Terminus (3319) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - APR 10, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle-batch 1 January 2006. I have been anticipating this beer now for a few months. Many have regarded it as Averyís crowning jewel for them as a brewery, taking them to the next level. Charred black with a fizzy brown head with some nice swirly action. Some decent legs, but the beer doesnít look that thick so to say. Aroma of sweet milk chocolate, big vanilla bean, woodsy (oak), blackend charred malt, coca, tobbaco, but not much alcohol for such a big beer (may be covered by all the sweetness). WOW, now thats an overly sweet beer (something that has brought down all of averyís beers). Lots of vanilla, chocolate, char, roast, dark fruit (cherries) and a huge alcohol kick in the finish (not really fussel, but definately warms a little). The body is not as big as I thought it was going to be-somewhat flimisy for such a HG beer if you ask me. Overall, the beer lacks great depth found in alot of imperials (expedition and dark lord to name a few), especially in the oversweetness and thin body of this drink. I dont think this beer has any aging potential. for a 15.1% beer, its fairly hidden, but still shows itself. Very over-rated in my book so just give me another Expedition!
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - APR 10, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shipped from Archer Liquors- more convenient than a trip to blue max! Nice big dark cocoa head and sweet aroma. Whoa- this is like a liquor. Immense sweetness up front with milk chocolate and some roast. The flavors come together like a tiramisu but donít to my taste get very complex. The alcohol hit hard pretty early and I wasnít able to enjoy it so much towards the end.
patrick767 (3718) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 10, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle, batch 1, jan 2006 - Pours thick and black with a thin, enduring head. The aroma is of coffee, really dark roasted malts, and alcohol. The palate is incredibly full. The 15% alcohol is hardly noticeable in the taste because this brew is so very sweet. Besides the malts, chocolate notes were the most obvious in the flavor, along with coffee and maybe some dark fruits. Thereís some alcohol burn in the finish and a long, lingering taste. If thereís a flaw itís that this one is bit too sweet and itís certainly expensive. Very nice.
puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - APR 7, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks to Kramer. Restrained (!) aroma of molasses, chocolate, sweet porridge, resinous malts, raspberry, vanilla. Mega-black pour with a thick, very nice khaki head. Flavor is overwhelming, very sweet, rich chocolate and vanilla, molasses and honey; just huge in every way. Sugary thick palate coats the mouth and really lets you know the 15% is there, though not through taste. The beer is so sweet and intense that alcohol couldnt possibly find its way through, though you certainly feel it with every sip. Quite a beer.
adrian910ss (2410) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2007 WOW !!! What a beer !!! Pours like motor oil, pitch black and thick with a medium sized beige head. Aroma is of fresh oak barrels,bourbon,vanilla and dark sour cherries. Flavor is extremely rich and complex. Very sweet rich cherry taste covered in chocolate best describes the taste, with hints of vanilla, bourbon and expresso. Slight burn as it goes down, but it is pleasurable indeed. Outstanding imperial stout, one of the best Iíve ever had. A top 10 beer.
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - APR 3, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
No light can get through this beer, with a espresso head. Aroma is a ton of butterscotch, caramel, chocolate, mollases, and raspberries. Taste is very fruity, with chocolate, raspberries, coffee, espresso, strawberries covered in chocolate. An amazingly complex beer which hides the alcohol superbly well (unlike the other avery imperial stout). Super Amazing beer, and on par with Dark Lord, the only complaint is, the body is slightly to thin, but still lovely.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
January 2006 bottling, Batch 1: May the gods save us from this demon ale! Damnably drinkable dark brown brew crowned by a falling, burnt umber head that transforms into a dark halo in a final mockery before it fades completely. The aroma is an amorphous blending of prunes, seared raisins, licorice, alcohol, a sharply bitter malt, burnt barley, strong coffee, bitter chocolate, charred oak, and a light floral hopping. Well, forget the hopping. I was possessed when I wrote that. This is smooth to drink, slowly burning the tongue as it goes down. A stabbing rum-like sweetness stabs forward in the tasting, surrounded by a legion of flavors reflected from the aroma. The finish is a prolonged bitter-sweetness with a low alcohol burn.
Not bad. Not bad at all.
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ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - APR 3, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thx to SoLan. I was doing my Cisco run, but itís gonna have to wait. Poured a very dark body with a pretty sizable head, but not quite motor oil dark. Aroma is extremely alcoholic with darker fruits, vanilla, chocolate, roast, coffee and caramel. Finishes sweet with an alcohol burn. Youíd never guess 15%, but itís obvious itís more than 5. Ahhh it burns iit burns! I got another bottle thatís gonna be sitting for at least a year I hope. This was very tasty, and if the alcohol can balance out thisíll be a sick beer.
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 2, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle: Pours to an opaque black body with a medium-sized creamy, light brown head that sticks nicely atop the the beer. The head ever so slowly fades, leaving nice lacing around the glass. Pears, plums, dark prunes, bread, bitter roasted malt (though not nearly as much as I was expecting), grape skin make up the surprisingly subtle aroma. The taste is quite sweet and fruity for an imperial stout, the sweetness and lack of alcohol burn reminding me much of DuClaw Repent. Chocolate syrup, ripe grapes, plums, prunes, pears, vanilla, oak, rum, cherries, dry merlot, port, and hints of raisin, dark roasted coffee beans covered in sugar, some tannins, and a tiny bit of sour mash hidden way in the background makes up the taste. The flavor is very interesting and complex, if a bit sweet, though the aroma is a bit weak. Full bodied, medium carbonated, finishes with prolonged sweetness, chocolate syrup, alcohol burn, dark fruits, and light roasted malt.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 2, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks be to my wonderful wife that picked up some of this for me when I was too busy to make it out to the store.
Very opaque, zero light comes through. Pours slow and thick with a big brown thick viscous head. Lotsof small bubbles, occasional big one errupting through what appears to be hardened lava from a volcano. What is cool about the head is that it doesnt decrease, it more fades and leaves a thick lace. The nose is thick with alcohol coffee and is bitter. Interesting really because the taste is pretty different. Initally it is very strong and uber sweet, sugary, kind oflike grape skin, then more alcohol then quickly to malts and coffee then back to this sweetness. Yeast and sugar that is mostly fading.
Now not to knock either one of these beers but this reminds me so much of another one of my favourites and that is the Dogfish Head 120 min IPA. That sweetness there is just about the same as here but more coffee here. Wonderful, really. Ive got one bottle of both of these left. Im gonna have them in series. Mmmm, tasty.