jgentgesdo (694) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 7, 2005
Pours inky black with smallish brown head that lasts and laces fairly well. Nose is strong smoky malt, coffee, and chocolate flavors. The flavor is strong coffee and bitter chocolate, smoked barley, strong, with a touch of olive and tannin. Fairly high gravity, quite dry, very good dry stout. OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2005
12 oz bottle pours black with a short offwhite head that lingers and laces. Aroma is of roasted malts and a touch of coffee. Flavor is of coffee with accents of chocolate and a little bit of roasted peanuts. Decent bitter finish. On the palate this is full bodied and quite substantial for a dry stout. I enjoyed this one. Another fine brew by Avery. JK (6280) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - AUG 2, 2005
More body and flavor than many dry stouts. Heavy palate. Some red wine. The roasted barley shows up in force but the hops are hard to find. OlivierMTL (709) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 25, 2005
Couleur noire aux reflets rougeâtres, apparence opaque. Faible quantité de mousse s’affaissant presque complètement après 10 seconde, ne laissant que quelques grosses bulles savonneuses. Crème glacée au chocolat, fudge et timide touche de fumée sous une bonne quantité de houblon vert en arômes. L’intensité et le profil des arômes ne se traduisent pas très bien en bouche, devenant un peu vinaigré et quelques peu vineux, fruits rouges, malt très torréfié amenant une certaine acidité. Corps semblant un peu mince pour le style, faiblement aqueuse, carbonatation très présente et un peu trop piquante. L’alcool apparaît graduellement en finale. Bouteille, Amherst, Spirit House, Mai 2005. heemer77 (5360) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUL 18, 2005
Black body with barely a trace of ruby when held to bright light. The frothy head is light brown and filled with small, tight bubbles. The aroma is rich with coffee, chocolate and some roasted nuts. The taste is dry with some wood and strong coffee. The finish is long lasting with that coffee bitterness. Excellent example of the style. Contains a little more roasted character in the finish than I would. This is definitely a big dry stout. Coudl be a little smoother with a little less of a long bitter finish.
nick76 (4402) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2005
Aroma is sweet and very coffee like. The color is rich dark brown but when poured it has a small head. Flavor is rich with plenty of coffee and chocolate. Bitterness is about right for a stout. But despite having a rich flavor it has a thin palate for a stout. Aftertaste is like toasted bread that is bordering on burnt. Zeswaft (1780) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 9, 2005
Not much of anything here. Tastes kind of watery and leaves a very smokey taste in the mouth. Try something else. Tmoney99 (14954) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 15, 2005
Bottle. Black color with medium light brown head. Good stout aroma. Full well balanced toasty barley and nut flavor. Full body and good finish. Bockyhorsey (2638) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 28, 2005
Aroma of roasted nuts. Black body with good chocolate head. Good lacing left in the glass. Sweet and rich roasted flavor made this one a decent beer. No bad aftertaste good job Avery. NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 24, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2007 Great smell. Like a BBQ just lit with fresh cedar chips. Nice deep black color, but hard to get a head out of it and what little I teased up faded fast. Mmmm quaffable and bitter without being annoyingly over-hopped like a lot of Avery’s stuff. Damn solid beer that I’d LOVE to see on draft somewhere.