DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 8, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ditto on the cork - my rotator cuff is a bit sore from tennis and it hurt a bit pulling it out. Hope the alcohol numbs the pain! Black body, intense carbonation maintains a foamy tan head. Sheets of lace drip down the side of the glass after a tilt. Chalk, vanilla, mint and chocolate in the aroma. Cream, caramel and vanilla in the start, finishes with a bitter roast, plum, earth, and chocolate. Some alcohol warmth too, but nothing too much. I think there’s too much of a fruitiness in the finish, it serves to "lighten" up the beer experience. Overall a retardedly smooth imperial stout, quite enjoyable.
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - JUN 4, 2004
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Before I get into the beer, I have to agree with the previous rating about the cork. This thing was a bitch to get out. Must be a more narrow neck than usual on the bottle. Anyways, the aroma on this beer is amazing - chocolate, vanilla, coffee, hazelnut, caramel - smells like a hot fudge sundae. As it warms, some dark fruit and herbal hop aroma starts to show up. Dark mohagany in color, good head formation, decent lacing. Lots of caramel and chocolate in the flavor, moderate herbal hop flavor comes through, nice kick of roastiness in the end. Finish is bitter, both from roast malt and hops. Medium-full body, which is thin for an imperial stout, but still satisfying, also more carbonation than is common in the style. Overall, an outstanding imperial stout. The aroma is amazing, the flavor seems to lack somewhat, but I think this is jsut because the aroma is so great. Not as heavy as some imperials, but that is fine with me this time of year. The regular LH imperial is a great beer, this is awesome. Joy!
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 2, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of the toughest cork extractions in some time. Broken cork followed by a struggle with the cork screw. Dark brown with a few flecks of white yeast. Smaller tan lid of bubbles (second pour leaves a gigantic sea-foam like head). Aromas seem to have mellowed. Light mocha, Caramel, touch of dry herbs, and hint of pine and peat. Fairly thin, but smooth in feel. Early start with vanilla, light oak and caramel. Middle reveals lightly toasted and roasted malt. Finish is smooth and almost uneventful, but the alcohol does show its hand and starts to warm the insides. Warmer aromas flourish in the snifter. Dark cherries, plums and dates come to dance an absolutely glorious ballet. This is nearly too smooth in the finish. I must find more of this for next winter. I believe this will only get better. This is not your meat and potatoes imperial stout, it is the Creme Brulee!
savannah (37) - columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very good! Definite chocolate flavor, but malty notes as well. Full mouth feel, thick, chewy. medium low carbonation. Strong! Long lasting flavor.
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep black body, bigger head than I had expected. Smells of wood, chocolate, coffee, and alcohol. Very thick body. Tastes of dark roasted grains and strong alcohol. Finishes bitter but there are hints of vanilla in there.
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - MAY 23, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: dry coffee and chocolate, slight oak/wood scents, and yeast
Appearance: murky brown with floaties, tan head, slight lacing
Flavor: smokey, chocolate, and coffee, burnt malts, and woody flavors
Palate: harsh and chalky with a harsh, dry chocolate aftertaste. really fizzy
temporrari (386) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 23, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown, large tan head. It’s not black. I can pick up some roasty notes, but I found no wine in the aroma, perhaps they used fresh barrels. I could detect some subtle woodiness. Better to be subtle than overpowering with oak/wood flavors. I found the regular to be a bit astringent. The flavor of this is pleasant and smooth, I think the barrel aging has mellowed this beer out. It certainly improved it, and it was good anyway. On the whole it’s a bit better and smoother than the same beer not aged in oak barrels. Pretty tasty.
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - MAY 20, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I’ve been waiting to taste this for quite some time now since I purchased it at the Papago Brewing Company is Scottsdale, AZ a month ago. Well, the wait was well worth it! The beer pours a black color with a thick tan head. Aroma is perfectly malty with some excellent coffee and chocolate notes. Also, some vinous characteristics balanced with some great bitterness. This one tastes really good. Rich and complex with dark fruitiness and burnt maltiness. The oak flavors are subtle and do not dominate the beer’s other flavors. The flavor is just like the aroma but with the barrel notes. Body is very full and alcoholic. A really great beer.
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - MAY 19, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours sort of blackish, but more like brackish and reminding me of the semi-cloudy, tanin laiden waters of the Scratchyerhoochie Swamp. The aroma is black licorice with aiken highlights. Ample thick natural head and wonderful carbonation. The flavor is roast and licorice dominated with a nice punch of booze. Slightly watery tasting or maybe like it is missing a vital component that I just can’t put my finger on. Light sweetness, no bitterness and overall a very enjoyable brew.
Silphium (3186) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 18, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is what Avery The Czar should have been. Poured deep chestnut brown with a thin light tan head. Poured with a fruity aroma laced with hints of wine and tangy oak. Rich flavor of toast and caramel, tangy sweet oak barrel, bourbon, red grape, chocolate, and alcohol. Rather thin-bodied but very full-flavored. The barrel aging is not over-the-top and significantly enhances this beer.