TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2016 DrnkMcDermott (3099) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
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 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! edgallow (4211) - 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. alexsdad06 (10387) - Cincinnati, 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. 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.
CanIHave4Beers (4184) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - DEC 6, 2012
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.
Fobab #15deyholla (11597) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2012
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.
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.hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2012
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.
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. crossovert (12879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2012
Light golden pour, thinner body, sweet, pretty bourbonny. A mediocre wheatwine that didn’t age that great.