SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 18, 2003
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with ruby hints. Really nice chocolatey, winey aroma. Big thick body, big malts,some chocolate, maybe too sirupy and thick though.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - SEP 5, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
98% opaque body with a very small toasted-brown head. I poured the beer extra hard and still only got a 2 cm rise out of it. Smell isn’t very strong for an IS. There’s obvious sweet hop notes, and some grape. Taste is strong and sweet, starting with molasses, grape, then turning bitter and burnt. This is perhaps the easiest drinking IS I’ve ever had but it is not complex. I was hoping for a lot more, and it is not in the same class with the North Coast, Victory, Stone, DFH or Arcadia IS's. Still, this is not a bad beer and is deserving of a try. Especially for those who are unfamiliar with the style. Also, let the drinker beware, you wont taste much alcohol but you will certainly feel it once you've downed the Bomber. My good friend Jeremy brought this 22oz bottle (2002 Vintage) to me from his recent trip to Denver, CO.
redlem (1296) - Ohio, USA - SEP 2, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A tar black color with a small tan head. A very fresh( almost German wheat like) aroma of chocolate, roasted malts, spicey hops, and alcohol. A sweet bitter taste of chocolate and coffee, somewhat spicey. Silky smooth with an oily feel. This is just behind Bell's Expedition as my favorite Imperial.
ClarkVV (3856) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 30, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2005 2002 Bottle consumed 8/30/03.
Pours a foamy dark blackish brown color. Head varies on temperature but is hardly present. Smells very pungent. Plum alcohol, stiff, bittersweet malt.
Begins very powerfully of dry bitter salty bakers chocolate malt. Then, on top of this stiff taste, the alcohol, which is quite high, kicks in. The texture is very coarse, though I would have thought it to be syrupy. Not so. There is quite a bit of toffee flavor, but it is not sweet toffee at all. There isnt much sweet about this beer, perhaps some moderately sweet caramel malt towards the start and towards the start of the finish, right before you get hit with alcohol, raisins and molasses. The finish provides yet more complex flavors, somewhat spicey, with some acidity, and dark, dark, bitter coffee. The body is certainly full, but overall, the texture and huge amount of alcohol I tasted in every sip turned me off a bit, especially as I had just tried expedition stout a few weekends before. This beer did not mask the alcohol well, in my opinion. Way too much in there. I will say, however, I tried this beer at almost 65 degrees. Towards the end of my 22 ounce bottle, I will admit to liking this beer much more than I had at first sip. I will have to rerate soon.
02 bottle consumed 11/03. Had it at a variety of temperatures. Actually better towards 57-59. Flavor melds together nicely throughout, but again, I am slammed by alcohol on the finish and I am shocked that anyone would call this beer only somewhat acidic. I find Avery’s beers to be above average on acidity level. May benefit from aging, though as it hopefully will even out.
02 bottle consumed July 2004. Wow. This is a different beer. Alcohol is under control, acidity and bitterness, while there and probably too present, are at least manageable. Developed a softer, rounder more chocolatey appeal, and to my surprise, I found myself drinking this stuff easily and quickly. Wow, I’m speechless.
SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I swear this is a really black barley wine. Dark brown color, with an alcohol aroma with hints of roasted malt and others. Slighty bitter, cooffee-like taste with a very strong alcohol presence. I didn't really enjoy it, mostly because I was hoping for a good imperial stout, and found it to be more like a barley wine.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 18, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2003 Dark brown w/ ruby hue. Small light beige head. Intense, somewhat vinous aroma of fruit (dates, raisins), dark chocolate, earth, & oak. Thick, chewy feel. Sweet, fruity, chocolaty flavour. Some vinous elements. Notes of burnt, bitter coffee. Earthy hops.
Radek Kliber (6321) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 17, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma - some sweet creamy slightly lactic, medium roasted malt. Almost black, plain and white small head. Good, clean. Nice roasted mouthfeel and aftertaste. One of those that grows on you.
jgb9348 (4486) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - AUG 16, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown in colour, not fully opaque and when held up to a light...ruby colours come through. A tan head forms on the pour but quickly dissipates. The aroma is pretty nice: chocolate, cherries, port and roasted malt are all very present. Very thick mouthful with tastes of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt and alcohol. The presence of alcohol and the bitterness from dark chocolate and coffee roam on the palate for quite a few minutes after the last sip. Overall, this is was almost exactly what I was expecting from a top 50 Imperial Stout. Great look, smell, taste and aftertaste. One of the better Imperial Stouts that I've had, but not the best. Worth every one of the 599 pennies I paid for it! I bought this 22 ounce bottle from Total Beverage in Thornton (Denver), Colorado.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 16, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I just got punched in the nose with raisins. chocolate wine and molasses follow. roasty flavour, but with lots of raisin, fruit and wine. very baltic tasting. super smooth buttery mouthfeel. very nice.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Barley-tastic. I was supprised at how much of this was more of a barley wine. Reminds me of the '03 Epic. Regardless, I much like this for its smoothness and how it is in fact a Different imperial stout. from the rest.