adnielsen (9417) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 22, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap @ Vintage with nuplastikk. Pours a dark brown appearance with a brown head. Somewhat boozy, dark chocolate, molasses, caramel, whiskey aroma. A bit strong, sweet chocolate, a bit earthy, somewhat oaky, caramel flavor. A bit strong but not too bad.
madvike (2802) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 22, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at the Vintage Big Barrel Tarrarel - Pours black with a tan ring of head. Nose is boozy, with vanilla, molasses, and a big brown sugar maltiness. Taste is real sweet, with brown sugar, vanilla, chocolate--it’s super diabeetus-y. Full-bodied with a little carbonation. These kind of beers just tire me out these days.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 22, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Vintage Brewpub 6/25/11. Dark brown with a tan head and plenty o’ lace. Aroma is big with dark malts, roasted malt, chocolate and alcohol. Taste is big and bold as well with plenty of dark roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruit, alcohol and a hint of caramel. Some burn and a hint of bitterness.
TheAlum (5833) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour on tap at Vintage Brewpub (Madison, WI). Pours a richer deep blackish pour, thicker with some ruby glow on the edges and bottom. A frothy brownish head atop is firmly sized, laces small overall. Frothy and mellow lacing lingers. Aromas are deeper and dark, roasty with toffee, kicks of barrel and spirit, vanilla, wet oak. Spirit starts to grow as it warms, stronger feel with fudge and some chocolate chip cookie, mellow roast and coffee. Initial is medium bodied, a bit heavier, lots of barrel and vanilla up front, some abrasive flashes of spirit, toast, oak. Middle is more fudgy, though not thick. Roasty and toasty, caramel and toffee. The palate becomes accustomed to the barrel play, stronger flavor but as I said it is more fudgy in the middle, toffee and caramel. Vanilla. It grows on me, but initially it was a bit harsh. Finish is some dark fruit, still some firm deeper roast and darker malts. A touch thinned with that fudgy feel staying good overall. Barrel flavors are richer, a touch harsh at times.. But perhaps it would feel much better in the winter. Not a bad beer, but kinda falls into the pack of Barrel Aged Imeprial Stouts.
nuplastikk (4671) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Vintage. Deep brown black, thick beige head, oily. Rather brutal, fusel bourbon aroma. Tobacco and chocolate sauce flavor. Thick and lucscious and brutal bottom shelf bourbon combined. The bourbon hardly complements, just adds alcohol brutality. Burnt caramel, toffee, vanilla, chocolate. A nice one to sip on slowly. Bitter and big, not unlike a Southern Tier offering, but the bourbon barrel is just too much. Rich and robust, well done enough, different.
Brigadier (3050) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap (source)
Visiting Vintage the night before the Great Taste I found out they had only two special taps. I guess they were saving the rest for the festival itself where they had not one but two bars and over 30 offerings. This was a solid bourbon barrel imperial stout. Hardly impressive I think Vintage might still be getting its handle on the barrel aging process.
Aroma / Appearance - Oily black and fluid the black body slides around the glass. Light vanilla, chocolate, figs, and a nip of bourbon tickle the senses. The underlying beer is hidden by the aging process except for shadows here or there.
Flavor / Palate - Vanilla, bourbon, and chocolate are the main players. Warm and boozy it seeps into the crevices of the palate to stick to the back of the throat. Something is slightly imperfect but overall this was a valiant attempt to play around with different twists on the same beer.
Ughsmash (7175) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at GTMW. Poured deep brown, but not quite black, with nothing going on for head. The aroma picked up a lot of sweet chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon.. booze warmed up the back of the nose.. big brew! The flavor was sweet again, with vanilla, cocoa, and bourbon leading.. spicy and warm, especially on the back.. solid integration from the barrel.. tasty stuff. Heavy-bodied with a syrupy feel on the palate.. low carbonation.. flowed well.
Skyview (5269) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUL 14, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On cask drawn at the Vintage brewpub in Madison, Wisconsin. Pours an opaque dark brown colored brew with a fast dissolving beige head that dissipates to a clean top. Aroma of mostly bourbon, coconut and a hint of toasted dark malt. Taste is semi-sweet, mostly bourbon that I first would have guessed this was infused. Finish is semi-sweet with mostly vanilla and bourbon aftertaste. A tad too much bourbon compared to most other barrel aged stouts.
cbfobes (2334) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAY 22, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at brewpub, pours pitch black with a thin tan head and some spotty lacing, the aroma has a strong boozey front with a hint of chocolate, the flavor is more bourbon than anything, kind of hides all the rest that made Max Stout good, there is still some chocolate and vanilla in the finish but the booze pretty much dominates this one, kind of messy overall.