Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
í05 bottle. Darker cherry red-brown color, sweet nose of alcohol and anise. Sweeter taste of caramel, molasses, sherry and port-like, fills the palate.
Davhgbrew (947) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
Kind of feels and tastes like honey. Syrupy consistency with a sweet-like aftertaste that masks the alc% well. Overall not a beer I would drink again.
2Row (11) - USA - NOV 16, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2006 A bit of a shock on first sip. Seductively sweet yet cough syrupy on further tastes. The achohol becomes obtrusive to the point of obnoxiousness. Tasty, but 12 oz. is more than enough.
lonelybeergeek (36) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 16, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Somehow, I have never heard of this one. My buddy Ari picked a couple up, as if we needed 2, and I have been staring at the bottle wondering how I could have missed this. Pours with little carbonation, white head, coppery orange. Smells like....i dont have the words for it. The aroma is the highlight of the beer, though. Tastes like whiskey, caramel, dates, molasses, alcohol. I would prefer if it wasnít so strong, I taste the alcohol way too much. Makes a 12 oz. quite fun, though. Not my favorite from Avery, they have done much better, but an interesting experience. Unique beer, if not great.
MartinT (8492) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 16, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Some lingering head tops this mammoth of a barley wine. Confident oak surfing on sweet fruit waves, tons of peach syrup, maraschino cherries, dried apricots, etc. Sweetness is prominent, but not too bad so far.
As I swallowed my first sip, my heart and stomach leapt as if they were refusing to ingest this. Itís that sweet. And Iím somewhat of a sweet tooth, donít forget that. Mouthfeel is uberthick, which is nice for a barley wine, but manages to be a little too much considering its obese sweetness. Tons of maple syrup and caramel segue into torrential alcohol and oak, second and soon primary reason for the initial recoil reaction. Have you ever felt your uvula shrink in disgust? Oh, itís flavorful, donít get me wrong! Many cherries, peaches (in syrup form mind you), complex sweetness and a nice coat of oakiness which never topples the sweetness (how could it?). One sip will smack you in the tongue. Ten might make your gut turn. I didnít want to go further. And like I said, Iím known to be a sweet tooth...
Drowning in a pit of quicksyrup, whipped by a drunken fatso as you go down.
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
another monster style beer sent my way from richlikebeer. clear bronze in color with a fast fading head. aromas and flavors are of syrupy sweet notes of caramel, molasses, vanilla and oaky alcohol. not quite balanced but still tastey and enjoyable. thanks rich!
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - NOV 11, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
clear amber bronze color, only a few bubbles in the body. thick foamy tan head that goes quickly. aroma is cherry-like and sherry malt. flavor is very sweet and strong malt, some sherry and alcohol heat in the finish. this is not as evil as I was expecting. easier to drink than the Czar in my opinion. more heat kicks in upon warming.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear, oily amber body with seven white bubbles. Alcohol, vanilla, toffee, molasses, prunes, light grains, caramel, peach skins, and simple syrup. The body is thick, sticky and easily coates the tongue. The flavor shows the sweet, heavy malt backbone and allows just a touch of the wood-aged character. The vanilla, spice and light coconut go remarkably well with the heavy malt and ridiculous alcohol content. The finish is long and warm. In many ways, this is like a Thomas Hardyís Ale. Itís tasty and stuff, but not really to my liking and something I could rarely drink. Itís always interesting to see what Adam and Co. can do, but itís rarely something I want to drink all that often.
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
I mustíve gotten a bad bottle-I thought this was ridiculously sweet and almost undrinkable. Just didnít do it for me at all. One of the first Avery beers that I didnít like.
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 5, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear copper pour with a ring of white lace on top. Aroma of oak and alcohol. Flavor of oak, alcohol, maple, caramel and malt. Light to medium body with a liquorous texture and sfot carbonation. Yummy !