waolsen (1359) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - FEB 12, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle. Deep dark pour with espresso colored thick head. coffee, chocolate and alcohol(rum?) aroma. This beer dances on your tounge. Deep caramel taste with chocloate and espresso. Sweet aftertaste. LIck the mollases, sugary head off your lips. Great beer.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 12, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours near back with a tan head. Smells of coffee, chocolate, some figs, caramel, yogurt. Tastes of chocolate and some coffee. Some buttery notes on the finish. Not bad.
chadzter (94) - huntsville, Alabama, USA - FEB 10, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
12ozBottle. This is the best beer I have ever had. Thanks to BeerandBlues2 for showing me this one. Pours a very dark opaque Black color. Aroma is full of fruit aromas with a wonderful coffee and chocolate blend. The brew has a high ABV of 15.1 and has a great thick brown tan head that stays till the end. The best thing about this beer is the overall flavor and for it to carry such a high ABV that is perfectly hidden. This is just a great beer because after I had my first taste of this beer the next day I drove all day. To get to Boulder and back so I can have some before their all gone.
robertburns (15) - westminster, Colorado, USA - FEB 10, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
wow;what a stout!!!! dark black color with chocolate-coffee colored head. nose of raisons,maple and who knows what else! very sweet,creamey mouthfeel with a taste of sherry wine and hugh alcohol as it warms up. WHEW! THIS IS GREAT!!!!
hopscotch (9233) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 10, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2008 Bottle... This beer rocks!... Pitch black with a mid-sized, creamy, light brown head. Excellent retention. The nose is of smokey caramel, black cherries, leather, dark chocolate, vanilla rum and espresso. Molasses-sweet, vineous flavor with notes of sweet port and chocolate liquer. The high ABV is excellently hidden. Full-bodied and syrupy with medium carbonation. Finishes sweet and chocolatey with notes of singed fruit. Very much the DFH WWS clone. I really love both! World class brew!
BrockLanders (772) - Panama City, Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2006 Thanks matta for this gem. Yep, a deep black pour...very very dark...nice dark tan head. Nose is full...I mean FULL of dark fruits, lotsa sweet molassa-roasty maltiness...nice alcohol notes too. Thereís more too, but Iím just discerning all of it. The flavor is bigger. Delicious....woody notes pop in there..wow. More sweet sugary malts, thick bodied...I agree wholeheartedly with the claimed licorice and port flavors as stated by earlier raters. I wish this came in bombers. Sweetness fades toward the finish...a nice slight dryness in the end. Whew....this one wears you out, but in a good way. Thanks Matt!!
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Reddish black pour with a dark brown head. The head remains decently, but doesnít get too piqued or anything.
Aroma is all around the place, very sweet, slightly salty and meaty - almost like bacon, fruity and mysteriously smoky and savory.
Taste is initially sweet, and them moves to a molasses/espresso-like bitterness. Finish is smoky and bitter. Aftertaste has just a hint of the hops.
The body is so big, so syrupy, that itís more like a port wine. Still, very smooth. Not much of a cloying finish. Alcohol on the nose on the finish, but sheesh, this is dangerous stuff. At 15% weíre talking crazy smooth here.
All in all, this is a wild and fun beer. I canít imagine really drinking one of these recreationally. This is a beer to be taken not lightly. As it is, it tastes reasonably aged, but Iíd like to see some after a year or two in the cellar. I dont know, the balance is pretty decent now, I would just imagine it getting smoother and sweeter with age, and that doesnít sound appealing. Itís sweet enough as-is.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black, blood like pour. Heretically large, dense, creamy brown head. Nose is espresso beans, dark chocolate, burnt wood, deceptively faint alcohol lurking in the darkness. Smells big. Smells wicked. Flavor is more complex, combining all of the above with dark fruits, dark sugar, licorice, caramel, subtle yeast and alcohol. Dry, alcoholic, slightly yeasty finish. Dry, roasty, bittersweet aftertaste. Full, smooth, creamy body. One of Averyís best. Iím sad to hear this is the last of the demon series. Although, as the saying goes, "The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didnít exist.......
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 7, 2006
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch Numero Uno. I slaved away like a dog doing back breaking grunt work for Matta to score this beer. I hope it is worth the hernia Iím sure to develop.
Aroma is quite strong. Burnt, caramelized sugars, burnt malts and something meaty almost like meat roasting on a spit. Some dark roasted chocolate lies beneath that aroma. Handsome beer this one. Deep black color that poured thick, though not gloppy. Thumb thick tan head is lasting and creamy with only a few mild bubbles. Very sweet prune/molasses fore followed by a massive bitter dark chocolate barrage. Then the alcohol wafts in burning the throat. The initial sweetness carries through hinting at cherries, papaya, grapes, fat ripe blackberries, premium esspresso and gobs and gobs of black licorice.
You really have to slip this slow. The alcohol can burn out some of the other flavors, but as you sit with it and sip tons of different flavors pop out. There is complexity to spare, but personally the alcohol isnít well hidden. It really hammers the throat and that is hard for someone who is naturally a fast drinker. That and the vaguely meaty aroma are the only off points.
beernoevil (3) - Suwanee, Georgia, USA - FEB 4, 2006 does not count
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I donít ususally rate the beers Iíve had but WOW!!! Had this (batch #1) at the brewery while on a trip to Denver. There is so much going on in this beer that I found it difficult to describe - thick, pitch black, syrupy and yet silky, chocolate, espresso, raisins, licorice, cherries, etc. Think "Belgian Imperial Stout"! I canít compare with what the others have written but had to put my 2 cents worth in. John was even kind enough to give me an unused label!