MrManning (2009) - 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 (2029) - 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 (2208) - 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 (4809) - 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.
nolankowal (931) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2008 Ok, letís see what this bad boy has going. A hard pour gives me a nicebrown head over a dark oily black liquid. The aroma is more like the flemish sour I had a week ago than your average imperial stout...a sweet sour aroma, some sherry in the mix..odd for the style. The flavor is on the sweet side...sherry, soy sauce,alcohol, toffee, cherry, some coffee, and some chocolate...this beer has a lot going on at once...itís almost confusing! The beer is thick and syrupy on the tounge...a little clumpy at times, but Iím sure that will change with age(though thereís no denying its presence). This wasnít what I was expecting, but it was worth the price of admission. I would really like to re-rate this when it has aged for a while...we shall see how long I can hold out with my other bottle. I did, and it doesnít age well.
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - FEB 24, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very black in color with a nice tan head. Pungent, still good, aroma of dark chocolate. Almost smells like a german chocolate cake. As in the aroma the taste is very sweet. Hard sherry , slight burning sensation. Velvety cherry flavor, quite intriguing, cough syrup anyone? Dark roast aftertaste, lingering coffee finishes it out. Take small sips and steps drinking this one, the devil is watching.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep black with a cherry/chestnut foam measuring about two fingers high. (You know, they call them fingers but Iíve never actually seen them fing.) The aroma reminded me a bit of a dry merlot after eating a Hershey bar. The flavor was so huge, that the small sip I started off with felt like it was to big to fit in my mouth. Sweet Sherry and chocolate covered cherries dominate the flavor with a slight alcohol feel in the finish but barely any alcohol flavor. Almost too sweet.
temporrari (381) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 22, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2008 Batch 1. Alright. Iím redoing this rating because I had this scored way high. It is a good beer. Itís not complex. Itís big, itís bold, itís kinda chocolaty and roasty, little hop bitterness in there. The alcohol kick, I think works well with the other flavors. Itís strong beer and you can tell. Itís certainly a sipper. Itís a well made beer though, being what it is. I like it, not as much as I thought when I first tasted it.
At 2 years I think Batch 1 has held up well. Itís very strong, but the alcohol isnít hot or all that unpleasant. There is a flavor going on here that Iíve never found in any other beer, and I like it quite a bit.
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
batch 1, a beer couldnt look better to me being poured into the glass, a deep dark brown, totally opaque, with a thick chocolate colored head that left lacing for about a 1/4 inch down the sides of the glass as it receded. chocolate, burnt malts, raisin and anise make up a very sweet and light aroma, nothing in it is overpowering, just gently blended together. a gentle warming remindsyou of the abv, but there is no hint of it in the flavors. the body isnt as thick and viscous as some other ISís, but the aftertaste is sublimely sweet, with the espresso coming on early followed by a sweet milk chocolatey flavor that lingers in your mouth. this beer has as much going on in terms of flavors as any i can think of...chocolate, burnt malts, toffee, licorice, vanilla, and a hint of the cherries, along with a bit of a merlot flavor towards the back end before the espresso kicks in. this is definitely the kind of beer i will love to pour into a snifter and just sit back and relax with..even with only 12 ounces at a time, there may be more beer here than i can handle at one time as it so robust and full that more than a small sip at a time is too much. many cheers to avery for constructing this wonderous brew.
TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - FEB 21, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big olí thanks to Degarth for this bad boy. Pours a viscous dark black with poofy walnut-colored head. Aroma is malty, sweet, slightly vinous, toffee, smoky toasted grain & luscious alcohol. Big intense flavor burst matches the aroma almost exactly, save for the addition of a fair does of dark-roast bitterness. Big thick slightly oily palate. The second-best impy stout Iíve had, one tiny step behind DFH World-Wide. Hubba hubba.