SunSkates (47) - Arkansas, USA - APR 23, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thick foamy light brown head. Smell is dominated by alcohol, dark chocolate, and some dates and similar fruity aromas. Rich and bitter with a lot of hotness. The vapors lingered up through my nostrils. Aside from the alcohol, its actually quite smooth and free from harsh roasty bitterness. A good, rich imp stout but Iíd like to try this demon after itís aged a bit more.
IrishBoy (3926) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 23, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to LeopoldStoch for this in a Drakes Barleywine trade. Batch 1 Jan 06. Opaque ebony black with a small brown head. Aroma is of smoky malt, with a dark friuty hint and a bit of chocolate. The taste immediately hits of coffee, plums, and chocolate malts. The finish is of alcohol, more plums, and a slight hop bitterness.
TheBeerGod (5496) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 22, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Never expected this to arrive in my area, but Iím sure glad it did because it certainly saved me a trade! Batch number 1 bottled in Jan. 2006. Opaque blackness with a small foamy brown head. Nose instantly smacks me with molasses, touch of red wine, black cherries, dark chocolate, roasted malts and a hint of tobacco. Wow! Taste on this is exquisite and rather rich. Lots of chocolate, berries, alcohol, roasted malts, chocolate mousse, dark fruit notes, and devilís food cake. The body on this is so creamy I canít believe it! Dense but fine carbonation bubbles. Oily, slick mouthfeel at times. Some hotness that doesnít "hit" well as it is warm but this would be nice had I been drinking this in January when it was bottled. Finishes with more alcohol notes, dark fruits, lots of chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, roasted malt, and rum cake. Very nice stuff! Iím eager to find out what a couple of years will do to the bottles I still have.
bu11zeye (12112) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 21, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Botte, Batch 1) Pours an opaque black body with a small light brown head. Aroma of toasted malt, dried cherries, prunes, vinous, and cocoa. Flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, vinous, and caramel with some alcohol burn in the finish.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 19, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Whoa! This is incredibly thick and heavy!!! The aroma is robust, with a hardy dose of malts and roasted nuts, mixed with prunes and even some cocoa. Despite the eclectic mix of flavors, it all complements one another. Very oily and dark, with a dark tan head. This will age well, I suppose, which will also mellow out the astringent hotness from the high alcohol. Woody and surprisingly vinous for an Imperial Stout. Watch out for this one!
DCJack (182) - Alabama, USA - APR 19, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
this is the most intense beer I ever had. Should be served in shot glasses, definitely sipped. Its like beer concentrate.
The most aromatic beer Iíve tried also.
Once I got used to the intensity I could enjoy it. It costs as much as Dogfish WWS, and I would have to say is worth it. ($7/bottle) as an experience, but I wouldnít drink it all the time.
kramer (5346) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Pitch black body, akin to used motor oil, with a creamy tight espresso crema head. Very clingy head that coats the glass nicely. Very rich nose with espresso, soy, smoke, alcohol, and fudge cake. Now, on to the taste. Whoa! Enormous alcohol bomb is my first impression. Tons of alcohol with soy, burnt malt and bitter chocolate up front that fades to an extremely hot, bitter charcoal finish with lots of soy. Mouthfeel is full bodied, thick, and chewy with nice minimal fine carbonation. Overall, this was waayyy too alcoholic to me, much more so than itís kin, WWS, which has an even higher ABV. This had some touches of appealing flavors, but not enough. This looked, smelled, and even felt really great, but I couldnít get past the alcohol.
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - APR 17, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Poured a black color with a tan head that left light lacing. Aromas of vanilla, fruits, and chocolate with hints of alcohol, smoke, and wood. The flavor was coffee, dark fruits, light nuttiness, and alcohol. Medium to full body that is very warming going down. Thanks to Springslicker for closing up the Tennessee Tasting with this one!
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - APR 17, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lots of hype swirling around this beer at the time I drank it. I would certainly say that it lived up to what I was expecting and then some. Extremely dark red color with a milkshake thick head. Huge beer. Chocolate, raisins, toddy, cherries, vanilla, and some sweet alcohol notes (kinda like bourbon on one whiff, then rum on the next). Just plain liquid DECADECE.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 17, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2008 Pours a deep black hue with a minimal tan/brown head of fine micro-bubbles with decent lacing. Aromas of bourbon, chocolate+ coffee(the usual impy aromas) a light vanilla and good old alcohol sweetness. Mouthfeel is surprisingly medium bodied for the flavor and how Avery beers are a little too sweet and over-cloying. Flavors of raisins/prunes, honey, vanilla, a little toasted nuts and a finish not unlike fresh espresso. Very intriguing. I let this guy warm up in the bottle for about 20 minutes before cracking open, and I am glad I did as the flavors are on par. While it is sweet, it isnít bad, but tronraner is right when he says that it could use some cellaring. wow...... This is definitely Averyís best brew, as I normally feel their beer is over-rated.