valpoaj (742) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAY 16, 2009
Slightly delayed rating from a tap experience at the brewpub. Pours black with a chocolatey, roasted aroma...not overpowering, but pleasant. Flavor is pretty good...lots of chocolate, a hint of coffee, roasted malts and vanilla. Mouthfeel is very light for an impy,but in a good way...this was a very easy drinking beer, and overall a good experience! On a side note, it was coined ’Imperial Stout’, with no affiliation with the country of Russia. bigtaster (970) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 23, 2009
On tap at brewpub. Black with nice tan head. Lots of dark roasted malts in the aroma. Nice malts in the flavor, a unique hint of something that makes it different, but somewhat light for an impy stout and not quite robust enough. mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 2, 2006
Draught. Deep black with a creamy mocha head and lace. The aroma has chocolate, dry coffee, cheesy yeast and pretty much carries through entirely into the flavour. Interestingly dry and bitter with some yeasty character. Chalky fruit in the finish. Good. Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - AUG 3, 2005
Tap @ MBG, black with nice beige head. Aroma is full of chocolate and bourbon. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor had lots of sweet chocolate malt, dark grain and light bourbon. Very well done. Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - JUL 24, 2005
On tap @ MBGF: Aroma of chocolate, bourbon, and light vanilla. Dark brown, virtually black, with a brown head that quickly fades to a ring. Chocolate and light roasted grain with some light bourbon sneaking into the finish. Really only the slightest hint of coffee.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 25, 2005
this beer pissed me off...this is not an awful beer by any means; but in terms of an imperial, this beer is bullshit and i will rate it justly...appearance is of oil with thin tannish head...aroma has slight chocolate notes and nothing else...flavor is somewhat similar to that, only a hint of chocolate, as well as the tangy "coiny" flavor that dominates some of their beers:...shame on you GRBC...this is no imperial KBeer (117) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2004
A good Imperial Stouts on most marks. It wasn't very strong on the normal coffe characteristscs you would expect for the category. I tried it out at the brewpub. I think its the right one though they just said it was an imperial stout with no mention of the 'Russian' part. Silphium (3199) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2004
Rating #500.BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 28, 2003
Well, this one simply fell into the #500 position; I have a Westvleteren 12 I was saving for the occasion but it's not on hand (and could use extra aging, anyway). This beer was simply listed as "Imperial Stout" on the chalkboard at the brewpub/restaurant and weighs in at 10% ABV. The body is classic Imperial Stout, colored dark brown/black and topped with a quickly dissipating light tan head. Oily mouthfeel. Some roast and dark fruit in the aroma, but the flavor was surprisingly devoid of several key Imperial characteristics, notably coffee and roasted/toasty malt. Only a touch of chocolate was noted. Rather, the flavor profile is largely dominated by caramels and sweet fruit with a "spelt grain" tangy character this brewer's beers all share. Alcohol was subdued. I enjoyed drinking this but can't help but thinking it really doesn't fit the style very well. The London Broil was excellent as always, though...
At MBG Summer fest: Motor oil opaque with clear sticky coating on cup (and that damn hard to do with plastic!). This is very full-bodied and one another ratebeerian smelled it, he thought it was Bells Expedition Stout. I agree, the aroma is almost a dead ringer for Bells.This one has just a hint more prune and slighty less roasted malt, but damn close. The taste was sweet with a finishing bitter balance, warming. Oily and soft mouthfeel, with moderate alcohol and sticky feel. A pretty nice brew, would like to someday do a blind taste test with Bells to see if that are really that similiar in aroma (but not in taste or palate).