puzzl (3252) - New York, New York, USA - APR 7, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks to Kramer. Restrained (!) aroma of molasses, chocolate, sweet porridge, resinous malts, raspberry, vanilla. Mega-black pour with a thick, very nice khaki head. Flavor is overwhelming, very sweet, rich chocolate and vanilla, molasses and honey; just huge in every way. Sugary thick palate coats the mouth and really lets you know the 15% is there, though not through taste. The beer is so sweet and intense that alcohol couldnt possibly find its way through, though you certainly feel it with every sip. Quite a beer.
adrian910ss (2361) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2007 WOW !!! What a beer !!! Pours like motor oil, pitch black and thick with a medium sized beige head. Aroma is of fresh oak barrels,bourbon,vanilla and dark sour cherries. Flavor is extremely rich and complex. Very sweet rich cherry taste covered in chocolate best describes the taste, with hints of vanilla, bourbon and expresso. Slight burn as it goes down, but it is pleasurable indeed. Outstanding imperial stout, one of the best Iíve ever had. A top 10 beer.
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - APR 3, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
No light can get through this beer, with a espresso head. Aroma is a ton of butterscotch, caramel, chocolate, mollases, and raspberries. Taste is very fruity, with chocolate, raspberries, coffee, espresso, strawberries covered in chocolate. An amazingly complex beer which hides the alcohol superbly well (unlike the other avery imperial stout). Super Amazing beer, and on par with Dark Lord, the only complaint is, the body is slightly to thin, but still lovely.
Cornfield (5521) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
January 2006 bottling, Batch 1: May the gods save us from this demon ale! Damnably drinkable dark brown brew crowned by a falling, burnt umber head that transforms into a dark halo in a final mockery before it fades completely. The aroma is an amorphous blending of prunes, seared raisins, licorice, alcohol, a sharply bitter malt, burnt barley, strong coffee, bitter chocolate, charred oak, and a light floral hopping. Well, forget the hopping. I was possessed when I wrote that. This is smooth to drink, slowly burning the tongue as it goes down. A stabbing rum-like sweetness stabs forward in the tasting, surrounded by a legion of flavors reflected from the aroma. The finish is a prolonged bitter-sweetness with a low alcohol burn.
Not bad. Not bad at all.
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ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - APR 3, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thx to SoLan. I was doing my Cisco run, but itís gonna have to wait. Poured a very dark body with a pretty sizable head, but not quite motor oil dark. Aroma is extremely alcoholic with darker fruits, vanilla, chocolate, roast, coffee and caramel. Finishes sweet with an alcohol burn. Youíd never guess 15%, but itís obvious itís more than 5. Ahhh it burns iit burns! I got another bottle thatís gonna be sitting for at least a year I hope. This was very tasty, and if the alcohol can balance out thisíll be a sick beer.
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 2, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle: Pours to an opaque black body with a medium-sized creamy, light brown head that sticks nicely atop the the beer. The head ever so slowly fades, leaving nice lacing around the glass. Pears, plums, dark prunes, bread, bitter roasted malt (though not nearly as much as I was expecting), grape skin make up the surprisingly subtle aroma. The taste is quite sweet and fruity for an imperial stout, the sweetness and lack of alcohol burn reminding me much of DuClaw Repent. Chocolate syrup, ripe grapes, plums, prunes, pears, vanilla, oak, rum, cherries, dry merlot, port, and hints of raisin, dark roasted coffee beans covered in sugar, some tannins, and a tiny bit of sour mash hidden way in the background makes up the taste. The flavor is very interesting and complex, if a bit sweet, though the aroma is a bit weak. Full bodied, medium carbonated, finishes with prolonged sweetness, chocolate syrup, alcohol burn, dark fruits, and light roasted malt.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 2, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks be to my wonderful wife that picked up some of this for me when I was too busy to make it out to the store.
Very opaque, zero light comes through. Pours slow and thick with a big brown thick viscous head. Lotsof small bubbles, occasional big one errupting through what appears to be hardened lava from a volcano. What is cool about the head is that it doesnt decrease, it more fades and leaves a thick lace. The nose is thick with alcohol coffee and is bitter. Interesting really because the taste is pretty different. Initally it is very strong and uber sweet, sugary, kind oflike grape skin, then more alcohol then quickly to malts and coffee then back to this sweetness. Yeast and sugar that is mostly fading.
Now not to knock either one of these beers but this reminds me so much of another one of my favourites and that is the Dogfish Head 120 min IPA. That sweetness there is just about the same as here but more coffee here. Wonderful, really. Ive got one bottle of both of these left. Im gonna have them in series. Mmmm, tasty.
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - APR 1, 2006
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This Imperial Stout pours a eclipse black stout from a 12oz bottle. Medium sized beige head. Aroma is chocolate and sweet. A full-bodied Imperial Stout. Malts are chocolate, coffee, sweet malts, vanilla and dark fruits. Big explosive malt character and flavors throughout this beer. Nice balance between the roasty malts and the chocolate sweetness. Fluffy carbonation, yet it has a thick and syrupy mouthfeel. Insanely smooth taste. Hides the 15.1% alcohol very well. I think itís the first Avery ďBig BeerĒ that you can drink right away. I like this one a lot. Only wish the aroma was a little stronger. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
Zeswaft (1395) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 1, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2008 (queue Superman theme song)(500th rating) Iíll begin by saying this first batch is such a giant slut. How many states has it reached? Doesnít look like itís that thick but once you taste it itís like drinking oil. Jet black with fair about 1/4 inch of brown head. Aroma is dark fruits and roasted chocolate and coffee. I didnít really believe all the long reviews about the complexity of the taste but there is really a ton of things going on here and it all seems to depend on the size and length of sip. First thing you get is overwhelming sweetness. Not surprising for a beer of FG of 1.030. Such rich chocolate and coffee flavors going on that itís truly a dessert. Not really noticing any hops. Every once in a while youíll catch an off flavor but itís definitely dominated by overly sweet chocolate and coffee. There is some noticeable alcohol on the finish, but the lingering taste is roast and smoke. Definitely a beer that you can only handle by taking small sips, which is a good thing because the smallest sips pack all the flavor. I think the bottom line is when you brew a beer with such a whopping OG and especially FG itís gonna taste amazingly big. The fact is that it tastes really good and sweet. Some may say thatís a flaw but I love it. btw, Dr. Faustus was one of the few books i liked in college. ps. "Mephistoís Entourage" is one of my favorite Misguided Angels of Death songs.
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.