Transient Artisan Ales

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #66
Ranked #258
4.58 | pDev: 4.8%
Transient Artisan Ales
Michigan, United States
Notes: Imperial Stout with Vanilla, Maple Syrup, and Coffee. Aged in Blis Maple Syrup Bourbon Barrels for 12 months.
Reviews: 26 | Ratings: 129 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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maximum12 from Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Transient! Showing up next door in WI in 500ML packages. Excellent. I am pleased.

It looks black. It smells good. I love syrup.

Canuckley walks that sweet, bourbon tightrope without ending up all Karl Wallenda. Maple syrup is prominent, dare I say pre-eminent, taste flailing around the palate. Mild bourbon that gets into the sinuses, sweet malts, chocolate, with a soft echo of cocoa mocha & a finish of Peter Murphy (1989). Appropriately thick (a la 2016). I could drink this out of flagons.

Really a lovely upgrade to a solid base of Buckley. Excellent beer.

Nov 20, 2021
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.54/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This bottle was my choice for my 3600 rating on beer advocate! Been wanting to try this for a long time. So here we go!

500ml bottle poured into Deep Woods snifter.

Vintage 2021

Appearance: dark as the black of night. One or two fingers thick of medium brown head that drops down to thin ring around the perimeter of the glass. This pours menacingly thick. Significant booze legs.

Smell: you can smell the bourbon from those Blis barrels with robust dark roast coffee & hints of vanilla and maple.

Taste: starts off with bakers cocoa / fudgy chocolate blending in some earthy maple syrup and rich bourbon notes that adds so much sweetness & richness to the beer. Authentic vanilla bean notes seems to flood in during the middle & becomes the dominate flavor. Then the beer transitions to a dark & earthy roast coffee that adds a lightly burnt and firmly bitter finish. All adjuncts accounted for and all taste authentic. This definitely tastes like tugboat coffee, if you’ve had towboat coffee in a stout you know exactly what I’m talking about.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied stout. Low yet adequate carbonation levels. Thick and smooth at fridge temperature. As it warms this beer thins out and gets a little boozy. It is an appropriate amount of booziness for the almost 15% ABV this beer clocks in at. This beer is sticky sweet and is well balanced with rich barrel notes and robust coffee.

Overall: Cantuckley a really great stout brewed by Transient. I think I prefer Kentuckley over Cantuckley... though... it’s by a fairly small margin. This didn’t disappoint; it’s exactly what the Brewer set out to do based on the description of the beer on the label. The sum of all the parts work so well together that it becomes something really great. Looking forward to Buckley Reserve blends 1 & 2 that I have stashed away for a special occasion.

Aug 20, 2021
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.6/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful onyx black with a slightly fizzy and sudsy dark tan head that is a slightly fleeting participant in this beer. The nose is heavy on the barrel up front, with a significant boozy aroma, but as it warms, the coffee and vanilla emerge, and the maple from the barrel releases as well, and there’s a decadent milk chocolate note as well. Other than that, not much going on here.

I let this warm a while before I tasted it and I’m glad I did, because the taste has that rich maple flavor up front along with the milk chocolate and coffee, with the booziness from the barrel and the vanilla at the very back of the palate, for a warming finish. Wow cubed.

The mouthfeel is rich and creamy, more than substantial enough to hold this sledgehammer of a beer up and keep it on point all the way through the 500 ML bottle.

I’m guessing this is Transient’s offering to compete with CBS. It does so exceptionally well. World class stuff, IMHO.

May 30, 2021
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lewdwig from Michigan

4.64/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pour a 500ml bottle into a North Coast Brewing tulip glass; opaque black with thin, tan head. Smell of vanilla, sweet something boozy. Taste coffee, vanilla, maple trees; wow, yum. Rich mouthfeel. Tremendous.

Mar 20, 2021
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BourbonForBeer from Illinois

5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best beers I’ve had to date. I revisited it again tonight, strong / thick / amazing / one of the best beers! Must try before you die kind of beer. Better than KBBS imo!

Jan 19, 2021
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.38/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a very dark black color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

There's a lot of maple to this one on the nose, to no one's surprise. It's a dark, earthy, and sweet maple character, and it doesn't get too cloying for me. I also get bitter roast, oak, and lots of coffee.

