SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 2, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks be to my wonderful wife that picked up some of this for me when I was too busy to make it out to the store.
Very opaque, zero light comes through. Pours slow and thick with a big brown thick viscous head. Lotsof small bubbles, occasional big one errupting through what appears to be hardened lava from a volcano. What is cool about the head is that it doesnt decrease, it more fades and leaves a thick lace. The nose is thick with alcohol coffee and is bitter. Interesting really because the taste is pretty different. Initally it is very strong and uber sweet, sugary, kind oflike grape skin, then more alcohol then quickly to malts and coffee then back to this sweetness. Yeast and sugar that is mostly fading.
Now not to knock either one of these beers but this reminds me so much of another one of my favourites and that is the Dogfish Head 120 min IPA. That sweetness there is just about the same as here but more coffee here. Wonderful, really. Ive got one bottle of both of these left. Im gonna have them in series. Mmmm, tasty.
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - APR 1, 2006
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This Imperial Stout pours a eclipse black stout from a 12oz bottle. Medium sized beige head. Aroma is chocolate and sweet. A full-bodied Imperial Stout. Malts are chocolate, coffee, sweet malts, vanilla and dark fruits. Big explosive malt character and flavors throughout this beer. Nice balance between the roasty malts and the chocolate sweetness. Fluffy carbonation, yet it has a thick and syrupy mouthfeel. Insanely smooth taste. Hides the 15.1% alcohol very well. I think itís the first Avery ďBig BeerĒ that you can drink right away. I like this one a lot. Only wish the aroma was a little stronger. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
Zeswaft (1481) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - APR 1, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2008 (queue Superman theme song)(500th rating) Iíll begin by saying this first batch is such a giant slut. How many states has it reached? Doesnít look like itís that thick but once you taste it itís like drinking oil. Jet black with fair about 1/4 inch of brown head. Aroma is dark fruits and roasted chocolate and coffee. I didnít really believe all the long reviews about the complexity of the taste but there is really a ton of things going on here and it all seems to depend on the size and length of sip. First thing you get is overwhelming sweetness. Not surprising for a beer of FG of 1.030. Such rich chocolate and coffee flavors going on that itís truly a dessert. Not really noticing any hops. Every once in a while youíll catch an off flavor but itís definitely dominated by overly sweet chocolate and coffee. There is some noticeable alcohol on the finish, but the lingering taste is roast and smoke. Definitely a beer that you can only handle by taking small sips, which is a good thing because the smallest sips pack all the flavor. I think the bottom line is when you brew a beer with such a whopping OG and especially FG itís gonna taste amazingly big. The fact is that it tastes really good and sweet. Some may say thatís a flaw but I love it. btw, Dr. Faustus was one of the few books i liked in college. ps. "Mephistoís Entourage" is one of my favorite Misguided Angels of Death songs.
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
big thanks to Scott ( OhioDad ) for this bottle acquired in a recent trade.
full bodied and full flavored beer! a deep dark brown with a tan head and plenty of lace as it works its way down the side of my snifter. at what point is a big beer, too big? certainly full-bodied and full of flavor but somewhat over-the-top. give me a 7 or 8% Imp. St. over this one anyday.
jazz88 (2613) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 1, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. A dark black color with a smooth creamy brown head. It pours thick and oily. An intense dark fruit (cherry and grape) aroma with chocolate and an earthy wood character. The molasses, light smoke and earthy elements come through in the second wave. A true tour de force in flavor with a strong grape or cherry flavor, well hidden alcohol but quickly warming, rum, malty but with a cofee like finish. There is an underlying vinous candy or carmaelized fruit base that lasts throughout. Thanks to Phillymonksman for sending this back from Philadelphia! I owe you one!
emptytankard (36) - Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2006
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
I think this beerís packaging should be given a separate rating since it seems to have inspired a slew of embellished and obsessive reviews. Simply put, this beer is yet another in the long string of over the top high gravity brews. Hopefully some day this trend will fade and people will become more concerned with balance and craftsmanship rather than overpriced and overdone one offs have to be sipped a half ounce at a time. Obnoxiously sweet and syrupy with a strong malt backbone and heavy dark chocolate and espresso finish. Hot and sickly sweet are a bad combo. If thereís anything devilish about this beer itís the fact that people have been tricked into thinking its world class.
mkgrenwel (602) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - APR 1, 2006
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle shared by DYCSoccer17. Without a doubt the absolute gem of the night. Pitch black pour with no light ever hoping to get through. Nice wisps of dark brown head that swirl in my snifter nicely. Aroma is anise and alcohol burn. The flavor is far better. It explodes with the richest chocolate sweetness I have ever experienced; in a beer or otherwise. Cherry really comes through with this sweetness. Alcohol does play a role as well, but a good one. It seems to just amplify the other flavors. Very thick, dense beer. If I had been standing up when I first tasted this, I think I would have had to sit down.
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - APR 1, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to DYCSoccer17 for sharing this. Poured black as midnight with a large dark brown head. Strong aroma of pine hops, alcohol, a bit of bitter chocolate. Flavor is aggressive and sweet with lots of chocolate, tobacco, cerry, vanilla, and alcohol. I wouldnít call the alcohol "well-hidden", but it could be much harsher at 15.1%. Big, sweet, decently complex... pretty much what I expected from it.
Dogbrick (9643) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Oily black color with a thick dark brown head and nice sticky lacing. Huge aroma of dark chocolate, cocoa , plums and coffee. Rich body with a bold coffee liqueur flavor, along with dark fruit, caramel and toffee flavors. Brandy and port wine lend to the high-ABV feel of this. The finish is long and vinous, with an espresso and hops aftertaste. This is a sipper for sure, and every sip is very good.
PeterA (340) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 1, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Huge amounts of cherry in the aroma. The color was black with a small brown head. The flavor was chocolate and cherries, but to me it was a touch medicinal. It had a nice smooth finish. This seemed more like a cognac or a sherry to me than a beer.