edgallow (4165) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 19, 2016
Pours amber with a off white head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, citrus and whiskey. Taste is caramel, grain and whiskey. HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JUL 9, 2009
On tap and GI Clybourn. Dark brownish red with an egg shell head. Aroma of bourbon, candied fruit, caramel. Flavor is a sweet bourbon fruit explosion. Thick, chewy, mothfeel with light carbonation. Some alcohol in the finish. enjoyed sipping on this one for a while. drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2007
on tap at FoBAB V: pours auburn w/ white head. nose of bourbon, oak, vanilla. flavors of sweet cotton candy, bourbon, caramelly, oaky, vanilla, awesome stuff but not as good as Wooden Hell which was also there. GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 3, 2009
FoBAB 2008. Poured a clear dark orange color with an off white head. Pleasant aromas of caramel, toffee, whiskey, fig, and orange liqueur. Medium to full bodied and sweet with a warming alcohol effect. Caramel, vanilla, bourbon, butter, and dark fruit flavors. Good stuff. NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2008
Draft at the brewpub. Pour is dark red-brown, dissipating head, no lacing. Nose is distinct for play-doh and mead/honey. As it warmed, honey was the predominating character, very sweet. Taste is rich and complex, slight bitterness and distinct bourbon character, though not boozy at all. well-hidden alcohol. Taste also has some marshmallows, a touch of salt and a ton of vanilla. Very slick and easy to drink. Very good and properly aged in a barrel.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2013
On tap at the source... Pours a toffee caramel hued hue and topped with a fluffy head that eve fully reduces down to a wispy film... Big bourbony barrel essence with deep rich toffee and caramel tones throughout. Barrel is fairly a abundant and runs rampant. A mild alcohol bitterness surfaces and is noticeable through the finish... Flavor is more of the same with a semi-sweet profile upfront with a pretty noticeable bitterness late on through the finish. Bourbon and buttery toffee exists with quite a boozy astringent finish. Body is lighter than expected. A bit too over-barreled.
DrnkMcDermott (3097) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2013
Earlier Rating: 11/9/2007 Total Score: 3.9
FOBAB ’07....appearance: dark caramel brown with a thin ivory head....aroma: all i smell in this one is bourbon vanilla and booze....taste: candied brown sugar, bourbon, and a little too sweet overall.....i very much preferred wooden hell to this but not a bad offering overall.
10/31/08 On tap at GI Cly. Nice to be able to sit down with this one. aroma is pretty much the same but the flavors had more variety this time around. some bitterness in the finish cut into the bourbon and toffee flavors. a lot nicer this time around.
Draft sample at the FoBAB documentary party, 1/12/13. Deep amber color, a little brown. Thin ring of foam in my plastic cup. Smells very, very grainy, like a bag of wheat. Very thick texture and alcohol presence. Little notes of cherry, plus prune and smoke. A lot more sweet and thick than many other barley wines I’ve know.wedgie9 (2702) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 11, 2010
Earlier Rating: 11/5/2007 Total Score: 4.5
FoBAB 2007, Chicago. Just the foam is enough to get you a good buzz (if I can decipher my notes correctly). Big heady white foam over a luminous brown body. Very much barley wine smell. No alcohol or dark malt harshness in taste, just a sweet malt and bourbon flavor with a interesting complement of hops (if it was so interesting, why couldn’t I describe it better?) Just the perfect thing to get s---faced with. Case in point.
Tasted on draft at Goose Island Clybourn. Pours a clear amber with almost no head. Aromas of caramel malt, sour fruit, and lots of oak. The flavors are slightly sweet up front with caramel malts, and it is very oaky. The bitter hops come through on the mid-palate and the back of the palate. The body is full with medium carbonation and a sweet and oaky finish. Overall, this is a very good beer that, I think, requires some more aging time for the oak and alcohol to integrate. HonusWagner (2168) - Florida, USA - JUN 18, 2010
When the beer is slightly chilled, it has some nice fruity tastes, touches of vanilla, oak, and even the hint that this is a wheat beer. Unfortunately with warmth it becomes really bourbon-heavy, corn sweetness dominating and making other elements of the beer less noticeable. I dunno what to say, I’d like to try this beer in a better environment than a bar to see what I think of the overall flavor profile but life is life. And at 10 bucks a snifter, I would never consider revisiting it. holdenn (2116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2010
On tap at Clybourn location. Pours an amber color with a beige head. Rich bourbon buttery nose. Dark fruits, caramel, and grain barely peak out underneath that bourbon. Rich sweet malt and bourbon flavors. The bourbon becomes more apparent as it warms up, but still really tasty. Finishes dry. 8/4/8/4/15