nickd717 (3400) - 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 itís 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 (2487) - , 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 didnít kill the experience. A lot of chocolate prevailed in the flavor as did the bourbon. One of the best Avery beers Iíve had.
jrallen34 (3478) - 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 (1857) - Galesburg, Illinois, 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 (4968) - , 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 isnít 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%--thereís really not much of a hint of booze at all. Itís 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
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - APR 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle someone shared at clusterfork#3. Pours black with a tan ring. Nose is eh. Taste is full of cherries, pretty rich.
Dixonian (1549) - Plano, Texas, USA - APR 18, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle thanks to Thirdeye11.
Black pour with a small amount of tan head. Inviting aromas of bourbon, vanilla, and chocolate. Tastes like liquid cherry cobler; rich and creamy. This is awesome!
BeerandBlues2 (9004) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - APR 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours opaque with a small/medium frothy brown head, medium retention with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (roast, nutty, chocolate, dark fruit), medium hops (floral), and dark fruity esters with notes of fig, prune, heavy kettle caramelization, oak, tar, and lightly tart dark fruit. Flavor is heavy malt (roast, nutty, chocolate, dark fruit), medium hops (floral), and dark fruity esters with notes of fig, prune, heavy kettle caramelization, oak, tar, and lightly tart dark fruit. Full body, high warmth, medium carbonation and a dry finish.
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 2, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(12oz, bottled Jan 8 2011, courtesy of thirdeye11) Pours an opaque black body with a small brown head. Aroma of bourbon, roasted malt, cherries, chocolate, and vanilla. Flavor of cherry, chocolate, bourbon, roasted malt, raisins, and oak.
noturdadsbeer (25) - centennial, Colorado, USA - MAR 28, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Opened at Euclid Hall, from bottle, into a Snifter for maximum breathability.
A: Pours black into the snifter with a chocolate brown head that quickly falls. Lacing is low and fades fast, just like the head.
S: Cherries! The beer smells like a blast of carmalized malts and twizzlers. Amazing how much the cherries from the aging comes off. The malts are sweet and carmalized from the sugar added and its a very inviting beer. The aroma is heavy and lasting and man is it a great nose.
T: Its quite a rich stout with cherry sweetness and carmal up front on the palate. The finish is very long and doesnít fall flacid. Deep coffee tons lightened by the cherries makes this a pleasure to drink. Its not nearly as large as Mephistopheles with roasted/burnt malt but its still present.
M: Has low carbination and isnít very heavy. I like this. Its a very rich and powerful stout but you donít feel the weight of the malts which is pleasent. The alcohol is very well masked and doesnít come across boozy. Its very balanced yet still way powerful. Canít wait to see how this thing ages.
D: I wish they brewed this beer yearly. Itís outstanding. I think should be aged for a least a year but probably 3 to 4 before being cracked again. Its a beer for a cold night or celebration. I wish they sold more than 6 bottles per person because I would have got 5 cases.