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 (389) - 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. Itís 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 itís 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
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 (3188) - 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.