waolsen (1376) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - MAY 24, 2007
bottle. near black pour with huge frothy head that lasts throughout. nice lacing. powerful aroma. spice, yeast, dry hops prominant, dark fruits, candy, some sugar, oak. very rich and complex aroma. Hopped out. At first I thought it threw off the balance a bit but at the end I don’t know. Very rich malts, mild chocolates and dry fruits. some spice and oak. A little dank. A nice alcohol warming. Unlike anything else. You find yourself analyzing every sip. A definite treat. Tmoney99 (14479) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2007
Bottle from River’s Bend. Poured clear dark brown color with a large fizzy brown head that lasted and produced good lacing. Moderate complex toasted sweet malt and spruce aroma. Medium to full body with a sticky texture. Heavy balanced bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of long duration. This is a standout beer. talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2007 Intriguing nose right out of the bottle!. Near black pour with deep, garnet highlights and a head that seems to keep growing as it sits. Head is beige-tan, very full, and creamy, rootbeer float-like; lasting ability is tremendous and lacing is sporatic. Nose is one of the more interesting things I’ve ever smelled; pine resins catch the nose first with what seems to be an estery grapefruit note. Other notes include hazlenut, figs, molasses, light roast, some floral aftertones, and light yeast; so many flavors not usually found in one beer. Flavor is nice but doesn’t match the nose; so many flavors to list, anise, hazlenut, cocoa, dark chocolate, light roast, some molasses, light fig, and all surrounded by pine resins. Palate is medium-full, moderate carbonation, and velvety. Finish is a bit distracting, a little chalky and dry, dark chocolate, and zesty, bitter resins with some lingering floral notes and moderate warmth. I don’t even know where to start with this one, so many different things going on. Style... imperial porter, IIPA, and a Belgian strong thrown in for good measure. Chaulky notes really kill what could have been something extraordinary, but that being said, it was a nice twist on American brewing. bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - MAY 22, 2007
bottled: poured clear brown with a tan sultry head. nose of sweet earthen flavors, bit of anise and dark fruits roaming about. something almost unfamiliar wet doggish. flavors are interesting and not well defined on the palate. sweet maltiness and dark sugars, figs and a bitter end of crispy hop flavors that subtle and overwelmed by the other maltty soilesque flavors that dominate the beer. unusual yet intriguing. want another go around to give it a far shake. crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2007
Draught: Dark pour, huge ivory head. Big aroma of dark fruits and some smokiness. Flavor is just all over the place, dark fruits, crystal malt sweetness, roasted malts, smoked malts, floral hops in the background. Mainly dark fruits but with a chewy sweetness and roastiness in the background. Crazy beer that’s all over the place and I need to have another and really try to pull more out of it, just an awesome beer.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 18, 2007
Pours a very clear, dark brown, almost opaque. Small off white head. Aroma is soy, light molasses, and a smokey, funky malt. Taste is good roasted and burnt malt up front. Solid, strong hopping gives a big bitterness. Very light smokiness, nice touch. Finishes with a light cherry sweetness, malts linger. Medium bodied, a little chewy, about right for the style. Lots of good brewing going on with this beer. All the pieces are nice, but put together it was a little weird. Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAY 17, 2007
Fascinating pour, with a frothy head. Deep dark, lovely color, ecru head. Thin bodied from the get go, boozy too. Flavors of smoky charred bread with raisins dipped in piney hop resin. Has a definite funky smell, like a smoky, fungal smell from your dorm room closet years ago...but more enticing than that somehow (probably because there is distinct cacao or other dark bitter chocolate). Weird as hell. Ernest is right, definite notes of ashtray in this beer, but yet, it’s not too bad. Did I say piney hop resin is draped all over this thing? OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2007
22oz bottle pours dark brown with ruby highlights and a huge tan head that stays well and laces in sheets. Aromas of caramel, chocolate, pine, and some rasin. Flavor is caramel, chocolate, lots of earthy notes, pine, slight grapefruit, and some slight spice at the finish. Well carbonated with good medium body and a nice mouthfeel. Somewhat bitter at the finish. An interesting brew! Ratman197 (14834) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 13, 2007
On tap @ Avery’s Tasting Room poured a clear dark brown with ruby highlights and a large lasting creamy tan head. Aromas of carmel, toffee, spice, light earthiness and hints of pine and dark fruit. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of roastiness, bitter chocolate, light carmel and toffee,and hints of dark fruit and spice with a lingering slightly dry bitter finish. Avery has brewed another " Love it or hate it" beer. Me, I love it! jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - MAY 13, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2007 Very dark brown with ruby hues, creamy tan head, estery, fruity nose, has some off elements in nose as well (burnt plastic?) ,alcohol and hops. Medium bodied, creamy, sweet chocolate malt, almost roasty, belgium influenced flavors, controlled bitterness, warming but that "something" in the nose is in the flavor as well and its funky, not awful for that it wavers in and out. Its distracting and a shame because this is tasty. Will need to rerate and see if it is still present.