brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle, batch #1. Enjoyed with friends at Johnís homebrewed stout unveiling. Deep, dark pour. Mahogany in color if you hold it up to the light, but itís very opaque. The aroma is deep and complex, though not as strong as I imagined. Caramels, charcoal, roasted malts, dark fruits (dates & figs), port like alcohol, and very light, but sharp hop hints. The first taste gives you a big surprise! A real explosion of flavors. Most definitely a dessert beverage. Plums, dates, chocolate covered cherries, caramel, hard candy, very well hidden alcohol and barely noticeable hops that do nothing to balance this malt monster. Wow. Creamy, slick, full body. This is going to age well. Jen took her taste to the kitchen and put a scoop of vanilla ice-cream in it. The resulting beer float was rather enjoyable, though I preferred mine untainted.
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very warming stout, palate is very good and itís as adark as night , Itís a damn good deep dark BIG stout!!
igneous1 (1510) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - MAY 6, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle/Batch 1 (1/2006) Black as night during a new moon. As opaque a beer as Iíve ever seen. Head is tan, thick and creamy. aroma is syrupy sweet with raisin, oak and a weird mustiness. Flavor is dominated by alcohol and a little fruit, with the roastiness somewhat reserved in the background. Even though this isnít oak-aged, I get a hint of vanilla. Really is a nice beer, but itís just too much. A total palate killer.
Dutch70 (48) - USA - MAY 6, 2006
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Oh, way too sweet, lotís of fermentable sugars left.....maybe with age this beer will get better, but I doubt it....not good at all.
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 6, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2008 Dark black with a big creamy brown head. Chocolate and espresso aroma is nice, but not overwhelming. Awesome taste...sweet, can definitely taste some cherries/fruit and a great espresso finish. Big on the alcohol for sure. Would mellow well after time.
GreenDragon (219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a a deep brown, almost black with a thin muddy brown head. Strong aroma of coffee, chocolate, currents, plums, dates, black cherry and some sort of liquor. Strong taste of chocolate, coffee, liquor, cherries, dates, and plums on a great warming body. First thing I thought of when I sipped this was to buy two or three more for keeping.
Kinz (3507) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAY 4, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch 1. Easily the best of the Demons series. Pitch black, slight but creamy tan head fades almost completely away. Lush aroma of liquor, coffee, chocolate, and dark fruit. Liquor flavor, chocolate essence, black cherry, faint pepsin, a hint of wood, kahlua, and Meyerís black rum. Maybe even some ruby port. The alcohol provides a pleasant heat to the whole thing. A very nice sipper, I think this one might actually be good for aging. Enjoyed this more than the numbers indicate.
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - MAY 3, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
big thanks to JimMack for this in a "doorstep neighbor trade"! the body is black, no light goes through. aroma is deep roasted malt, some dark chocolate and dark fruits like prune. I was hoping this would be a little sweeter than the samaels and less boozy. flavor is not what I expected. it was cloying sweet residual sugars, alcohol malt. so it was too sweet and also too boozy. I am just not an avery fan. carbonation is tingly from the vodka-like bite. hot, some prune and carbonized sugar. must say I am glad that avery has now dispelled their "demons" series. Iíd rather have a DFH WWS.
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAY 3, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Honestly, I was terrified to try this. I was afraid since there was so much hype that it would not live up to expectation. I was wrong. Appearance: jet black with dark tan fluffy head that lingers, but diminishes. The aroma was absolutely amazing. Dark fruits, raspberry, strawberry,cherries, peach, almost like a belgian strong. Some dark and milk chocolates, some light espresso, and alcohol like whoa. Raspberries, cherries, and chocolate pop out at you, with marshmellow and vanilla goodness to follow. Thereís quite a pungent alcohol flavor with a little burn. Some hints of licorice and nice strong espresso punch, with some butterscotch and just a tad bid of peach and apricot. The mouthfeel is completely velvety smooth. Thereís nothing bad about this. Very very sweet. With some age, this is easily my perfect 5. Unfortunately, it does need the age to kill some of the alcohol burn/sweetness/bite/acidity. I canít wait to get another one to age. (Which will ironically be the first beer I have ever sought out to age.)
Shag (2678) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAY 3, 2006
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Hell yeah thanks for bringing this one to share LilKem. The aroma is fantastic with some chocolate, raisins, dates, and licorice. The flavor is really sweet and velvety with a strong dark fruit presence. I taste raisins, chocolate, licorice, marshmellows, and molasses. Give this one a few years to mellow out and it will be perfect. But its still one of the better stouts Ive had however its nothing you would want to sip on all night. Good choice for #1200.