrus, caramel, and a little sweetness. Taste of sweetness, hops, caramel, and not much oak. This medium bodied brew is very well balanced and quite tasty. Nice job.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmoreau (2445) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2009
On tap at the Bavarian Lodge, Lisle, IL. and served to a BL logo snifter. The color was a clear, deep amber, and the head was generous, off white foam with curtainy, web-like lacing. The aroma was pleasant mid-toned fruit, citrus, lesser hints of pine, a little malt sweetness, and a touch of grain. The flavor added an oak mellowed, well rounded combination of smooth malt and firm hop bitterness. Alcohol warmth was noticeable as the beer warmed. A very nice, amped up IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2009
I can smell the resin from the hops while pouring - what a potent aroma. Smells just like the Willamette hopka I made a few months ago. A clear ruddy brown with white head and gorgeous carbonation in my petrus chalice. A wonderfully sweet body with one of the best hop-malt balances I’ve experienced in an IIPA in well nigh a year. The finish intermingles sweet and bitter for several minutes all with a resin flavor that just seems to coat my mouth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5482) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2009
Bomber from the Binny’s what wuz a Sam’s in Downer’s Grove, Illinois: Nice pour, a nearly clear orange/amber body with a tall ecru head that pasted lace all ove my "Drink Me" mug. The aroma had an underlying toffee sweetness overlaid with resinous pine, earth, and grapefruit rind. The flavor was much the same, seeing the addition of more citrus hop flavors with a moderate hop bitterness. I didn’t really catch much of anything from the French oak, perhaps a hind of soft vanilla. The sturdy alcohol content also remained well hidden throughout the drink. The finish was a bitter dryness with just a touch of caramel Pretty decent brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2009
FoBAB ’09, pours hazed amber with small white head. nose is sweet caramelly, earthy pine. flavors have a minimal wet hop earthy character with sweet malts, vegetal, vanilla, a bit thin too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
monkeychugg55 (877) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2009
Bomber. Pours a clear ruby-copper with a chunky light beige head. Lots of lacing. The aroma consists of candy-like hops, wood, caramel, and that vegetable smell, like celery salt or something. The flavor isn’t as veggie, but the wood is more prominent, and fresher, like new lumber vs. old casks. Pine, citrus, caramel, toffee, and has a nice woody finish. Soft on the palate with light carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HonkeyBra (3390) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2009
Bomber from Binny’s. Pours a deep copper amber with an eggshell head that clings to the glass. Aroma of fresh strong hops, toasted oak, caramel and toffee. Very resinous and piney. Some grapefruit and tropical fruit notes also. Some vegetable notes come out after you drink more of it. Kind of ruins the whole experience for me as I was digging it before those reared their ugly head. This had some potential.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
17thfloor (2430) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2009
22oz bottle. Pours a clear darker rich glowing red copper color with a tall airy foamy slightly off-white sticky sudsy pillowy head. Aroma is actually quite nice and very hoppy, at first, crisp, robust, sweet rich caramel, slightly toasted, resinous, piney, just a hint of green vegetable matter that detracts from the overall, similar to this years hop juice in the off aromas. Flavor follows the off notes in the aroma, oddly vegetable like, like a badly contemplated vegetable juice drink, weird bitterness, metallic, so similar to hop juice, the vegetable notes aren’t the same as in a ’cooked’ beer, more similar to vegetable juice drinks, asparagus, celery. Medium bodied with active sharp fluffy carbonation, light stickiness. Sigh....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hombrepalo (1829) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2009
FoBAB 2009 tasting, Probably the second best of the IPA’s that day behind the Wet Hopsickle. Pored an orange glowing color with some head. Aroma of lots of hops, some carmel and grapefruit. Taste is similar with a nice finish. A nice treat, I think this is going to be bottled?

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