lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - SEP 27, 2008
Style and Glass: Imperial Stout, Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 11.73% in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400C
Purchased at: Canal’s, Burlington, NJ for $6.64 (after discount)
Aroma: impressive, amazing, coffee, chocolate, oak, charcoal, ashes, alcohol, blankets. 10 out of 10.
Visuals: beautifully designed, black, impenetrable, opaque, little head, wispy, minimal lace. 5 out of 5.
Taste: well balanced, enveloping, overwhelms, hefty malt, deep hops, high strength, high craft. 10 out of 10.
Palate: highest quality, soft grained texture, long dark finish. 5 out of 5.
Overall: Simply amazing. Perhaps the best beer in my long bearded journey thus far. I will absolutely repeat, it’s an instant favorite, of the highest possible value, and craft. 20 out of 20. EMMA83 (1) - Washington, USA - FEB 29, 2012 does not count
I love dark stout beer. This brand was an impulse buy. I had never heard of it, and was extremely impressed. I first got to try the 2010 batch which has 11.69% abv and the2009 batch at 10.82% ABV. This stout is as dark as Guinness but has a lighter almost sweeter taste. A word to the wise ..ONE beer is plenty! PullMeABeer (203) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 11, 2005
2004. Bottle. Pours dark black with brick red highlights and a thin brown head. Aroma is spicy hops; the alcohol tingles your nose but is masked very well, and fresh cut cedar planks. Aromas of chocolate, dusty basement, and coffee. Body is a little sweet and sticky. Flavors are mocha, vanilla, rich dark dried fruits, sweetness that runs through the entire flavor but is subdued in the finish with a blast of spicy earthy hops. The sweetness and the hops mix to form a very addicting combination. The 13% blends perfectly. Great body, creamy, coats the mouth. Just gets better and better as it warms. Mmmmmmmmmm!! Highly drinkable........................................s drinkable. "Holy Shite, Oh Heavenly Impy, Oh what a wonderful beer" I could rave about this beer for ever. Mmmmm! sjohnny (635) - - SEP 19, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2013 Fruitcake-like sweetness at the start. Pleasant alcohol presence throughout. Hint of bitterness at the finish. This is an outstanding beer that gets better and better the further into it you get. RickReallyBrew (99) - Franktown, Colorado, USA - APR 30, 2015
This brew is one of my ultimate favorites. I’ve tried so many Avery beers and finally found one I will always buy if I can find it in stock somewhere. This brew is deep, rich and amazing. So high gravity that it does make my heart skip a beat. This brew should be taken slowly, over a prolonged period. It does challenge ones physiology in several ways. Not a bad idea to chase it with ice water and have some insulin handy if your pancreas is not up to speed. This is an entire meal in a bomber.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - MAY 13, 2003
Oh beautiful beer..im about to lay down a towel in front of my door and pray to Avery 5 times a day. Comprehension is leaving me as i engulf this surprising bottle of liquid nectar. The alcohol hits like a cement truck plowing into a honda del sol..it aint pretty. It pours a viscous black liquidous mixture with a slight tan sheathy head. The aroma is milk chocolatey, with roasty coffee, nuts, raisins and vanilla apparent. The flavors is thick as molasses. More of a soupy chocoalte, raisin, and vanilla/nut mixture. Some wood, and dark chocolate involved. Very thick and grainy chocolateyness. Super dry, massively thick ending with little carbonation. Sheer asskicking goodness here. No sissy add ons, no pussy carbonation levels..just sheer asskicking alcohol and thick ass chocolatey syrup. THIS is the epitome of an imperial stout. Drink, feel...learn!!!! Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - MAY 1, 2006
2005 batch. Into a snifter. The color isn’t the light absorbing black I anticipated. No matter, it is a beautiful brown red that turns ebony when away from light. Excellent balance of all elements. I feared a hop monster, I was wrong. I thought the roasted malt would be overwhelming, I was wrong. A sweet and delecious toffee malt with cold coffee and spicey liquorice. Raisins and leather make light conversation and the beer finishes amazingly clean. I am very pleased to have some bottles in the cellar. Jwasciuk (198) - Lowell, Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2007
UPDATED: APR 24, 2007 2004. Pours muddy black with a small creamy brown head. Aroma is conplex, cookies, roasted malts, milk chocolate, strong coffee, broth. Flavor starts balanced twords the sweet side, roasted malts, a bit nutty, prunes and finish is more balanced out and more noticable is the flavor of chocolate and alcohol. Medium to full bodied, creamy. Seems a bit like a belgian quad with the finish of a stout. Very enjoyable.
2006 same as above but maybe 1 point less, because of less ABV. Calvin52 (6) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2011 does not count
bottle into snifter.
malt dominated aroma. mostly roasted coffee and chocolate. some wood smell. slightly earthen. very strong and bold.
the beer is nearly opaque black/brown with a very thin brown head. it generally looks dangerous.
the first taste of this beer is very well rounded. the balance between salty and sweet is even. the flavor is heavy.
the body of this beer is full with a thick creamy texture. there is very little carbonation. the finish of the beer is quite long. the boldness lingers for quite a while.
overall this is one of my all time favorite imperial stouts. the balances of flavor are quite impressive. i would highly recommend sipping this beer by itself for enjoyment or with a red meat meal or with a chocolate treat. avery has really put together a good brew.