ElGaucho (2285) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAR 28, 2006
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Itís not every day that you get to have 2 beers in the Ratebeer top 15. Sandwiched around a Stone Vertical Epic 05-05-05, I had a Alesmith Speedway Stout and then the Avery Mephistopheles. Not bad, eh? Smells a lot like the Speedway. Has a sweet, hop aroma. Fully opaque body with a good-sized, light brown head. Excellent lace. Alcohol is very pronounced. In fact, although both this and the Speedway had strong alcohol at initial MF, that for the Avery lingers. There is more sweetness and some sourness perhaps than in the Speedway. Somewhat chalky. Clearly elite.
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 28, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Aroma of a wet wooden whiskey barrel. Some sweetness also. Black body with dark tan head. Flavor of sugar and a mild sweet caramel. Some rich chocolate that made this a full bodied beer. Smooth on palate and somewhat dry. I may have to shake the money tree as my friend says and get another of this one.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2006 From Bottle, poured at the 2006 Pizza Port 12 Hour Belgian Beer Party, courtesy of beerguy101. Dark, creamy black pour with a thin, tan, caramelized head. Attractive appearance and thick lacing on my glass as I swirl it around. The aroma of this beer is surprisingly weak and delicate, especially considering the consistency and alcohol content of the brew. Some pleasant hints of sweet chocolate, mild mannered coffee, and a hint of vanilla come through nonetheless. The first encounter between beer and tongue is overwhelmingly wonderful. This beer is infinitly more delicious on the palate than it is in the nose. Wonderful harmony of creamy raspberry, sweet milk chocolate, and dried fig. This beer could almost be reduced to make a heavenly dessert topping by itself. Oh so sweet, but also oh so good. The flavors keep rolling off the palate, highlighting the dark fruits with a gentle spiced rum kick. Outstanding, and I will eagerly look forward to revisiting this one soon.
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2007 First smelled like a bottle of Elmers glue with a hint of chocolate. Can smell Alcohol and a burnt malty sweetness. HOLY COW!!! My mouth felt heavy and creamy with a unbeliveable sweetness. It tastes better than it smells. This has just the right amount of alcohol to warm the body without it being too over-whelming. Very good Imperial stout.
Holdwine (1116) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 27, 2006
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Jan 06 batch. The first 9 oz. of this one was among the bast I have ever tasted. But then the 15.1% kicks in and overpowered my palatte. Hence the mortal number above. This stout looks great in its glass, roasted oatmel head on top of motor oil black. Even without the sweetness from the added sugar, you would have a solid stout. Chocolate is strong with berries and oak. Okay, now I have to find a couple to lay down and see how it ages.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - MAR 26, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Huge Thanks to Degarth for sending me this one. Pours a pitch black, small head the color of chocolate milk, a little bit of lacing. The aroma has too much alcohol in it. Just too astringent. Flavor starts out sweet, vanilla, oak and lots of chocolate gets almost too sweet, with a burnt alcohol finish. Interesting, and I can understand the high ratingsÖ a solid stout.
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - MAR 26, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Saw this one in the store, and didnít think twice about the near $9 price tag. Served at cellar temp. According to the commercial decription, this is named after "the crafy shape shifter." What a perfect description. Very complex aroma when first opened. Chocolate, burnt malts, licorice, cherry, some vinyl, and something else ... the only thing I could think of to describe it was peanut butter cookies. Very thick and oily in the mouth and VERY sweet. Roasted chocolate, cherry cordials, rum, licorice and a fudgey chocolate cookie are all in the mouth. Excellent ... at cellar temp. The shape shifting begins when it gets to room temp. The aroma becomes rummy and vanilla appears. It becomes overly sweet in the mouth. Way beyond cloying. Not a hint of roastiness or anything bittering. In fact, I think it started to eat my stomach lining. After I finished it, I felt like I needed to drink a pilsner, just to cleanse my system. I agree with Metalhead, this one should be kept cool. At cellar temperature, itís very good. As it warms, it becomes a characature of itself.
Metalhead (633) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2006
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep brown almost black pour with a decent enough brownish head. Aroma of Coffee,molasses and chocolate. The first part of this beer was not bad while cool. Thick coffee with bittersweet chocolate dumped in. Hints of port. Prunes. Definately a sipper. On the down side. As it warmed it diminished into the semi obnoxious bastard son of an Impy stout and chocolate liquer crossbreed.ABV was overly noticable. It was a chore finishing the last few ounces. So that being said the flavor rating is an avg going from a 7 and dropping to a 3. Best to keep this one cool at all times.
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - MAR 26, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured black with a thick creamy brown head and good lacing.Sweet roasty malt aroma with a rich ,thick burnt roasty malt flavor.Thick body with a heavy, sweet burnt malt finish.
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - MAR 25, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured opaque oily black with a big full brown head. Very ominous yet inviting. Prunes, dates, salt roast, caramel, alcohol, smoke aromes all resulted in singed nose hair. Double strong coffee, prune juice, Reisin candies, soy sauce, and plenty of alcohol flavor. Rich and chewy with a long lingering burn. Sure this is a damn good beer, but Iím not sure it was worth all of the early hubbub.