daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 3, 2010
Bottle thanks to doodler. Black pour, foamy light brown head. Roasty aroma with some interesting woody notes, coffee and a hint of prunes and molasses. Barrel characteristic is very nice in this beer. Fruitier than a bourbon barrel, with some nice char, vanilla, molasses, and light chocolate. I think this is very well done and it may even get better over the next year. hophead21112 (218) - Louisville, Colorado, USA - JAN 27, 2010
Black pour beneath a light brown head, good retention and lacing. Aroma consists of coffee, dark chocolate, graham cracker, vanilla and dough. Surprising balance on the palate with low carbonation and an oily mouthfeel. Flavors of oak, vanilla, coffee and a brief appearance by the rum barrel. Little alcohol warmth, nicely hidden. Good stuff! talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 27, 2010
Bottled 1-13-10. The pour is black with a tan, average, foamy head which is somewhat lasting and leaves some frothy lace rings. The nose is a bit forced but pleasant with rum-soaked raisins, toasted toffee, some dark chocolates, toasted oats, light molasses, and hints of sweet oak. The flavor is very similar with smooth chocolates, rich toasted toffee, similar rum/raisin notes, oatmeal, faint smoky roast, burnt oak and burnt molasses. The palate could be great without the forced carbonation; more than lively, full, silky, coating, and round. The finish is more roasty and oaky with moderate smoky roast, sweet oak drying a bit, and some lingering raisins, chocolates, and faint molasses. A curious beer with some great characteristics including a perfect palate minus the carbonation, nice implementation of rum barrels (which I do not tend to like), and a very nice drinkable beer without being thin. Could be something great but Avery has seemed to put out some mediocre beers recently. Certainly a beer filled with mixed feelings, for me at least. jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 23, 2010
(bottle courtesy of BeerandBlues2). Black color. Medium tan head which is mostly diminishing. Moderate chocolate/coffee aroma. Sweet chocolate/malt flavor, with light alcohol. Avg duration. Thin/slick texture. Smooth finish. Soft carbonation. Spare lacing. TAR (2761) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - JAN 18, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2010 Penetrable black with brown edges. Creamy collar of khaki foam encircles a broken center. Nose consists of piercing alcohol, medicine, toasted oak and blackcurrants. Hints of overripe plums, cocoa, char and plastic. Fizzy carbonation quickly collapses as it hits the tongue. Highly disharmonious from the get-go, with an inundation of stinging alcohol and extremely fuzzy, poorly defined malt. Soupy, muddy, worty and severely underattenuated. Absolutely no malt depth or texture, to speak of. The rum is all cola/sugar and little else, though it does show some restraint as it takes a backseat to the lifeless, one-dimensional malt. Notes of overripe plums drenched in molasses and chocolate syrup add to the limp body and resounding cloyingness. Distant seared malt and oaky tannins struggle to overcome the syrupy body as they impart very little crispness or enhance the structure in any way. Alcohol persists, lending a hot vodkalike sharpness which clashes with the gradually intensifying char and tannins. Lurking plastic further tarnishes any potential brightness. Dullness and monotonous flavors continue into the finish which is overrun with sweet raisins, alcohol, chocolate syrup and a faint but off-putting overripe plum twang. Beers of this style should be clean yet rich and layered. But in the typical Avery fashion, this is overly sweet and has flimsy carbonation which falls apart on the palate. No malt depth or vibrancy, either. As long as this brewery continues to strip the texture and nuance from their beers through excessive filtration, among other things, I will continue to be baffled. And force-carbonating them, to boot?!?! Very poor, all around.
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 17, 2010
I was lucky enough to get half of a friend’s bottle and I was surprised by this beer. It smelled oddly like bananas at first and then oats, roasted stout, nice. The flavor was a well done stout, the barrel-aging did not dominate the beer like I was expecting, this was oddly not boozy at all for the 10% abv.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-18-2010 05:26:24 notalush (5875) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 16, 2010
Bottle picked up at Avery today - black pour - small tan lace - nose of rum, cream, light oak, vanilla, a bit of peppery character, moderate tannins - fairly creamy mouthfeel - a lot more subdued than I thought it would be, with only a moderate sweetness, and well-masked alcohol - however, there really isn’t much to rave about hereyour standard strong oatmeal stout is only slightly augmented by dry oak, mild spiciness, and the faintest notes of rum - an odd starchiness develops as it warms - it’s good, but it isn’t the kind of stand out beer you want from such a special release. Ratman197 (14830) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 16, 2010
On tap at Avery Barrel Room poured a clear dark brown nearly black with a small lasting brown head. Aromas of coffee, dark chocolate, raisins, vanilla, oak and rum. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of dark chocolate, raisins, vanilla, oak, coffee and rum with a smooth lingering oaky finish. Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2010
Big, inviting, rum-raisin-like nose. Deep brown with a decent head and lace that loiters for a long time. Smooth and chewy texture culminates into a chalky richness. Not as heavy, sweet or thickish as many other Impies. Meanwhile, the alcohol is hidden very well. Full-flavored notes of cocoa powder, rum (reminded me of Bacardi 8, which I like), wood, vanilla and caramel swirl together on the tongue in great harmony. Avery Brewing can do a lot of beer styles well, but, IMO, it somehow nails stouts every time, and this beer is no exception. At its core, it’s a great stout, though it does seem slightly/curiously light for an Imperial, other than the high alcohol. But the aged-rum and woody flavors and aromas really take things up a few notches. And using rum barrels, as opposed to the more common bourbon barrels, is an interesting departure, the result of which is a great one. 3fourths (9345) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 15, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2010 black with a chocolate brown head. nose is roast, chocolate malt and potato-like starches, light rum barrel note, medium to light wood. up front slightly sweet, moderately tannic, the rum barrel doesn’t really make itself that noticeable other than strictly wood. chalky and somewhat spicy, right until it hits the back of the tongue and the stripped malt and carbonation dissolve it quickly.