marcus (8905) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 14, 2006
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From 1FASTi. This dark brown ale poured with a modest tan head that lasted a while. There was a malty prune-like aroma. The flavor is very sweet with a carbonated mouthfeel - very complex and syrupy. A very fine brew.
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JUL 14, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle: Black as night w/ a lasting tan head that wells up when swirled. Chocolatey and lightly roasty w/ a hint of herbal hop at first. Light alcohol in the nose. Slight piney hop and lots of raisiny dark fruit. Solventy alcohol esters follow as it warms as do the nutty and caramel malts. Sweet flavor up front with lots of dark raisiny fruit. Finish is sweet but solventy, slightly, then turns to bittersweet in the aftertaste. Chocolate is secondary, followed by caramel and toaste malt. Aftertaste is also chocolate and herbal hops. Full bodied, velvety smooth but hot in the mouth. Lower carbonation. I’m glad that a young RIS finally has some raisiny fruitiness in it in such abundance! Most of the time you have to age it into a beer, but this has it now! I can only guess what some aging might do to this beer!
jercraigs (9681) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 13, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2007 November 2007. Bottle, aged approximately 1.5 years. Black body, with a small creamy brown head. Aroma is surprisingly fruity, with alcoholic undertones and malt. Sweet flavour has underlying fruit and light malt, very light acidity and bitterness in the finish. Dilute cherry notes. Full bodied, smooth palate. Less roasty than anticipated, and more fruity. Quite nice. 8/4/8/4+/17-18 - 4.2
<P>July 2006. Pours with a deep black body, and a moderate oily khaki head. Big alcoholic and fruity aroma of booze soaked raisins or grapes, milk notes of dark sugars. Perplexing first sip reveals a medium oily palate that almost *tastes* oily. Rich dark fruit with vague allusions to indulgent chocolate leads to fruit and slightly skewed roast that lingers long into the finish. The palate is intriguingly slick but not overtly thick. A contemplative sipper that takes a more refined approach to its plentiful helping of alcohol than some of its Avery kin. One of the most interesting beers I have sampled recently for sure. 9/4/8/4/17 - 4.2
presario (4902) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 12, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from BeerandBlues2 [Thank you!]. Black with a rich brown head. Big aggressive alcohol, raisin and burgundy nose. Strong alcohol burn start to finish. Very sweet. Lots of brown sugar and molasses flavours, along with alcohol (of course) and licorice root.. Some hop bitterness tries to rise up but gets knocked aside by the alcohol. Definitely an after dinner sipper type.
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 (7507) - 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 (1578) - Arlington, Texas, 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.