Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JUN 1, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very nice dark color.tan head that has some lasting power.The aroma was roasted malt coffee and chocolatey with a slight hint of vanilla.The taste was beyond words strong malt,coffee with a hit of dark chocolate.The alcohol is definately there but doesn't seem to jump on you to hard but you feel it.The after taste was fantastic with the malt and coffee comeing through nicely with that alcohol burn going down,but still a very nice brew that will put you in a state of Nirvana.
haukur (1709) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - MAY 17, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2012 Initial Rating Date: 5/17/2003 10:53:20 AM - UPDATED 11/25/2003 2002 BATCH
The word "hardcore" comes to mind. I had a very hard time "downing" this beer. Mocha taste was superiour and hints of coffee and spices. I woke up after this one with the most painful headache I´ve had in a long time. Not my style, but maybe the holy grale for stout lovers
re rate pending
Eirikur (385) - hafnarfjordur, ICELAND - MAY 16, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2003 This is THE stout, the stout of strong warming alcaholic flavours. Jesus christ, I just downed half of these and it was a handful.
GermanBrews76 (680) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 13, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Heavy duty black body with hints of burnt amber aroud the edges. Hardly a head at all, but what's there is a dark tan/light brown tight little mass. Heavily chocolatey, a hint of vanilla and cream, rich and full, alcoholic and roasted, earthy hop tones rise up, a bit of licorice and some dry, well roasted barley on the finish. Great balance, great body and a GREAT job of slipping in a 12.2 ABV. A whopping alcohol punch drowned in superior complexity and depth. Sweet and chocolatey initially, but quickly overtaken by roasted bitterness and a spicy/earthy hop bite and ALCOHOL. the finish is a fight between the sweet chocolate maltiness and the alcohol/hop/roastey bitterness. TRUE imperial stout!!
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - MAY 13, 2003
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Oh beautiful beer..im about to lay down a towel in front of my door and pray to Avery 5 times a day. Comprehension is leaving me as i engulf this surprising bottle of liquid nectar. The alcohol hits like a cement truck plowing into a honda del sol..it aint pretty. It pours a viscous black liquidous mixture with a slight tan sheathy head. The aroma is milk chocolatey, with roasty coffee, nuts, raisins and vanilla apparent. The flavors is thick as molasses. More of a soupy chocoalte, raisin, and vanilla/nut mixture. Some wood, and dark chocolate involved. Very thick and grainy chocolateyness. Super dry, massively thick ending with little carbonation. Sheer asskicking goodness here. No sissy add ons, no pussy carbonation levels..just sheer asskicking alcohol and thick ass chocolatey syrup. THIS is the epitome of an imperial stout. Drink, feel...learn!!!!
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - MAY 13, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
strong milk choclate aroma, dark black with a tiny head, full bodied, silky choclate fading into alcohol and candy sweetness, then mild hop flavors that turn to woody roastedness that comes full circle with a milk choclate finish, the alcohol is masked incredibly well
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAY 10, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep dark stout.. Very rich with a chocolate and raisen flavor. Sweet subtle aroma of toffee. Hops are present. Great beer.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAY 8, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
sweet nose, a bit of alcohol. mild chocolate, good coffee balanced with other roasted grain flavors. Dangerously drinkable. Lots of chocolate with, with fruity licorice and the slightest touch of alcohol. Hops are piney, they don't jump out but rather lurk underneath. Doughy flavor throughout, excecptionaly balanced. Exactly what i'm looking for in a beer.
AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 30, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another wonderful brew from Avery, I recommend all stout drinkers to seek this out. Has all you expect from an Imperial in terms of flavor and aroma, and a whopping 12% abv. Lovely.
Brodie (540) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - APR 16, 2003
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is coffee, roasted grains, spicy hops, some barely perceptable dark fruits, and peppery alcohol. A dark mahoganey brew, with a decent tan head. Flavor is rich and intense - chocolate, coffee, roasted barley, caramel and some spiciness form both hops and alcohol. Balance is sweet at first and finishes close to even. Full, creammy mouthfeel that is wonderful. I definitely need to go buy a few more bottles to cellar for a few years. Outstanding!