Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 21, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The beer emerges from the 12-ounce brown bottle a soot black, the head Bunyanesque, the color a nice deep tan, the consistency thick and creamy, after its slow demise, the lace forms a glutinous blanket to obfuscate the glass. Ah that smell, toasted and roasted grain, sweet molasses, rich malt, a real foretoken of things to come, start is cotton candy sweet, the malt profile thick, the top full. Finish is merciful in its acidity; the hops mingle nicely with the 15.10 percent ABV, but a good thing to cut the sweetness, a belly warmer, and another hit for Avery.
beastiefan2k (2830) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
100th rater, enjoyed with Dickinsonbeer and JoeMcPhee at Spuyten Duyvil. After the pour the smell hits you like a rocket. So I let it sit for a bit. It poured black (of course) with a brown head that left soon. After letting it sit for a bit, the aroma was surprisingly light. It was a light alcoholic, floral fragrance, unlike a regular imperial stout. Here comes the taste. The body is much lighter than expected. Bitter taste but a smooth finish, probably becasue of the lighter body. Again, the smoothness going down is surprising. As I sit and drink the finish becomes a floral bitterness. Imagine a sweet bitter floral beer. Definitly worth a top 50 spot. Also, probably not worth aging. Now check my two commrades ratings and see the difference.
pineypower (2733) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - MAR 20, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2009 So I finally got it, and I went in with high expectations, and boy did Avery deliver. Pours out a dark thick black with a nice active brownish head. Aroma is roasty and sweet with some notes of chocolate and some fruit. Taste is very nice so complex. First I got a nice rich chocolate flavor that faded into some notes of caramel coffee and some dried fruit mostly some plum and maybe fig here or there with some more notes of vanilla and some mild oak and rum. Finish is sweet but sharp like a strong coffee. Very complex beer, I’d put this one on par with just about any imperial, one hell of a beer... no pun intended.
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
One big bad mofo of a beer. I really like it though. Very much along the lines of Dogfish’s WWS, but different in some way that I can discern. I’m glad I bought a couple because I have a feeling this will age nicely. I like that its well carbonated-not too much though.
beerprincess (52) - Indiana, USA - MAR 19, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep rich black color with a lingering head. Port nose with coffee/toffee hints. There is a rich caramel, coffee taste that lingers nicely on your tongue.
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 (3089) - 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 (5351) - 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 ’06 bottle tonight (7/07), and I really don’t 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 (1798) - 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.