Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Kuhnhenn 11/26/05 served in a tulip. Listed at 13% so perhaps a different recipe this year? Black as Vader in the glass with a deep brown fat-bubbled head. Over top roastiness, coffee aroma. Big malt flavors and intense bitterness, all this smoothed over by the care in aging. Rich and wonderful.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 20, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ kuhnhenn. Pours a thick dark black color with a dark tan head that is very bubbly. Bubbbles trudge through this mass attempting to reach the top. Nose is light coffee, some chocolate, lots of roatsed malt. WOW, thickest beer ever. Like molasses in my mouth, and there is quite a bit of sugary, carmel, coffee, chocolate mollases taste going on here. My mouth says no more, but I need to keep going. It is so thick and heavy. Burnt sugars and lots of roasted malt star here.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JAN 27, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Decent black color. Tan to light brown head. Soy like aroma. Saline flavors. Decent beer but perhaps over-aged??? The soy like qualities really threw me.
jtw (1092) - farmington, Michigan, USA - DEC 17, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
draft at brewery. solid black, gorgeous tan head leaving a touch of lace.13.5% ??? good god. that can’t be. smells like coffee, licorice, raisins and grapes, lots more fruit than is really describable. TONS of malt and residual sugars--more hops would make this an absolutely perfect imperial stout.
flemdawg (531) - Naples, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewery. Body was black as night with a tan head. Malty, roasty, bitter chocolate, molasses and carmel were all in the aroma. A molasses taste with hints of carmel and lots of roasty malts. A clingly mouthfeel that lasted a while. I liked it.
Pailhead (4755) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 30, 2004
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap: Great aroma. Nice coffee, black licorice, light chocolate aroma. Dark brown, virtually black. Small tan head. The aroma is not the best indicator of what to expect in the taste. Mostly black coffee with some light licorice. Finishes kind of salty and sour. No real chocolate presence. Doesn’t live up to my expectations of an imperial.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 29, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2007 November 2004 draught. At first I thought this was the much famed Russian Imperial Stout from 2002, but this is in fact a different recipe. Dark brown appearance, completely clouded over with a dark dark burnt tan head that is retained very well. Very intensely nutty and burnt aroma; lots of black malt, and roasted barley. Dry on the nose is an understatement. Flavor, however, is surprisingly much more balanced, with plenty of caramel adding sweetness. Good chocolatey tones throughout and a lovely milk-chocolate finish. Lightly bitter roast throughout, low hops apparency. Light nutty coffee notes, a touch of yeast and no alcohol whatsoever. Body is a bit lighter than expected, though it makes it that much more drinkable. A bit too bitter on the finish, with all the roast, but it’s still superb.
November 2005 draught Thick, tar-like pour is black with deep browns near the edges and a fluffy tan head perched atop that retains well and provides plenty of lacing. Carbonation is evident from the bubbly head and apparent bubbles surfacing. The nose is very malt oriented, with salt, prunes, milk chocolate and a bit of sharp brandy-like notes from the alcohol. Pieces of ashen barley really break on the palate, as the brown sugar and salty chocolate try to balance (which they do, to some extent). Hops are subtle (for the style) and provide juicy, green hop belches, retronasal. The flavor is full of cocoa steeped in molasses, very dry with definite peanut-brittle suggestions, raisins and light prunes. High amount of bitterness on the end, seemingly comes out of nowhere, as the hop flavor is low on this one. Mouthfeel is not syrupy, nor particularly heavy, though some soy sauce-like notes do crowd the palate on the end. Carbonation is firm, though low.
walleye (1066) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - NOV 26, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
at my favorite brewery from the tap poured black with a nice size dark tan head. aroma malts, barley, caramel, honey,chocolate covered cherries, toffee, alcohol. flavor, malts, barley, caramel, honey,toffee bitter sweet chocolate, some hopshas a very nice sweetness to it,hint of bitterness. hides the alcohol well.I think this is one of best beers that has come out of this brewery