GregMooreNH (278) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 19, 2018 Onionkid (390) - Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA - JAN 2, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Aroma is malt and alcohol. A dark, chalky chocolate taste primarily. Has a boozy burn towards the end to go along with a caramel and malt finish. Some hops as well. Pours dark and thick. This was my first ever craft beer a few years ago, and I was completely thrilled to be able to find a bottle of this and The Beast locally once again! Not as great as I fondly remembered it being, but with that much alcohol it’s okay to let some of this beer’s quirks slide. Current year’s batch is apparently 15.95% according to the bottle.
Pours pitch black with thick, dense head. Aroma is chocolate, tart cherry and coffee. Taste is sharp plum with an immediate alcohol sensation and light chocolate. Flavor warms to licorice, coffee and a hint of cherry. Finish falls somewhere between warming and burning. Not for the faint of heart, it is a great stout. allfreej (567) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 16, 2018
A 2014 bottle from the cellar. Pours black with a nice tan head. Excellent lacing. Nose is roasty malt, cocoa powder, coffee, plums,and raisins. Flavor is sweet and malty with coffee and chocolate notes. After several years in the cellar the alcohol heat has mellowed enormously. Long, sticky finish and thick mouthfeel. Wish I had more than one bottle.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone adster (874) - HUNGARY - DEC 31, 2017
A 2017. év utolsó söreinek egyikeként fedi fel karakterét a baljós kinézetű, ördögi ital, amely mégis egy békés új esztendő hírnökeként kell, hogy megérkezzen, ezt pedig minden bizonnyal csodás ízjegyei által közvetíti majd a szerencsés fogyasztója részére. Már az illatai is kellemes percek előidézőjeként szolgálnak, mézes, marcipános, karakteres élesztős hangulatot árasztanak. Kortyai súlyosak, akácmézesek, mazsolás és zserbós jellegű elemek nyitányát adják, amihez egy hosszan kifejlődő, markáns kesernyésség, aszalt szilvás fanyarság csatlakozik egy vibrálóan élesztős lepel oltalma alatt. Az alkoholfok mértéke csak kevéssé érezhető, összességében egy igen sima futású, bársonyos modorú ital, amelynek külleme bár vészjósló, vitathatatlanul barátságos kezek alkották. SvanteL (651) - SWEDEN - DEC 10, 2017
Batch 10, 2014 17,1%. Svart med litet brunt skum som lägger sig snabbt. Doft och smak har mycket mörk choklad, kaffe och lakrits men även en mörk fruktighet som körsbär inlagd i rom. Mycket välbalanserad och fantastiskt god. The_Osprey (9723) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2017
September 2017 - Theydon Bois' 20K Tasting at One Canada Square. Bottle with big thanks to Mr Meth-istopheles, Kenny. As 'Avery Mephistopheles Stout', 15.1%, bottled 2006 – first edition, red foil. Black, opaque, foamy brown head leaves light dotted lacing, some legs on glass. Aroma is aged chocolate, a little oxidised. Body is smooth with soft carbonation. Taste is quite oxidised, spicy, very rich molasses, some soy. Obviously a little past it. Grew on me but needed some time in the air. (5-4-6-4-14=3.3)
Bill Becker (2012) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 30, 2017
From Oct 2007
Pours from 12oz bottle(bottled Nov 2006 Batch 2) a near pitch black with a tiny head of foam that shrinks to a few islands in the middle with just a bit of lacing. A few minutes in and the foam is gone but that's not all that unusual for the style.
The smell hit me as soon as I popped the cap....roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and the alcohol is very evident in the nose.
The taste has oodles of caramel malt, roasted malt, molasses, chocolate, cocoa, and it's got a big alcohol presence that warms even when it's in my mouth, never mind the swallow. Hey, this puppy is +16%abv so it comes as no surprise. This bottle is going to take me a *long* time to finish as I dare not take more than the tiniest sips at a time. Man, I do like the lingering aftertaste; it just won't quit long after taking the last sip.
The mouthfeel is fairly thick and creamy and the carbonation is lightly done. Whew. This is one *huge* Imperial Stout!!! I think I'll let my other bottle age for a few more months and see what happens.
Bottom line: Big huge taste, big huge alcohol, little tiny sips. Drinkability for me is going to be on the lower end of the spectrum because it's so strong but the flavours are a delight. A brew made for a snifter and a schedule day of nothing to do. Give it a shot and enjoy it for what it offers. ljthiessen (1513) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 29, 2017
On tap at JL Beers. Black pour with a brown head. Big and boozy, lots of fudgy chocolate and bourbon, some black licorice, super rich, sweet but decently balanced. sjogro (5116) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 13, 2017
Sampled from bottle at THT October. Black with light tan head. Big sweet deep roasted chocolate malt. Massive alcohol and ash bitter. Full body and soft carbonation. Soft carbonation. Maakun (6814) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 13, 2017
Bottle shared at THT, 2014 17.1%. Black with dark beige head. Some smoke, massive sweet toffee and caramel, lots of bitter alcohol and herbs, nuts, blackberries, dried cranberries. Quite sweet, very bitter and light tart. Almost full bodied with lots of alcohol. Way too boozy. MrTipple (7004) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2017
Intense dark chocolate, cacao, caramel, sweet oak. Hazy, very dark brown, small, creamy, beige head. Light sweet. More intense dark chocolate, cacao, dark, toasted malts, oak, soft carbonation, full bodied. Very nice Impy. Keg at the brewery, Boulder.