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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.72/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Aged over 18 months in Elijah Craig barrels.

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3.7
flatmatt (1608) - Northville, Michigan, USA - JUN 17, 2010
On tap at the Clybourn pub. Pours cloudy orange gold in a snifter. Aroma is sugary wheat. Flavor is surprisingly similar to a breakfast cereal, maybe Corn Pops or something. Wheat and sweet. Not bad necessarily, but striking in its similarity. Hints of bourbon come through stronger as I drink more.

3.7
DrnkMcDermott (3136) - 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 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.

3.6
alexsdad06 (10784) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JAN 8, 2015
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.

3.6
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 isn’t hot or harsh, mellow tannic appeal. Solid stuff

3.5
wedgie9 (2703) - 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.

3.5
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2011
~2 oz sample had at the Claybourn Brewpub. 3.5 A: Slightly hazy golden/straw color. Can’t 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 don’t 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

3.5
deyholla (12201) - 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.
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.

3.5
edgallow (4469) - 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.

3.4
sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2007
FoBAB 07. reall sweet. probably the sweetest beer i’ve ever drank. got super saccharine after a while. so sweet and honeyish. i couldn’t tolerate it, but i could see others loving it.

3.2
CaptainCougar (7634) - 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 there’s a little too much oxidation.


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