katrinaez (2013) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2016
Heavy and nice chocolate and slight cocoa. Nice barley and roasted malts. Very thick and palate is velvety. Tap arminjewell (9635) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 7, 2015
Pour on tap at the brewery, dark brownish black pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of dark fruit, molasses, nice anise into some dark chocolate, roast, some slight grassy, piney hops, touch of brownie. Taste was a mix of dark fruit, sugary plum, raisin into some dark chocolate, roast, coffee into some grass, finishing sweet. Best there for sure. umich03jm (3513) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - OCT 22, 2014
Tap at Liberty. Opaque black pour with a small foamy head that fades to a nice ring. Aroma is very roasty with some black licorice, chocolate fudge, plums, and a hint of pine. Tastes sweeter than expected. Some brown sugar and molasses mixes well with the roasted malt, chocolate and dark fruit. Love the piney finish. Medium to thick body. Smooth and a little creamy. Really good imperial stout. tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - APR 15, 2014
Growler: Deep brown, not quite bold enough to warrant "black". The khaki colored head fades almost instantly to a thin, outlining collar. Aroma is very nice; light roasty malts, fudge covered muffins, smooth cocoa, a hint of molasses drizzled dates. Maybe some burnt caramel, too. Taste has lots of bittersweet dark chocolate, starting both sweet & bitter leading into a heavily roasted, dark malt finish. Notes of molasses, brown sugar, & mild anise pop in & out, lending moderate sweetness to balance the robust roast of the brew. Aftertaste heavy on the dark chocolate, roast, & nuttiness. Very enjoyable brew, I prefer this to the barrel aged version, actually. Wish Liberty would make this one more often! Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 21, 2012
Thanks to Kevin for the growler! Poured very deep brown with not a lot sticking around for head. The aroma picked up lots of warm, darker fruits and licorice spiced up by peppery alcohol.. maybe a bit of honey down there too.. enough sugars to hold the alcohol in check, but there was no doubt it was a big beer. The flavor found more dark fruit, licorice, and some blackstrap molasses at the core.. moderate-plus, dry roast to it.. quite a lot of fresh pine and earthy bitterness cut through well.. alcohol gave quite a peppery kick on the finish. Heavier-bodied with low carbonation on the palate.. spicy and well-balanced.. good brew.
Tmoney99 (14455) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 28, 2011
Draft sample at MBGSF 2011. Poured a dark brown color with an average frothy brown head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate roasted chocolate amt and alcohol aroma. Medium to heavy bittersweet roasted malt flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet and small alcohol bite finish of moderate duration. medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Good beer. flatmatt (1576) - Northville, Michigan, USA - JUL 7, 2011
On tap at the brewery. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma has coffee and earthy, nutty aromas. Flavors of coffee, cocoa, earthy nuttiness, and at times ashy herbal flavors. Pretty good stuff. Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - JUL 4, 2011
On tap: The aroma consists of chocolate, plum, light espresso, and pine. It pours a dark brown with a one finger tan head with good retention and spotty lacing. The flavor starts with chocolate and light plum. The finish has some light espresso and black coffee, but hops are what really dominate with heavy pine and grapefruit. If the 11% tries to show up in the finish, it doesn’t stand a chance with the hops. Medium-full bodied with soft carbonation and a somewhat oily mouthfeel. Silphium (3199) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - MAR 11, 2010
5th Annual MBG Winter Beer Festival, Grand Rapids. Opaque dark brown/black body, medium tan to ochre head. Burnt toffee, caramel, roasted malt, and licorice nose. Interesting licorice-driven body, with cinnamon and brown sugar, roasted malts, and coffee. Modest sweetness. Earthy and rich, not syrupy or heavy. Very good. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 21, 2009
2009 MiBGWF: Opaque with a long lasting creamy beige head and very good lacing. Once again the brewer knows how to produce beers that have great head retention, well done! The aroma has notes of prunes and plums, bittersweet chocolate, star anise and black pepper. A hint of smoke at times. The taste starts with a biting spicy and resiny hop character with a heavy sweet malt counterbalance. Coffee, Chocolate, cashews, earthy yeast and a bit of an alcohol bite are all welcomed upon the palate. The mouth feel is oily, aggressive, big and bold. Yummy overall and quite the first impression I received from this brewery, I must attempt to visit this place because you can color me impressed with high standards and brewers skills. The best beer of the fest, so much so I had 4 samples while chatting with the brewer and the staff.