Heartwood Symposium Ale (2010 Craft Brewers Conference)

RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
Heartwood Symposium Ale was brewed to commemorate the Brewers Associations Craft Brewers Conference and BrewExpo America, April 7-10 2010 Chicago, Illinois. Brewers from fifteen Illinois breweries formed four teams, each creating a recipe and brewing it at Goose Island Beer Co: Imperial Stout, Imperial IPA, Scotch Style Wee Heavy and a Barley Wine Style Ale. All were aged separately in Bourbon barrels. The resulting Symposium ale is our taste-tested blend of all four batches.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (46059) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 23, 2010

Bottle 12fl.oz. @ RBESG 10 Grand Tasting at the Brasserie 4:20 warehouse.

Clear dark red - brown color with a average, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, caramel, wood, liquorice (lakrids konfekt), bourbon. Flavor is heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, bourbon. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light to moderate alcohol - bourbon. [20100606]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (41898) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 21, 2010
12 fl oz bottle. Pours clear and golden deep amber with a dark brown base and a creamy and tan head. Aroma is dark malty, overripe fruity, vanilla and alcohol. Dark malty and slight hoppy and vague hoppy. Roasted dark malty and overripe fruity into a dry finish. Smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (35695) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 3, 2011
Bottled. A dark amber beer with an orangey head. The aroma has notes of alcohol, malt, caramel, nuts, and bread. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, caramel, bread, alcohol, and spices.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 30, 2010
Bottle 35.5 cl. RBESG Rome 2010. Courtesy of Alex420. Pours a warm orangey brown with a beige head. Sweet licorice allsorts in the nose. Quite full-bodied, sweet dried fruit and plenty of Bourbon notes. Alcoholic with a lightly burning finish. 060610

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (23354) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2010
6th June 2010. RBESG 10 Grand Tasting at the Brasserie 4:20 Warehouse. A huge thanks to our Brasserie 4:20 host - Alex - for throwing this rare beer on to the table towards the end of the tasting. Clear dark brown beer. Oaky nose. Light dry palate. Rich dark toffee oak, a little spicy as well. Some vanilla and coconut. Complex and sumptuous. Could do some damage with this! Finishes dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (22429) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 8, 2010
Bottle during RBESG10 Grand Tasting ... deep red brown ... little vanilla ... big tofee nose ... sweet toffee .. rich dark ... little sweet treacle ... very sweet ... very rich ... nice ... little oak.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (16222) - Dublin, California, USA - SEP 17, 2010
A: The pour is a dark amber color, sort of brownish in certain light, with a fingers worth of off-white head. S: Quite a bit of sweet vanilla and caramel and toffee malt up front with some bready malt base. There is a definite oak presence, as well as bourbon, with some hints of dark fruit. T: A fairly well balanced flavor of bourbon, vanilla, oak, and sweet toffee and caramel malt. A soft bready flavor with some dark fruits and brown sugar. M: The body is medium with a somewhat low, but quite smooth, carbonation. D: This is a very nice blend. The bourbon is definitely present, but not overdone. And pretty easy to drink despite a rather high ABV.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (15454) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 25, 2010
Bottle shared by jcwattsrugger at Pilsner Petes awhile back. Pours black. Nose and taste of lightly smoked wood, mesquite, dried fruits, bourbon, toffee and smoked malts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2010
Bottle at RBESG 2010, Rome. Clear dark brown - white head. Lots of dried fruity. Roasted. licorice. Sharpness. Bourbon. Wooden. Berries. Rubber. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Christian (13079) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 13, 2010
Very dark brown with a small tan head. Strong, perfumed bourbon/coconut aroma with toffee malt notes. Cloying sweet malt and bourbon flavour with hot alcohol. Some tannin in the aftertaste

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