cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2009
On tap at GI Clybourn 7/20/09. Pours extremely dark orange-brown. Bubbly cream head. Super malty bourbon aroma of oak and vanilla with a hint of alcohol on the nose. Sweet up front, only a hint of alcohol flavor. Then a mild funky sour whiskey finish. A bit syrupy. Really unique beer that I was lucky to try. swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 9, 2010
draft @ GI Clybourn. Amber orange pour. Caramel malts, bourbon, oak with light vanilla in the aroma. Taste was rich maltiness, oaky bourbon, nice alcohol burn, balanced but still pretty intense. Nice offering from Goose Island Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUN 17, 2010
Draft at the Goose Island’s Clybourn location. Pour is a cloudy brownish orange. Taste is bready, vanilla, bourbon notes. Silky smooth. By far my favorite of the night. However, tastes a bit young & could use a bit more time in the barrels. 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. 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
bbllmm (56) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - SEP 17, 2016
Nice dark amber, almost no foam. Heavy nose with honey and flowers. Heavy mouth with dried fruit bread, bourbon and honey. It is well balanced on the sweet side. It is a desert! anders37 (26641) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 13, 2011
Draft @ FoBAB 2009, Chicago, IL Pours a clear amber color with a small off-white head. Has a sweetish malty caramel and dark fruit aroma with hints of bourbon. Sweetish malty dark fruit and caramel flavor with hints of vanilla and wood. Has a sweetish malty caramel and dark fruit finish. hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2012
Fobab. Definitely not better than King Henry but beat it at fobab. Dark golden orange with a fluffy off white head. Earthy hop oil, bourbon and caramel aroma. Earthy, brassy, caramel, bourbon, and alcohol taste with a sharp dry finish and an oily sticky palate. CanIHave4Beers (4187) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - DEC 6, 2012
Fobab #15DrnkMcDermott (3100) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2013
Pours an orange color with a good head and some lacing on the glass.
The aroma is resiny with some orange rind, marmalade and some brown sugar. The barrel character is subdued and lends a light vanilla character to the nose.
The flavor is sweet but nicely bitter, some vanilla and toasty malt. The alcohol is warming but not overbearing, similar things can be said for the woodiness. A bright tasting barleywine.
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.
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.