Papsoe (25073) - 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 (5107) - 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.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 11, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours the darkest opaque black with a frothy dark tan, lightly-lacing head. Rich, complex, dark fruity plum, raisin and brown sugar aroma has lots of molten dark chocolate. Body starts with lots of sweet sticky sugary malt, some bittering hoppy balance and a very warming alcoholic finish with some sticky lingering roasted malt. Really could hide its alcohol better and use a little more viscosity (over-attenuated perhaps), otherwise very nice. This should age really well.
jimstrassburg (57) - Germantown, Wisconsin, USA - APR 11, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Picked up at Grapes N Grain, Mequon, WI. Had it with a big fat steak from the first grilling of the year. Pours a deep black, viscous too used motor-oil style. Thick, fat brown head which keeps growing (and nearly runs over my glass). The smell is sweet for a beer this dark (as is the taste), aroma has chocolate malt, caramel and espresso. Taste is malty and delicious. Sweeter than I expected from the appearance.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Batch 1. Intense, thick black body with a huge, cocoa-colored head. Sweet cocoa, caramel, soy sauce, vanilla, moist plums, brown sugar, lightly roasted malt, oily nuts, licorice. light oak, warm alcohol and molasses. The body with big, slick and oily, leaving lots of heft on tongue. This is extremely sweet. There is a crazy ridiculous amount of residual sweetness left in this. Underneath, if you look really hard, you can actually find nicely balanced bitterness, developed from heavily roasted malt and a healthy dose of citric and piney hops. I found some rather warm and apparent alcohol. The finish is long with big sweetness, roasted character and a lot of alcohol. While I like the way that Avery pushes the envelope with the beers they craft, and while I constantly get excited to try new offerings from the brewery, I rarely find myself enjoying the beers as much as I had hoped. This is, in my estimation, far too sweet, a little hot and containing some offer flavors I found less than enjoyable. Itís a tasty beer that many will enjoy, I just wish I fell further into that group.
Terminus (3349) - 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 (3727) - 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.