DrnkMcDermott (3096) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2013
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 Iíve know.alexsdad06 (10268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 8, 2015
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 couldnít I describe it better?) Just the perfect thing to get s---faced with. Case in point.
Draft sample at FoBAB 15 from notes. Pours a slightly hazy orange amber color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor has caramel and toffee malt sweetness, bourbon, vanilla, grainy, some orange citrus, warming, wood, good, not great. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2016
Draft pour on tap at the Clybourn Brewpub (Chicago, IL). Potent alluring nose. Gently hazed copper orange carmelized hue. Touch of carmelized and warm glow, caramel, biscuit, vanilla. Cleaner finish isnít hot or harsh, mellow tannic appeal. Solid stuff wedgie9 (2702) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 11, 2010
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. DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2011
~2 oz sample had at the Claybourn Brewpub.
3.5 A: Slightly hazy golden/straw color. Canít comment much on the head since it was a 2 oz sample.
4.0 S: Lots of alcohol in the nose. Also a very strong wheat component. Lastly, a strong oak and bourbon flair. The nose is just jam packed with strong aromas.
4.5 T: This is my first wheatwine and I must say that the "wine" part is very fitting. It tastes just like a light wine only with a strong wheat flavor. Not much hops going on. I like wine just fine, but I like beer more and this is somewhere inbetween. Well done. Alcohol is present in the taste like a wine.
3.0 M: Heavy medium body. Low on carbonation though. It might be perfect for the style, I donít really know, however, I would have liked a bit more carbonation. Not so smooth due to the tinge of alcohol.
3.5 D: Good tasty brew, but not all that drinkable due to the biting alcohol.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 06-28-2009 04:17:25
deyholla (11486) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Sampled from the tap at FOBAB 2012. Pours a clear deep amber with a near white head that lasts throughout the beer. Aroma has a lot of sweet grains with a bit of sweet light fruit, caramel and a bit of barrel. Flavor is sweet with grains and toffee with the bourbon coming through towards the finish.edgallow (4146) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 19, 2016
Earlier Rating: 8/3/2009 Total Score: 3.6
On tap at Clybourn. Poured an orange amber with an off-white head. Aroma consisted of notes of fruits, sweet grain and bourbon. Started a bit grainy sweet and then the alcohol takes over leading to a finish of almost purely alcohol. Nice and thick on the tongue.
Pours amber with a off white head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, citrus and whiskey. Taste is caramel, grain and whiskey. sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2007
FoBAB 07. reall sweet. probably the sweetest beer iíve ever drank. got super saccharine after a while. so sweet and honeyish. i couldnít tolerate it, but i could see others loving it. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 5, 2010
On tap at Clybourn location: Pours a clear copper orange with a thin ring of white bubbles. Has a big bourbon woody oak aroma with some light cardboard, caramel, and vanilla notes. Starts with pretty good fullness and light caramely sweet wheat with a touch of oxidation and big bourbon oaky flavor before a drier, woody, slightly warming finish. The barrel seems to dominate here and thereís a little too much oxidation. 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.
Earlier Rating: 11/9/2007 Total Score: 3.9
FOBAB í07....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.