jonboy32818 (30) - orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Picked this up a few months ago at Knightly. I know I had one right after it was released and it did not taste like this. First off the aroma was all soy sauce, with only a hint of chocolate. The pour was black with no head whatsoever. It was very different from the last time I had it, much sweeter, no bitterness, once again soy with some chocolate. I hope this is not because I let it sit for six months. It is still good but not as good as the early bottle. Both were from the Batch 1 Jan 2006 Cheers
madsberg (11255) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUN 17, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled @ Sk8vikings blind porter/stout tasting. Beer no.8: Pitch black coloured. Light brown dense head. Sweetness, alcohol, light roast, dark fruits and cocoa in the aroma. Some spicy notes. Flavour is herbal, sweet, roasted and has soem spices as well. Is quite full bodied. Ends on a dense bitter and roasted note. Very sharp and wild beer, that is a tad too sweet for me, but I’ll definately come back to it, when it hits Jeppes shelfes some day.
walleye (1088) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this in March. shared with flemdawg in florida. poured black, with a brown head. aroma, wow, dark fruits come out first than a big hit of chocolate and caramel, alcohol, some vanilla, coffee, malts. flavor another wow the caramel and malts come out than the alcohol, dark cherries, plums, almost port like. good beer
Lowe1983 (1459) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUN 15, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a black color with a thick dark brown head, also pours very thick. Aroma is of chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, and molasses. Very thick and full of flavors of chocolate, coffee, molasses, caramel, dark fruits and plenty of alcohol warming. Very delicious brew.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2006
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2010 Opaque brown-black body with a foamy, light brown head of considerable size, especially for such a high gravity beer. Rich and strong aroma of caramel, sweet chocolate, molasses and vanilla. Flavor is dominated by syrupy, underattenuated malts and potent alcohol. Also has abundant caramel plus chocolate-pancake syrup and discordant citric hop flavors. Harsh, alcoholic finish and syrupy texture leave you reluctant to take another sip. The alcohol has little effect besides your usual hootin’ and hollerin’ amid some follies with Uncle Spike’s double-coil animal traps. An off-kiltered beer, easily outclassed by most imperial stouts.
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 14, 2006
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
"WOw wow did they get this one right. Pour as black as can be beautiful tan head. Aroma was strong chocolate and roasted malts, dark fruits were there. Flavor was of chocolate and coffee, roasted malts and alcohol. Very Very well done."
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 13, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Black with a low brown head. Mad aroma. Thick, deep, spicy aroma of black sweetened coffee, dark malts, honey, pepper and alcohol. Huge flavour of black coffee, chocolatesauce, cherries, almond, port and honey with strong decadent notes of pure cocoa. long and thick warming aftertaste of black chocolate, alcohol, black pepper and cherries. Fierce!
omhper (22614) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUN 13, 2006
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
[Bottled, thanks MrWalker!] Very black. The aroma of slivovic (plum brandy) jumps at me as soon as my nose gets close. Sweet and syrup, dominated by highly alcoholic plum brandy. The sweetness is way over the top, and kills all flavour except from the alcohol. Like most of Avery’s strong beers it is raw and completely off balance.
alkione (6) - De Panne, BELGIUM - JUN 12, 2006 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to kepano which gave it to Urbeer who was so kind to share it with lachesis and myself. Dark black dense beer with a deep brown beautiful head. Alcohol aromas of coffee cream, cardboard, rubber and smoked malts. Sweet flavours of raisins, prunes and the alcohol is very well masked. Good carbonation and extremely well balanced. Aftertaste gives drops, some candy, medicinal spices, some cloves. Sticky and dangerous brew...
eaglefan538 (3009) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 11, 2006
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2007 Batch 2 Rating: Oh so very nice, back up to the quality of fresh batch 1. A beauty to behold, slow developing head, but really excellent retention (improved with time), excellent foamy lacing. Aroma was fruity, dark fruits, roasted malts, a touch of vinousness. The flavor was light roast and chocolate over vinous, dark fruit notes with an assertive pineapple hopping finish, far from sticky sweet, among the best of the imperial stouts. Mouthfeel was carbonated enough to keep the stickiness from being that sticky, finishing even with a hop twang. Nice stuff. Glad they rebrewed this, hopefully it keeps better than a month or two this time around. Numbers going back up and holding closer to my first experience with batch 1. Second tasting of batch 2 in a 3/07 horizontal against Speedway and Peche Mortel, this one came up a tad short, but it was still excellent. All I can say is that the pineapples are ever so present and this is stickier sweeter than Speedway, but still with a hop presence. Hopefully this batch isn’t gonna crash like the first one did, although this bottle seemed a little sweeter/stickier already than the first bottle I got a month ago.
Batch 1 Ratings: Third tasting of same original batch, bottles all purchased at the same time: This beer is not aging well even over only 3-4 months. It’s actually catching up (or down?) in quality with their other Beast releases, coming on strong with sickly sweetness and really hot alcohol, all hop imprints near nil now. What a disappointment, all maple sugar and soy sauce in this tasting, very disappointing. Thing is getting like Sam Adams Triple Bock blended with a bad stout. I hope these other bottles somehow improve and are only currently in a low point. Dropping my original all 9 and 10 ratings to substantially lower scores (6/7/7/5/6). I’d think I was crazy if I read my initial rating on this. I wouldn’t recommend buying this unless they re-release it and you get it fresh. Original tastings:Poured a dark brown-black color with a fantastic head (esp. at 15% ABV). Lacing was spectacular (esp at these abvs). Aroma was of brandy or bourbon or some liquor, some coffee and chocolate, malty sweet. Flavor followed suit with cherries and dark fruits present, and a touch of hops to balance the finish. Maybe too sweet a beer (inserted after second tasting), haven’t made up my mind after a couple of these. The alcohol really didn’t taste like 15% and this one was impressive. Nice thick mouthfeel, carbonation was moderate to low. One of the better impy stouts out there.