Skyview (5345) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
First beer to review for Pitchfork. On draught at the brewery taproom in Hudson, Wisconsin during their first bottle limited release. Pours an opaque cola brown colored brew with a thick creamy dark beige head that really sticks with the glass. Aroma of typical dry Irish stout-like character with some vanilla bean and a hint of coconut. Taste is full bodied, soft carbonation with flavors of toasted dark malts, a hint of chocolate, vanilla bean, light honey, some floral hops and very little bourbon. Finish is semi-dry and is well balanced for an imperial porter and vanilla bean. The bourbon is very light to detect but the barrel aging really gave this imperial porter a smooth finish with a light lingering whipped cream and vanilla after taste. Allow to warm up and some of the Four Roses bourbon comes through.
islay (1620) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Approximately 4 oz. pour, on tap at the brewery’s taproom in Hudson, Wisconsin. Consumed on 12-5-14. Pours surprisingly light brown for the style, medium brown overall. Cool, deep, red hue/glow. Beige head. Looks good. Boozy, bourbon-like, malty aroma. Corn and molasses scents. Chocolate, bourbon, and mocha flavors. Unsophisticated smell but tastes a bit better. I do eventually, yes, get vanilla and rose in the taste. Medium body. Smooth, soft, and not ideally well carbonated in the palate.
nsquishee (632) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - MAY 17, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Small tap sampler from the brewer. Pours dark brown with low carbonation. Aroma of caramel, bourbon barrel, and brown sugar. Taste is sweet up front with a smooth hop finish. Very smooth. Flavors of honey, brown sugar, bourbon, oak, and a slight citrusy finish. Very good beer. Wish I had grabbed a bottle when it was released. Thanks Mike for the taste!