fonefan (32844) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 1, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear dark black brown colour with a small, frothy - fizzy, virtually none lacing, fully diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, caramel, berry, tart, spicy, wood - spicy wood, alcohol. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, spicy, cherry, bourbon, sharp. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. 
Theis (12530) - 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.
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.
brokensail (9850) - Orange County, California, USA - MAR 7, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: This beer pours a very dark brown, nearing black, with an off-white head.
S: Wood is front and center right from the beginning. Sweet cherries follow and there’s tons of vanilla and bourbon notes to go with it. A really smooth and luxurious aroma to this beer that is just great.
T: An awesome bourbon and barrel aroma. Plenty of oak and vanilla, caramel, molasses, and maple syrup all come to mind. The beer itself provides just a touch of roast and chocolate. The cherries are great and just have a subtle tartness to them.
M: The body is medium to full with a smooth, low carbonation.
D: I’d say only Sui Generis is better of the barrel series from Avery. This was just fantastic.
madsberg (9530) - 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.
BeerandBlues2 (9003) - 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.
Ratman197 (8857) - 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!
hopdog (8450) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. This was one Big Boy! Poured a black color with brown edges and an off white head. Cherries, wood, vanilla, chocolate, roast, and some bourbon. Medium alcohol burn in the finish - but for a big boy like this, expected.
daknole (8330) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown pour with reddish edges and a tan head. Peaty molasses, bourbon, oak,salted caramel, butter cookies, fucking crazy aroma. And the flavor! WOW! Flavor is tart, sweet, toffee, saltwater taffy, espresso, heath bar, fruitcake. Holy shit this beer is simply insane.
NielsenRatings (8096) - 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.