Lubiere (14341) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 16, 2012
A hazed orange amber barley wine with a thin lacing off white head. In aroma, a beautiful vinous malt, with fragrant grassy hops, meaty, pungent, treacle malt, wow! In mouth, a nice balanced mix of vinous malt and floral hops, superb balanced and blended aged barley wine, restrained and smooth. Bieropholie import, about 2 years old. Tasted with Pushkinnow, Spinrsx, Brews Phillips, CFrancis and Ian, Jan. 14 2011, Bartowel Ottawa gathering. Ughsmash (7502) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2009
On tap at FoBAB. Poured near-clear medium caramel with a well-retained, creamy cap of beige head. The aroma was quite hot and spicy with a significant barrel impression (bourbon and oak hid the underlying brew unfortunately well).. aged caramel and some vanilla fell beneath.. too much barrel. The flavor found toffee and caramel at the core with spicy wheat and bourbon notes around.. finished spicy as well, and the flavor struck me as better balanced than the nose. Heavier-bodied on the palate and warm with a nice substantial feel at the finish.. this grew on me as it progressed. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2008
FoBAB 2008 offering: #317 - An interesting offering by FFF. Heavy malt presence in this copper hazy beer with a small white head. Malt forward with sweet bready malt with a touch of flaked wheat noticeable in the taste. Some decent hoppy bitterness with a strong malty body, biscuity, vanilla, and caramel. Kept a lot of it’s hoppy bite. Pretty good, sad I missed out on the Bourbon Behemoth. BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 21, 2008
FoBAB 2008: (yep, this is the Hvedegoop on Oak IMO) ... Hazy coppery hue with a small but lasting foamy head and some lace. The aroma has notes of vanilla beans, oak, candi sugars, wheat husks, crystal malt, resiny piney hops, and some interesting peppery spices. The taste starts initially hot and boozy but mellows out more towards a wheat driven barleywine with a nice hop counterbalance. The oak only really shows towards the finish and once again there is a interesting spice notes detected as well (what the hell is that? Juniper, Grains of Paradise, some other exotic spice, hell I dunno!). Oily and aggressive initial mouth feel, smoother and lush toward the dryer ending. Among the more fascinating beers ever from FFF, I really am digging this. (Nick... bottle this!) Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 1, 2009
In short: A simplistic strong and very sweet beer with toasted caramel and a pleasant woody character. Good but not very good.
drewbeerme (3921) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2008
How: Tap at Boston Extreme Beer Fest 2009
The look: Cloudy dark orange body topped by a medium beige head
In long: I just took comparative notes over the disappointing regular Hvedegoop. This Barrel Aged version felt more toasted. It also had a pleasant woody character, not bourbon, not oak, just plain furniture wood. That woody character dried it out a bit and made it felt a lot less syrupy sweet than the regular version. Still a little too sweet for my taste though. Alcohol a little less apparent than in the regular version. Carbonation is minimal. Hops are missing in action. Overall this is a decent sipper and it is an improvement over the disappointing regular Hvedegoop which is not a hard recipe to improve on, give me a cup of peanut butter and I can improve a burnt toast.
FoBAB 2008 - pours hazy amber with off white head. nose of vanilla, oak, wheat. flavors of oak, vanilla, caramel, wheaty. med body, dry finish, nice brew! cfrancis (3636) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 15, 2012
At the first ever Ottawa tasting. Pours a dark brownish yellow with a small carbonation that quickly disappears. Aroma has a nice "aged" pine hop aroma with some raisin and distinctive barley notes. Taste has a low carbonation mouthfeel, a nice bourbon and barely warmth of alcohol added to a moderate hop bitterness. Enjoyed this even though the complexity really wasn’t there. GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 3, 2009
FoBAB 2008. Poured a clear dark orange color. Smelled of cotton candy, caramel, and booze. Medium bodied with light flowery hop, dried fruit, alcohol, and brown sugar flavors. The oak was pretty subtle. NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2009 (Originally listed as Three Floyds Wheatwine) Fobab VI. Something tells me this is Oak aged Hvedegoop. It was a nice a smooth ale, quite hoppy. Poured a radiant golden orange and nose of candied cherries and some vanilla. This one wasn’t in a bourbon barrel, it maintained a lot of its bold hoppiness, though had mellowed. Smooth bitterness. There is some nice dark fruits, figs in there as well. Overall, I preferred to bourbon Behemoth. Nice. pantanap (3367) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2009
sampled at FOBAB 2008... semi-transparent apple cider brown pour with a thick fluffy light tan head... caramel and toffee aroma with added bourbon and woody notes... maple, molasses, toffee, bourbon, and wood make up the flavors. smooth and creamy mouthfee. one of the better offerings on that day.