kramer (5357) - 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.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - APR 16, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Okay, Mephistopheles, we meet at last... Pours opaque black with light brown head. The aroma is alcohol, wood, coffee, very bitter chocolate, some bread, and some rum. The flavor has a ton of coffee, a good helping of bitter chocolate, some charcoal, molasses. It is very sweet in general. Raisins and rum come out in the aftertaste. After several sips a nutty flavor emerges, as well. This is some good stuff, but there is a bit too much syrupy sweetness. Methinks brother Mephistopheles would benefit from a few years in the cellar.
sersdf (1018) - chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
big thanks to zeswaft for sharing a bottle as my belated birthday present. really dark brown thick head. chocolatey appearance to be sure. largely chocolate taste as well. kinda funny flavours, very sweet, really alcoholic. not very coffeeish. vanilla, i think. surprising toffee finish lurks. palate reminds me of the speedway stout. the quality is evident, but iím docking flavor for alcoholishness. makes me wanna try that lion stout again and see if it merits a higher rating than the 4.1 or whatever i gave it.
Papsoe (25075) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 14, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2008 (Bottle 35,5 cl) Pours completely black and opaque with a creamy, light brown head. The aroma is pure alcohol with dried, sweet fruits. Very full-bodied with loads of roasted malts and some burned, ashy notes. Certainly a complex and delicate brew, but itís simply way too excessively and stickily sweet for my palate - even for me who loves sweet, malty beers. Tasted at the Oklahoma Beer tasting March 06 hosted by mjames and lilannie. 240306 and 260708
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - APR 13, 2006
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Amazingly rich nose that screams chocolate covered cherries. No light density whatsoever, black as hell with a small brown ring of foam. Smooth, creamy milk chocolate, black cherries, mouthfeel is dominantly complex, choco covered grahams, smores, hazelnuts, milk chocolate, mild dark fruits with amazingly balanced hoppiness. This beer just reaches out and offers everything on the first date. Caramel, toffee, dates and even some macerated grape concentrate. Dry roasted espresso, with a mild smoky chocolate finish. Delicious!
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A foreboding label portends danger ahead. Out pours a sinister black elixir impenetrable by light and topped by a small brown head. The senses are assaulted by complex, multifarious aromas: dark chocolate, tart cherries, molasses, port, anise, vanilla, citrus zest, honey, roasted coffee. But wait, thereís more if the nose is willing to spend the time trying to unravel the web of essences wafting up from the glass. Cognac, prunes, hazelnut. Enticed to drink, one finds the brew full bodied, creamy, smooth. It gives a warm alcohol feel as it cascades down the throat. The aromas manifest themselves in the flavor, which is complex, rewarding, and seducing. Much is made of "doing the Trinity" with Avery. Now is the time to do the unholy trinity of The Beast, Samael, and Mephistopheles. Avery wisely bottled them in 12 ouncers and not bombers.
JPDIPSO (5038) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 11, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ok, lent is over and now itís time for a little more serious rating. Appearance is an instant 5. Any beer with a two tone head tan on top, brown on the bottom should also get style point. Body is a dark brown, with a hint of chestnut coming through on the edges. Sweet ripe dark fruit slathered in dark chocolate and molasses. Prunes, dark cherries soaked in dark rum seem to cover a few of the scents. At times it seems a touch to sweet on the nose, but Iím sure age will help correct that. Slightly hot on the palate from the start, but smooth and silky enough to help carry it through. Sweet malty goodness all through the quaff. Anise and dark caramel and chocolate on the front of the tongue. The middle is filled with ripe cherries and a whole fruit salad. Finish is spicy, hot and fitting. Mild licorice and liquor courses through the system. I have a hard time calling this an imperial stout, more an imperial strong ale, but a fine snifter brew. A few shall find the back of my cellar and will be enjoyed several years from now.