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Review by everetends on 06/20/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 2 8 16 3 8 2010
Old Review
22 oz bomber I picked up from Greens in ATL, Ga. Part of the Avery liquidation sale for $3 a bottle. An amazing deal if you ask me. This says it was bottle in 2008. Served up in my Terrapin snifter.

A: Pours a somewhat thin dark brown that creates a rich and black body. Held to the light, this beer is letting zero light through. The pour yielded about half a finger of head that diminished quickly own to a somewhat sizeable ring that is thin and bubbly. As you sip, it seems like the lace is going to cover the glass easily, but it slips off the glass easily creating no lasting lace on the glass. Its a decent looking RIS but its just a bit above average if you ask me.

S: Getting some nice bitter roasted malt coming through. There seems to be a lot of dark fruit in here with maybe some dark cherries and some prunes. Touch of brown sugar and chocolate is peeking its way through. Then you can find some licorice in here as well. Everything is rounded out by a sizeable amount of booze. I mean the alcohol really comes out and easily overpowers the other scents in here.

T: Taste is better and somewhat different from the nose. I am still getting that nice roasted malt with just a bit of bitter chocolate and sweet brown sugar. Licorice adds a little sumptin sumptin to it. The booze is far more subdued in the flavor and doesn't dominate at all. Instead, behind all this roasty malt goodness you find some hops. And I mean some . . . citrus hops. Lots of lemon and some orange are actually coming out are far more pronounced than I was expecting. The citrus is a bit candied thanks to the sugar and chocolate, but it works very well in my opinion.

M: Medium in body which is a bit more watery than I would expect from the style. Carbonation is sizeable and has a good amount of bubbly crispness going on here. Getting some nice alcohol burn coming out in the throat and palate. its a nice slow burn that is a super pleasant warming quality for a chilly night. Aftertaste is mostly some nice citrus hops soaked in chocolate.

D: This beer is not bad at all. It goes down pretty easily thanks to the somewhat thinner feel. It doesn't sit as heavy as some RIS's out there and for 12.20% on the ABV it drinks easy as hell. The flavors are different for me but they work incredibly well. Sure, Avery could work on the look, aroma and feel, but thi brw still works well and remains enjoyable. For $3 I am not going to bitch at all. Fine brew.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 04-22-2009 04:54:00

Served In: Snifter

Review by Lum on 11/04/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 2 10 17 4 8 0
Pours a dark, dark brown, with very slight amber highlights here and there. A dark tan, one finger head that slowly recedes, leaving a nice crown of head around the inside of the glass. Good lacing.

Aromas of toasted malts, dark dried fruits, and perhaps a bit nutty.

Taste is roasty and nicely bittered (that's not a word). Toffee, coffee, hints of bitter chocolate. Slight dryness towards the finish, long lingering taste...

Mouthfeel is where this puppy really howls. Extra full, thick, sticky=beautiful. Alcohol is noticeable, but not overly so, just enough warmth to remind you to sip. Carbonation is mild.

A very good RIS. At first pour, I really wasn't all that impressed as it appeared a bit thin IMO. Halfway through the glass, and I'm lovin' it!

Served In: Goblet

Review by tavernjef on 10/30/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 3 7 16 4 7 2009
Solid thickly mruky black color with very thin slivers of chestnut around the bottom and edges. Very loose and largely bubbled head of tannish hue swims on the surfuce creating a dishwater froth of bubbliness. Lace in sparaticly placed thin stings.
Aroma is very average if that, a barely there clean coffee, chocolate roastyness hovers some across the nose but nothing stands out to my sniffing senses, some slight notes of very dark sweet fruityness float in as it warms up.
Taste has some more to offer with a resounding warmth wrapped in subdued roasty black maltyness lending little grabs of coffee and dark chocolate. Some welcoming notes of dark fruityness subside next to a bit of hops lending some prune, plum, and molasses. A bit mild, but quite smooth with a good chocolate character with some darker qualities that are nice.
Feel is a bit on the thinner side in its body for an Imperial but its quite creamy and some finer warmth lines the palate as well as the back of the throat with a little chocolatey alcoholic bite of mild acidicness. That said, with the thinner body and overall mildness and creamyness, this stuff goes down quite easy. I had this along side with an Expedition to compare and it didn't even come close to either so hence its lower numbers. Always good to try a side by side to see where you're at with a certain style when you can. I still wouldn't turn this down if offered, it just could be better IMO.

Served In: Goblet

Review by Oxymoron on 12/28/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 9 17 4 8 2008
The color is a midnight black that keeps its color well. A small amount of dark brown is noticeable around the edges when held to the light. The head retraced to the edge of the glass but remained throughout the sampling. Decent lacing as well.

The smell is not really dominate but still noticeable. A strong aroma of roasted malts are blended well with coffee and chocolate. Some touches of maple and a light tart fruitness. Also some phenol is noticeable as well.

The taste is rich and strongly malty. The malt is complex with good roasted characteristics. Some lighter touches of chocolate and coffee are mixed as well. As the beer warms the smokey flavors becomes more noticeable. The hops are limited but a good earthy quality is noticed as well. The alcohol is hard not to notice but it isn't really phenol or hot. Very good taste.

The body is fantastic and rich. The texture is thick and what I can only describe as chewy. I'm suprised at how easy it is to drink with the high alcohol. This is a super malty beer.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Kegergator on 11/26/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 11 17 3 8 2008
A- Very dark brew with a thick mocha brown head that fades into the brew.

S- Very chocolaty aroma here. Light roasted malts, with some alcohol to it. Almost sweet burnt caramel.

T- Malty flavor with light chocolate. Coffee bitterness as it finishes. Light alcohol as the brews wars, but its very well hidden. Burnt caramel flavor comes into more as ot warms.

M- Maybe slightly thin for an Impy

O- A sloid, and very good brew.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by mr. furley on 03/02/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 3 9 15 4 7 2008
great, full head with long lasting stickiness. has a fairly pungent aroma but not outstanding. taste shows a bit of bitterness, even in an '06. mostly a chocolate and raisin punch that leaves a bite on the back of the tongue at the finish.

smooth and goes down easy. i'd like to try this one on tap, fresh. it's good but i think it'd be interesting to try new.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 12/29/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 9 18 4 8 0
Bottled in 2006, 11.04% abv

A - Head comes out of nowhere. Doesn't look like anything is producing from the pour and all the sudden I have two inches in my glass. Light cocoa colored and made of varying sized bubbles. Good retention and lacing. Very dark brown body. I can only see light through it at the bottom of the tulip.

S - Chocolate, dark roasted malt. Bitter coffee. Toffee and molasses. Slightly spicy and floral hops. A bit of lactose.

T - So much richer than the smell. Coffee bitterness combines with a nice flavor of baker's chocolate or cocoa. Molasses and toffee along with a bit of black licorice. Finishes with spicy, floral hops that stay on the tongue for a minute.

M - Full bodied with smooth carbonation.

D - This is a really nice and unobtrusive RIS. It's going to take me a while to get through of a bomber of this big ol beer, but I will enjoy the ride.

Served In: Pint Glass

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