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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.64/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
Brown Porter aged in a Heaven Hill Barrel

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2008 dark brown color, small brown head, the disappears. sweet, woody, medicinal aroma...but mild (i dunno. that’s what my notes said). chocolatey whiskey flavor, which tastes better than it sounds. finishes sweet. overall, i like this better than the brown ale it is based on. nothing improves a brown ale more than soaking it for awhile in a whiskey barrel.

my home brewpub ==> <a href= Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
vyvvy (6317) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 12, 2007
Sampled at Schlafly’s Repeal of Prohibition Fest. Pours very dark, almost black with a large brown head. The aroma has lots of bourbon with light nuttiness and toasted malt. Medium smooth body with some soft carbonation. The taste has the toasted malt with lots of bourbon and cola. The finish has some spice and more bourbon. A fair brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - APR 7, 2007
(draught at Schlafly Repeal of Prohibition Festival) dark brown-black. Roast malt aroma. Flavor is roast malt, some coffee, hints of whisky.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
frankenkitty (2008) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2006
Like Aaron, I sampled this FSRB offering at the Festival of Barrel Aged Beers, but refrained from reviewing it online knowing I would be able to sample a larger portion at the brewpub. Strangely enough (or maybe not so strangely), my overall numbers differed by only one point.

FSRB, 12/01/06 (7/4/7/4/15)   A tan head is quickly a halo & wisps above a deep mahogany body. Sexy long legs and wet lace. Over a base of chocolate, the aroma is not simply of bourbon but truly captures the essence of the bourbon barrel. Mouthfeel runs the gamut... creamy yet a bit thin and dry, mildy carbonated yet a tad syrupy. Flavor finds a chocolaty malted backdrop to a focus of whisky, though the aging seems to have been timed to perfection as no flavors are overdone. Pleasant and warming on a cold freakin’ day.

FoBAB IV, 11/04/06 (7/4/7/3/15)   A fat and sizzly tan head warranted a pitcher-fill off the jockey box. Pours an evil dark brown with thick legs ("evil" in a good way). Aroma finds random alcohol and chocolate spurts with a definite whisky lean. Thin and alcohol-sharp, chocolate shows strong with well-defined segregations of flavor. (And then I drew a little diagram that looks kinda like this: / \ / \ / \ / \ / \ / and next to it I wrote "I’ll know what this means". But now it seems that I don’t.)

<font size=-4>Sampled at <a href= IV, fully enjoyed at <a href= Station, Flossmoor, IL 60422</font>

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrnkMcDermott (3072) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2006
Rating #981! Draft goblet at FS. Highly brown to black in body, under a quarter-inch brown head. A big coffee smell at first, but it backs off to a light bourbon note. Very very smooth for a barrel-aged beer, no alcohol burn. Matt confirms it was only 6% abv going into the barrel, and may have gained only a half a point or so. A session barrel beer! Smooth porter with caramel and toffee, and a back of the throat English bitterness. With the added bonus of light barrel character. Matt said that as soon as he put it on yesterday, the mug clubbers were asking when the next barrel-brew would be available. He says, "as soon as more of you get off your butts and come drink this stuff!"

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2006
The beer that Matt and Andrew are barrel-ageing to create this drink is the FS Pullman Brown...a fine drink all by it’s lonesome. ( I have been drinking it for many years, and I have seen it evolve from a thin, light Newcastle-clone to a very rich, high-quality porter which stands confidently on it’s own two feet.) Take that product and barrel-age it in a Heaven Hill bourbon barrel and the result is an unadulterated home-run! Redolent of bourbon and burnt caramel and toasted toffee, this baby slips and slides luxuriously around the palate, coating everything with goodness. Surprisingly, as Cornfield points out, chocolate, not seen in the original beer very strongly, comes forward boldly here, especially as it opens up at room temperature. The ABV is mild and well integrated, but the bourbon fumes trick the senses into thinking they are experiencing something really much stronger than expected. Good job on another masterful use of wooden barrels, guys!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2006
Somehow I missed this one at the latest Festival of Barrel Aged Beers, so I was happy to see that Flossmoor Station had this on tap as the first of their seasonal BA offerings. (Note to northern Illinois folk - When this batch runs out, it’s gone for good, so stop by soon.) Poured into a brandy snifter, it’s a dark enough brown to be called black and sports a creamy chocolate head. The Bourbon in the aroma and flavor give the illusion that it’s a bigger beer than it is, but that’s good. This ale should be savored, not slammed. The aroma has light Bourbon, dark caramel, and roasted malts in it. Chocolate surges forward in the flavor along with sweet roasted malt and a mild liquor flavoring. The finish is sticky and sweet. Very, very nice offering.

<font size=-4><a href= Station, Flossmoor, IL<font size=-1>

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
gregl (2) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2006 does not count
Dark and clear, thin head, lingering hints of sweet and caramel. I agree w/the watery but not so much bourbon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 21, 2006

On Tap at the Goose Island Wriglyville Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beers November 4th, 2006.

Dark and clear with a thin offwhiteish head that was short lasting. Nose is thin with mostly bourbon. The taste is malty sweet but still kind of watery and lagery with malts and chocolate with a strong bourbon and vanilla base.

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