tmoreau (4365) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2014
Cellared 12 oz. bottle from the Sixth Annual FoWBAB(2008) B601 #082306, 26 months in a 12 year old Heaven Hill barrel, shared & poured to snifters showing a cloudy, mid- brown color, with not too much activity in the head & lacing department. The nose was toasted, but mainly sweet caramel, and vanilla. Medium+ bodied, the alcohol was still present, but mellowed warmth, sweetness remained, with a touch of tartness to the finish. Having sampled it at the event, and after reviewing old notes, I noticed that many of the Scotch & barrel attributes had faded, along with bolder bitterness & alcohol expression, but it retained a decent texture, remained quite tasty, and aged gracefully for all at our tasting to enjoy. phaleslu (10247) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2010
Sample poured from a bottle at FOBAB 2010. Labeled "Why’s It Sooo Loud Scotch Ale" at the event. Pours a murky copper color with greenish brown tints and a small tan head. Weird looking. Notes of raisins, vanilla, bourbon, sugar, smoked oak, caramel malts, butterscotch, and toast. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a sticky mouthfeel. Very much like a barley wine. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2009
Bottled at FoBAB, aged for 26 months! Poured medium caramelly-amber with a long-lived cap of beige head. The aroma picked up sweet smoky caramel and bourbon upfront with vanilla and candied caramel behind. The flavor had sweeter aged caramel and toffee surrounded by vanilla and sweet bourbon notes (entirely complementary).. sweet butterscotch and vanilla on the warm finish.. tasty! Medium-bodied with adequate carbonation on the palate.. near-perfect barrel integration. Great brew. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 5, 2007
FoBAB 2007: Coppery brown with a small head poured from a bottle. The aroma has notes of vanilla, oak, peat, smoke, grassy and herbal, phenolic. The taste has a sharp boozy start with a caramel malt base. It also has an "old ale" characteristic that I found pleasurable. Smoky and woody upon the finish. This sharp and lush beer was yet again another surprise from this brewer. I need to try more of the beers Mike brews. Bravo! RAYBOY01 (2011) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2005
Wonderful barrel-aged entry by this brewer...with it’s upfront smokiness/peaty maltiness/and bourbony alcohol notes...I could drink these all night!
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2005
Americas certainly impressed me with their three offerings at the Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beers in Chicago. This hazy brown body with a faint beige head brought a complex nose of the expected bourbon and word from the casks and notes of vanilla, toffee, and a touch of smoke. Medium bodied with a gentle carbonation. The flavor featured the bourbon warmth tempered with the smooth sweetness of the toffee and vanilla. Must plan some trips to Americas. Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2005
FoBAB ’05- Pours out a light murky brownish color with a brim for a head. The nose is where its at with this brew, wonderful bourbon aroma that mixes in with the wood flavor very well. Caramel, some toffee, and a slight hint of smoke. Flavor is solid also, bringing the alcohol out a bit more working wonders with the toffee making for a real nice treat. Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 6, 2005
This is an exquisite beer, and I want to thank braumeister Mike Rybinski for treating me to this excellent ale. Not much too look at, a golden brown body with a white film in lieu of a head, it treats in every other category. The aroma is a masterful blend between a dominant bourbon, peat-smoked malt, vanilla, hardwood, and alcohol. Very thick and incredibley smooth, it drinks like a fine liquer. Hot with alcohol, the Bourbon and Scotch blend continue to delight along with rich toffee, smoke, vanilla, and an earthy woodiness. It finishes on a sticky, hot, smokey sweet alcoholic note. This should be in bottles!
Note to brewpub owners: Stop forcing your brewmasters to pander to the BMC crowd who won’t appreciate your cole efforts anyway. Let the brewers loose to create great beers like this.
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