hopdog (12510) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2016 DrnkMcDermott (3099) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 9, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft, at MBC taproom, Oooh, mama! They are pushing it in a field crowded with great beers. It is an excellent brew on its own merits. A strong taste that avoids the mediciny aspect of a lot of other RIS's. I'd like to have taken some home to age.
22oz unlabeled bottle acquired in a trade a few years back. Side x Side (regular version & BA version). Poured a black color with a smaller sized off white head. Roast, chocolate, some coffee, and lighter dark fruits. alexsdad06 (10376) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 16, 2014
Bottle from backlog notes 07/08. Pours dark brown to black in color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor have roasted malt, dark chocolate, caramel, dark fruit, vanilla, molasses with a hint of coffee, some earthy bitterness to the finish, good body to this. Solid imperial stout. travita (5003) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 16, 2013
Backlog of ratings. Thanks to someone at one of bu11zeye’s tastings. The smell is slight teriyaki, smoke, soy sauce, and malts. The look is brown to black in color, thinner head. Taste is malts, roasty, hops, and salty.
Radek Kliber (7345) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 13, 2013
Where and how: vintage 2009? bottle Sammy (12178) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 22, 2013
Aroma port like, mellow with slight oxidation. Alcohol hints, touch of vanilla, with vinous vibe to it.
Top: very small with some rings on glass.
Base: black .
Palate : soft even delicate, medium full bodied with medium walls.
Taste: caramel, vanilla, port. Some alcohol with late toasted blend malt chocolate blend.
Other notes Tad thin.
Estimate at 4-6 years old. Pours very dark brown and even I could get no significant head. Chocolate and bourbon aroma. Thinnish start and then scotch, vanilla, bourbon and lots of wood.A real sipper and needed 4 of us to get through the bomber. Thanks Steve in Warren.
jkwalking05 (4735) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 16, 2013
Rated in 2010 (Backlog) - Deep brown with an average sized beige head. Aroma is of roasted malts, chocolate and prune. Taste is of prune, coffee and roasted malts. Mittenator (1612) - Michigan, USA - MAY 16, 2013
Draft at MBC. apparently they still have some left. No idea how old this is. That said, near black with a dark beige head. Sweet caramel, toffee, plum and raisin aromas. Similar flavors but really heavy on the dried dark fruits. This might even be better now that it's aged. koopa (338) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 4, 2012
2007 Vintage 12oz bottle (no label) purchased in winter of 2007 / 2008 by a trade partner at the original Michigan Brewing location!
Pours the deepest mahogany to black, opaque, with a 1 finger medium khaki crown that shows moderate retention and lace. The aroma gives off hints of sweet caramel, bread, moderate roast, moderate chocolate, a tiny amount of raisin, and a whisper of oxidation. The sweet malt, sweet raisin, and brown sugar notes take center stage. Moderate roast lays down the foundation. Palate is on the thick side of medium bodied to the thin side of heavy bodied. Overall its aged pretty well and I can tell love went into brewing it 5 years ago. I would have been nice to have tried this one fresh back in the day to establish a reference point.
JaBier (7958) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2012
Growler sample from a friend who brought it to the Smuttynose tasting at Ale Wine & Spirits on 4/27/12. Clear dark brown pour with a thin tan head. Aroma of malt, dark fruit, booze and chocolate. Malty and chocolatey flavor with some dark fruit before a boozy and roasty finish. Dogbrick (13003) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 3, 2012
Sample from growler at Ale Wine & Spirits in Powell on 04/27/2012. The beer is a brownish-black color with a medium tan head that diminishes steadily. Rings of lacing on the glass. The aroma consists of dark chocolate, coffee and malt. Full-bodied with a roasty coffee and malt character along with notes of hops and nuts. The finish is rich and malty with a lingering sweetness. Above average overall.