footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 28, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown with brown head. Sweet coffee port aroma.The taste is sweet with some hoppiness, getting more cloyingly sweet as it warms. Alcohol is well hidden. Good but side by side with Dogfish head World Wide Stout the WWS wins. Avery has more aroma but the WWS has a slightly better flavor though it is very close. Out of the top twenty stouts, the ones I have sampled I would rank Great Divide Yeti Barrel Aged Stout the best with North Coast Old Rasputin a close second. Then Dogfish Head WWS and Avery a close third. and Stone imperial Stout a good fourth. Overall a good beer but a little too much cloying sweetness.
zathrus13 (1715) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2007 Pours dark brown/black, with a brown head. Aromas are roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, and wine. Flavors are dark fruit, roasted malt, wine, chocolate, alcohol, and smoke. Rather sweet, but in a really nice way. An amazing brew, top notch in every way. Thanks to matta for this bottle.
kseecs16 (1193) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 27, 2008 Pours an opaque dark brown, similar to dark chocolate. Has a carbonated head like what you would find on a coke. The head which remains as a thin layer leaves considerable lacing. The aroma is a bittersweet and incredibely rich dark chocolate with hints of red wine, cherries, and coffee. A very powerful and intriguing scent with no hint of alcohol. The first taste impression is bittersweet, the flavor lives up to the smell with dominant chocolate accented by flavors reminscent of Tawny Port, and a cherry sweetness. The finish is incredibely sweet and leaves an intensely overbearing bitterness. It feels incredibly smooth and creamy in the mouth and is somewhat warming. A very intense brew.
Update 4/27/08 - January 2006 Batch 1 bottle.
Appears and smells similar to before, the taste has mellowed, seems a bit sweeter, warming sensation is still there. Seems a bit acidic. Dominates the palate. Age does not seem to have lent anything, beyond slightly mellowing this beer.
Maddog (390) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - FEB 27, 2006
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch 1, bought in Dayton, Ohio, I black bomb with a dark, tan head. At 15.1 %, I was surprised it had that kind of head. The aroma was of dark chocolate and the flavor began on the dry side but finished very sweet, almost as if it did not ferment all the way out. Iím not sure if this was intended by Avery, or the beer is too young and needs the benefits of aging. A very young beer with great potential, but for the price does not stand up to Bellís Batch 7000.
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - FEB 27, 2006
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours very dark, but not quite completely opaque. The head is brown and considerable in size for such a big stout. The initial aroma strikes me as slighlty sour like a Belgian, but this is soon surpassed by hints of chocolate and molasses. The flavor starts with a big alcohol/dry burst, but changes to malt sweetness. This brew is very young and needs to age some. My expectations were high and while good, it did not meet them as I wished. Maybe a year or two in the bottle will improve things.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 27, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Super dense black, thick creamy lasting dark tan head. Rich and very complex nose of chocolate covered cherry, mocchachino, currant, almond biscotti, and dark bread, with faint smoky tones. Intense and bold flavors of roasted chocolate, port, candied berries and nuts, and mild espresso, with a soft kiss of hop bitterness late. Sweet, yet not annoyingly so. ABV is well hidden, warming, and not noticed until standing. Yikes! Massive full bodied, soft carbonation, bittersweet finish. Certainly worth the price of admission in my book. Right up there with Dark Lord and DFH WWS....
MrManning (2003) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 27, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2006 Big big thanks to Philip for being the generous guy he is, and hooking me up with this! Wow, great stuff. Opaque motor oil pour, topped with a medium sized mochachino head. Good retention present, and thereís some pretty lacing. The nose is a huge kick of anise infused booze, stirred with dark chocolate, espresso beans and some fig. Indeed! The flavours in thisguy are so huge, that you HAVE to sip it. This one small bottle is plenty for 3 people. Flavours are caramalized fig, tripple espresso bean, dark bitter chocolate, with booze and dark rum. Wow, this is good, great, grand. Thanks so much to Philip for hooking me up.
Capa (1987) - Manama, BAHRAIN - FEB 26, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, Batch #1 (Jan. 2006). Poures a dark brown with a bit of deep tan head that dissapears quick. The aroma hit me before i had the cap off all the way, which made me even more excited for this beer. Chocolate, roasted coffee, molasses and a hint of dark fruit with some alcohol as well. The flavor is no let down. Has a nice roasted flavor to it, chocolate, alcohol, molasses and the dark fruit is there as well. The alcohol is noticeable but not overpowering. Gives it a nice warm finish but doesnít kill the flavor. The mouth is smooth and thick. Well done, Avery.
mds (2205) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2007 bottle. thanks for sharing, Len. This is great stuff - pours a deep dark black with a medium mocha-brown head. the aroma is all that you would expect in a nice imperial and more. tobacco, chocolate roast, toffee, cake, and alcohol. huge body and certainly presents itself as a slow sipper. flavours of roasty raisins, grape, and chocolate. lots of overpowering alcohol warm at times. BIG is one word to describe such a beast. I’d like to give this a try again sometime. Top notch. 9/4/8/4/16
Alright, so I’m trying this again almost a year later and I have to say that I don’t enjoy much anymore (same batch). The aroma is very heavy with chocolate, bourbon, and burnt caramel. The flavour is very ridiculously sweet, nearly medicinal, and quite harsh in terms of alcohol. After a few swigs I was still feeling the burn after a few minutes.
Pailhead (4755) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - FEB 26, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2007 Bottle (Batch #1, Jan 06) : Courtesy of Philip via trade. The aroma on this is huge. Just popping the cap at arms length was enough to start getting a dose of the aroma. Lots of roastiness, moderate cherry, molasses, chocolate, grapefruit hops, and alcohol. Pours a dark brown, virtually black, with a brown head that has good retention. A film of lacing clings to the side of the glass. Very sweet and malty. Lots of molasses up front with moderate chocolate. Moderate cherry and dark fruits. Roastiness is very subtle in the finish and seems to get stronger in the aftertaste once the sweetness fades. Alcohol is light in flavor and moderate in warming affect with a light burn. Just the slightest touch of grapefruit hops in the finish. Alcohol flavor increase slightly as it warms, but never becomes overbearing. Big syrupy mouthfeel, but creamy at the same time. This is impressive.
Iíve heard all sorts of rumors that this beer is not aging well. Well since itís not bottled conditioned, I donít how long it will hold up, but one year later itís still damn tastey. Sweetness is real big, but has toned down just a touch. Roastiness in the finish is more pronounced along with a touch of expresso that I didnít notice before because it was dominated by the extreme sweetness. I donít know that it has improved numbers-wise, but itís just as good...just a tad different than before.