I definitely like this one better than Buckley, and I think I also like it more than Kentuckley. The barrel character is great, adding some char and oak to a big maple blast. The coffee plays well with it, adding roast, some light dried fruit, and some smoke.

This is medium bodied, creamy, and slightly boozy, but not as boozy as 14.5% would usually indicate.

I don't really like regular Buckley all that much, but all of the BA versions I've had have been much better.

Oct 15, 2020
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Sandis from Minnesota

4.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Shared with Kaidon during overnight at TG evening before stout stock. Poured 2019 version into a plastic cup. Phenomenal maple flavor with a hint of coffee. Nice and thick. My favorite Transient beer!

Apr 20, 2020
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HIGHPA from Illinois

4.95/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I will go by the first bottle I had of this, 2018 about 5 months after bottling. The perfect bourbon barrel aged Stout for me. I love maple syrup and this beer more than delivers. It’s what I thought CBS would taste like but didn’t. I had this beer before it’s high rating and without outside influences. The first sip I knew it was perfect and by the end I knew I had one of the best beers I had ever had. I hadn’t been that blown away from a BBA beer since I had vanilla bean Dark Lord on tap in like 2009 at Dark Lord Day, before it was called Marshmallow Handjee. The first BCBS Rare is the only beer I had that is better.

Dec 31, 2019
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

4.85/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Pours thick jet black with a thin tan head that settles to a thin ring. Few spots of lacing.

Aroma - Maple dominates vanilla lies just underneath along with the coffee and roasted malts.

Taste - Huge punch in the mouth of sweet maple syrup the coffee comes in shortly after and the smooth rich vanilla comes in at the end. Very complex and super smooth no sign of the alcohol outside of the heat.

Taste - Super smooth velvet really coats your mouth thick to the point of being chewy. Nice dry finish little heat from the booze.

Overall - One of the best maple BBA stouts I have tried the flavors and mouthfeel are perfect and out of this world. Amazing.

Jul 30, 2019
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pmarlowe from Virginia

4.43/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

2019 vintage. Released about two months ago.

A: Pours jet black with a smattering of dark brown head that vanishes as soon as the pour settles. No lacing.

S: Bold dark coffee, maple syrup, dark roast, and vanilla bean. Light bourbon, butterscotch, and oak.

T: Fairly sweet and dessert-like but nice balance of rich maple syrup, mild dark roast, dark coffee, vanilla bean, and round-ish bourbon and oak. Finishes with a long, moderately sweetness that’s offset by a hefty tannic roast.

M: Medium-full body, medium carbonation, moderate alcohol warmth, slight stickiness.

O: Delicious dessert beer. Nice balance of maple, coffee, vanilla, bourbon, and stout flavors. Light on the barrel. The sweetness does limit the drinkability somewhat.

Jul 01, 2019
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superspak from North Carolina

4.52/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into snifter, 2019 vintage. Pours dense/oily pitch black color with a small fairly dense tan head with poor retention, that reduces to nothing pretty quickly. No lacing on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, medium roast coffee, maple syrup, vanilla, cream, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, fudge, brownie batter, roasted nuts, biscuit, and dark bread; with light notes of molasses, licorice, raisin, prune, fig, date, smoke, herbal, grass, and yeast/roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Minimal booze in the aromas as it warms. Incredible complexity, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, vanilla, coffee, maple syrup, maple barrels, and light earthy hop/fruity yeast notes; with big strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, medium roast coffee, maple syrup, vanilla, cream, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, fudge, brownie batter, roasted nuts, biscuit, and dark bread; with light notes of molasses, licorice, raisin, prune, fig, date, smoke, herbal, grass, and yeast/roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Very minimal herbal, grassy, roasted bitterness; and bourbon/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, medium roast coffee, maple syrup, vanilla, cream, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, fudge, brownie batter, roasted nuts, biscuit, dark bread, molasses, licorice, dark fruit, light smoke/herbal/grass, and yeast/roast/toast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Insane complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, vanilla, coffee, maple syrup, maple barrels, and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; with a solid roast/hop bitter/sweet and bourbon/oak spiciness; and no cloying sweetness after the finish. Slightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness. Light-medium carbonation and super full body; with a very smooth, creamy, silky, velvety, rich mouthfeel that is perfect. Slight slickness, sticky hops, chalky roast, and bourbon/oak tannins. Minimal warming alcohol for 14.5%, with no barrel booze lingering after the finish. Overall this is an insane flavored barrel aged imperial stout! All around amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, vanilla, coffee, maple syrup, maple barrels, and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; dangerously smooth and easy to drink for the huge ABV, with the very mildly bitter/tannic/drying; perfectly soft/silky feel. Perfectly balanced super rich malts, vanilla, fruity/nutty coffee, maple syrup, and maple barrel presence/integration; with mild earthy hops. Not overly sweet/heavy from lingering dryness. A highly amazing offering, and world class style example. Lives up to the hype. Smoothest stout I've ever had for the ABV.

