TheAlum (6696) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at MuckFest 3 - Saturday Edition. Pours a richer blackish thicker pour, near opaque and black with some brownish edges and bottom, shows some light. A small frothy tannish head dies to a ring, laces small. Aromas are a distinct apple brandy element, gentle spirit, Brandy, cocoa, toffee, and mellow roast. Touches of vanilla, caramel, with a firm apple brandy element, apple moreso than spirit with oak, toast, a touch of smokiness as it warms a bit more. Initial is heavier end of medium bodied, a touch thinned from the barrel offering touches of woody tannins, heat, and some dryness. Touches of toast, roast, and growing warming brandy spirit. Mellow caramel, toffee, and biscuits. Gentle thickness, with oak, barrel, cocoa, gentle bit of fudge. Touch of smoky malts, roast, and dryness stick on the finish with some sticky sweet malts, darker. Pretty nice. Not hot, well integrated brandy presence.
b3shine (7411) - Indiana, USA - JUN 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to snifter (thanks elkhunter36). Looks okay; very little carbonation and thin lacing though. Smells Pretty good; sweet with notes of bourbon. Tastes decent; a little thin though. Would like to see a little more beef behind this one. Not as angry as the bottle suggests, but good nonetheless.
Dunt (301) - Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Steve provided this for our Sunday tasting. Pours a dark brown/black with some soapy head. Nose is not what I expected, it’s smokey, has some barrel character, and oak. Baron noted that he thought it smelled like apple brandy Zhukov and while I can see some similarities, I don’t think it’s that similar. Flavor is light brandy, rich malt, and a little oak. Light carbonation, a decent amount of heat, and a short finish. Run of the mill brandy barrel imperial stout. Body and flavor were unimpressive and nose was pretty average as well. Great label though!
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - APR 29, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I’ve always like O’so and have been waiting for something like this. Absolutely delicious. So malty, complex, and wonderful. Can’t wait to let my other bottle age for a bit.
deyholla (9283) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the brewery. Pours black with a dark chocolate brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of roasted malt and dark grain with backing raisin and brandy. Flavor has roast and dark grains with a bit of dark fruit, particular raisin, with backing brandy.
madvike (3149) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by levifunk...thanks Levi! - Pours deep black with a thin tan head. Nose is sweet and boozy, with big buttery toffee, butterscotch, and milk chocolate. A little too sharp for my tastes.Taste is better--really smooth butterscotch and nice espresso notes. Isn’t overly roasty and charred which helps its cause. Nice buttery, boozy finish, but not sharp--really smooth. Big and thick...decadent. Good stuff...I have not been digging imperial stouts for awhile, so a 3.7 is very good for me.
MrPickles (438) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 11, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Great Taste of the Midwest. Just found out they will NOT be bottling this as planned. This makes me sad as it is such a great beer!
Skyview (5411) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - OCT 20, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draught during pre-GTMW 2011 events at the Toronado Steakhouse in downtown, Madison, Wisconsin. Pours an opaque dark brown colored imperial stout, thick tan head that leaves behind some sticky lacing. Aroma of toasted dark malt, a hint of sweet brandy, dark chocolate, some light soy and black licorice. Taste is full bodied, lots of flavor profile from black licorice, toasted black and chocolate malt, brandy and a hint of pine tips. Finish is thick and chewy, some burnt licorice, Bakers chocolate and some mild brandy followed by a hint of menthol. Oh boy, this one could be a sleeper beer.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 3, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Toronado. Dark brown with a medium fading tan head. Aroma is big and boozy with brandy, dark roasted malts, chocolate and some toffee. Taste of dark chocolate, mild brandy, wood, roasted malts and a bunch of alcohol. Decent.
Brigadier (3410) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at GTMW (2011)
Wow - this was a total surprise. Someone recommended that I give it a try so with low expectations I stopped by their booth. After all previous beers have been solid regional releases but nothing that made me rethink the brewery. This is that beer. Brandy, sweet chocolate, and malt linger in the air. The bitter warm aftertaste is not boozy at all. Well balanced it went down far too smoothly for what I suspect was not a low ABV stout.