unclebleen (620) - California, USA - MAY 20, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Iíve 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 beerís 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 canít put my finger on. Light sweetness, no bitterness and overall a very enjoyable brew.
Silphium (3156) - 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.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 16, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark black, nice tan head..thick, alcoholic, dark imperial-like aroma with roasty, vinious coffee notes and slight chocolate...thick mouthfeel, some bitterness, chocolate and cofeee, slight choc covered fruits...very satisfying..dark..alcoholic and plain tasty.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 16, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This imperial stout pours with a very dark brown, but notquite black, body topped by a medium thick head with some lacing. The aroma is sweet and malty with a nice alcohol note, a touch of woodiness, a little licorice and some fruit. The flavor is slightly sweet yet bitter and malty with a nice roasty chocolate note and a touch of wood. Full bodied, but not as thick as I expected.
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - MAY 16, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nose of toffee, espresso, caramel, and a hint of earthy yeast. Pours a dark garnet. The tall tan creamy head is mostly lasting with fair lacing. The warm and fruity flavor is sweet and spicy with a very pleasant finish. The thick and chewy palate is very soft.
PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 8, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice dark beer with a brown head. Strong but mellow aroma of burbon in the nose, some hops, notes of coffee, and oak are also evident. sweet flavor, nice lasting aftertaste. dark chocolate and spicey. really a bit too carbonated, but a miraculous brew nonetheless.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - MAY 1, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 Corked Bottle Poured with a huge mountain of a head and I was thinking carbonation problem but thankfully not. The color is a cloudy auburn brown with a small amount of light coming through. As I recall, their regular Imperial is quite opaque. The aroma is a bit more complex also. Chocolate malts, vanilla, coffee, and slightly vinous. The effect of the oak aging is much less extreme than the Fish Tale Poseidons. With this one it really works wonders picking up oak and vanilla which add a nice touch to an already great Stout. The mouthfeel is a bit more lively than the regular however the body is satisfyingly full yet maybe a bit lighter than the regular version. Flavors, much like the aromas except less vinous. Sweet chocolate malts, light coffee, vanilla, oak and a touch spicy fill in the blank. Overall I found this better than every other barrel aged stout that Iíve tried thus far. Worth the trip and the toll. Thanks Dave!(Whaleman)
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 30, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 mL, corked, caged and fresh: Dark prune. . . opaque. Small black bubbles pop among the creamy light sandy coloured head and release astringent, rasiny alcohol into the air above my glass. I also sense dark, chewy red grapes, anise and sweet coffee in the aroma. Rich creamy palate that sooths and relaxes as it entices. . . luscious, vinous palate. Not as thick, gooey and coating as some Imperial stouts, but delicate and intense no less. Alcoholic plum chocolates. The anise returns in whisps and adds depth and a spicy complexity. The peppery spice mixes with the chocolate truffle essence to offer a profound and elegant mix of flavours and aged treat. Enjoy.
pfhyde (54) - Davis, California, USA - APR 25, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 27, 2004 A stout with Belgium ale like carbonation?! Yes, indeed. That's the most remarkable attribute of this beer: roof-of-the-mouth fizz that comes with every sip. I must admit, this beer almost exceeds my threshold of tolerance for bitterness--it's an 'imperial' stout, after all--but it somehow managed to keep me satisfied all the way through a pint. I bought another to make sure I didn't misperceive the experience the first time around, and I still felt the same way: very strong, yet consistently palatable, with an oatmealish type aftertaste.