RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.12/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
Brewed for CBC's 5th anniversary.
A 12% Imperial Honey Blonde that has two gallons of honey per barrel and uses five different yeast strains (symbolic of Chicago’s five years).

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brewersspot (97) - , California, USA - OCT 28, 2010
I got to try a barrel tasting of this when I visited the brewery before it came out. As I understand, they won a bronze that year for the beer. The brewmaster told me that he used about 15 pounds of pure honey per 60 gallon batch.

jb43 (1695) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 2, 2009
(draft). Clear gold color. Small off white head. Light sweet honey aroma. Honey and alcohol flavors. Avg duration. Light alcohol finish. Thin/slick texture. Moderate carbonation. Spare lacing.

Ratman197 (15754) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 13, 2008
GABF 2008 poured a clear gold with a lingering ring of ivory foam. Aromas of honey, fruittiness, light straw and light spice. Palate was medium bodied smooth and slightly syrupy. Flavors of honey, carmel and fruittiness with a smooth lingering sweet finish.

fiulijn (21522) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 13, 2008
Draught at the brewpub
Cloudy golden color. Strange aroma, fruity, like grapes, or wine wort. Strong body, but the alcohol kick is strong too; sweet malt flavor with fruity notes. It reminds me some German blond Doppelbock. More a curiosity than a great beer, but drinkable.

mmather (187) - Colorado, USA - JUN 16, 2008
12 oz bottle. higher alcohols very evident, yet does not belie its 12% abv. Tastes more on the 7-8% level. Still very drinkable. Honey evident in the aroma and in the flavor, the malt tries to keep up but just can’t. A bit out of balance, but still a pleasant surprise.

Dogbrick (14389) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 18, 2008
Sample at the brewpub. This beer pours a clear honey color with a thin off-white head that diminishes steadily. Spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of honey and brady malt, along with some spice. Medium-bodied with a mouthfeel like a lighter Barley Wine, this is definitely a sipper. Flavors of wheat, dark malt, tart fruit and honey are all present. The finish is round and sweet with a lingering honey and spice aftertaste. Although this is a unique beer, it is hard to imagine drinking an entire snifter of it.

pintsize (1041) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 13, 2008
12-1-07 tap at brewery
Smells of honey and sourdough bread, with a background of alcohol. Hard to swallow because the taste of alcohol is not well masked at all. Can actually taste the honey too. Has a honey texture and aftertaste - the name is not lying - this is a HONEY beer! Not big on the honey texture - it seems to sap all the moisture out of the mouth and stays on the tongue for longer than I’d like and the alcohol presence in the taste isn’t great either.

goldtwins (4319) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JAN 4, 2008
2007 PP Strong Ale Fest: Poured a clear golden color. Sweet aroma with honey and malt dominating. Moderate level of alcohol on the nose. Sweet malty flavor to start. Honey and alcohol on the finish. Medium-full body.

kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 12, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2011
Name: Hawaiian Honey Aloha Ale
Date: November 30, 2007
Mode: Draft
Source: Tasting, Strong Ale Fest
Appearance: hazy dark gold, fine off white head
Aroma: sweet honey and malt aroma with a peppery spicy edge
Body: big body with a bit of stickyness
Flavor: rich sweet honey flavor, touch of alcohol, light spicyness adds the needed complexity and balance, lasting sweet honey finish

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ** /4

Date: December 01, 2011
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub
Words: fermented with champagne yeast
Appearance: clear dark gold
Aroma: dry honey aroma with just a touch of sweetness, light earthyness
Flavor: rich honey flavor, light sweetness considering the amount of honey but I guess that’s why it’s 13%, light spicy pepperyness from the alcohol

Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 10/20
Rating: 2.6/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: ** /4

lb4lb (2628) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2007
Pours light yellowish with a smell of almost exclusively honey. Alcohol also present in nose. Taste is much the same with sweet honey, and alcohol warmth in the finish. Never had a mead, but this is what I imagine it being like. All 13% is noticeable. Interesting, but not something you’ll want much of, I’m guessing.

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