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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.72/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
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 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 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - APR 29, 2012
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (3540) - Chagrin Falls, 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skyview (5696) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pailhead (6405) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - FEB 8, 2013
Bottle: The aroma consists of sweet chocolate, fruit, black licorice, and vanilla. It pours a dark brown with some orange highlights and a small beige head. The flavor starts with sweet chocolate, caramel, and black licorice. The finish has light fruit, roast, vanilla, and coffee. It’s medium bodied with soft carbonation and mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mrjaxson (490) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 28, 2015
Sweet, chocolaty aroma gives way to a full-bodied stout that reveals its brandy-barrel finishing in the sweet taste and aftertaste. A very heavy beverage that’s especially weighty on draft in O’so’s Plover Tap House.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markwise (5187) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2013
750mL bottle generously shared by a kind soul at the Tampa Tasting. Pours a stout brown with a tan head. Nose is roasted malts, wood, brandy, and chocolate. Flavor follows with roast, wood, brandy, and chocolate; a bit boozy at times. Medium to full in body and a solid stout overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arkurzynski (2249) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13466) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 9, 2012
Bottle shared by b3shine. Poured dark brown color with an average frothy brown head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Heavy roasted coffee, chocolate, sweet wood aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy dark sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. My expectations where exceeded.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (16055) - Dublin, California, USA - JUL 26, 2012
Thanks to Jeff for trading this one to me. Pours black in color with a small off-white head. Nose is full of brandy and vanilla with a bit of oak. Plenty of roast, dark fruit, and cocoa as well. The flavor is quite bold. A touch of booze but an overall enjoyable brandy and vanilla component. Strong roasted malt and dark chocolate with an undertone of dark fruit. This was really quite good.

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