baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - JAN 10, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great malt aroma of brownies (dough, chocolate, and coffee), yeast, touch of rum, and touch of burnt character. Sweet twang moving into alcohol with a slight bitter fi9nish. Molasses, vanilla, oak, and bourbon are left in my mouth after finish. Barely makes imperial, cusp species. A damn good one though.
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 5, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
What a big beer. Round roasted coffee and chocolate nose, beautiful black/brown color, and topped off with a creamy, perfectly rounded taste. I had this inbetween a few Kalamazoo stouts and this seemed even fuller and rounder, and that creaminess just leaves you thirsting for more. Very, very good.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very complex aroma...yeast, alcohol, hops, chocolate syrup. It did have a weak little beige head. Very dark. Chocolate liquior taste, a subtle hoppiness in the finish rounded out this full bodied treat. I noticed some sediment in the beer as the light started to come through when I was finishing the beer....nice!
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 19, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great aroma, beer actually smells like it tastes. Biggest tastes were vanilla and alcohol. If i lived in Michigan, I would drink this often.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - DEC 17, 2002
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
sweet rich chocolatey aroma. Black as night, no head other then some brown whisps. extremely creamy and smooth. with the alcohol comes some fruity flavors, very sublte here. A good bitterness, a solid imperial that is easily found in Michigan, just not a world classic.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 12, 2002
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2003 terrifying blackness and thickness and strange monkey men made from the lace, its eyes staring into mine..an aroma of chocolate raped raisins..a chocolate sheet of acidic astringency fills your mouth..thick chocolate coffee attempting to usurp everything else yet the fizziness becomes your new enemy..and takes your mind away from the chocolate peaches, raisins, and alcohol warmth and instead makes you focus on the astringency, the firm bitterness, and the hurtful tongue manipulations..a second whiff unclothed pure alcohol..
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - DEC 3, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2009 Re-rate:In another bottle,smelled some tobacco.Damn good. 2002 edition:Black as night with textbook Imperial head.Dark brown with the tiniest of bubbles and excellent lacework.Well done roasty,chocolate,burnt malt(increases as warms),and hop aromas.Palate seemed slightly watery at first but soon was coating mouth.Full flavors of dark fruit,molasses,and chocolate.At about 70 degrees the burned flavors fill the mouth.Lactose,bittersweet finish is deep and lingering.Very inviting as well.Alcohol is NEVER evident and the heavy hoppage is well balanced by a FAT malt profile.There is a little hoppiness in finish at first but it subsides.Not overly complex but definitely overly tasty IMO.The second one was better than the first.Not let down with this one.
igneous1 (1475) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - NOV 28, 2002
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
wow! that is one dark beer! possibly the darkest beer i’ve poured to date. 100% opaque, i was just amazed when i saw this come out of the bottle! the only thing that keeps it from being the prettiest beer is it’s lack of head retention. aroma is mainly hop bitterness, didnt detect any coffee which was surprising. Flavor on the other hand was of coffee with a lot of hop bitterness to back it up. little bit of chocolate/cocoa flavors in there as well. the almost 9% alcohol is virtually undetectable. very impressed by this one!
TAR (2385) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2003 2002: Dense dark orange head with excellent retention. Completely opaque body. Gigantic roasted aroma chock full of plum, orange, cinnamon, vanilla, chalk, spicy alcohol, huge milk chocolate notes, and a hint of licorice. Thick and creamy on the palate. Very complex flavors of milk chocolate, heavy caramel, licorice, pepper, and highly roasted chocolate malt. Hints of oxidation. Amazingly, with the prominent roastiness, this still manages to fulfill my Imperial craving of charcoal and charred malts that I seek in the style. Very nice rendition.
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - NOV 13, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2003 Very dark, small dark brown head, roasted malt taste, and hop presence. Alcohol is well hidden, seem to be a bit overcarbonated at first, but was better as it warmed.Re-Rate had this again was not over carbonated, and had a nice coffee and caramel malt like taste, I'm upping this a tad