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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 3.73/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
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Our imperial stout aged in brandy barrels for five months. This beer symbolizes the fight that small breweries have to go through in order to get established in a market poisoned with greedy distributors, corporate idealism and fat cats with deep pockets. The small guy can still survive if they have enough true grit and work ethic. Feel the anger.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madvike (3007) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 29, 2012
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrPickles (438) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 11, 2012
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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skyview (5282) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - OCT 20, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 3, 2011
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (3155) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7224) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 16, 2011
On tap at Tornado Steakhouse. Poured deep brown with not much head sticking around. The aroma was heavy and roasty, with lots of brewer’s licorice, burnt black malts, and a touch of honey present.. a little salty/onion-y character threw me off on the back of the nose. The flavor found burnt licorice, molasses, and ashy roast with a lot of dry earth and pine bitterness around.. spicy and warm on the back, with peppery Brandy notes leading.. too astringent to be very enjoyable. Heavier-bodied with low carbonation on the palate.. again more astringent than I was looking for.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arkurzynski (1631) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2011
GTMW. Deep black with tan-brown head. Mostly roast and a touch of dark fruit in the nose. Roasted malt, mild sweetness/cream, toffee, some fruit, with a slightly acidic and roast finish. Can’t say I picked up a ton of the barrel aspects. Overall pretty nice. Could use a little more of the "smooth" factor.

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