sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 4, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black as black can be on the pour, thick head that lingered for a while. Aroma of coffee, and some bittersweet chocolate. The alcohol does seep through in both taste and aroma, but it doesnít overpower anything. Flavor is quite interesting, coffe, some nice bitterness, cherries and other dark fruits. As the beer warms up, you do get a bit of an alcohol burn that would probably mellow nicely with some age on it.
BitchesBrew (714) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 3, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2007 [12 oz. bottle, batch 1, 1/06] I have to give this one a 5 for appearance- itís totally black, pours out thick and has a lumpy, coffee colored head- simply awesome. Aroma is sweet, alcoholic with some nice coffee and bitter aroma. Wow.. complex layers of dark fruits, cherries, raisins, plum sweetness. Massive thick, oily mouthfeel. Fruits give way to a long lasting, sweet coffee aftertaste. This is a simply huge brew.. I canít even seem to find the proper words. This is to be consumed on a special day... when youíve really earned it. Smooth, seductive and deceiving- itís power will definitely creep up on you.
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
where do I begin.Pours black as night with lots of coffee nose.The 1st sip the coffee hits you, then the 2nd sip you get the sweetness.Oily slick feeling in th e mouth.quite delicious.dark fruits, hidden alcohol and coffe, you cant go wrong.The alcohol does creep up on you tho.Very good.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a super dark jet black pour with neat little off white/light brown head. Nose is of wonderful coffee, some nice dark chocolate, alcohol and dark roast malt. Flavor is terrific, chocolate, cherry-ish. It is a bit hot, but that flavor actually comes across really well in this brew. A wonderful beer across the boards, would love to have a couple sitting around and see how it improves with time.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2006 Bottle brought back from Applejacks store near Denver. Pours a deep brown/black with a nice looking dark brown head. Viscous in the glass, and tongue coating in the mouth. Not as aromatic as I would have suspected, but an impressive mocha fudge flavor on the palate, with solid roasts, molasses, and hickory. Finishes hot, and it surprises me that its ratings are as high as they are given the hotness. Probably some age would help smooth some of this out. Still, a sensory experience. Nice work, Avery. RERATE: After having some time to settle down, I am pleasanty impressed with what this has become, and what it is becoming. Mocha fudge brownie with raisans and a bit of worchestshire sauce. Rich, rich, rich. Very, very good.
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 (1716) - 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 (1204) - 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 (392) - 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.