jbrus (4990) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - OCT 24, 2004
Wow! What a aroma! Beautiful mix of roasted coffee and blackberry. Black color, light brown head, good lace. Light sweet, roasted coffee, toffee, soft, alcohol well hidden. Thanks hopscotch! skortila (5793) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - OCT 24, 2004
(Dutch ratebeermeeting) Sjee..... This stuff is something we miss in the Netherlands/Europe. We have some imperial stouts, but certainly not as great as this. Malty aroma of chocolate, overripe fruits and blackberries. Very full aroma. Opaque, black coloured with a lasting, off-white, brownish head. Taste is malty (roasted, coffee/chocolate), sweet and fruity. Quite complex and remarkable smooth. Special thanks to jbrus for sharing. jerohen (2276) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - OCT 24, 2004
Dutch Ratebeer Meeting. Expectations were high but man did this one live up to its reputation! Opaque black appearance, small brown head. Very strong aroma of coffee, chocolate and malts. Very strong similar flavour, while the alcohol remains reasonably well hidden. Soft and balanced, this is the good stuff. Too bad itís so extremely difficult to find examples of this style around here. caesar (7097) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - OCT 24, 2004
Dark opaque color, short brown head. Aroma of black chocolat, roasted malt, rye, bit fruity of berries. Bitter taste of chocolat and malt. Not very alcoholic, only retronasal some alcohol. Very good! Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 14, 2004
2003: Poured black and less viscous than I thought it should; with a thin tan head...aroma of alcohol, chocolate, smoked wood...tastes of chocolate, coffee, toffee, and subtle alcohol...finish is clean and roasty...I was disappointed by the lack of hops (which they do so well) in this beer, but very impressed by the hidden alcohol (which they donít do so well)...
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
UPDATED: APR 7, 2005 The aroma is full of alcohol, mocha, chocolate and some deep roasted coffee. Pretty nice nose but the alcohol was very noticeable and virtually no hops were present in the nose.
The flavors were very complex but didnít seem to work well with each other. Dark Roasted Chocolate was present along with ground coffee, prunes or perhaps dark cherries, black licorice, some vanilla (but hardly noticeable) and some English Toffee. The alcohol was also very evident especially when the beer warmed. I also noticed that this Imperial Stout seemed to be lacking some hop flavor which seemed odd considering the brewery.
Overall, a solid beer, but I have had much tastier Imperial Stouts.
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - OCT 2, 2004
Another winner from Avery. I cant say much more than what you have read before. Nice and heavy, but the alcohol content is well hidden in the malty backbone of this wonderful brew. desurfer (1302) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2004
Pours a motor-oil black with a tiny mocha-colored head. Aroma of roasted malt, hops, and alcohol. Flavor is very big, with bitter bakers chocolate, roasted coffee, and more alcohol. But the alcohol is not overly noticeable for a 12%er. Also a hint of cherry. Finishes burnt, bitter, and very warming. A very nice imperial stout. sallad (115) - USA - SEP 17, 2004
22oz bottle. Pours very dark brown, looks black in the glass with dark ruby highlights when held to the light. Small light brown head that faded to a nice ring. Burnt / roasted grain aromas laced with cherry and chocolate. Bitter hops up front in the taste w/ more roasted malt. Finishes with a bitter dark chocolate flavor and some warming alcohol notes. This was suprisingly low on the sweetness, but still medium bodied. Sweeter (and more alcohol apparent) as it warmed. Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - SEP 10, 2004
Alcohol, chocolate, and anis in the nose. Big thick mouthfeel with more chocolate, black malt, earthy hops, coco. milk chocolat, and dark chocolate. Alcohol presence warms the nose and kind of adds to the expiriance. Finishes with coco.