zizzybalubba (1795) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 1, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap for the GABF Tappings at the Avery Tap Room on September 28, 2011. Pours black with a short, creamy khaki head. Aroma of toasted oats with only a hint of dark fruit. The flavor is of dark chocolate and light espresso with a finish of sour cherry. Beautifully blended. The alcohol is very present. Full bodied. Outstanding.
thirdeye11 (6070) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 14, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(12oz bottle) clear espresso brown with soapy tan bubbles. Nose of oatmeal cookie, cherry, bourbon, wood splinters, brown sugar, a tiny bit of alcohol, maple, very rich and complex nose. Taste of rich chocolate, cherry, alcohol, raisin, sweet chocolate, nice and woody. Very complex here as well. Extremely unique and awesome.
notalush (5728) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 10, 2011
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Huge thanks to Aaron for sharing - dark brown to black pour, with an impressive lace for something with such high abv - loads of earthy cherry in the nose (skin, flesh, pit) - light oak and chocolate - smells fantastic - flavor is pretty hot - I know it is 15%, but it sure does burn - cherry flavor is fairly dull at this stage - not at all as vibrant as the in the nose - surprisingly dry, with lots of roastiness and char - some moderate chocolate truffle sweetness on the tail end works okay with what little cherry is left - lots of heat in the finish - wish it tasted as good as it smelled - perhaps if I had it fresh? - seems to be declining fast.
arminjewell (9260) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle huge thanks to Aaron for this. Pour is black as night, with a thin tan head. Aroma has notes of chocolate, cherry skin notes, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, some dark fruit, slight alcohol but not much for a 15% brew. Taste is a slight hint of some nice cherry, lots of dark fruit, roast, chocolate and coffee in there as well, some slight booze notes but a nice dry bitter finish. Good stuff.
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 22, 2011
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Served from a bottle at the Stone 15th Anniversary Celebration. The appearance is a midnight black hue with a tiny brown head. The nose is pretty tame with some cherry and malts coming though in low doses. The flavors are tasty and pretty unique. Sweet and sour cherries, currants, nice roastiness hidden behind the sour. The mouth is full with a creamy tart thing. Fantastic beer.
nickd717 (4165) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 24, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, not sure who shared it. Dark brown in color with a small tan head. Nice aroma, with big dark chocolate and roast, as well as some sour cherry. The flavor adds a whole new dimension, with a big cinnamon note coming through. Other than that it’s like drinking a bitter dark chocolate bar with a hint of tart cherry thrown in. Medium-full bodied with average carbonation. Pretty solid overall.
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - JUN 12, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Dosbeerigos, thanks Phil for sharing. Super dark pour, thick and oily. Aroma reminded me of a Hershey chocolate bar mixed with cherries. Flavor was more then a tad boozy but didn’t kill the experience. A lot of chocolate prevailed in the flavor as did the bourbon. One of the best Avery beers I’ve had.
chibuck (3510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 6, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
dark brown, almost black, a light tan ring... malt forward nose, decadent chocolate, subtle bourbon, a little oak, not getting any cherries not the crazy amount of alcohol, 15!.. tons going on here, dark chocolate on the front, the bourbon is gone and there is a nice tart cherry bite on the back, really nice, again no alcohol, this tastes great, I hope this is what Veritas 009 is like... get this, one of the best Avery beers hands down
That1Guy (2192) - Colorado, USA - MAY 22, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to my boy Ron who somehow got his hands on it. Pours a chocolate black with a very quickly dissipating tan head. Sour cherry nose and vanilla. Flavor is out of this world. Vanilla and some bourbon with a huge rush of tart cherries in the finish. Absolutely fantastic.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served in a SAVOR snifter.
Pours near black with a thin light tan head. Not too much retention, eventually fading to a thin collar around the edges of my glass. The nose is really nice from the start, with some of the base beer showing off notes of roasted malt and a bit of coffee. From there, the cherries and barrel-aging are quite apparent, taking over and blending in quite well. The flavor isn’t quite as powerful and integrated as the nose, but contains the same components. The cherry tartness and barrel-aging really do some nice things here, and combine for a wondrous mouthfeel. Simply unbelievable that this beer is 15.43%--there’s really not much of a hint of booze at all. It’s times like these when I really wish I lived closer to Avery and could grab bottles from these small-batch releases.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 04-13-2011