TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JAN 18, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2010 Penetrable black with brown edges. Creamy collar of khaki foam encircles a broken center. Nose consists of piercing alcohol, medicine, toasted oak and blackcurrants. Hints of overripe plums, cocoa, char and plastic. Fizzy carbonation quickly collapses as it hits the tongue. Highly disharmonious from the get-go, with an inundation of stinging alcohol and extremely fuzzy, poorly defined malt. Soupy, muddy, worty and severely underattenuated. Absolutely no malt depth or texture, to speak of. The rum is all cola/sugar and little else, though it does show some restraint as it takes a backseat to the lifeless, one-dimensional malt. Notes of overripe plums drenched in molasses and chocolate syrup add to the limp body and resounding cloyingness. Distant seared malt and oaky tannins struggle to overcome the syrupy body as they impart very little crispness or enhance the structure in any way. Alcohol persists, lending a hot vodkalike sharpness which clashes with the gradually intensifying char and tannins. Lurking plastic further tarnishes any potential brightness. Dullness and monotonous flavors continue into the finish which is overrun with sweet raisins, alcohol, chocolate syrup and a faint but off-putting overripe plum twang. Beers of this style should be clean yet rich and layered. But in the typical Avery fashion, this is overly sweet and has flimsy carbonation which falls apart on the palate. No malt depth or vibrancy, either. As long as this brewery continues to strip the texture and nuance from their beers through excessive filtration, among other things, I will continue to be baffled. And force-carbonating them, to boot?!?! Very poor, all around.
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 17, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I was lucky enough to get half of a friendís bottle and I was surprised by this beer. It smelled oddly like bananas at first and then oats, roasted stout, nice. The flavor was a well done stout, the barrel-aging did not dominate the beer like I was expecting, this was oddly not boozy at all for the 10% abv.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-18-2010 05:26:24
notalush (5000) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 16, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle picked up at Avery today - black pour - small tan lace - nose of rum, cream, light oak, vanilla, a bit of peppery character, moderate tannins - fairly creamy mouthfeel - a lot more subdued than I thought it would be, with only a moderate sweetness, and well-masked alcohol - however, there really isnít much to rave about hereyour standard strong oatmeal stout is only slightly augmented by dry oak, mild spiciness, and the faintest notes of rum - an odd starchiness develops as it warms - itís good, but it isnít the kind of stand out beer you want from such a special release.
Ratman197 (10216) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 16, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Avery Barrel Room poured a clear dark brown nearly black with a small lasting brown head. Aromas of coffee, dark chocolate, raisins, vanilla, oak and rum. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of dark chocolate, raisins, vanilla, oak, coffee and rum with a smooth lingering oaky finish.
Aubrey (3452) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big, inviting, rum-raisin-like nose. Deep brown with a decent head and lace that loiters for a long time. Smooth and chewy texture culminates into a chalky richness. Not as heavy, sweet or thickish as many other Impies. Meanwhile, the alcohol is hidden very well. Full-flavored notes of cocoa powder, rum (reminded me of Bacardi 8, which I like), wood, vanilla and caramel swirl together on the tongue in great harmony. Avery Brewing can do a lot of beer styles well, but, IMO, it somehow nails stouts every time, and this beer is no exception. At its core, itís a great stout, though it does seem slightly/curiously light for an Imperial, other than the high alcohol. But the aged-rum and woody flavors and aromas really take things up a few notches. And using rum barrels, as opposed to the more common bourbon barrels, is an interesting departure, the result of which is a great one.
3fourths (8238) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 15, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2010 black with a chocolate brown head. nose is roast, chocolate malt and potato-like starches, light rum barrel note, medium to light wood. up front slightly sweet, moderately tannic, the rum barrel doesnít really make itself that noticeable other than strictly wood. chalky and somewhat spicy, right until it hits the back of the tongue and the stripped malt and carbonation dissolve it quickly.
That1Guy (1970) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - JAN 15, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2010 Was kinda cold when I tried it so Iíll have to rerate. But damn. Plenty of rum aroma and flavor but not overpowering. A hint of rum sweetness coupled with some dark fruits and roast that every good impyshould have. Warms the stomach when it hits the bottom. Definitely gonna age this beautiful black bitch.
MegaSmegma (1) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2010 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow! If you didnít get your tickets for this release party, you are going to miss out. With limited amounts being released to distributors, this is an oatmeal stout you have got to get your swill-guzzling hands on. Iím definitely setting a few aside for aging. An explosion of flavor in my mouth, and thatís coming from a Pilsener sipper.