barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
big thanks to Scott ( OhioDad ) for this bottle acquired in a recent trade.
full bodied and full flavored beer! a deep dark brown with a tan head and plenty of lace as it works its way down the side of my snifter. at what point is a big beer, too big? certainly full-bodied and full of flavor but somewhat over-the-top. give me a 7 or 8% Imp. St. over this one anyday.
jazz88 (2556) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 1, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. A dark black color with a smooth creamy brown head. It pours thick and oily. An intense dark fruit (cherry and grape) aroma with chocolate and an earthy wood character. The molasses, light smoke and earthy elements come through in the second wave. A true tour de force in flavor with a strong grape or cherry flavor, well hidden alcohol but quickly warming, rum, malty but with a cofee like finish. There is an underlying vinous candy or carmaelized fruit base that lasts throughout. Thanks to Phillymonksman for sending this back from Philadelphia! I owe you one!
emptytankard (36) - Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2006
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
I think this beerís packaging should be given a separate rating since it seems to have inspired a slew of embellished and obsessive reviews. Simply put, this beer is yet another in the long string of over the top high gravity brews. Hopefully some day this trend will fade and people will become more concerned with balance and craftsmanship rather than overpriced and overdone one offs have to be sipped a half ounce at a time. Obnoxiously sweet and syrupy with a strong malt backbone and heavy dark chocolate and espresso finish. Hot and sickly sweet are a bad combo. If thereís anything devilish about this beer itís the fact that people have been tricked into thinking its world class.
mkgrenwel (569) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - APR 1, 2006
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle shared by DYCSoccer17. Without a doubt the absolute gem of the night. Pitch black pour with no light ever hoping to get through. Nice wisps of dark brown head that swirl in my snifter nicely. Aroma is anise and alcohol burn. The flavor is far better. It explodes with the richest chocolate sweetness I have ever experienced; in a beer or otherwise. Cherry really comes through with this sweetness. Alcohol does play a role as well, but a good one. It seems to just amplify the other flavors. Very thick, dense beer. If I had been standing up when I first tasted this, I think I would have had to sit down.
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - APR 1, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to DYCSoccer17 for sharing this. Poured black as midnight with a large dark brown head. Strong aroma of pine hops, alcohol, a bit of bitter chocolate. Flavor is aggressive and sweet with lots of chocolate, tobacco, cerry, vanilla, and alcohol. I wouldnít call the alcohol "well-hidden", but it could be much harsher at 15.1%. Big, sweet, decently complex... pretty much what I expected from it.
Dogbrick (8144) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Oily black color with a thick dark brown head and nice sticky lacing. Huge aroma of dark chocolate, cocoa , plums and coffee. Rich body with a bold coffee liqueur flavor, along with dark fruit, caramel and toffee flavors. Brandy and port wine lend to the high-ABV feel of this. The finish is long and vinous, with an espresso and hops aftertaste. This is a sipper for sure, and every sip is very good.
PeterA (340) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 1, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Huge amounts of cherry in the aroma. The color was black with a small brown head. The flavor was chocolate and cherries, but to me it was a touch medicinal. It had a nice smooth finish. This seemed more like a cognac or a sherry to me than a beer.
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark cream head retains a nice coating on the glass. Nose is expresso with roasted marshmallow. A smokiness of carmelized sugars. Flavour is SWEET with tobacco and rum, blackstap molasses. Mouth was hot with a sticky sweetness. Needs time to age.
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle Pours a deep black ruby with a frothy and fzzy brown-red head. The head deminishes but produces wonderful lacing. Has a super aroma of chocolate and carmel with a little pinch of sweetness. Definately full bodied with a good thick texture. Has a lively carbination, a lond duration, and as expected a little bit of an alcoholic finish. The abv is so high it tingles on your lips. Although for as strong as it is it blends very well. This is a great nightime beer, talk about winding down your day. This is a strong beer, not for the weak, but if youy can handle it, its super. Iím really glad I tried this one.
ElGaucho (2209) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAR 28, 2006
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Itís not every day that you get to have 2 beers in the Ratebeer top 15. Sandwiched around a Stone Vertical Epic 05-05-05, I had a Alesmith Speedway Stout and then the Avery Mephistopheles. Not bad, eh? Smells a lot like the Speedway. Has a sweet, hop aroma. Fully opaque body with a good-sized, light brown head. Excellent lace. Alcohol is very pronounced. In fact, although both this and the Speedway had strong alcohol at initial MF, that for the Avery lingers. There is more sweetness and some sourness perhaps than in the Speedway. Somewhat chalky. Clearly elite.