17thfloor (2444) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2010
2007 on tap. Pours a hazy glowing grapefruit color with a big frothy soapy white creamy head. Aroma is big oxidation, paper, cotton candy, light pine, cheese, some sweetness, cardboard. Flavor is super sweet, candy like, stale, oxidized, big cotton candy, light cheese, thin and boozy, lasting bitterness, medicinal, yeasty, hot, estery, salty pine, touch of honey. Thin bodied, sugary, sticky boozy, sharply carbonated. holdenn (2127) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2010
On tap @ RB Chicago From 2007. Aged malts slight oxidation lots of red fruit and sweet malts That sweet almost fruit loop nose. Sweet and aged fruit flavors but with a toasted, alcohol, and bitter finish. Nice creamy medium thick body. Drinkable solid. egajdzis (6830) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2009  Poured a red brown color with a medium sized, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of pine, caramel malts, light oxidation, dried fruits, floral hops, toast, and alcohol. Taste of pine, citrus fruits, caramel, dark fruits, grapefruit, and some alcohol in the finish. hombrepalo (1972) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2008
On tap at Rock Fest ’08. This was a great Barley wine, my vote for 2nd place at the fest. Dark copper color, nice head. Tastes of carmel, sweatness of sugars and alcohol. somewhat reminded me of a fine wine. Awsome finish. Ughsmash (7502) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 11, 2008
On tap at RB - Chicago. Poured translucent coppery orange with a short cap of white head.. spotty lacing as it descended. The aroma found sweet, dry floral first with toffee, warm bready notes, and caramel behind.. not too complex, but sweet and pleasant.. a delightful hit of orange peel showed up with warmth. The flavor had a syrupy, warm foray of toffee and dry floral notes.. not much new surfaced across the middle.. some heat amplified everything on the back-end.. odd blend of citrus, cat pee, and floral bitterness.. uptake of orange on the finish. Warm and thick on the palate.. grainy, dry sugars especially on the back-end.. a bit of raw heat, but otherwise solid.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAR 8, 2008
Draft @ the bp. A traditional-style bw w/ a big malty background. Very representative of the style. Davinci (295) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 29, 2008
On tap at piece during the barley wine party. I think this was my favorite of the night. Pours a nice red color with great lacing. Malty nosew ith some tangy fruit, almost cranberry like. Crisp bubbly start, clean fruit flavor with a good hop balance. Some vanilla and cran apple quench toi it. Sweet mellow finish. Slight citrus with a good belch. jbean (110) - Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2008
Tap at brewpub. nice bronze/red color with thin off-white head. flavor is fruits, brown sugar, and some hops at the end. the alcohol is noticeable, but not overpowering. this was a pleasant surprise, i think it will improve with age. very drinkable and very true to style. User29624 (1687) - - FEB 23, 2008
Had this last night at RB on tap. It was a hell of a beer to start the night with. Glad to hear that it is going to be aged so I can try it again later. Pours a hazy amber (almost ruby) color with a thin head. Mild fruity aroma. Well done barleywine, it was a little sweet. I didn’t think it hid the 9.5% well, but probably because it is young and can mellow some. Well done though. Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2008
This beer was based on the recipe of homebrewer Scott Lansky, who also happens to be the "beer guy" at one of the better bottle shops in the Chicago region. I was at the brewpub the day this was being brewed and, enjoying the wort smell, gained some of the enthusiasm that Scott had for this beer.
Thank goodliness, it turned out great, so I won’t feel awkward the next time I see Scott.
Served at the brewpub in a snifter, it had a very slightly hazy amber body with a pillowy head that hung around until I was finished drinking. The aroma had hot toffee, soft stoned fruits, alcohol, sweet apples, and a light earthiness. Very warm on the tongue because of its age. A bit of caramel flambe and some herbs blended into the flavor as well, the latter adding to the dry finish.
This is a pretty green barleywine, but it should mellow out well. I was happy to learn that a goodly portion of the batch is already barreled for we Chicago area folk to enjoy at the brewpub much later in the year and, I’m assuming, at the next FoBAB.
Nicely done Scott! And, I s’pose, you too, Pete!
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