sprinkle (114) - Arcadia, Michigan, USA - MAR 19, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark black in color with slightly lingering tan head. Deep nose of anise and roast with coffee and port notes, smells more like a strange liqour(strange in a good way!) Rich and vinous in your mouth, complex flavors, deep carmel, coffee, roasty and fruity at the same time. Alcohol is on the finish but not offensive. Would like to see this beer in a couple years.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - MAR 19, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Aubrey. MIxed feelings go into this rating. Black throughout in color. Decent brown head that gradually fades to a ring. Fair lacing. Malt, coffee, sugar and a healthy hop presence in nose. Delightfully thick and coating in mouthfeel. Coffee, chocolate and a bit much of sugar in flavor. Nicely done. This beer impresses and awakens. While big and assertive, I am realizing with this beer that the "Imperial" monniker is starting to bore me. Huge ABV, Mega hops, all are taking a toll. Time for moderation?
alobar (2969) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours thick and black with a tan head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, rum, and malts. Oily feel left in the mouth. Powerful flavor-of chocolate, espresso, rum and alcohol. Bit too much of a hot edge. Interested in seeing how this ages.
notalush (5184) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 17, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2007 [cracked a jan í06 bottle tonight (7/07), and I really donít know what I was thinking - tastes like burnt brown sugar mixed with week old coffee - just not very complex, an quite boozy] Black as pitch, with foamy, dark brown lace - aroma of brown sugar, rum, anise, licorice, alcohol - thick, oily mouthfeel - a little overyly sweet at first, but a nice espresso bitterness comes in to try and balance it out (which it will probably do a better job of once the beer has aged) - huge flavor - port is most prevalent at first, then some doughy, almost spicy flavors (like freshly made cookies) - rum-soaked cherries, a hint of oak, some brown sugar and cinnamon - a little sweet and a tiny bit hot right now, but give it a year or so to balance out and I would give this a 5.
Odeed (1796) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 17, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2006 (many thanks to footbalm for this top 50 brew.)so i popped the cap on this bad boy and could already smell the roasted malts,and dark fruits.(and this was before the pour.)after dumping a nice amount into my snifter glass i could tell this was one black ass beer.i held the glass up to the light and was shown nothing but a black body and nice dark brown head.the head soon swam to the sides of the snifter and left wonderful looking lacing.i took a wiff and gathered a mix of chocolate,roasted malts,dark fruits,rum alcohol,and coffee.i took my first sip and the first words out of my mouth were,"WOW,now thats a ten second palate right there.this thing just kept going and going.i picked up chocolate,marshmellows,coffee,rum,smoke,and alcohol heat.now there are only two things that keep this from being a perfect brew.1.the aroma has a bit of a "funk" smell sneaking through it.its hard to pin it down with any other words than "funk",but its there for sure.2.its a bit hot.i think some time in cellar would do this loads of justice.its a good thing footbalm sent me two.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - MAR 17, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2006 Bought at the Blue Max. Well,it really is really dark. This is like a glass of oil with a thin layer of tan foam on top. I canít believe how many different aromas are coming from this.Years ago I never would have been able to appreciate this.I think the most prevalent is the dark fruit port aroma,there are plenty more though. A little harsh on the throat and some what overbearing but loaded with wonderful treats for the tongue. After I let this warmup it,of course,changed and man was it complex.It is still a little harsh.
shadey (1962) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 17, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2009 Batch #1. Consumed Fresh. The pour into my brandy snifter is pitch black with thin wisps of dark tan head. The aroma is rich with dark fruit and alcohol. The flavor is very rich and chocolatey. The flavor clings to the tongue and last for a long time. This beer is incredibly impressive. The alcohol is evident but integrated very well. Truely a masterpeice from Avery. 7/4/8/5/17
Batch #1, 3 years aged. This beer hasnít changed much in 3 years. Reading my notes from the fresh bottle is almost an exact match for its current condition. Avery really showed their talent with this beer. Definitely something special. 7/4/8/5/18
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 17, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2007 Pours an oily black color with a decent but not huge. Excellent lacing. Strong mocha, tawny, and alcohol aroma. The sweetness of this beer smacks you in the mouth immediately but eventually gives way too dark chocolate and dark roast coffee. The warming sensation of the alcohol is similar to a port wine without giving you the unpleasant pure burn that other weaker beers are sometimes guilty of. I almost regret drinking this beer just so I could try it again for the first time. Excellent.
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - MAR 16, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: vanilla, oak barrels, strong alcohol, dark fruits, molasses, brown sugar, red wine tannins (or grape skins)
Appearance: dark brown-->black, tan head, lacing
Flavor: sweet, brown sugar, bakers’ chocolate, alcohol, some light vanilla, light wood flavors and smokiness
Palate: sweet and syrupy, with dry, coco-like finish (like eating a spoon full of coco from the jar), interesting, mutating feel in the mouth
Overall: reminds me of a red wine
3fourths (8395) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2006
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2009 Pours out medium-dark brown in color with a proper-sized medium brown head. Instant fuesal hot aromas of granola, alcohol covered cherries, alcohol covered plums, sherry, port, caramel and maple, sugars everywhere, with some more alcohol covered red grapes... you get the idea. Thick and overly sweet are my first taste impressions. Mildly gritty texture across the tongue. Creamy mocha flavor, along with mildly-hot amaretto and alcohol infused cherries. Similar to the Samaelís, this tends to froth up while in the mouth... not exactly what I want an imperial stout to do. Whereís the body? Whereís the chewy, viscous thick coating? Itís not there. Iím disappointed. Not thick enough by a long shot. The alcohol isnít so much apparent in the flavors, really only the aroma. But the sweetness is ridiculous, and just like with Samaelís, itís the downfall of this one. A mocha coffee and earthy soil flavor attempts to be noticed, but itís basically swimming in sugar so forget about it. Another over-rated imperial stout. I imagine that if you eliminated a lot of the residual sugars it would really jump a few pegs. You people must be insane to call this thing balanced. Itís Samaelís with a little chocolate.