nuplastikk (4127) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Vintage. Murky red burgundy. Thin non head. Intense bourbon, oaky aroma, very sweet. Interesting merge of barrel and sugary dubbel tones. A very successful experiment, adds some complexity, leather tones. Big and rugged, but still an enjoyable sipper. Quite strong for a Dubbel, leaning more towards a Quad. Relatively mellow carbonation, not really Belgian in mouthfeel, but still a really cool beer.
cbfobes (2153) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 18, 2011
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
On tap at Vintage, pours a murky brown with a thin head, the aroma is all whiskey with a huge amount of sweet malt as well, the flavor is hot with all whiskey coming through and nothing else, actually could feel it burning my throat as it went down, this one was a huge miss and is pretty messy for Vintage, good thing I love pretty much everything else.
madvike (2582) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 12, 2011
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
On tap at the brewpub - Having missed the four barrel-aged beers Vintage rolled out for Madison Craft Beer Week a month or so ago, I was pumped when this popped up on the menu during my most recent visit. Unfortunately, it was by far the worst beer of the night for me. It poured alright--dark brownish/red pour with a thin off-white ring of head. Really sweet on the nose--hot whiskey, caramel, cherry liquer, and tons of malt. Nothing coming through but the barrel and tons of sweetness. The taste is the same, but unrelenting. Really sweet whiskey, super malty, but without any of the dubbel subtlety or yeastiness. Green apple, light oak, and a touch of smoke. Pretty warm finish, with more sweet whiskey. Pretty dead in the mouth, and fairly thick and syrupy. It was a chore to get through even half my glass, which I left unfinished. I love what Vintage is doing, but so far haven’t been impressed with the barrel experiments. Based on their other beers, I’m sure they’ll get the hang of it eventually.