muzzlehatch (4900) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 21, 2016
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught sample at the brewpub, August 18th. Nearly opaque light-medium maple, no discernible head...nose is decently peaty, lightly smoky, a touch of rosemary and thyme, caramel malt in strong evidence...on the tongue Iím hit with a sugar rush immediately, which thankfully dies down after a few sips and towards the finish, but itís still altogether too sweet, and reminds me more of cola and root beer than anything else, though there are some quality malts buried in there which take their time to make themselves known....the syrupy mouthfeel and low carbonation donít do it any favors either. Not as problematic as the saison, but not terribly good either, although I think a proper larger serving, at a higher temperature, might have given me a slightly better impression. I had 6 samples on this first visit to Vintage, and strangely it worked out to bad-good-bad-good-bad-good. Well, every brewpub is unique, and every visit unique for that matter.
esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Vintage Brewpub. Dark copper with a quickly fading tan head. Aroma of caramel and toffee with some chocolate and mild fruit. Taste is sweet with toffee, sugar, light chocolate and a hint of smoke.
TheAlum (7047) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampler flight on tap at Vintage Brewery (Madison, WI). Pours a rich deep copper brown hue, offering decent hazy rich body, a firm frothy tannish head dies to a thin ring, laces small overall. Aromas are toasty and sweet sticky caramel, some toffee, gentle red fruit, smoothed out sweetness. No real peat influence. Initial is medium bodied offering a distinct dry toast, mellow peaty smoke element. Dry and toasty, carmelized malts, touches of earthy, dry hops. Mellow caramel and toffee offer some elements, some gentle smoked earth element up front that die out. More cherry, red fruit, mellow sweetness, a touch cough syrup element works into the middle. Finish is sticky and a touch cherry driven, offering some cough syrup lively touches, ugh. Solid, a bit cloying at times though. Bigger cherry red fruit influence as we get further in. Ok.
deyholla (10688) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 7, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from the tap at the brewpub. Pours a clear amber with an off white head that dissipates completely. Aroma has notes of light fruit, sweet grains and caramel with a bit of backing alcohol. Flavor is quite sweet with grains and caramel with a hint of fruit in the finish.
madvike (3217) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 10, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Vintage - Pours rosy brown with next to no head. Kind of hot, with a sweet maltiness, but really not that pungent. Big malty sweetness, with the requisite caramel/toffee notes, and a touch of peat. Some sharp butterscotch on the finish. Pretty much what I expected--this just usually isnít my style.
nuplastikk (5898) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Vintage. Amber-brown. Served in a tulip glass. Patchy beige head, oily. Sweet malty non-aroma, very mild. Chewy chocolate tones, lots of caramel, big specialty malt tones. Sugary, some dark fruit as well. Rich and full bodied, reminiscent of McEwans. A little too sugary for me, but still really well done, a good example of the style. Raisin, plum, brown sugar. Quite nice.
Skyview (5824) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUL 14, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draught at the Vintage brewpub in Madison, Wisconsin. Pours a clear dark copper colored brew with a fast dissolving off-white head that leaves behind no lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, a hint of chocolate and smoked wood. Taste is semi-sweet, malty with some flavors of caramel malt, chocolate and a hint of smoke. Finish continues the semi-sweet aftertaste with a little alcohol burn after the finish.
cbfobes (2881) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at brew pub, pours a clear brown with nice red notes shining through in the light, very heavy malt aroma with a touch of chocolate, the flavor is malty with notes of smoke and wood in the finish as well, interesting brew.