pushkinwow (2888) - Ottawa, CANADA - MAR 5, 2012
Sample from EBF Night of the Barrels. So thought this was the regular BA impy since I didn’t read the description at the festival but it was definitely an interesting beer. Dark mahogany with a nice brown head. Typical vanilla, oak and vanilla but similar to CdT the brett added some serious funk/tart and then the raspberry took it to another dimension. Unfortunately the aroma didn’t follow through on the taste when things just didn’t seem balanced - a very nice full body, moderate carbonation, long finish as well. Definitely worth trying. Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2011
FOBAB in Chicago, 2011. I’m not entirely sure what this beer’s trying to be, but honestly, I really don’t mind the identity crisis. Pours like a milk stout minus a fluffy cream head, as there is thin oily layer here. A nice nose with tart funk, powdery cocoa, deep, yet subtle fruits, some herbals, florals, and a very minuscule amount of bourbon. This is opposite in the flavor, as big bourbon wood takes over and masks some of the subtleties that worked well in the aroma. Still, some cool notes of cocoa, funk, and berry fruitiness come together toward the finish and linger nicely. So overall, an interesting beer with a great nose, but just too much bourbon on what should probably have a been a more delicate palate. Still liked the experience though. Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2011
FOBAB 2011. Pours a very deep brown colored body with a thin, fizzy, tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves a light lacing. The aroma is nice. Bretty with raspberries and a light chocolate. Moderate sourness with some funk and a nice oak. A hint of the bourbon as well. Flavor isn’t as nice. Very funky with lots of wood and bourbon. There is much more barrel on the flavor. Still a light tartness from the Brett, but the barrel really takes over the complexities that I liked on the aroma. Light chocolate and raspberry at the end as this finishes with lots of bourbon and a pretty heavy wood spice. Lengthy aftertaste with a hint of roast coming out following a medium body and a light carbonation. Overall, an interesting beer. The aroma had a nice complexity that I liked a lot and the flavor was more dominated by the barrel. The stout aspect did come out more on the flavor which was nice, but everything never seemed to come fully together. The aftertaste, however, was pretty solid where the fruit funk, chocolate, and roast lingered more evenly with the barrel and bourbon. Interesting beer. User29624 (1683) - - NOV 24, 2011
FoBAB 2011. Had high hopes for this one, but they fell a little short. Pours cloudy brown. Aroma of wood, brett, raspberries. Flavor has chocolate, berries, brett, but they just didn’t blend that well. msante79 (2225) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2011
On tap at fobab 9. Pour murky dark reddish brown with almost no head. Aromas of chocolate, raspberries, brett, and some wood. Flavor of chocolate, red wine, berries, and some brett. Mouthfeel is really off as it lacked carbonation and almost had a chocolate finish. One of my least favorite beers at the festival.
Lubiere (14133) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 18, 2011
A deep dark brown stout with a very thin mocha head. In aroma, a smooth chocolate with Brett, woody notes, and raspberry seeds, quite nice. In mouth, a smooth chocolate with light corky Brett notes, raspberry notes, a bit harsh, but nice. On tap at FoBAB 2011. SrSilliGose (3331) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 17, 2011
fobab 2011. meh. titles sounds pretty gross. but this was okay. somewhat muddled, as one might expect from the hodgepodge of ingredients and treatments to this beer. seemed more like a BA stout with some raspberry sweetness. maybe some light earth from the brett, but not much else in the way of funk. too sweet. okay. pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2011
Lagun choc rasp Brett served on tap at FOBAB 2011... Pours a deeper opaque mahogany hue and topped with minimal soapy film of head... Grapey Brett and red wine with touches of roast and chocolate... Earthy bretty mostly sweet chocolate and barrel presence. A few lingering sugars throughout leaves it too sweet. Medium bodied Somewhat lacking in carbonation. Liked the nose a lot more. 8/3/6/3/13 TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2011
Sampled on tap at FoBAB 2011 (Chicago, IL). Pours a pretty murked brownish pour, no real head. Aromas are touches of toffee and cocoa, touches of raspberry and oaky tannins. Some Bourbon, funky brett and straw. Touch of spice as the cocoa starts to take over. Initial is thinner on the palate offering a good dose of cocoa, toffee, and light toast. Some more cocoa, gentle coffee, touches of raspberry as some gentle oak and brett works it’s way in. Finish is dry and a bit bland, showing cocoa and gentle brett and oak. This one was a bit understated, as the brett seemed too young yet the beer was thinned out. Raspberry and cocoa start to get stronger, with touches of Bourbon heat. Meh. Brett doesn’t really take control.