shadey (1987) - 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 (8555) - 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.
argo0 (12042) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 16, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(12oz bottle, Batch 1, January 2006) Opaque black body topped by a medium brown head with great retention and decent lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet, cocoa, some anise, smoke, light cherry, earthy. Taste is very sweet, molasses, chocolate, date, caramel, honey, some cherry, light soy, dusky/earthy. Light alcohol burn. Creamy full body, alcohol evident but little indication just how strong it is. Samael drips with sweetness, and this is close. Still, thereís a better balance of flavors, to make this more enjoyable to me.
Palidor19 (3065) - Brandon, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2006 WOAH!!! This is the type of Beer you have after a great accomplishment.
Its pure Chocolate and Coffee. It pours like Silk and the head just goes on forever. The taste just dance around your palate. The Malts are outstanding, its got a super sweet flavor with a velvet texture.
Have these only on special occasion
imzugzug (103) - Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Super black, thick and menacing in the glass. Guess the devil himself on the label gives it a menacing feel. Nose is complex but the flavor and mouthfeel is where itís at. Super huge, oily, slick, slightly chewy on the tongue. Flavor is super rich, smokey full of dark sweet plums and raisins up front. Some dark chocolate not too sweet sweetness follows. Alcohol is present and warming but not at all burning. Perfectly balanced sweet to fruit to alcohol ratio. This is a fine example of why I love big stouts. Gives WWS a run for itís money.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 15, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Slightly thicker pour than medium viscosity, settling in as impenetrable and jet black in the snifter. Creamy mocha tan head sits on top like a thick cobweb, and frapped lacing forms from the get-go. Aroma ignites with plums, rum raisin, lactic chocolate, caramel/turtle liqueur chews, and brown sugared and blackened porridge. Massive flavor contention and milky chocolate wonderment. Verbose, demonstrative substance keys up dark chocolate truffles that were melted in the car, eventually evolving to take on parallels with mocha fudge brownies. Itís like spooning out delicatessen, liquefied chocolate from a secret project at Godiva. Burnt confectionary chocolate slabs trade blows with hot alcohol, which spawns a cackled black pepper underbelly. Thick, dispersing and commanding palate presence with a syrupy reconnaissance that registers several seconds after each sip. Tongue scrape and an invasive throat culture. Amped up on all accords and balanced extremely well. A slight burn seeps down the esophagus while dark chocolate covered espresso beans summarize the bitter-sweet testament that will stand the test of time.
PorterPounder (6145) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Knightly Spirits, Orlando, Fl. - 12 oz bottle. Purple to black tar like pour with a surpisingly thick ovaltine-looking frothy, foamy head. Strong aroma, hints of Carbona spot remover (but in a good way), chocolate, pipe tobacco and alcohol. Strong but sweet flavor with dark chocolate, some chewing tobacco, confectioners sugar and alcohol - but the 15.1% is not as evident as expected. Smooth, velvety, creamy descrobes the mouthfeel. Overall, an excellent Imperial Stout - does not dissapoint.
IndianaRed (2805) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 15, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle Poures a jet inky black, and has that viscous look that few others share. Deep brown head that is lasting and lacing the sticks to the glass for the duration. Lots of strong sweet dark aroms of molassas, leather, tootsie rols and of course the alcohol. Strong, but at %5 I was afraid it would be more overpowering. Flavors were no suprise. Sweet again, prunes, licorice, some coffe and molassas. The ABV is certainly aparent I I am not particularly impressed with the rep that Avery has for seemingly trying to make the biggest, baddest whatever. I didít find the alcohol to overpower the strong sweet flavors, but it does fume up on you. Big, Bad and pretty good.