phranq (250) - - MAY 12, 2017
Pours black with light tan head. Aroma is chocolate and coffee. Taste and palate are a little flat. jackl (8423) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 7, 2017
Keg @ Vinrtage, Madison. Deep brown pour with a creamy head. Aroma is somewhat dominated by bourbon. Hot wood. Butterscotch and caramel. Vanilla. Flavor is hot and sweet. More chewy toffee. Toasted grain. Spicy finish. Full body, soft carb. AWISLguy (3327) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 17, 2016
On tap at the Crafty Cow in Oconomowoc for their 2nd anniversary. Nice barrel. Solid caramel/chocolate/coffee presence with some raisin under. Quite enjoyable! 14.7 deyholla (12276) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 4, 2015
Sampled from the tap at the brewpub. Pours black with an off-white head that dissipates quickly to the edges. Aroma is bourbon forward with sweet dark grains and slight roasted malts. Flavor has sweet dark grains, light roasted malts and toffee backed by a strong bourbon note. cubs (10714) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 22, 2013
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 (3301) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 22, 2013
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 (3906) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 22, 2012
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 (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2012
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 (6453) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 15, 2012
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 (3750) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2011
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.