Ughsmash (6912) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 1, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Poured very deep brown with a short-lived beige head. The aroma picked up warm chocolate and biscuity malts with accents of coconut and sweet bourbon.. the coconut was quite prominent.. just a dusting of cherry zest.. enticing, but not what I expected. The flavor had bourbon and oak tartness plus another hefty dose of coconut throughout.. roasty chocolate and molasses on the somewhat muddled core.. finished with more barrel tartness, grainy residual sugars, and a well-masked dose of warmth, followed by an aftershock of coconut and bourbon barrel. Heavy-bodied with low carbonation.. the cherries didn’t hold up in the 13 months since it was bottled.. overall a solid brew, but far short of spectacular.
FullObs (133) - Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
12oz botlle, been sitting on this one for a bit. Pours dk brown with little head. Thin body whch usually isnt my preference but it works okay with this. Warm bourbon burn balanced out by the cherry tartness. Chocolate and licorice makes easy drinkin. Wish i cold get a few more of these.
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 6, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A steady pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a scant ¼-finger thick, light brown colored head. The beer is a dark, almost perfectly black color, that is quite opaque when held up to the light. The beer smells of up front tart cherries, that quickly subsumes underneath rich chocolate liquor notes (along with the warming alcohol notes), lots of smooth roasted dark malt, umami laden, almost teriyaki-like concentrated malt character, toasted brown grain notes, notes of smoky Bourbon like aromas, coconut liquor and then in the finish another light, but noticeable tart cherry character.
The beer is fairly sweet, though not as thick as it might have seemed. The sweetness accentuates a fruity cherry note, but this is dried out a fair amount in the finish by a burnt, roasted, bitter blackened malt notes, though it doesn’t quite beat out the sweetness. While this is lighter than it perhaps seems like it could be for a beer of this strength, it is still most definitely a sipping beer. A rich, umami-leaning, concentrated malt character contributes notes of smoked malt, slight teriyaki notes and even some balsamic like richness (but without the acetic character). The Bourbon barrel here isn’t very intrusive, in fact it plays a clearly supporting role; it provides some background woody structure that provides some astringency in the finish and a light woody note; a Bourbon spiciness that is a little peppery but mostly like spicy oak, some Bourbon heat (much of which is accentuated by the base alcohol in the beer) and some fruity Bourbon notes. Lots of bitterness (roast), and astringency from the oak comes out as it warms.
I wasn’t expecting a beer this big, for some reason I was expecting a funky / sour beer, but this is clearly not one of those. Still this isn’t nearly as bad as I might have expected, given that most of Avery’s huge beers don’t appeal to me. The rich chocolate notes pair well with the rich, sort of smoky and umami like concentrated malt, supporting fruity cherry notes, and light Bourbon character. This does walk a fine line between being a bit too hot and being smooth.
wchesser (891) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Drank on 12/28/11. Pours slightly translucent on the edge with a solid dark core. Almost no head or lacing. Nose just screams this is going to be big. Alcohol is very well carried. Big earthy and vanilla wood notes and coffee on the nose with some cola. Taste is massive and long with huge toasted coconut and coffee. I really could not pull out the cherry fruit, just in a slight tart and sour finish foil to the sweetness of the stout, but the bourbon is there a bit mostly on the nose. Had this solo and then saved the rest for dessert against a super rich dutch chocolate ice cream from a local creamery. This beer stood up strong to it and was not diminished at all by the pairing. Best of the barrel aged I have had by far. What a treat.
JoeTheYounger (1113) - Claremont, California, USA - DEC 22, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from my boy Floydjonz. Cola brown pour with tan head. Aroma is chocolate covered cherries, nuts, bourbon. Wow so much going on here....tons of chocolate, cherries, cocoa powder, subtle oak and mild tartness and slight alcohol. M Great stuff.
Ibrew2or3 (6207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 1, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big thanks to daknole for sharing this one. This is nuts man! It pours deep darkness with deep infra red edges and mocha head. The aroma is simply huge and complex and weird and interesting. I get burnt smoky spinach, roasted figs, black licorice, black chocolate bar, grocery store produce aisle, mushed up dates, coconut, graham cracker and charred brown sugar. Whew! There is tons going on here but it all works well together. The taste hits with loads of coconut, sweet cherry juice, sweet black current jam and then it runs into molasses covered wood, more molasses, caramel covered graham cracker, toffee and chocolate. Holy hell this is something else. Good gravy!!
Anker (723) - Hillerød, DENMARK - NOV 15, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Theis tasting.
Pours brown with a light brown head.
Now we are talking.. this is great stuff!
Dark roasted aroma with notes of dark fruit, cherries, caramel, coco, bourbon and oak.
Theres stronger notes of cherries in the flavour along with light smoke and figs.
Would love another bottle!
madsberg (9310) - Søborg, DENMARK - NOV 4, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Pitch black coloured. Dense fluffy brown head. Aroma of roast, cocoa, coffee, sweetness, alcohol, some liqourice. Cherries, sweetness, light smoke, alcohol, roast, cocoa, light liqourice. Meidium to full bodied. Ends on a roasted very smooth and fruity and ....... AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAArrrrrggggggggggggghhhhhhhh. Me like.
Plovmand (6026) - Helsinge, DENMARK - NOV 4, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Thanks Theis for sharing. Pours jet black with a brown head. The aroma is heavy roasted with notes of lovely sour cherries, chocolate, light coffee, light licorice and has some notes of ripe dark berries. The bourbon is devilish! The flavour is very intense! Hard roasted malt, sweet caramel, cherries, bourbon, ripe fruit, cocoa and light coffee. Long sweet roasted cherry finish. Wow!!!
Theis (12131) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 4, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at home - Tasting. Black - brown bubbles. Burned, licorice, high malty, ok bourbon notes, nice sour cherries, lovely, smooth, light milkey and toasted notes, chocolate. Lovely.