Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2014
F0BAB 2010: This p0ured a clear g0lden br0wn b0dy with a tan ring in lieu 0f a head. The ar0ma held a light b00ziness, a tad spicy, with a hint 0f vanilla and 0ak. It tasted sweet and malty, lightly bitter, with vanilla and alc0h0l. Less h0t than expected, it still made f0r a nice sipper kind 0f a beer. chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2011
On tap at the brewpub into a snifter, I headed over after Sean and Kan went because they cannot out tick me !!!
An in between medium and dark brown with lots of coca cola on the sides, about a finger of light tan head ok retention and good retention...The aroma is nice, typical bourbon barrel aging done well lots of vanilla, but an added bonus of vanilla, with a light bouron finish, sweet overall but pretty nice, just not complex...The taste is decent, not at all complex and way too sweet. I hate to say this but it is a typical or generic barrel aged beer, or bw. Its nice just nothing new or special for a ba.
If you’re at Rev worth trying but nothing special. drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2011
draft, pours murky amber red with off white cobwebby head. nose of straight whiskey barrel loaded with coconut, some raisin. flavors of a coconut whiskey, toffee, raisin. medium body. really barrel forward but not boozy and it is pretty smooth. deyholla (11604) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 7, 2011
On tap at the brewpub. Poured a cloudy brown with an amber hue and an off-white head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma had a strong rye note with caramel and sweet grain and a hint of sweet bourbon. Flavor began with sweet grain and rye and was joined by sweet bourbon that had a bit of light. Roonai (305) - - FEB 6, 2011
On tap at the brewery. I am a sucker for bourbon BAs so I was quite a fan of this one. Poured hazy brown with white head that hung out at the edge. Smell was great with a sweet caramel bourbon that didn’t have too much heat unless you really stuck your nose in there. Taste was sweet with a slight roast... almost reminded me of a BBBW (not a bad thing in my book!)
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2010
On tap at fobab 2010. Pours a deep unclear amber with a small light tan froth. Aroma is very vanilla with a touch of dark fruit and some maple and oaky wood notes. Flavor starts sweet with vanilla and maple, a bit earthy as the oak comes more forward. Plenty of sweet caramel and molasses towards a sweet but boozy finish. Medium to full body and a soft carbonation. Pretty overly sweet and candyish but not bad. holdenn (2116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2010
On tap at RevBrew. Brown with a beige head. Malty nose roasted malts. Light with some red fruits peakin out. Thin body. Sweet malts with whiskey. Drying and hot. Too much whiskey here. 7/3/7/3/14 NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2010
Draft at Revolution. Pours a slightly murky deep mahogany with sticky head. Nose is spicy, a kiss of vanilla coming through. Not much booze in the nose. Some caramel and roast as well. On taste, the vanilla from the oak is a bit much. It pulls the base beer down to its level, rather than elevating it. Roasted coconut and a bit of spice. The body is very nice and the barrel didn’t add any discernible heat. Too bad the vanilla is so strong from the oak. It should be noted that I can’t see this beer being done any other way with a barrel, it just doesn’t seem to work so well. I’ll be interested to see the other barrel aged beers upcoming. TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - SEP 7, 2010
On tap at the brewpub.TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 5, 2010
Pours dark brown/black with what appears to be ruby notes on the edges -- couldn’t get a good feel for the color details since it was pretty dark in the pub. Frothy saddle-soap head forms on pour and dissipates over the course of a few minutes. Aroma is of roast grain, molasses, dark raisins, vinous, phenolic, a little woody, a dash of vanilla. Flavor is boozy/bourbon-y, bitter-roast grain with just the right amount of char, some dark raisins, a fair touch of molasses and caramel, oak/wood, and a bit of vanilla. This could have been an exquisite balance of flavors, but the bourbon aspects really overpower the base beer to dominate the flavor profile. Palate was thick, oily, and a little flat.
Overall this was a pleasant beer to drink, but this is one of the weaker examples of the bourbon-barrel process I can remember. The crisp, dry base beer was amenable to absorbing the bourbon barrel flavors to the point of simply acting as little more than vehicle for those flavors; as a result it lacked the subtlety found in better, more multi-dimensional bourbon-barrel beers.
On tap at the brewpub (Chicago, IL). Revo’s first BA’d beer! Pours a darker reddish copper, ruby red notes with brown, glowing orange edges. A small yet frothy khaki head atop stays small, yet doesn’t film. Big enough for the style. Aromas are a rich young Bourbon barrel element, vanilla and toffee, boozy warmth, wet oak, the rich caramel and toffee malts come from beneath. Touches of mellow rye, sweet biscuits. Sweeter, bigger barrel presence as the spirit takes hold. Initial is lighter end of medium bodied, the barrel has thinned this thicker beer from later winter/early spring. Rich big oaky vanilla notes, the spirit takes full hold, with decadent flavors of Bourbon and and oak, sweet rich toffee and caramel, biscuits, toasty malts with a touch of rye. Smells sweeter than it is, perhaps aided by a lighter thinned out body. A warming finish, a bit too hot (and it’s thinner body seems to make this more obvious on the palate). The flavors are on, the beer has evolved from a base beer I was not crazy about. Spirit and malts, wet oaky vanilla and warmth. Some of the dark fruit from the base is covered up, slight spice lost. A bit thin and hot, with a nice tempering bitterness on the backend. A nice shot at a first go BA beer. Excited to see some of the others. Cheers