Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 28, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This seemed like a good place to start at the Michigan Winter Beer Fest, before things got crazy. I believe this was the non barrel-aged version. Raisiny aroma and flavor with molasses, toast, coffee, and chocolate. Sweet, malty body. The complex sweet-yet-bitter aroma was the best part about this beer. Very well-done.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle hand bottled by MikeMac on 2/18/06 - via trade! Thanks Mike! - Pours black as night with a slight mocha head that faded relatively quick. Aromas are light of chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee. Flavor is much deeper and stronger. Dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, molasses, dark fruit.. Sweet and creamy smooth on the palate. Great mouthfeel. Well hidden alcohol. Slightly astringent but not overly so. Glad I got to try this one.. Very nice!
zathrus13 (1761) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - FEB 14, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hand bottled by MikeMac. Pours black, with a brown head. Aromas are chocolate, roasted malt, as well as some dark fruit. Flavors are roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit. Palate is nice, ending a little bitter and with some astringency. Alcohol is there, but it doesn’t sem like 12%. This should bottled and made more widely available. Really good stuff.
TAR (2627) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - FEB 2, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler: Pervious ebony. Dense, whipped light-cinnamon cap of foam. Aromatically malty with surface notes of fresh bread, char, caramel, chocolate taffy, and graham crackers. Hints of ink and black currants. Tight and soft carbonation. Finely conditioned. Initially mellow, with a fluffy aerated fullness that delays the brisk char tingle. Strongly bittersweet at the center. Soothingly viscous body, with velvety espresso and meaty molasses lightly splashed with well-placed vinous acidity. Hop presence is minuscule, but fresh notes of citrus exude with each burp. Ashen malts are amplified as a forceful brush of oaken dryness skims the palate. Light phenolic snap carries enough strength to allay some sweetness, but doesn’t throw any “off” plastic flavors. Flavors are immense, but there’s merely a trace of alcohol. Mineral astringency stops just shy at becoming overbearing thanks to the enormous body. Finishes with a firm fusion of cookieish malt and tongue-buckling char, as black currants, tar, and java softly linger. This was quite the treat. Thanks, Styles!
Quiver (140) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - JAN 19, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From the Tap, Thanks to MikeMac for this sweet necture: Pitch black with dark mahogony brown. The best lacing I have ever seen, all the way around the glass.. from top to bottom. Palet was thick and chewy. Taste had a slight alcohol burn for the first 2-3 sips, but quickly smoothed out to a nice coffee sweetness. Also had hits of rasins, pines, figs, and some nice lightly sweet chocolate. Some sips had a subtle fruit hoppy warming sensation. other had notes of smoth cedar An awesome brew if you can get your hands on one...
MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - JAN 18, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap @ Oak Cafe 2005 Pours dark brown to black. Nice dark tan to brown head it seemed to linger longer than most imperials. Aroma was piney and fruity at first then came the chocolate. Flavor Chocolate up front then some light licorice and fruit followed by a big roasty coffee finish. Very thick mouthfeel.
Pailhead (6355) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JAN 3, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2006 On tap: Aroma has chocolate, fruit, and light pine, but it’s also very vinuous. Dark brown, virtually black, with a small tan head that leaves behind very nice rings of lacing. Chocolate up front with some fruitiness. Very light hints of vanilla. Like the aroma some vinuous flavors. Finishes with a moderate piney hops and roasted coffee that lingers in the aftertaste for a while. Thick and oily mouthfeel.
Ratman197 (12830) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 4, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2003 vintage. This is a dark black beauty with a small brown head that sticks around.Aromas of licorice, dark chocolate, roastiness, and some vinous notes abound. Flavors of dark chocolate, licorice, and roastiness greet you up front followed by some pleasent bitterness and some alcohol warming. I look forward to trying this when its aged a couple more years.
redmosquito (172) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JAN 28, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A lost sample fromthe 2002 batch of beer. Pitch black with brown edges and a dense light brown head. The aroma is roasted chocolate, oakey whiskey, and then as it warms a hint of horse blanket. The wood comes through in the flavor as well balanced with crisp roasted malt and solid bitterness all of which gives way to a warming alcohol aftertaste. This seems a little light on the mouthfeel, but the lingering roasted malt flavor makes up for it. A good beer overall, but certainly not the best Imperial Stout I’ve ever had.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JAN 3, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
strong nose of mellow fruit, red juicy, a little bit of alcohol all rapped in strong chocolate, some cedar and oak as well. sweet with dry points throughout, cedar, charchol, variable throughut, keeps it interesting.