pivo (2646) - GERMANY - MAR 11, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Superaffenturbotittengeil! Very sweet, fruity nose (black cherry) with loads of alcohol. Near opaque black and a big creamy head. Very strong edgy coffee tastes with undertones of chocolate in the middle. Big burst of flavor initially, then a long, long tapering finish that changes character (coffee->choco ->licorice->spices/hops...). Almost brandy-like at times. I was shocked to see the 12% alcohol listed on the label - well hidden and balanced with the heavy malt body extremely well. Clean and not really complex. Very controlled. This is stout at its best for sure. Was absolutely fantastic with Yogi_Beera's double chocolate mousse she made for my birthday. Thanks Ernest for getting this to us!
YogiBeera (2554) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 11, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ern, you are my Czar - thanks for sending this wonderful brew! Nice chocolate and toffee nose, also very fruity. The darkest night color, little white, beige layer of a head, leaving brussels laces. Chocoloate taste, also very hoppy and licorice. Although it tastes spicey it is very smooth, silky. Thick and syrupy. The Alcohol stays nicely behind, but still this warms you - mmmmmhh - I dreamed of more the whole night.
JPDIPSO (5133) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 4, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Heavy near black liquid with a small tan head. Swet malt aroma with undertones of bitter chocolate, toasted rye bread, light coffee and mild spice. Quite sweet and drinkable, alcohol very well hidden. A few maple flavors distract. Slightly oily in feel. Bitter black malt finish and strong hop oil presence to knock back the sweetness. An upper echelon brew, more like a strong baltic porter. Thanks Ern.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 26, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Whoa! LIke motor oil! Indeed, it is very heavy and thick, and a very slow-sipping beer. The high alcohol makes this a great cold winter evening beer (even if it is a Wednesday). Strong heavy alcohol nose. Chocolate, espresso dominate the flavor. Very dark brown body with barely a head at all. A roasty, nutty finish. Nice.
notalush (5514) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 26, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is very WWS-ish, but much less sweet. Pours a dark black, thick, with low carbonation. Smells like plums, brown sugar and dates. Initially, the flavor is spicy, then the sweetness, currants, toffee. Spice comes back again in the finish. This stuff coats the inside of the mouth. I can see the barely wine like character that some have said this exhibits. This is quite a unique imperial stout. I wish I could get this here. Thanks brewbandit!
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - FEB 25, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2003 Pours a nice dark dark dark brown with a hint of red when held up to a light...small tan head. The aroma is confusing. I'll go along with Ringo here and say that this imperial stout smells very much like a Belgian Strong (brown) Ale. There's a definite sweetness...malty perhaps...sugary...floral...unlike any stout I've had. The flavor was equally perplexing (is that a real word?)...very sweet...just a hint of alcohol...malty for sure...raisins, toffee, coffee. Still, it tastes more like a heftier Chimay Blue (for lack of a better example)...unlike any stout I've had. This thing is absolutely devine, for sure, but different. I've got another bottle coming my way soon. I'll lay it down for awhile and rate this again.
Okay, once this thing warms up a bit, the stout qualities really come out...roasty coffee beans, hops bitterness, and a smokey character. This beer really is unique. I swear this thing goes through two different styles as you drink it...a Belgian Strong (Brown)Ale to a traditional Imperial Stout. Amazing!
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - FEB 23, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown in color with a see-through pour and a tan head. Solid malty aroma, roasted malts, brownies, a little coffee, and just a touch of licorice, raisens, peppers, cherries, and grapes. Fairly sweet (almost perfect) and perfect carbonation. Seems a little light in appearance for the style, but still an awsome offering from the Avery dudes.
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 23, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A well bodied very roasted malt balanced example of the dark side. Complex yet smoothly drinkable for its 12.2 % alcohol. Definitely one to acquire and cellar.
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2003 Boy this sucker pours thick and it sits in the glass like a fat man in the ass-groove of his favorite recliner. Black and opaque like a piece of obsidian ... this beer dominates the eyes. Tiny thin tan head which quickly dissapates and recedes into the beer. A multitude of scents and titilating spores assault the probascis: raisins, burnt toast, coffee, chocolate, buckstrap, and alcohol -- this stuff is dizzying. First sip, very sweet, perhaps slightly overbalanced in the malt direction ... but hang in there and the alcohol and hops creep up to act as a foil. This is one gorgeous beer. Certainly, worthy of the Czars for which it finds its name.
Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - FEB 18, 2003
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2003 Aroma is pure intrigue, with a host of characters. Dark brown sugar, heady flowers, semi-sweet chocolate, plummy fruitiness, caramel/toffee, espresso, faint whiskey, spices and then some. Held up to a bright light, you can find a dim, ruddy glow, but otherwise the blackness reigns. Head invariably settles into a slight, yet striking fractal pattern. Flavor plays across the tongue like a bombastic Russian symphony. Dark, roasted, syrupy, bittersweet chocolate maltiness, a touch of background saltiness, molasses and toffee, and faint yeasty esters subtly blended to play off one another. Languidly drawn out, lightly alcoholic and sweet finish. Aftertaste is malty and unusually savory. The 12% barely ripples the profile but is undoubtedly felt. Majestic, inscrutable, but ultimately joyous in nature.