omhper (21767) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUN 13, 2006
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
[Bottled, thanks MrWalker!] Very black. The aroma of slivovic (plum brandy) jumps at me as soon as my nose gets close. Sweet and syrup, dominated by highly alcoholic plum brandy. The sweetness is way over the top, and kills all flavour except from the alcohol. Like most of Avery’s strong beers it is raw and completely off balance.
alkione (6) - De Panne, BELGIUM - JUN 12, 2006 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to kepano which gave it to Urbeer who was so kind to share it with lachesis and myself. Dark black dense beer with a deep brown beautiful head. Alcohol aromas of coffee cream, cardboard, rubber and smoked malts. Sweet flavours of raisins, prunes and the alcohol is very well masked. Good carbonation and extremely well balanced. Aftertaste gives drops, some candy, medicinal spices, some cloves. Sticky and dangerous brew...
eaglefan538 (2960) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 11, 2006
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2007 Batch 2 Rating: Oh so very nice, back up to the quality of fresh batch 1. A beauty to behold, slow developing head, but really excellent retention (improved with time), excellent foamy lacing. Aroma was fruity, dark fruits, roasted malts, a touch of vinousness. The flavor was light roast and chocolate over vinous, dark fruit notes with an assertive pineapple hopping finish, far from sticky sweet, among the best of the imperial stouts. Mouthfeel was carbonated enough to keep the stickiness from being that sticky, finishing even with a hop twang. Nice stuff. Glad they rebrewed this, hopefully it keeps better than a month or two this time around. Numbers going back up and holding closer to my first experience with batch 1. Second tasting of batch 2 in a 3/07 horizontal against Speedway and Peche Mortel, this one came up a tad short, but it was still excellent. All I can say is that the pineapples are ever so present and this is stickier sweeter than Speedway, but still with a hop presence. Hopefully this batch isn’t gonna crash like the first one did, although this bottle seemed a little sweeter/stickier already than the first bottle I got a month ago.
Batch 1 Ratings: Third tasting of same original batch, bottles all purchased at the same time: This beer is not aging well even over only 3-4 months. It’s actually catching up (or down?) in quality with their other Beast releases, coming on strong with sickly sweetness and really hot alcohol, all hop imprints near nil now. What a disappointment, all maple sugar and soy sauce in this tasting, very disappointing. Thing is getting like Sam Adams Triple Bock blended with a bad stout. I hope these other bottles somehow improve and are only currently in a low point. Dropping my original all 9 and 10 ratings to substantially lower scores (6/7/7/5/6). I’d think I was crazy if I read my initial rating on this. I wouldn’t recommend buying this unless they re-release it and you get it fresh. Original tastings:Poured a dark brown-black color with a fantastic head (esp. at 15% ABV). Lacing was spectacular (esp at these abvs). Aroma was of brandy or bourbon or some liquor, some coffee and chocolate, malty sweet. Flavor followed suit with cherries and dark fruits present, and a touch of hops to balance the finish. Maybe too sweet a beer (inserted after second tasting), haven’t made up my mind after a couple of these. The alcohol really didn’t taste like 15% and this one was impressive. Nice thick mouthfeel, carbonation was moderate to low. One of the better impy stouts out there.
mookieguy (17) - USA - JUN 10, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. WOW! one of my first *fancy* beers ive ever tried. initial taste was wonderful. very sweet. became harder to drink as i neared the bottom of the glass. very hard to find now.
MartinT (8661) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 9, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A fine ring hovers over the opaque darkness...An alcohol volcano bursts from within the gigantic mokaccino mountain...A residual sugar trail leads to a roasting, burning forest, fueled by port wine...Very sweet, huge, yet somehow this time around I can appreciate the choice of flavors, whereas I nearly gagged on a young Samael...
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUN 8, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark black with an average darker tan lightly lacing head. Aroma was sweet, vinous, caramel, roast, alchol, coffee, vanill and grapes. Flavor...wow a lot going on there. An up front sweetness followed by some roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. A bit too sweet overall. I have another bottle I plan to age for a while...we’ll see if the sweetness dies out.
hippie4beer (162) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUN 8, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a deep black color with a medium sized tan head. Aroma is that of dark chocolate covered cherries, deep roasted coffee, and a slight alcohol. Initial flavor is chocolate, with a quick change to dark raspberries. Alcohol presences does not come through right away. It fades in at the tail end. The flavors are very fruity; apple, raspberries, and cherries. Mouthfeel is very silky and bold. This is very nice. Wow.
henrikb (1260) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted blind at Sk8vikings amazing Porter/Stout tasting - Black body, big small bubbled head; Huge explosive nose, incredible deep, but the huge amount of alcohol apparent hides the complexity and makes it very hard to take apart; Very , very sweet body again lots of alcohol apparent together with just a little bitterness; Very, very long huge finish oxidized sweet, very warm, some warm fruit like sweet apple pie together with very sour apples and some licorice.
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pitch black colour with a nice head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, roastedness and little sour. Sweet flavour of roastedness, sugar, some alcohol finish. Very nice endeed.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUN 6, 2006
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2008 Batch 1, consumed on 6/6/06. Pours a viscous, inky, jet black with a small tan head. Mostly fading with a few bit of wispy lace. The aroma is rum raisin, blackstrap molasses, lots of chocolate, very sweet, coffee, licorice and some alcohol. Wow this stuff is sweet, as in, gonna-be-difficult-to-finish-this-sweet. Lots of prunes and raisins, molasses, chocolate, caramel and toffee, rum, anise, licorice and some cherries, disgustingly sweet. Mouthfeel is thick, oily and coating with a slightly warm finish. The odds of me finishing this bottle are very slim. I have one more bottle of this, I think I’ll open it in 10-15 years. This might be getting good by then.