umich03jm (3513) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - APR 2, 2012
Pitch black pout with beige head. Roasty chocolate aroma along with some grassy hops. Slight bitter chocolate taste at the start then turns roasty. Nice dry finish where the hop taste lingers on your tongue. Really nice black lager. More mouthfeel than expected. superspak (5581) - Michigan, USA - APR 1, 2012
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled May 2010. Pours crystal clear very dark brown color with a nice 2 finger dense dark khaki head with great retention that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Some nice spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, roasted malt, toasted biscuit, molasses, chocolate, light coffee, earthy hops, and a touch of dark fruits. Very nice aromas with good strength and complexity. Taste of chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, toasted biscuit, molasses, nuttiness, coffee, dark fruit, earthy hops, and herbal spiciness. Fair amount of spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and herbal hops on the finish for a good bit. Very nice and lush malt balance with the hop bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed at all on the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent black lager from Avery. Great flavor balance and complexity; and very smooth to drink for the alcohol level. Svesse (8595) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAR 30, 2012
(Bottle) Very dark brown colour, almost black, with hints of ruby when seen through light. Rocky beige head, leaving traces of lacing. Malty, roasted nose with chocolate, dark rye bread, coffee, caramel, dried fruit and a touch of blueberries. Malty, roasted taste with notes of black coffee, cocoa, dark rye bread, raisins, soy sauce and a generous piney bitterness in the finish. Almost full body, viscous mouthfeel. A certain malt sweetness shining through. Quite tasty and very nice. KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - MAR 17, 2012
Bottle. The pour was a thick dark brown with a large (2-3 finger) cream colored rocky head that lasted throughout, producing some excellent sticky lacing.
The aroma was of burnt chocolate malts, grassy hops and a leathery yeast with notes of chocolate, licorice and a smidgen of dark fruit (plums and raisins).
The taste was sweetly bitter and rather malty with a note of chocolate early on and then progressed into this smooth bitter taste with hint of licorice, a small dose of dark fruit and a nice amount of hops at the end. The flavor lasted an average duration with a bitter malty smoothness settling nicely on the taste buds.
Mouthfeel was medium in body and creamy yet dry in texture with a medium carbonation.
Overall a creamy and malty brew with a nice mild hint of hops which does a great job of setting off the malty sweetness...
keanex (1799) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - MAR 15, 2012
Poured into a lager glass from a 650ml bottled bottled in May of 2010.
deekyn (1459) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 17, 2012
A: Almost opaque garnet with a moderately sized dense and creamy messy tan head that clings to the glass as it shrinks.
S: Sweet chocolate and roasted malts, this is well past the hop point unfortunately. Still it smells good.
T: Right away I’m hit with a sweet chocolate that blends well with the roasted malts ending very sweet with a caramel finish. This is like the bastard child of an imperial stout and a barleywine at this point.
M: Syrupy body with almost no carbonation.
O: Shame this isn’t fresh but with it being a one-time brew I had to try it. It’s still worth trying, just don’t expect any hop presence at all.
A - pours dark brown with high tan head that dissipates. No lacing. S - aromas of sweet malts, grassy/floral hops. Hints of prunes and clamato? M - medium body, high carb. Lingering bitter hops. T - malts up front, bitter citrus/grassy hops, on the palate, with hint of dark chocolate and licorice , prunes. Lingering bitter hops on the end. O - underwhelming. RobertDale (6470) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - FEB 10, 2012
22 ounce bottle. Just found in back of beer cellar. Pours almost black with a lovely tan head. Aroma of hops, dark chocolate, and malt. Taste is roast, chocolate, dark fruit, yeast, and some spices. Rice and creamy. Unique, different, and very good. Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 25, 2012
(Bottle) Pours black with creamy, nougat to pale brown coloured head. The aroma is a mix of roasted malt/chocolate, alcohol and spicy/grassy/light floral hops. Some plums in the background. Nice grainy maltiness on the nose. The flavour is light sweet, medium bitter and tiny acidic. Tones of dark chocolate and resinous/spicy hops as well as a light touch of dark fruits. The mouthfeel is round, creamy and clean. Smooth malt finish. Nice bitter sting at the end. Medium bodied. redpooba (406) - Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2012
The way Avery meshed in the hops is amazing on this beer; very well balanced and clean to the taste. kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
Date: June 22, 2010
Source: Hop City, Atlanta
Appearance: black, big creamy beige head
Aroma: sweet roasted aroma, touch of fruity sweetness
Flavor: sweet citrus flavor, balancing roast, light bitterness, touch of chocolate
Overall: good blend between the roasted malta and sweet fruity hops
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Score: ** /4