Jun 15, 2019
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Vidblain from Minnesota

4.8/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It amazes me how easily Canuckley flies under the rader, because it's clearly on a par with Mornin' Delight and puts CBS (at least new batches) to shame - but I suppose that's most Transient beer. Michigan beer = low hype, nearly always.

The ABV is stunningly well-disguised. The coffee is creamy and light, no discernible acidity or bitterness, also no real roastiness - just damned smooth. The maple is sweet and tastes quite natural - the nose is terrific.

Excellent beer - world class.

Jun 04, 2019
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.79/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Syrupy black with a thin tan chain, this has a touch of cocoa and molasses with a cola-like malt that maybe has a sharp acidity, or else that's amped up by sweetly cloying maple. It doesn't go down the smoothest.

May 23, 2019
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vikingpillager from Illinois

4.44/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A decent short description for this might be an amped up version of CBS. Maple punches you in the face on top of a great thick base stout. For some reason I got cinnamon on the nose but not the palate. One of the standouts of the day at yesterday's share.

Feb 24, 2019
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edisacoolcat from Virginia

4.64/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Sweet vanilla, coffee, maple, molasses, mild roast malts. Very smooth and mellow, excellent.

A: Dark brown to black mostly opaque with medium brown head that falls quickly into a lace around the glass

F: lots of molasses and maple upfront, sweet mocha coffee, Vanilla, and very smooth roasted in malts and oak

M: silky full body with light carbonation. Lingering vanilla maple and mocha with a sweet oak in the background

O: exceptional beer with very silky smooth and balanced flavors. Well composed and very enjoyable

Jan 26, 2019
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Benish from Wisconsin

4.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: poured a highly viscous thick black color with very little head. My wife questioned if I was pouring motor oil.

Smell: picking up tons of adjuncts including maple, chocolate, vanilla, and coffee. Each one is not that characteristic or unique but when its all together, its kinda like a chocolate candy bar. Traces of bourbon with notes of sweet caramel comes to you near the finish.

Taste: insanely sweet with all the adjuncts. What is really most prominent is the chocolate and the vanilla. The coffee comes in form of highly sweet mocha with chocolate swirls. The maple amps up the sweetness, giving a little note of caramel. Almost no alcohol presence. The sweetness kind of hovers over the bourbon, but it is just noticeable at the finish.

Mouthfeel: super thick and heavy. Very sticky.

Overall: I like it a lot. I would like it more if I had a friend to split this with. It's a lovely beer but easier to share due to its syrupy, cloying, sweetness.

Jan 14, 2019
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.6/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours pitch black with a thin brown head. Light soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is fudge brownie, coffee and bourbon.

T - The taste is big dark chocolate fudge brownie, coffee, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon and big bourbon.

M - Full bodied with medium carbonation. Syrupy mouthfeel with a oily dry finish.

O - This is an exceptional BBA stout. Flavors are perfectly balanced with the warming alcohol. About as good as it gets.

Jan 13, 2019
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mschrei from Illinois

4.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Great beer. Wish I had a bigger pour and wasn't drinking it in a solo cup. Plenty of flavor from the adjuncts, good barrel presence. Outstanding feel-great consistency, super mild for 14.5%.

Oct 28, 2018
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap, Wow this is a rich and deep maple stout! The bourbon and maple are star crossed lovers, giving the beer a huge mouthwatering maple barrel note in the smell and taste, like a wave crashing upon the vanilla, coffee, and fudge. So much decadent flavor! Feel is thick, chewy, sticky sweet and warm.

Oct 14, 2018
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Radcpa from Washington

4.62/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aged in the bottle for a couple of years. Very dark appearance with slight tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is a very pleasant blend of vanilla, maple and coffee. Taste is also a very pleasant and smooth blend of vanilla, maple and coffee with bourbon.

