jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JUN 21, 2006
From a 12 oz. red foil wrapped neck with a blurb along the right side of label and a bottled on date on the left side, Jan/2006, batch number one.
Made a very good appearance, better than I was expecting, poured a syrupy coal black with a foamy, bubbly topped, tan head that slowly settled into a thin foamy skim-like lacing, decent amount of sticking, moderate carbonation.
Had a nose of chocolate and expresso maltiness with whiffs of a grape vinous, dark ripe fruits and a rum-like alcohol.
A crisp, creamy and a velvety smooth full bodied mouthfeel, good sipping drinkability.
At first, tastes of grape vinous, caramelized sugar, then chocolate laced expresso, dark ripe plums soaked in rum, the alcohol produces a nice warmth in palate and has a rum or liqueur-like quality and a vinous and alcohol finish.
Part of Avery’s "Demons Of Ale" series and this one can be one sneaky demon, should only improve with a little aging.
Ibrew2or3 (8913) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 20, 2006
12 oz bottle, batch 1, Jan, 2006. Poured with a complete absence of color, dead dark soulless night with tan head. Aroma starts out with a bit of alcohol then just after that the smokiness, dark chocolate, coffee and maple syrup enter the picture. Flavor, where to start? Chocolate, molasses, Vermont’s best maple syrup, sweet caramel malts and sweet fruity cherries/grapes. Thick viscous mouth feel that coats the inside of my mouth with a pleasing maple syrupy aftertaste. Buried beneath a mountain of complex sweetness is a murmur of hop bitterness yearning to be heard. As the beer warms the flavors of alcohol and maple smokiness intensify. Every time I test the aroma it seems to change. I think I smell alder wood smoked salmon. Eventaully the sweetness piled up and I only finished 6oz. No problem, 6 more oz for another day. Giddey-Up! Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 20, 2006
As black as they come with a small light-brown head. Aroma of burnt toasts, alcohol, coffee and cacao. Tastes more like an alcoholised coffee with added brown sugar than an Imperial Stout per say. The alcohol leaves a burning sensation in the throat. Not a beer I could drink before being “warmed-up”. It was one of the last beer at a tasting party I attended and I was pretty plastered so the alcohol level didn’t seem so extreme. At that point I was ready to try anything, even a Beet Beer... which I did! oh6gdx (26485) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 19, 2006
Bottled. Black colour, brown small head. Smoky and roasty aroma with hints of coffee and toffee. Sweet alcoholic and roasted malts in flavour. Also lots of coffee, caramel and plums. And off course alcohol, but unlike the other very strong Avery’s, this doesn’t remind me of glue... jonboy32818 (30) - orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2006
Picked this up a few months ago at Knightly. I know I had one right after it was released and it did not taste like this. First off the aroma was all soy sauce, with only a hint of chocolate. The pour was black with no head whatsoever. It was very different from the last time I had it, much sweeter, no bitterness, once again soy with some chocolate. I hope this is not because I let it sit for six months. It is still good but not as good as the early bottle. Both were from the Batch 1 Jan 2006 Cheers
madsberg (11799) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUN 17, 2006
Bottled @ Sk8vikings blind porter/stout tasting. Beer no.8: Pitch black coloured. Light brown dense head. Sweetness, alcohol, light roast, dark fruits and cocoa in the aroma. Some spicy notes. Flavour is herbal, sweet, roasted and has soem spices as well. Is quite full bodied. Ends on a dense bitter and roasted note. Very sharp and wild beer, that is a tad too sweet for me, but I’ll definately come back to it, when it hits Jeppes shelfes some day. walleye (1102) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2006
Had this in March. shared with flemdawg in florida. poured black, with a brown head. aroma, wow, dark fruits come out first than a big hit of chocolate and caramel, alcohol, some vanilla, coffee, malts. flavor another wow the caramel and malts come out than the alcohol, dark cherries, plums, almost port like. good beer Lowe1983 (1657) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUN 15, 2006
Pours a black color with a thick dark brown head, also pours very thick. Aroma is of chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, and molasses. Very thick and full of flavors of chocolate, coffee, molasses, caramel, dark fruits and plenty of alcohol warming. Very delicious brew. whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2010 Opaque brown-black body with a foamy, light brown head of considerable size, especially for such a high gravity beer. Rich and strong aroma of caramel, sweet chocolate, molasses and vanilla. Flavor is dominated by syrupy, underattenuated malts and potent alcohol. Also has abundant caramel plus chocolate-pancake syrup and discordant citric hop flavors. Harsh, alcoholic finish and syrupy texture leave you reluctant to take another sip. The alcohol has little effect besides your usual hootin’ and hollerin’ amid some follies with Uncle Spike’s double-coil animal traps. An off-kiltered beer, easily outclassed by most imperial stouts.
bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 14, 2006
"WOw wow did they get this one right. Pour as black as can be beautiful tan head. Aroma was strong chocolate and roasted malts, dark fruits were there. Flavor was of chocolate and coffee, roasted malts and alcohol. Very Very well done."