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Avery Barrel-Aged Series 15 - Momi Hiwa

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RATINGS: 65   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 513   ABV: 17.09%
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No. 15, much like a certain fabled two-piece candy bar of our youth, rich, dark chocolate notes accented with aromatic toasted coconut. What would add depth and character to this already delicious combo, we wondered? The answer is time (6 months) well spent in the very best rum barrels available.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
adnielsen (9077) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 5, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2013 Bottle @ home, thanks to Steve_0 for grabbing me some bottles @ the release! Pours a black appearance with cola-like tan bubbly/carbonated head that dissipates within a few seconds. A fair amount of white coconut particles stick to the edge of the glass along with some alcohol legs. Boozy, spicy, alcoholic rum really are the first impression in the nose. Also some dark chocolate, coconut, vanilla, and a moderate sweetness in the aroma but itís honestly quite boozy. The flavor, while very hot and boozy, is reminiscent of a Mounds bar with a ton of dark chocolate and coconut. Some cola, caramel, and cake notes but mostly just coconut and chocolate. Really a lot of residual sweetness with a ton of brown sugar that almost amounts to a goopy syrup. My throat and mouth really got coated in this goop which lead to a seriously sweet aftertaste. Not as boozy as you might expect from 17% abv but itís definitely pretty fucking hot. Pretty one-dimensional and in all honesty, I think the goopy sweetness bothers me more than the booze. In all fairness, this shit will definitely get you buzzed quick. Update: tried again with six months age and is a bit smoother yet still super sweet.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8627) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 5, 2013
Thick brown colour. Big beer, surprisingly not boozy. Lots of rich chocolate, with coconut in finish. Must be shared. Thanks Jason Bach.

2.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
GT2 (8425) - San Diego County, California, USA - SEP 16, 2013
355mL thanks to minorthreat. Flatter clear deep brown. No foam. Legs in their place Woah buddy. Nose reminds me of the Schorsbrau ultra eisbocks: extreme twizzlers candy, starchy, chocolate rum mixed cocktail. Taste is sticky red twizzlers, starchy movie theater cheap candy. Cloying, sticky to the max. Nothing about this says coconut porter. Why was 17% desired and why did people want it?

As it warms, it gets more soy saucy in taste. Sticky to the max. Undrinkable really. Why?

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7858) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 16, 2013
Bottle thanks to Ratman. Near black hued body with a tan head and menacing legs. Aromas are of raisin bran cereal, deep toasted malts, dark fruits, toasted coconut, fudge cocoa, rum barrel, marshmallows and a boat load of alcohol, smells like an intense and decadent experience. Flavors are big boozy, rummy and sweet. A bit of an odd and sugary, sweet then metallic transformation. I wish there were some bourbon tannins to balance things out. Itís boozy, itís sweet, but nice coconut and rum flavors carry it well. Some milk chocolate character. Viscous, and alcohol heft/ sweetness dominate the body. Super drinkable (haha, no, not really), but as expected its a punch to the palate. Overall: flavorful, nothing off, ethanol sweetness, wish their was more balance through a bourbon like tannin.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rosenbergh (6784) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 14, 2013
12 fl oz bottle. Bottled June/04/2013. Courtesy of deyholla. Thanks Derek!
Black colour with a small red hue and no head. Little white things floating in the glass. Mild sourness, toasted malt and dark fruits in the aroma. The flavour is very strong maltiness. Extremely sweet. Incredibly sweet.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
deyholla (6633) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 27, 2013
Bottle thanks to the Dood! Pours near black with a deep brown head that dissipates quickly and completely. Aroma has notes of raisins, dark grains, bitter chocolate and a bit of coconut. Flavor is extremely sweet with coconut and sweet chocolate with a hint of roasted malts backing. Overly sweet.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrSilverworm (6366) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 10, 2013
12oz bottle, big thanks to adnielsen. About 5 ounces in a snifter that had been sitting in my fridge after I quit on it the night prior following a huge tasting. Dark brown color, clear around the edges. No head or lace. Smells pretty awesome. Dark chocolate, big nuts. Moderate roast, light rum influence in the nose. At this point, completely flat, no shit. Big body, lightly chewy. More dry finish. Big sweet taste, light rum, some spice, big brown sugar. Bigger sweet taste, some noticeable sweet alcohol. Moderately spicy alcohol warmth, but for the 17%, itís in check. Pretty amazing. Nice light rum, but I enjoyed the rum character much more in Rumpkin. Much less sweet in that one, too. Maybe this is too desserty for me? Iím not really a dessert guy. The level of alcohol in this is really impressive, but I canít say the same for too much else about this. Much preferred the Uncle Jacob and the Rumpkin. Happy to have tried this, though.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
arminjewell (6173) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 19, 2013
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, dark brownish black pour with thin tan head, aroma brought big notes of sugar, rum, toffee, some slight coconut, chocolate, roasted notes, more sweet sugary rum in there as well, with some vanilla. †Taste is a big sweet mix of rum, coconut, milk chocolate, and vanilla, mixing into slight roast, spice, hints of dark chocolate as well, finishing sweet, boozy. †Think this will get better over time.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (5824) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - SEP 22, 2013
12oz bottle. been interested to try this .. . pours a very dark brown black .. . lots of sweetness, toasted coconut and tar filled rum barrel .. . tasty, would love a whole bottle in the snow by a fire .. . . scarlett johansen would be a lot sexier if she was a mute..

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (5701) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2013
12 oz bottle courtesy of Mark. Thanks, dude. Much appreciated. Pours a rich deep blackish brown hue, well hazed darker body with caramel brown glow, cocoa and gentle deep reddish glow. Darker, blackish brown body is thicker, some legs on the swirl, touches of reddish brown glow on the edges. A more loose tannish head stays as a frothy small layer, sits atop as a mellow film, thicker ring sticks around and laces ok. Aromas are potent, showing bbiscuits and toast, toffee and cocoa.Shaved and toasty coconut meet warmth, oak, some vanillin and brown sugar. Spirity warmth, Cocoa, sticky toffee and chocolate chip cookies, a bit thicker and full, sweet. Some roastiness, warm barrel and Rum elements, firmer coconut as it warms a bit moroe. Initial is fuller bodied, sticky sugary caramel meets a good deal of dark fruit, milk chocolate, cocoa, and toffee. Rum, brown sugar. More vanilla extract, oak, and warmth starts to hit. Firmer ooconut, cooked and shaved, gentle toastiness as we hit the body. That weird dark fruit sticky sweetness that comes with stout/porters that get too big for my personal tastes. A bit sticky, toffee and vanilla, more coconut as we turn that corner. The nose really settles into a more enjoyable coconut flourish feel. Sticky fuller body is a bit syrupy up front. But tapers and thins a bit from the barrel into the backend. This backend shows the coconut at itís firmest, oak and gentle spirit, chocolate chip cookies. Finish is a bit thinned, a bit warm, the Rum isnít overpowering and certainly this rich, huge body does stand up to a spirit barrel that usually easily overwhelms. A bit toastu, lingering coconut and vanillla, sweeter elements. Again, it gets better into the baackend and finish but itís still a beast. That front end and middle are a but syrupy. Nose is really nice at times, a bit cloying at others. An interesting beer, hard to drink more than one and honestly I couldnít even get past half of the bottle. Share this. While itís a bit too much by yourself, itís certainly worthy of a try and is an impressive experiment worthy of a solid score.


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