Skyview (5411) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draught at the Vintage brewpub in Madison, Wisconsin. Pours a clear dark copper brown colored brew with a creamy beige head that slowly dissipates to a thin ring and spotty lacing. Aroma of roasted caramel and chocolate malts, floral hops, a hint of roasted nuts and a touch of toffee. Taste is medium bodied, quite smooth with both roasted caramel and English malts, floral hops a touch of chocolate and toffee. Finish is semi-sweet, aftertaste of chocolate, caramel, toffee and floral hops. A very short mild bitterness with a touch of doppelbock character.
nuplastikk (5367) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 20, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Vintage, served in a tall, thin glass. Deep brown amber body, steady beige head. Sweet and sugary caramel molasses action. Quite Eastern European in feel, not super impressive. The dark fruity raisin flavor comes off a little strong for me. Doughy brown chocolate notes. Sugary, comes off underattenuated. Drinkable, but not one I’d order again.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Vintage Brewpub. Clear ruby red with next to no head. Aroma of toffee, dark malt and some mild nuttiness. One trick malt pony and it does a good job but more than 4 oz might be a task. Toffee, roasted brown sugar, caramel, light chocolate, mild nuts all wrapped up in a sticky malt bomb.
Brigadier (3405) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at brewpub
There are no shortage of great bocks around the Madison area between New Glarus, Capitol, and others. This one is solid but by comparison not on the same level. Even so for a safe session beer to drink during Badger football games you could do worse. By regularly making beers like this to style Vintage makes themselves more of a must stop.
Aroma / Appearance - The reddish brown base glows. There are traces of carbonation as it bubbles like a warm soda. Red licorice and malts hit the nose hard. Refusing to go lightly it lingers for a few minutes.
Flavor / Palate - Malt, caramel, and a smooth finish are a good mix. The shoe polish notes are distracting but even so the taste is in the ballpark. I’d drink this again if someone had a growler or it was the best option at the time.
madvike (3148) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 26, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Vintage - Pours cola color with a very thin head. Dark bread malt on the nose, with molasses and a minimal hop presence. Taste is big bold malt, dark chocolate, light coffee. Pretty big and syrupy. Love the taste, but you have to be ready for a malt bomb with this one.
cbfobes (2844) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at brewery, pours a clear amber/red with a nice white head and lacing in the glass, aroma is of faint malt with coffee note, flavor is heavy malt with a coffee aftertaste, not bad.
arkurzynski (2004) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Dark brown red. Nose is fairly malty with a hint of roasted malt. Brief initial toasted malt, dark fruit, followed by smooth roasted malt that lingers. Slightly dry finish. Different, but good take on the style.
dionysus (1485) - Arizona, USA - FEB 21, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ Vintage. Pour is mahogany with no noticeable head when I received it. Aroma is sweet with notes of toffee, nuts, light coffee, and a hint of florals. Flavor shows the same with an extremely light chocolate
undertone. Overall body is moderate and the brew is fairly balanced for being as malt forward as it is.
akoeninger (595) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Vintage. Pour is red-brown hues. Aroma is flowery and malty. Taste is sweet, with fruit and caramel notes. Malt really hits on the back end, which is to be expected for a dark bock like this. Nice, crisp finish. An enjoyable beer.
MrPickles (438) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 25, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub. Good aroma of raisin and other dark fruit. Disappointed by the up front flavor. Seems almost watery on the front but has a nice finish. Flavorful, but all on the backside and not much on the front. Not much complexity here.