meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2004
This came in a 22oz Bomber with a picture of who I am guessing is a past Czar on the label. Pours as black as one could ask for with a slight light brown head about half an inch high. The smell is of sweet chocolate and a strong alcohol scent to it. Not the most pleasant smelling stout, as the alcohol seemed to really take over the aroma as this warmed. The taste was a bit sweet to start off with before the alcohol jumped in and took over. This is one Imperial Stout where you can defiantly taste the big alcohol. The usual roasted malt and coffee flavors are there just not a prominent. The mouthfeel is decent with a good amount of carbonation. I think the drinkability is defiantly hurt by the strong alcohol, not a bad beer but no-where close to a favorite imperial stout of mine. I might possibly get another bottle to lay down for awhile to see if the alcohol mellows out and lets other flavors take over. austinpowers (2831) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 26, 2004
Black. Thick. Imperial Stout. Very bitter. Pretty sweet with lots of bitterness and roasted notes. Alcohol hidden well. KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2009 This is one tasty brew. Highly chocolately and sweet but with a bitter aftertaste. Awesome. First had the ’03, and now I’m enjoying the ’04. Think I’ll buy another one to cellar. Grab this one if you can. Heavy notes of chocolate and coffe with an immediate alcohol rush in the finish. Sweet malt and sugars round out the taste explosion. Thick and titilating mouthfeel that plays the tastebuds like Caruso crooned a song. Hopistotle420 (1177) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 21, 2004
2004 22 oz. Creamy, salty, black rum nose. Squid ink black hue. Small tannish head. This is just plain seductive. Warming alcoholic notes. Buttery, licorice/anise, roasted malts, hints of prune and dark fruit, coffee, black pepper, burnt/dark caramel, molasses, dark chocolate. Moderate carbonation, full, firm,velvety smooth body, with a roasted, bittersweet finish. A terribly badass imperial, which will definately improve with cellaring, especially the new one! jimhilt (2630) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 18, 2004
Pours a two-fingered light tan head that quickly fades leaving a little lace. Deep amber almost black color. Nice, beefy full bodied. Sweet roasty coffee/chocolate nose. Starts sweet, almost but not syrupy. Finishes with some alcohol overtones but is easy to drink. 22oz bottle $9 from Drum Hill Liquors Chelmsford, Ma.
Enniskillen (2061) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 14, 2004
2004- Nice tan head, with some ruby shining through on the edges. Aroma is esprsso, unsweetend chocolate, rasberries. Alcohol is present, not overwhelming, but is the dominate character along with notes of chocolatre, light coffee. Probably will improve will age to mellow this bad boy. burgerlicious (308) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 12, 2004
2003: A very complex flavor, with hints of coffee, caramel, nuts, and alcohol. It has a warmth that coats your throat and slides down to your stomach. The appearance couldn’t be blacker. There is nice lacing. The head is thin, but that’s to be expected for a stout. The aroma fills your nostrils with a presence of sweet, malty alcohol. DragonStout (1418) - Groveport, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2004
Black as night with a thin kacing head that stayed with the whole expierence.Chocolote and coffee notes with some spiciness.Alcohol was hidden well and the finish was decent PorterPounder (8316) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 28, 2004
Finally, a decent Imp Stout after a lot of pretenders. Black as coal appearance with a tight, mocha colored head, aroma of licorice, pipe tobacco, and strong coffee. Flavor has some of the same elements with an overriding chocolate flaovr that is delicious. One of the better Imp Stouts I have had in a while. The mouthfeel is quite luxurious, creamy and silky. High ABv hiddne extremely well. Color me impressed - the best from Avery yet. millerclmb (44) - Boulder, Missouri, USA - OCT 28, 2004
INcredible boquet of anise, spices, and fantastic redish belgian glory balanced with the steady body you would expect in a stout. Drinkable yet dangerous...a little too dangerous. Nice malt...great body.