TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2011
Sampled on tap at the brewpub (Lombard, IL). A bit pricey, so I went with a sample. Pours a murky brownish hue, perhaps a touch of amber in the edges, a small offwhite head that dies to near nothing. Aromas are a hefty dose of Woodford, oak and Bourbon spirit, a bit hot with vanilla, toffee, touches of candied fruits, dark fruit, and light rum sweetness, brown sugar. Initial is thinned out, sweet toffee, raisin, warming Bourbon spirit, wet oak, sticky vanilla. Fairly warming, the barrel takes over the beer a bit, with sweet brown sugar, touches of candied fruits, spice, rum, hot booziness. This was a strange beer for Bourbon aging, picking up too much spirit and losing some of it’s character. While it still has a lot going on in the flavor profile, palate suffers from being thinned out from too much barrel and being hot and boozy. Ok, worth the experiment perhaps drewbeerme (3921) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2008
FoBAB 2008 - pours hazy dark amber, off white head, nose is roasty, vanilla, and fruit. flavor of red fruit, fizzy, and sharp bourbon. DrnkMcDermott (3159) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Taster, Nov. 12. Head is more persistent than the B-A Pritchard, and more lacy. Smell is somewhat subtle, with more of the base ale character coming in. Taste is plummy, maybe like a Christmas pudding. Along with a standard beer carbonation is a nice, smooth, sippable bourbon texture. The overall sensory experience is enhanced by the smell of grains being mashed in the brewhouse. Still a bit of yeast in this glass. Finishes like a vanilla wafer. Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2008
Served in a snifter at the brewpub: Wow! Quite a different beer from the original Bière de Garde... which I also happened to enjoy. This poured a slightly hazed dark brown body with a dense pale tan head and lots of lacework. It had an aroma of juicy dark stone fruits, warm spices, Bourbon, dark malt, and vanilla. The flavor is a creamily smooth blending of the above along with a dark woodiness, toffee, and alcohol. Another bit of fine barrel work by brewmaster Tim Marshall.