beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - JUL 11, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(05.24.06) 12 oz brown bottle from DiCarlo’s, Mundelein, IL. Bottled 01/06. Batch no. 1. Poured brown black opqgue with small tan head. Soft carbonation. Starfruit aroma. Medium-to-full bodied stout with big malt sweetness with dark bitter chocolate and coffee flavors. Finished with roasted malt bitterness. Syrupy brew with complex flavor character. Powerful alcohol presence that overwhelms this beer. Somewhat unbalanced. Although this beer is intensely alcoholic and too sweet tasting, I enjoyed this big beer and would recommend it as an occasional after dinner sipping brew.
Ughsmash (7354) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 10, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled... needed a big beer tonight & got it. Beautiful initial pour of highly-viscous pitch black with a medium, creamy caramel head. Nose was huge!... deep dark chocolates, a shot or 2 of espresso, anise, fresh licorice, and a dose of rum to round it off. Alcohol was less-than-subtle in the flavor department... lacing its way across the palate. Dark chocolate and espresso formed a formidable base, accented by licorice and anise spiciness. Molasses and other dark, sticky, sweet sugars accumulated at the finish... almost too sweet. Starts out extra smooth and becomes a bit grainy toward the middle... heavily-bodied. Great beer, but the balance was heavily skewed toward the booze and sweetness.
mhoster56 (34) - Fleetwood, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2006
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. This is HUGE Imp stout! There are more flavors on the move in this bottle than my tastebuds could count. The aroma is very pleasant. Black strap barrel molasses is the most obvious smell and/flavor present. Other flavors include brown sugar, maple syrup, dark rum, a hint of vanilla and a lot ALCOHOL. At 15.1 percent, this beer is a heavy hitter. However, many other imperial stouts, such as Bells Expedition, taste much more "alcoholicaly" despite lower percentages. The bottle pours dark black, which produces a dark tan head. You simply must drink this beer from a snifter, as its complex odors will keep your nose occupied for hours. Thank gosh it was only a 12 oz bottle -- more than one of these every six months would be excessive.
jzzbassman (1523) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - JUL 9, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
After all the hype, I was hoping I was wrong about Avery and they could make a big beer that wasn’t way too sweet and hot (hey I was wrong about the Kaiser). After not caring for this much at a tasting earlier, I gave it a second try, same impression. Nice aroma of rum, chocolate, and malt but hidden below loads of alcohol. VERY sweet, like someone took coffee and loaded it with sugar, and added some bourbon.
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 7, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Batch 1. Pours dark with a chocolate brown head that fades to a film with patches of sandy brown foam. Molasses, brown sugar, espresso, and hints of dark dried fruits abound. The finish leaves a rum-like licorice aftertaste and sizeable sweetness. I found the ABV to be fairly well hidden for being so high.
smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - JUL 6, 2006
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
WOW. Jet black. deep tan head. aroma toffee, molasses, coffee, citrus, and caramel. flavor molassesl, roasty coffeeness, citrus, and caramel. finishes slightly bitter. wow this beer rocks.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 5, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
excellent beer, which could be even better if refined....nice black, syrup-like pour with reddish brown head...aroma is of soy, caramel, cream, roasted coffee and chocolate, and teryaki...flavor is huge in maple syrup and carmelized sugars...heavy in cream, coffee, and chocolate as well...alcohol isnt as present as expected with a 15% abv....flavor would be rated higher if not for the cloying sweetness...perfect, creamy palate
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - JUL 5, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big maple syrup aroma and flavor. Oily, slightly thick and sweet on the tongue. ABV was present all the way through, and was extreme as it warmed. Lots of raisons and maybe some cherry syrup. A little goes a long way on this one!
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 24, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle batch #1 Jan 06. Poured a thick black with a very small creamy head. The aroma is sweet with hints of rum and coffee. The taste was not what I was expecting. This beer is suppose to have IBU’s over 100, yet the taste is overpowered by it’s sweeteness. I was expecting a little more hoppiness, this beer is not as balanced as I had hoped. I tasted hints of chocolate, coffee, and even whiskey. Overall, I enjoyed this beer, however, drinking two back-to-back would be difficult due to the sweetness. Nice dessert beer.
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The Mephistopheles pours a jet black color with a minimal head that dissipates rather quickly. The aromas hit your hard and fast. Tons of chocolate and caramel malts come at you--I think it smells a lot like Speedway. The flavor was a shock to me--much sweeter than I expected. The taste is a ton of grainy brown sugar and chocolate--and that’s about it. I thought this was a little lopsided--and I know I couldn’t drink more than one of these in a sitting because of the overpowering sweetness. I am looking forward to aging the second bottle I have to see how it changes over time.