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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.62/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
Shadow Planet is a beguiling mix of flavors, with complex fruit and spice suggestions swirling around a sturdy structure of molassesy, roasty, toffee-like malt base. Thereís a lot going on in this beer...somewhat like a finely aged English old ale, approaching the complexity of an Belgian abbey strong ale, with dark, smoky, rich elements of a porter or stout. Common descriptions fall short.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (5967) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 17, 2012
Draft at Vintage. Deep unfiltered brown. Thin, beige head. Seriously an odd style mix up here. Some English Porter notes, spicy Belgian yeast sourness. Odd and very sugary. Proof that brewers love there beers a little too unconditionally. Raisiny, a touch brutal, but not so far removed from an odd/unique Belgian Ale. Mellows as it warms, raisin prune tones show more and more. Big, viscous, cool brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrPickles (438) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 19, 2012
On tap at the brewpub. Lots of malt and sweetness on this one. Solid overall brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 19, 2011
On tap at Vintage brewpub. Clear deep mahogany with a thin tan head. Beguiling indeed, and this common write-up will indeed fall short. My schnozz picks up some licorice, toffee, spice, dark malts and yeast. Itís all over the place in terms of taste with dark pitted fruit, alcohol, toffee, light chocolate, light nuts and some beguiling spices. Smooth with a little burn.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madvike (3227) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 11, 2011
On tap at Vintage - Pours cola color with a thin tan head. Lightly milky sour malt, dark bread and dark fruit. Luscious. Lots of maltiness in the flavor, too, with light cherry sweetness, dark bread, and a touch of smoke. Smooth and well-carbonated. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2011
On tap at vintage. 4oz taster pour... Pours a deep, mostly non-transparent, mahogony hue and topped with a thin to medium creamy lift beige head... Aroma of dark fruits and dark Belgian sugar, quad-like but ni"ot much more going on beyond that... Flavors are smooth with earthy dark fruits and a strong malt backbone. Smooth creamy body and light on the carbonation front. A bit of earth on the backend. Fulfills the dark Belgian strong ale aspect but not overt complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BVery (9999) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2011
Tap at the brewpub. Dark amber/brown pour with a creamy head. Mild fruit and chocolate, plus some fig, on the nose. Medium palate. Strange taste - fig, mild tart cherry, and a touch of sour? Kind of like a dubbel crossed with a bit of lambic. Didnít really work for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skyview (5834) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - AUG 28, 2011
Sampled on draught at the Vintage brewpub in Madison, Wisconsin during the GTMW 2011 Friday. Pours a dark copper brown colored brew with a thick beige head that has some excellent retention and lacing. Aroma of roasted chocolate malt, a hint of black malt, floral hops and some light toffee. Taste is medium bodied, with flavors of sweet chocolate and black malt, some smoked toffee and some floral hops. Finish like a doppelbock, semi-sweet, a little extra alcohol presence, with aftertaste of chocolate, hint of mocha and floral hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (3615) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2011
On tap (source)
My final tap was a strong ale that pulled no punches. With no idea of the stylistic intentions I was kept on my toes trying to guess what would come next. Common descriptions certainly do fall short for this release.

Aroma / Appearance - Creamy legs crawl down the sides of the glass. A wispy thin head the color of mocha bobbed like algae on a stagnant pond. Belgian chocolate, dark malts, and smooth alcohol blend in a carefree fashion. The result is excellent.

Flavor / Palate - Chocolate, carbonation, alcohol, and then a soft bitterness create stages of enjoyment that take time to unfold completely. From start to finish the mouthfeel is a like a creamy dark chocolate milkshake with hoppy undertones. Once again Vintage did not disappoint.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbfobes (2881) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2010
On tap at brewery, poured into a chalice glass, pours a dark brown with a thin head, the aroma is of sweet candy with some malt, the taste is very sweet with a burn of booze in the finish, pretty good.

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