Block (2894) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 9, 2017
Backlog tick from the 2017 Windy City Brewhaha. Decent beer, average characteristics. Thechasm442 (1005) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2016
It’s back, unretired, and now 9.1%abv.
Draft. Dark clear toffee brown with a thick beige head and nice lacing. Aroma is caramel, brown sugar, toffee, citrus, and hops. Taste is toffee, caramel, molasses, citrus, pine, brown sugar, and raisin. Thick and cloying. Christpuncher (3188) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2015
strong notes of fruit, grapes, and some bourbon. very smooth to drink and pours a wonderful reddish bron in color. smells sweet and like bourbon. this brewery is a homerun. chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2011
Big thanks to Russ for bringing this to compare to the Wooden Hell at our tasting...This looks just like WH, a light watery brown not much head to speak off...This takes a huge turn at aroma and taste, while it is nice its now where in the league of WH. Aroma is light dark fruits and caramel. Taste is light woody hops. This is a decent bw, nothing great. Maybe this needs to be drunk on its own and not compared to wh as it is utterly outclassed.
Sean9689 (285) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2010
Bottle brought by scubarex to our Epic Chicago Tasting, thanks Russ! Poured side-by-side with Wooden Hell (thanks again, Russ) into tasting glasses (I’ve added WH notes as well).
A - Pours a Coke-looking brown, light bubbles as cap on top, no lacing, little retention. Looking just like WH.
S - Sweet burnt sugars, candy notes, brown sugar, dark fruits. Very nice. Not as complex as the WH, but pretty solid here. The barrel notes add another dimension to this beer, IMO.
T - Sweetness, dark fruits, plums, raisins, with a slight bitter finish. I think there’s some oxidation going on here as well. I know the bottle was stored in proper conditions (55 degrees) since purchase, so any bottles remaining out there need to be consumed.
M - Medium, dry finish.
D - Good, but not in the same ballpark as WH is at this time. I think it’s going downhill but still has a bit of time left. Drink now if you have one.
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 20, 2010
22oz bottle. About a year old I think. Hazy mahogany with medium head. Beautiful aroma of caramel malts and citrus hops poking through. Taste starts with caramel and light dark fruit, but a huge hop bitterness comes in and overwhelms all other flavors. Just too much. Might be awesome in a year or two, but way out of whack for the malt base at this point still. waolsen (1376) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - DEC 13, 2009
bottle. Thanks Tim. pours a thick woody brown pour with thin lasting head. aroma is rich malts, earthy hops, dark fruits, wet cardboard. very nice balance. great hops. rich caramel and baked bread, light rye. big malty body with excellent balanced and smooth drinkability. light warming. puzzl (3260) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 27, 2008
Tap at the brewpub. Flavor is very sweet, sherry-like. They didn’t mention any vintage information, so I assume this was fresh, but it tasted like it was already many years old. Well integrated and pretty easy drinking but not big or complex enough. Lots of candy flavors and sugars. Kind of greasy in the aroma. SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2008
edit: turns out this was a keg from 2007. So not too old, but definitely had some age on it.
On tap at the brewpub. This poured amber/burnt orange/brown in color with a thin head. The nose gave off aromas of fig, sweet caramel malt, brown sugar and dark fruit. In the mouth it was sweet, rich, smooth and concentrated. msante79 (2225) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2008
On tap at brewpub. Pours ruby reddish brown with off-white head. Aroma is sweet malt, hops, brown sugar and dark fruits. Flavor is sweet malt, brown sugar, dark fruits, caramel, and hops. A sweet barley wine that could use a little more hops but still a great beer.