OldGrowth (3263) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - AUG 24, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled @ Extreme Festí06. Good nose, sweet, though not as big as I would of guessed. Ripe fruit, grape & cherry, chocolate. Dark brownish black color, nice head & lacing. Bitter sweet flavor, kind of soy sauce, cocoa, coffee. Big bite. Medium body, thick oily creamy mouthfeel, bitter sweet finish. Nice. I have a bottle to sample, just havenít got around to opening yet.
POD (198) - USA - AUG 22, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured dark black/brown with a thin head. Big fruity grape brandy-like sweet aroma. First taste was very much like a cherry cordial brandy with hints of burnt carmel and smoke. Had to take this one slow. I felt my liver quiver with each swallow. It is beyond "rich". It took me a long time to nurse this one to a finish. Only real men should dare to consume this concoction. I found it quite delightful.
TChrome (1447) - Bedford, Texas, USA - AUG 17, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled, January 2006: Pours pretty much black with a big, totally retained very dark tan colored head. Aroma is alcoholic with chocolate and dark fruit. Flavor is, per advertised, rum soaked dark fruit, some chocolate, alcohol, and a very respectable bitter hop finish. This beer exhibits finesse in terms of an Avery product. Good but not unbelievable in terms of impy stouts.
black95tt (82) - Doylestown, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a like used Mobil 1 with virtually no head. Aroma is outstanding. Huge sweet malts with brandy, port, charred fruits, roast, chocolate...I could go on and on. Itís just so complex. First sip is a whollop of sweetness. It was overwhelming until I took a few more sips. The flavor is very strong of malts, dark fruits, roasted chocolate, coffee, vanilla and oak. Mouthfeel is like the Exxon Valdez wrecked in your mouth. Alcohol is surprisingly well hidden. Very damn good stuff. I have a few stashed away for some long-term aging. This stuff could only get better.
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 14, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
thanks to secret santa for this. pours black with a brown head aroma of vanilla, coffee, chocolate, oak. taste is roasted malt, chocolate coffee oak vanilla. mouth feel is thick and just slightly bitter in the end i have been waiting to try this and must say it was worth the wait. FUCKING AWSOME.
Nuffield (4082) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 5, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was big and crass, a classic Avery special. Loaded with pleasure-inducing features, from the port-like sweetness to the warm but surprisingly controlled alcohol, the beer was also a bit thinner than other bad boys in the Impy Stout league. Great hops helping the flavor, which wasnít that deep on the roast/chocolate dimensions, instead driving a lot of fruit, rum, and vanilla candy themes. A very interesting beer and one Iíd like to drink more of, but even given how much I like Impies, I was surprised with how "ho hum" I felt about it. A big thanks to Jim at Blue Max, who sold his last bottle to me.
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - AUG 2, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours with a fine brown head and a thick tar black body. Aroma is extreme but still very complex. Candied sweet with obvious characters of both The Beast and Samaels (same yeast?) but also a nice roastyness to back the sweetness up and a warming alcohol note that isnít overwhelming - almost like a beer liquor. Flavor is warming from the alcohol as well, I can feel it gliding down my throat. Sweet and candied with penetrating roast and chocolate notes and a good hoppyness hiding behind the sweetness. Very chevy texture, you can really feel that this is a big one! One hell of a sipping beer and not for the weak hearted! Thanks a bunch Adam for going out of your way to get me this :-) To me, a masterpiece.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUL 31, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at Indy tasting Dickís 96th - Aroma of alcohol, roasty dark malts, and milk chocolate. Pours black with small brown head and decent lacing. Flavor is very roasty and hides alcohol well. Wow what a tasty brew! Chocolate covered cherries and other assorted treats mix well to make every sip enjoyable. Palate is smooth and clean for such a huge brew. I need to get myself a whole one to savor and rerate.
Dorwart (2541) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUL 30, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2008 1 inch thick dense head of dark brown bubbles. Head settles slowly. Turns a little bubbly as it sits. Little disappointed in the look of the head. Rich aromatic nose with vanilla, dark chocolate, a hint of bourbon, sweet malts, malted milk balls and plums. Color is black with hints of redish brown around the edges. Rich, sweet and oh so smooth. This is fantastic! Loads of sweet malts, molasses, raisins, brown sugar and chocolate covered cherries. Velvety smooth on the palate. Little alcohol presence but the 15% is hidden extreamly well amongst all of the malts. Oily finish with a lingering sweetness. If you like sweet imperial stouts, then there is none better than this one. Bravo Avery!
Ok, just opened a 2006 one (Batch 1) and this is still SUPER sweet. I guess my tastes have changed a bit because this is just over the top sweet. Ratiing adjusted down from a 4.5.
ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUL 29, 2006
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from John (JPDIPSO) Thank you!! So Ive been waiting to try this one for months since I found out about its release. Then I signed up for the random 12 pack swap with Joe (degarth) and this thing was in there, so I could hold on no longer. Pours out black and with a fat tan head. Smell is full of chocolate, cherries, grapes, coffee, hops, and a tan of alcohol. Taste is smooth, thick, rich, sweet, and perfect. It is so unbelieveably thick it reminds me of a sweeter version of dark lord. This is an awesome beer, no alcohol detected at all. Avery got it right with this beer, proving they are one of the top breweries in the country. Simply fantastic, and I can only imagine what it will be like in another year or 2. A tad less alcohol kick to this and it would be a perfect 5. 15% is high and it is detected for a few sips towards the end of the glass, but other than that, it does a fantastic job of hiding it within its dark body.