schwaiger (90) - Laramie, Wyoming, USA - JUN 1, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2006 bottle. Black as hell with a small, brown swampy fully diminishing head. Looks like a glass of obsidian. Aroma of molasses, licorice, coffee, carob, rotting wood, dark chocolate covered cherries, and way too much alcohol. Harshly sweet in the fore and all the way through. Some caramel and burned nuts, more licorice. Oddly, I detect the distinct and delicate flavor of rose water - odd that it could survive in this cauldron of death. This was a great novelty beer, but ultimately not nearly worth all the hype.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 1, 2006
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2006 Deep dark black body. Really nice looking creamy dense brown head. The aroma is typical huge imperial stout. Sweet chocolate, raisins, alcohol, roasted malts. The flavor is overwhelming sweet and alcoholic. The sweetness assaults you up front and then the alcohol beats you into submission. Way too sweet IMO. Some complexity comes out once the palate recovers from the initial shock.Loads of raisins bitterness but no citrus which I really like in an IS. Slimy sticky full bodied. Not to my tastes at all. Ultimately a very simple brew that fails to showcase anything well and fails to be palatable.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 28, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle shared with Blankboy, Hogtown Harry, and Dave, courtesy of a very generous Harry. Very interesting milk chocolate aroma - no booze. Natural cocoa sweetness, wood, and some hops. Impressive. Pitch black, decent brown head, bubbles near the surface. Very frothy creamy mouthfeel. Taste: first impression was lots of roast and very sweet. Mid-to end: more roast, lots of coffee, licorice and dark fruit. Alcohol is present and eye watering / nose hair burning but compliments and is balanced. Very sweet, almost syrup like, but again, does not detract somehow. Wow.
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 25, 2006
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured a thick dark black color with a nice tan head.Humongous malt,roasted coffee,raisin aroma.Upon first sip I noticed how complex this bad boy is!WOW! Heavy malt and roast flavor,then a nice coffee flavor.Has a nice little alcohol burn to it.Wow,what a monster of a brew,Very Good!
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 25, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Degarth for a bottle of this. Poured pitch black with a dark brown head. Left great lacing all the way through. Aroma was hops, nuts, carmel, more nuts, coffee, chocolate, maple syrup, alcohol, cherry, and bourbon. Had a thick oily mouthfeel. The flavor was sweet all around, bourbon, nuts, dark fruit(fig for sure), and cherry. Had some alcohol burn in the finish.
blankboy (6667) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 24, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rating 1000!!! Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, tupalev & Dave B. -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Well here it is, my 1000th rating and the achievment of my goal to get there in under a year with a week left to spare. Thanks to Harry for sharing this bad boy and also thanks to him and the rest of my drinking buddies for all the fine beer they shared and that we shared together -- what a year!! On to the Mephistopheles: Pours a deep black with an average size brown head. Fantastic aroma of sweet malt, cocoa, caramel, dark fruit, coffee, hops, alcohol and more -- thereís lots going on here, itís complex and it smells great. Sweet flavour of caramel malt, dark fruit, molasses, brown sugar and alcohol. Thick body and syrupy mouthfeel. A little on the sweeter side then I like my Imperial Stouts and a tad boozy, but man oí man, this is still one kick-ass Stout and one to share with your friends.
HogTownHarry (6322) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 23, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2006 Bottle (12oz). Shared with blankboy, tupalev and Dave B - my bottle, acquired from Dave B. *Rating number 1300 for me (in less than a year!) and rating #1000 for blankboy - congratulations Paul, itís been a hell of a blast rating beers this past year!!! Poured thick black, decent dark brown head. Aroma - wow! - deep dark bitter roast, bakerís chocolate, milk powder, molasses/caramelized burnt malt, roast coffee, light dry bitter hops, hardwood resin (oily, almost turpentine), alcohol - love it. Incredibly sweet and boozy taste - burnt sugar, molasses, figs, thick, syrupy, thereís yeast an cola and licorice - bitter and syrupy, but o man is this sweet. Thick, syrupy, lively, lightly carbonated, boozy start to finish, but amazing - Iíll share another one of these again!
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
1st batch bottle from the great richlikebeer. Black oily pour. Tight dark brown head. Left amazing lacing. Nose is thick! There is an alcohol component in the aroma, with licorice and abstinent. I quiver with antici------- Well. This is black licorice and bitter chocolate and the texture of molasses (taste too). The warming come slight after the first sip. The tongue is playing craziness. There is sour, then a soy sauce comes in, then sweetness. This is a real complex brew here. I taste caramel also. The after taste is dry and leaves me wanting more. This lived up to the hype, for sure. I think I may be tasting some faint hops as I drink more of this.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 23, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I was very conflicted when it came to rating this beer, but I have decided to get up on my soap box. I do love Imp. Stouts, but this time they have just gone too far. When I think of what makes an excellent beer, I think of balance. This beer is insanity. It is like a cocktail fabricated partly by Turkish coffee and Everclear. I appreciate the drive for ever-bigger beers, but bigger isnít always better. On the other hand, beers like this are important, if only to push the limits of oneís concept of beer. I, for one, will not be buying any more of this, so there will be plenty left for you maniacs.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - MAY 22, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Can you say perfect? One of the rare beers that I will ever give a perfect rating for, this one surely deserves it. I wanted to lick the bottle and my glass for every last molecule of this stuff. Absolutely incredible complex in the aroma and palate. Nose had notes of caramel, charcoal, roasted malts, dark fruits, vanilla, brandy, and rum. Appearance is jet black. There wasnít enough light in the room to properly check to see if it was solid thru but who cares. Flavors were much the same as the nose but I could get chocolate coverd cherries, more malt, hoppy goodness and that mouthfeel was perfect. My 3rd time with Avery (3rd timeís a charm) and they hit a grand slam with this one.