RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.47/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Belgian Golden Strong Ale aged in Woodford Reserve barrel.

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dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2008
brown and cloudy color off-white head. the aroma is whiskey and fruit, a great breakfast combination. the taste is medicinal alcohol, and a fruity vapor clears your sinuses. the finish is medical, and at 10% abv, this is good for what ails you.

kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Name: Ela’s Reserve Oaked
Date: 04/28/2006
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub

clear dark amber with a slight haze, thin fine beige head, drippy lace, sweet vanilla aroma with a hot alcoholic edge, thin body, big sweet flavor, lots of vanilla,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **4

Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2007
GTMW. Dramatically improved from the sample I remember having at FoBAB November of 2006. The flavors are much better blended now, and the bourbon characteristics that were so pronounced earlier have taken second seat to the strong ale. Vanilla, dried cherry, cranberry, toast, sherry, and rum on the palate. I might have guessed strong ale over Belgian ale to be honest. Sweet muscat-like finish.

GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 15, 2006
Draught at the brew pub. Cloudy golden brown color with a thick white head. Smelled distinctly of vanilla and bourbon. Smooth and creamy on the the tongue with a warm splash of alcohol accented again by vanilla, bourbon, and confectioners sugar flavors. Tasty.

RAYBOY01 (2010) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2006
This great looking amber ale packs quite an alcoholic nose...the fumes slap you out of your complacency and make you take notice. The first sip reveals an intense vanilla and alcohol profile with a wine-like consistency...almost cognac-like even. My secondary taste are of oak, bourbon, bread dough, sugar, and dried fruits. The mouthfeel is sticky sweet and just this side of syrupy. This beer cannot be slammed, nor can it be ignored.

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.

Hazy golden and no head no rim. Nose is sweet with lots of vanilla. Taste is creamy and more oak and vanilla.

frankenkitty (2014) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - NOV 7, 2006
I was stoked to see this offered this weekend because I missed it the last two times it came around. Poured a deep, honey-hazed amber with a huge cream-colored head that faded fast to a creamy skin. I was non-plussed by the aroma, but there was a pleasant banana liqueur character about it with caramel undertones. Just the right consistency (IMO), maybe a little too sticky for some. Flavor finds a gorgeous yeasty fruitiness supported by an intriguing malt backbone. And we have a winner... 2nd Place Strong/Imperial/Double Pale Beers!

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sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2006
sampled at barrel-aged brewfest. massive belgian aroma. pretty sour. infected-ish. really alcoholic. some oak.

Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2006 Interesting, a Belgian strong ale with a Bourbon kick. The body’s a hazy gold with a frothy white head. The liquor dominated the nose accompanied by some oak, vanilla, and a hint of soft malts. Same with the flavor, although a brown sugar and some juicy fruits are added. Very soft, smooth, and hot on the tongue. Worth repeating, definnitely.

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Styles (2016) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - SEP 18, 2006
Draft 4-28-06. dark mahogany with minimal white head. Aroma is dominated by vanilla and alcohol, but in a good way. Almost smells like some kind of brandy mixed with grand marnier. Flavor has tons of vanilla up front, bourbon hits really quik and takes over. Really didn’t get any characteristics of a belgian anywhere.

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