gmikem (1) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 27, 2013 does not count
Pours black with a thin, brown head, nice lacing. Licorice and currant aroma. Thick and malty with a hoppy finish.
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Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Pours a deep black, with a small tan head that quickly fades, leaving good lacing. Nose is toffee and molasses. Taste is caramel, toffee and dark fruit. Delicious. Hides the ABV well. Very drinkable now, would be outstanding if cellared for a year or two. rynobar (4) - Arroyo Grande, Alabama, USA - JUL 15, 2017 does not count
Malty smooth finish that excites the palate. Incredibly smooth finish for a beer with the ABV that this beer has. Must try!
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UPDATED: NOV 7, 2004 Jan. 2003: Thin (yet enduring) dark tan head with healthy lace patterns. Dark and mysterious color with a luminescent ruby glow (in front of a bright light). Complex and inviting nose with hints of freshly roasted coffee, dark chocolate, sweet cookie dough, dark fruits, and fresh yeast. Mouthfeel is absolutely out of this world! Thick, but not cloying; velvety, soft, smooth & creamy, with the perfect amount of carbonation. My tongue convulsed with pleasure. PERFECT nip of alcohol adds to the flavor and warms the soul. Decent amount of hops add a little flowery zing and a gentle bitterness in the finish; complements the subtle, vanilla-cream-like sweetness very well. Incredibly balanced and overwhelmingly flavorful. Have to say, this beer is absolutely amazing -- and it’s SO YOUNG! This Imperial raises the bar. Dec. 2003: Different from the original batch. Alcohol is much more noticeable. Grapefruit pokes through more, also. Have a few bottles nestled in my basement with last year’s. Nov., 2004: Much better than the last batch, but not quite as spectacular as the first batch. That said, it’s still really good. Silky texture. Complex aromas. Warming alcohol. TheTsunami (162) - Arizona, USA - MAR 19, 2003
My new standard for Russian Imperials. No wonder the Bolsheviks were pissed. If the court got to drink this and all I got was Vodka, I'd revolt too. Poured a coal like black With a deep tan head. Aroma was redolent with malty roasted goodness, also coffee and a bit of sweetness like a candied fruit. Flavor was too stunning for words. Think of the most flavorful stout you have ever had and then double it. Continued to find flavors well into the aftertaste. 12.2% is nowhere to be found in the drinking of this fine ale. However, it is a bit noticable when rising from the bar stool.
Hirsch13 (4) - Amelia, Ohio, USA - MAY 11, 2008 does not count
very thick head on this poor! 2006 batch. roma is sweet and full carrying a good bit of molasses. The front is sweet and bright, the middle is warm and slightly sweet, and the back brings the tinniest bitter flavor into the mouth and balances the sip perfectly! Great job, these guys can brew! Shaftie (218) - , Maryland, USA - JUL 6, 2008
Batch 2007. Purchased at Wild Oats. 22oz @ $7.99. Very complex stout that takes the tastebuds for a enjoyable ride from start to finish. Very nice on the palate, with a immediate finish. Balanced between hops and maltiness. Head was lacking, and dissapated fairly quickly. One of my favorite Imperial Stout’s, those 15 folk at Avery know what they’re about. MPosey (134) - , Georgia, USA - MAY 17, 2010
2009 Batch, Pours motor oil black with a minimal light tan head. Strong dark malt and alcohol notes. Initial attack is a nice malt forward attack which fades to a nicely balanced cocoa finish, but nice and not too bitter, very nicely balanced finish. AWMiller (512) - Mansfield, Texas, USA - SEP 21, 2011
Oh yeah… another one to add to the AW Beer Hall of Fame!!! This brew pours up a rich black body sporting a rich tan creamy head that stays with the brew for quite some time leaving some nice lacing on the glass while the brew is being enjoyed. One’s sense of smell is flooded with chocolate, roasted hazelnuts and something along the lines of warm snicker-doodle or warm gingerbread cookies. The flavor of this beer is very complex and yet very, very enjoyable. I can’t even find the right words to adequately describe the flavors noted in this brews; but they are all well-balanced and very much to be savored slowly! The body is just how I like a good stout to be; thick, rich and almost chewy! Bobbymac29649 (4) - - DEC 12, 2014 does not count
My favorite so far. 10.3% ABV. It went ok with pizza, then was even better with a chocolate chip cookie. Then by itself, yum. Great mouth feel and body. I love everything about it.
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