Ratman197 (8482) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle poured a clear deep dark reddish brown nearly black with a lasting creamy brown head. Aromas of sour cherries, bourbon, oak, bitter chocolate, prunes, carmel and light vanilla. Palate was medium to full bodied with a smooth dry warming finish. Flavors of sour cherries, bitter chocolate, bourbon, carmel, oak, vanilla, prunes and a hint of coffee with a smooth dry warming lingering chocolate cherry finish. Another GREAT Avery beer!
adnielsen (7576) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2011 Bottle @ home. I wanted in line over an hour to get a six pack and then had to wait another hour to get home. On top of that, as soon as I got the beer poured, my cat grabbed the bottle and started drinking from it for a considerable time. It took me a total of four hours to get this baby and my cat got the first taste!
Dark black appearance with a tinge of redness. Pours a creamy, one finger dark brown/red head. The color of the head was very unique in the amount of red that is combined with the not surprising brownness. Aroma is very potent as soon as you open the bottle and continues for several minutes even at a distance. You get the typical dark chocolate maltiness with alcohol like Mephistopheles with an added sourness, specifically cherry-smelling. A closer whiff will get you a noted oak and a fairly mild Bourbon aroma. At first taste, there’s the characteristics of Mephistopheles- a deep dark chocolate flavor on roasty dark malts that’s very powerful when you add in the high alcohol content. The Bourbon and oak flavor are pretty mild and are noticeable as the beer lingers in your mouth. As you finish, you get a fairly sour cherry cordial flavor that completely envelops your mouth. The finish is strong, quite sweet, and cherry-like with a potent alcohol flavor. Afterward, a tart cherry and dark chocolate flavor lingers endlessly in your mouth with a tingly feeling. This beer is a trip.
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
We’ve been drinking the barrel aged series all day in celebration of the new release, and the hype I was putting on this beer was huge. My buddy Hatchattack from Richmond VA came out to get some bottles for himself and boys over at Mekong Restaurant. The beer, again, has survived the hype. An excellent aroma as I open the bottle. Bourbon, molasses, Satan’s Chocolate (Revelations 21:8), super syrupy fruity, almost like a strawberry/cherry puree (I want waffles), butterscotch, but also just caramelized fruits...fruits in maple syrup. Flavor hints at a whiskey chocolate ball at Christmas, all over my lips, sweet, but easier than I’d expected, smoothed over Whiskey, but the cherries blend nicely. Again, molasses, syrup, boozed out chocolate, semi-funked fruits, a little tart behind wild whiskey chocolate. Did I mention the chocolate? Finishes burning long but smooth and easy. The second was even easier.
P.S. TO be continued......
kesslekb (19) - USA - JAN 28, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark dark black beer, non-opaque, with a thin coffee head.
Starts off big with immediate alcohol and intense stout flavor.
immediately after is slight sweet tart flavor on the tip of the tongue with almost overwhelming heavy bitterness.
Finishes with dry smokyness
very complex.... very strong...someone give me water
Avery should really give a 2 beer limit to these type of beers.
There was a line of at least 500 at the release