Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - SEP 22, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. brown longneck bottle. No freshness date seen. Poured out a deep, dark brown, with red highlights. Not much head, but it did leave a slight lacing around the rim of the glass. Aromas are of expresso coffee, hops, and dark roasted malts. Actually tastes better than many stouts I've drank, because it actually has some hops bitterness to it. It is a nice balance of hops to malts, and the roastiness doesn't overwhelm you with that charcoal, burnt taste.
Nice mouthfeel, not too thick, not too thin. Not chalky or ashy in the least. I think Avery did a wonderful job in brewing this stout.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 25, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a brown/black nice & roasty dry stout. I wouldn't call it a 'big' beer, but it certainly is very tasty and drinkable
Nedman (10) - ward, Colorado, USA - AUG 9, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Soft bronze head, that lasted a good long time.Thick rich mouthfeel, with low carbonation.Burnt chocolate and currant, with a nicely hopped finish. Really good stuff!!
TChrome (1397) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JUL 28, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beer pours very dark brown/black with big head that is retained throughout. There is heavy lacing, and this beer is beautiful to behold. Aroma is big roasted/smoky malt. Flavor matches with initial malty sweetness, strong smoke flavor, and a dose of hops to finish things off. Another nice brew from Avery.
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUL 5, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black beer, tan head. Creamy coffee aroma. Dry malt, chocolate and hoppy flavor with a nice dry finish. Quality brew.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JUN 21, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This just smells plain good. Stong like you would expect from a stount, and nicely balanced with some chocolate roasted goodness. Color is Nice and black with barely any foam. Strong chalky feel, good hops feel with it too boot. Nice malt complex in it, but I think it is passes up a little much over the hoppy bite.
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUN 18, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Darker than most, this one has the nose of a sweet stout: Milky, fresh, and seems to be more alcoholic in the nose like an Imperial. Dark, wonderful roasted flavor with the corners of my mouth left milky and chalky. No alcohol to be found, instead a nice hoppy end. Very hoppy in fact. Damn, this is nice stout that confuse the lines of Dry/Sweet/Milk Stouts.
beerguy101 (5251) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 11, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown color. Medium head. Aroma is malty and choclately. A medium bodied stout. Malts are roasted, touch of chocolate, slightly sweet. Hops are fairly bold and spicy. They sort of overpower the malts, Still it’s a very drinkable dry stout. Mouthfeel is a touch thin. Finish is dry and clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAY 26, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
A very dry stout. Pours black with a light creamy head. Nose of burnt malts but a lot of hops to. Poor mouthfeel due to a lack of malt backbone and wow is their a lot of hops for a dry stout. Thats what I didn't like was that the hops actually overpower the malt backbone which is becoming more an more typical of American dry stouts.
Dogbrick (7113) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 13, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is kind of the kid brother to The Czar but it is a decent Dry Stout. Pours a dark brown (but not opaque) with a dark red halo. Aroma is strong roasted coffee with a little chocolate in the background. Rich with a big coffee presence, along with a little malt and chocolate. Finish is very dry and toasty with a light hops zing. Well-balanced and easy to drink.