TheOrange (479) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAY 3, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
From trade. Beer pours nice and black, with a small fast fading tan head. the aroma is roasted malt... but no overly roasted. I would have expected smoke/coffee/caramel/etc... The malts smell sweat though. This is pretty thin for an imperial stout. The flavor is straight forward... This would better be classified as a stout than an imperial stout. It is ok.
Holtguy (109) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Well, itís a stout. Itís roasty and malty, has some smoky flavor but not much. Maybe a bit burnt which gives it a little bitterness. Not overly sweet. Good stout, probably better than average IMO.
chinchill (1261) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 22, 2013
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle, presumably 2013, with a twist cap served in a snifter. Poured a very dark mahogany; clear with a small tan head that soon vanished; nearly no lacing.
The aroma is mainly of dark malts; slightly smokey with hints of dark fruits.
Taste: Rich and lightly smoky, with a touch of bitter chocolate and expresso. Roasted grains struck me as a bit too earthy and burnt. The burnt quality is responsible, in part, for making this "sweet stout" more bitter than sweet.
M: medium body with a low carbonation level.
O: Unfortunately, does not taste as good as it smells. Disappointing.
Alextricity (417) - Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
23912535 on the short-neck bottle, so I assume it means it was made 239th day of 2012... poured into a S.A. Perfect Pint glass. This is my second beer from the company after Train Wreck Ale, which I thought was average-ish.
Appearance: Black. If held up to light, ruby black. Two finger head goes away pretty quickly, but a tan ring remains on top of the beer. Lacing is weak. Above average looking beer.
Smell: Right up there with "the big boys" -- a very pleasant roasted malt aroma... maybe with some dark chocolate and coffee smells as well.
Taste/feel: I tend to think porters have a lighter mouthfeel, but maybe thatís in my head, since stouts and porters seem to be intertwined. The feel is thin and quite carbonated, but Iím fine with that, personally. The taste is a lot like the smell -- a lot of that roast, which is of a pretty surprising quality, if I could be so honest. As the beer warms up a bit, some more sweetness comes through. A surprisingly good stout from a "where the hell brewed this?" brewery.
These are actually the sorts of stouts I enjoy drinking. They arenít too heavy, and they have a solid flavor. Nice roast flavor in this one, and easy to drink. A great entry stout, Iíd think -- enjoyable, for sure. Honestly? I like this more than Bellís Kalamazoo Stout. Sue me.
yzquierdo (3) - Grand Blanc, Michigan, USA - FEB 24, 2013 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured black with a generous head! Lots of dark chocolate flavor followed up with a generous taste of coffee and a hint of vanilla! Too much carbonation to be called creamy. After glow is mostly dark bitter sweet chocolate. It is a pleasant stout but not the best I ever had.
b3shine (4194) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle to pint. Looks solid; black with thin beige lacing. Smells and tastes of dark malt. Average on the palate. Decent, but nothing special.
Michbeerlover (131) - - OCT 24, 2012
1.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Wow, this one was bad. Maybe, there was something wrong with it. No head. Looked like flat coke. No aroma and the taste was nasty. Suspect I got an old or bad bottle considering the other reviews were O.K.
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dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a very small head that dissipates quickly. Nose is roasted coffee, chocolate and grass. Taste is sweet with good bitterness throughout. Mouthfeel is thin bodied, crisp and coating with a long finish.
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Patrickctenchi (2896) - Coxís Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - SEP 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a creamy brown head.
Scent is coffee roast, malt.
Initial taste is some licorice, then roast coffee, chocolate malt, a little ash.
Nice hop bitter overall.
Pretty good stuff.
patrick767 (3333) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 31, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle - Pours very dark brown with a quarter inch tan head. The aroma is of roasted malt and coffee. It has a rich roasted malt flavor with coffee and hops bitterness. Itís a solid brew, considerably better than their porter I had earlier. I would agree with a prior rater that this beer is a stout, not an imperial stout.
thedm (4867) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUN 20, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a medium sized head of foamy fine to large sized light brown colored bubbles that were long lasting and left behind a no visible carbonation opaque dark brown colored body and an excellent lacing. The aroma was brown malt dark chocolate dark malt and licorice. The mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start mediumly tingly at the finish. The flavor contained notes of roasted malt brown malt and dark malt. A wonderful best in class brew.