"Admiral" Stash - Milwaukee Brewing Company
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Ratings: 39 | Reviews: 5 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Stevedore:
3.85/5 rDev +6.1%
12oz bottle with no date on it other than 2012; poured into a Bell's tulip today to celebrate the completion of today's The Great KBS Derby of Madison (TM). Looking to quench my thirst, not to get drunk as I still have some work to do tonight.
Aroma: Some dark fruit and cocoa. A little bit of toffee sweetness typical of porters. As it warms up, I get a bit of oak, likely the barrel contribution. Solid nose, nothing spectacular. (3)
Colour: Pours a very dark brown, nearly black body with a big brown fluffy head that takes a while to dissipate into a thick collar that leaves lots of thick lacing on the side of the glass I'm drinking from. Even halfway through the beer, the beer is covered in a brown fluffy film. Looks great! I honestly haven't seen a baltic porter look this good. (5)
Flavour: Actually a really nice drinking beer. I don't get as much dark fruit here, a little bit of cocoa and a lot of the smooth toffee and roast sweetness that makes me think "porter". So sort of inverse of what I get from the nose. As with the nose, when it starts to warm up, I get some oak flavours that isn't too overwhelming and complements the sweetness very well. I don't taste any bourbon here. Nevertheless, I don't expect this to be BCBS or anything at $7.49/6pack so I'm not going to penalize this baltic porter for that. I get a nice clean, oaky finish which is very enjoyable. (4)
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied on the thinner side, yet quite creamy. Very well carbonated which makes this beer fun to drink. Despite the oakiness, the beer isn't really all that dry but actually quaffs the thirst that I've worked up from driving around to find some KBS. Very nice and creamy, easy to drink without feeling the 7% ABV. (4)
Overall: I think this is a pretty underrated beer that might be discounted more because the brewer here isn't New Glarus or Central Waters. This is a bourbon-barrel aged baltic porter, yes, and the barrel here is only contributing some oak to the nose and flavour without the bourbon heat. But you know what? For a baltic porter, this is pretty awesome because the barrel seems to be contributing to the mouthfeel as well. If you rate it as a BBA baltic porter, this is probably pretty average compared to stuff like BA Night Train that I've already had, and I haven't had stuff like Framinghamer and Gonzo. Then I'd give it a 3. If I rate it as a baltic porter, this is great stuff and close to a 5, but not perfect. I'll take the difference here; you be the judge. Can't argue with the price point either. (4)
04-02-2013 22:08:38 | More by Stevedore
More User Reviews:
4.2/5 rDev +15.7%
poured into a snifter
appearance: blackish-brown, opaque through the glass but clear on the sides. little to no head
aroma: malts, raisins, coffee and a hint of whisky. very nice nose
palate: a little bitter, semi-smooth, little to no alcohol, cant tell the carbonation, sits nicely in the mouth
taste: a rice robust flavor offering including raisin, chocolate, toffee, and to kick it all off, whisky. great flavors
overall: a very nice surprise from MBC. they are slowly building an small army of great brews. if you are a milwaukee local, this is a MUST pick up!
03-24-2012 21:57:30 | More by mobius387
4.08/5 rDev +12.4%
12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
A - Deep, dark brown, ruby mahogany in color, it's opaque in the glass and topped by a fleeting mocha head. It leaves nary a 'stache of foam on the glass, however.
S - Earthy. Dusty, dry cocoa opens the aroma but quickly moves into a chocolate-covered raisin scent. Odd dark fruit characteristics for a lager but well integrated into this particular beer. Vanilla notes from oak emerge as well as the wood itself, but if you're looking for a potent alcohol aroma, you'll be hard-pressed to find it. Subtle bourbon remains arrested to the balance most Midwestern breweries employ. Subtle yet complex!
T - Bold roasted malt is much more explosive than the aroma would lead one to believe. Tons of chocolate flavors from rocky milk chinks to dry cocoa and bitter bakers chocolate keep moving around the soft, quiet undertones of oak and vanilla.
M - Higher in carbonation, it keeps the beer from becoming too heavy. "Admiral" Stash is medium-full-bodied and features that clean lager character through the slightly bitter finish. Well-balanced and alcohol-absent!
O - Despite being well-balanced in terms of barrel-use, I actually find that it hasn't spend enough time in the wooden vessels. Subtle aroma nuances are nice but barely translate to the bold Baltic Porter base beer in flavor and could benefit from further (though not much) aging to bring them fourth slightly. With that being said, "Admiral" Stash is a great Baltic Porter both full of flavor and nice lager character!
05-16-2012 02:19:09 | More by BeerFMAndy
4.05/5 rDev +11.6%
Pours very dark brown with a foamy tan head. Lacing sticks.
The smell is of charcoal, bourbon, chocolate and anise.
The taste is charred without being too smoky. Chocolate, anise, dark earthy notes blend well, and has further depth with a touch of bourbon. Full-flavored, it hits full-bodied. Complex with a lager smoothness.
A wonderful example of the style with a nice touch of bourbon that adds to the complexity without being forward. Dangerously drinkable!
04-22-2014 00:53:56 | More by jwc215
"Admiral" Stash from Milwaukee Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.