Tmoney99 (13595) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from River’s Bend. Poured clear dark brown color with a large fizzy brown head that lasted and produced good lacing. Moderate complex toasted sweet malt and spruce aroma. Medium to full body with a sticky texture. Heavy balanced bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of long duration. This is a standout beer.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2007 Intriguing nose right out of the bottle!. Near black pour with deep, garnet highlights and a head that seems to keep growing as it sits. Head is beige-tan, very full, and creamy, rootbeer float-like; lasting ability is tremendous and lacing is sporatic. Nose is one of the more interesting things I’ve ever smelled; pine resins catch the nose first with what seems to be an estery grapefruit note. Other notes include hazlenut, figs, molasses, light roast, some floral aftertones, and light yeast; so many flavors not usually found in one beer. Flavor is nice but doesn’t match the nose; so many flavors to list, anise, hazlenut, cocoa, dark chocolate, light roast, some molasses, light fig, and all surrounded by pine resins. Palate is medium-full, moderate carbonation, and velvety. Finish is a bit distracting, a little chalky and dry, dark chocolate, and zesty, bitter resins with some lingering floral notes and moderate warmth. I don’t even know where to start with this one, so many different things going on. Style... imperial porter, IIPA, and a Belgian strong thrown in for good measure. Chaulky notes really kill what could have been something extraordinary, but that being said, it was a nice twist on American brewing.
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - MAY 22, 2007
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottled: poured clear brown with a tan sultry head. nose of sweet earthen flavors, bit of anise and dark fruits roaming about. something almost unfamiliar wet doggish. flavors are interesting and not well defined on the palate. sweet maltiness and dark sugars, figs and a bitter end of crispy hop flavors that subtle and overwelmed by the other maltty soilesque flavors that dominate the beer. unusual yet intriguing. want another go around to give it a far shake.
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught: Dark pour, huge ivory head. Big aroma of dark fruits and some smokiness. Flavor is just all over the place, dark fruits, crystal malt sweetness, roasted malts, smoked malts, floral hops in the background. Mainly dark fruits but with a chewy sweetness and roastiness in the background. Crazy beer that’s all over the place and I need to have another and really try to pull more out of it, just an awesome beer.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 18, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very clear, dark brown, almost opaque. Small off white head. Aroma is soy, light molasses, and a smokey, funky malt. Taste is good roasted and burnt malt up front. Solid, strong hopping gives a big bitterness. Very light smokiness, nice touch. Finishes with a light cherry sweetness, malts linger. Medium bodied, a little chewy, about right for the style. Lots of good brewing going on with this beer. All the pieces are nice, but put together it was a little weird.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAY 17, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fascinating pour, with a frothy head. Deep dark, lovely color, ecru head. Thin bodied from the get go, boozy too. Flavors of smoky charred bread with raisins dipped in piney hop resin. Has a definite funky smell, like a smoky, fungal smell from your dorm room closet years ago...but more enticing than that somehow (probably because there is distinct cacao or other dark bitter chocolate). Weird as hell. Ernest is right, definite notes of ashtray in this beer, but yet, it’s not too bad. Did I say piney hop resin is draped all over this thing?
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle pours dark brown with ruby highlights and a huge tan head that stays well and laces in sheets. Aromas of caramel, chocolate, pine, and some rasin. Flavor is caramel, chocolate, lots of earthy notes, pine, slight grapefruit, and some slight spice at the finish. Well carbonated with good medium body and a nice mouthfeel. Somewhat bitter at the finish. An interesting brew!
Ratman197 (13404) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 13, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap @ Avery’s Tasting Room poured a clear dark brown with ruby highlights and a large lasting creamy tan head. Aromas of carmel, toffee, spice, light earthiness and hints of pine and dark fruit. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of roastiness, bitter chocolate, light carmel and toffee,and hints of dark fruit and spice with a lingering slightly dry bitter finish. Avery has brewed another " Love it or hate it" beer. Me, I love it!
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - MAY 13, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2007 Very dark brown with ruby hues, creamy tan head, estery, fruity nose, has some off elements in nose as well (burnt plastic?) ,alcohol and hops. Medium bodied, creamy, sweet chocolate malt, almost roasty, belgium influenced flavors, controlled bitterness, warming but that "something" in the nose is in the flavor as well and its funky, not awful for that it wavers in and out. Its distracting and a shame because this is tasty. Will need to rerate and see if it is still present.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 12, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Beer is very dark brown, nearly opaque. Head is large, off-white, frothy, slowly diminishing, mostly lasting. Tall arches of lacing on the snifter.<P>
First impression on the nose: Agressive roast, pungent hop, funky/surly net. Malty with heavy notes of roasted/burnt grain, moderate coffee, light caramel and cookie; Hoppy with very heavy notes of resin (so heavy that it’s tip-toeing toward rubbery), moderate notes of grapefruit/lemon zest, light note of brewed tea; Yeasty with a light doughy note; Trace of cola, cinnamon, light-to-moderate alcohol.<P>
The flavor is moderately-to-heavily sweet, moderately-to-heavily bitter, with a long, moderately bitter, lightly sweet, moderately warm finish.<P>
The body is full, the texture is velvety and the carbonation is lively.