Oct 01, 2018
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Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

4.74/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had an 8 oz pour of this at the Green Lady, at the end of a few other Buckley variants.
L: Pours dark black with a coffee-colored head that really only was at the edge of the glass.
S: Sweet maple & bourbon
T: More intense sweet maple & bourbon, coffee and maple offsetting each other in a great way. This couldn't really be done any better for this type of beer.
F: Thick mouthfeel that goes well with the sweet / coffee flavorings.
O: About a good as it gets, at least for my preference.

Sep 27, 2018
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Brewskival 2018.

Pours jet black, thick and viscous with a slight wisp of chocolate colored foam.

Smell is mindblowing. Intense chocolate with some bitterness and coffee notes collide with the rich sweetness of maple syrup. Perfect balance of sweet and savory. I almost snorted the damn thing!

Taste is equally astounding. So many flavors, chocolate, maple syrup, coffee, cinnamon, sweet, bitter and spicy just combine into an entity of perfect destruction. The perfect storm, if you will. Everything just fits together to create a monster of a stout with just a hint of the ABV. Complex and layered, this is pretty much perfect.

Mouthfeel is full, rich and oily, thick and chewy with a good level of carbonation.

Overall, one of the best beers I've ever had. An absolute beast that I would pay vast sums of money to try again.

Aug 26, 2018
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - The beer poured an inky black color with carbonation hidden in the darkness.

Smell - Maple sweetness was evident with bourbon in the background.

Taste - At the front, the maple is evident though not overly sweet or cloying. The maple is balanced with bourbon as they were meant to be. Notes of vanilla, chocolate fudge, cinnamon, and brown sugar lay in the background. The boozy maple carries into the aftertaste with mild warming.

Mouthfeel - Oily viscosity coats the mouth, allowing the sweetness to linger.

Overall - This is probably better than CBS.

Aug 08, 2018
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Received in a trade and shared with JLindros. Kentuckley was phenomenal at a fest and had to trade hard for this. Review #3400.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark black hue with a super light dark chocolate head that disappears quickly to leave a thin halo. Excellent legs though.

S - Big aromas of fudgy chocolate brownies and bakers chocolate, lighter coffee notes, vanilla is great. The bourbon is awesome, great oaky vanilla. The Blis barrels are just wonderful.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with phenomenal vanilla and great dark chocolate fudge brownie, vanilla barrel, bourbon juice and barrel. It's a luscious flavour, complex chocolate vanilla maple bourbon.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, creamy, thick, luscious. Alcohol slightly noticeable.

O - Overall this was a very great stout. The maple notes are phenomenal, vanilla and chocolate are great. The only knock is the appearance. The head was a bit lackluster.

Serving Type: bottle

Aug 06, 2018
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

HUge thanks to rudzud for this one
Light fizzy black head fades pretty much instantly, legs are not there specifically because it just it never slides down, just stains the glass, pitch black inky beer

Nose explodes, loads of dark chocolate, heavy dark malts, sweet candy and syrupy, caramel, nougat, super rich chocolate syrup, big time maple syrup, a mild roasted coffee and big roasted notes, a bit of espresso, vanilla, a bit of oak, it tickles the nose a bit, not too far from original chocolate rain or original CBS, super dark lush cocoa and dark chocolate etc, malted milk ball

TAste again super lush and awesome, some alcohol burn right away, that lingers throughout, but tons of super dark lush chocolate, cocoa, baker's chocolate, loads of maple again, maple syrup, maple creams and candy, some mild roast and espresso like coffee, maple syrup coffee and mocha chocolate coffee, a bit syrupy and some marshmallow nougat candy bar, so much lush creamy cocoa, little sweet finish with touch of alcohol warmth and bitterness as it dries a bit, not even sticky finish, lingering loads of maple, some dark chocolate, hint of espresso and vanilla.

Mouth is heavy rich creamy lush, a bit of warming alcohol, nice carb for the beer

Overall just incredible, all the awesomeness of everything in there blended well, so delicious, finishes without being cloying sweet or sticky too somehow, so much incredible, maybe only knock is lack of head, and coffee was a bit lighter on the nose as well as the sweet cloying dark malt thing on the nose

Aug 06, 2018
Canuckley from Transient Artisan Ales
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 129 ratings