jeffwilliams11 (310) - hooterville, Michigan, USA - FEB 10, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
16 oz at brew pub...pours very dark black, very little head. chocolate in aroma and flavor, hides ots 14.3 very well. very nice ris.
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - JAN 28, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
draft- had a zingyness that is just plain unpleasant in this style, and a flavor characteristic I find way too often. Big time booze flavor and warmth. Overall, not bad, but not enough to distinguish itself in a hotly contested style category.
ogglethorp (916) - Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Pours almost black, though some light penetrates, with a thin brown colored head. Aroma is roast, chocolate, coffee. Flavor is chocolate, some roasty notes, coffee. Palate is medium to full, light carbonation, finished bitter. Just not tnough here for me to call this good. A little on the thin and watery side, and just not enough oomph to be a RIS. Somewhat dissapointing.
Nephilium (1149) - Ohio, USA - NOV 3, 2007
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Slight aroma of chocolate and coffee, a touch of vanilla lurking behind that. Pours a wonderful black with a full tan head. Nice thick, creamy mouthfeel. Coffee and chocolate in the taste as well, just a bit of alcohol burn in the back of the throat. Overall, a very tasty beer.
gwpom (292) - Akron, New York, USA - SEP 27, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the Pizza Plant. Followed up the Rogue Imperial Porter with this, which may not have been fair. Still, an exceptional tap brew, and I can’t say anything bad about it. Choclatey finishe, deep and dark... what’s not to like?
Roots2Branches (1) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 26, 2007 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Full flavored.. roasted chocolates balance perfectly with citrus notes; alcohol content is quite high but well masked by robust flavor, although tends to linger on palate. Consistency in appearance, holds well and maintains rich aroma throughout. One of the better Imperials.. sophisticated.. not for beginners or faint of heart.
Kevin (1976) - Colorado, USA - AUG 31, 2006
2.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
deep black body with a tan head. smells of orange and pineapple in a not good way. flavor is alcohol with a strong citrus hop and bitter chocolate. roasted caramel and spruce. there is a lot of burnt notes, but they don’t come together that well. alcohol bite with mean plums. chocolate lingers. this does not work for me.
GregClow (2735) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 28, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught sample at MBG 2006 Summer Festival. Deep brown-black with a small tan head. Sweet, roasty, malty aroma. Soft, creamy body. Flavour is sweet and roasty - chocolate & coffee, bit of smoke - with a long, warm finish with booze and a hint of hops. Very good.
HogTownHarry (5632) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 26, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught. At 2006 Michigan Brewers’ Guild Festival. Black with ruby highlights, very small tan head. Deep dry roast aroma, nutty, with bitter hops and some alcohol - bang-on. Taste of booze, nut/coffee deeply roast malt, plenty of hop and alcohol bitterness, some dark fruit and molasses character, possesses a wickedly long oily bitter alcoholic finish. Lovely thick mouthfeel, syrupy, very lightly carbonated, bitter and complex on my palate - other than being a little "hot" this is a superb imperial.
jercraigs (6473) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 24, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Michigan Brewers Festival 2006. Black body with a wee head. Oily palate is quite sweet and roasty. Mild sweet roast in the aroma with just a touch of dark malt. Palate is smooth with its medium oily mouthfeel. Solid but lacks depth and complexity. 7+/3/6/4/14