Brigadier (3250) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at brewpub
My final draft in the flight was a special pre-GTMW release. Listed as aged in Templeton Rye barrels, this beer excels at mixing the best aspects of Dedication with the strengths of Templeton Rye. Hardly subtle, this big boozy beer packs a punch that makes it the perfect nightcap.
Aroma / Appearance - A deep chestnut brown body fills the glass with an opaque presence. Rich sticky legs crawl down the sides like sheets of ice. Templeton Rye is strong but does not completely overwhelm the ash, chocolate, and other Belgian inspired flavors.
Flavor / Palate - Templeton Whiskey and caramel stick to the corners of the mouth after just two sips. A short dash of bitterness warms the throat during a long finish. A good balance of barrel aging and vinous aspects strengthen the presence of this strong release. An example of aging done right, it makes me wish I could have taken a bottle home.
Dogbrick (9446) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at the brewpub. Murky reddish-amber color with a medium off-white head that diminishes steadily. Short strings of lacing. Aroma of whiskey, oak and malt. Medium-bodied with flavors of oaky whiskey, grainy malt and caramel. The finish is oaky with a vanilla and malt aftertaste. Above average overall.
DrSilverworm (8553) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
3oz on tap at the brewpub. Labeled 10.7%. Mostly hazy darker red color. Thin ring of off-white head. Couple loose dots of lace. Big dark fruit in the aroma, some caramel, whiskey vanilla smell. Great flavor on it. Spicy rye notes all over. Medium plus body. Smooth, lightly soft, lighter carbonation. Light slick finish. Great barrel aged dubbel, very tasty.
nuplastikk (5071) - 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 (2686) - Quad Cities, Illinois, 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 (3095) - 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.