Bill Becker (390) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - NOV 23, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black, small tan head of foam, quickly dissipates. Wee bit of lacing left behind.
A very strong nose. Bourbon, chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, in that order.
Oh my, itís tasting superb! The bourbon is very strong but it doesnít over power everything else. The chocolate is sweet, the roasted malt adds the bitterness, and then thereís the coffee infusion. Fresh ground like. The 17.81% abv is not hidden very well but in this case, I donít think it needs to be nor can be as this was bottled just a month ago.
Full bodied with medium carbonation, it is very smooth.
This brew would be a joy to cellar and see what transpires. I reckon it would go for MANY years.
DCLawyer (1545) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - NOV 22, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle->snifter. Bottle info: 17.81% ABV, bottled on October 28, 2014. Black with huge brown head. A: bourbon, anise, vanilla, chocolate malt. T: bourbon, vanilla, oak, coffee, dark chocolate, malt. Thick, smooth. This is a huge bourbon stout. Really good, if a tad too boozy.
Dr_Fellini (501) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - NOV 19, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle to glass. Pours a pitch black color with a creamy medium brown head. Aroma is a fantastic roasted malts, chocolate, light coffee and touch of bourbon. Flavor has a big roasted malt and burnt coffee bitterness, quite hot. Medium to heavy body with a hot alcohol burn and a lingering burnt coffee bitter. Excellent beer overall. One of the best of Averyís barrel series.
anthony850 (277) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - MAR 24, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Ebf espresso aged in barrels always tastes great.
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yespr (31651) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 24, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From tap at City Tap House. Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma is smooth bourbon malty, vanilla and caramelish. Thick malty, caramelish and toasted breadish. Thick, oily and dense dark chocolate malty into the finish.
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 1, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Draught) Pours an opaque black body with a small brown head. Aroma of bourbon, oak, anise, roasted malt, vinous, brown sugar, and plum. Flavor of bourbon, oak, dark fruit, caramel, dark chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee with a warming alcohol burn for a finish.
markwise (4524) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at Avery. Shared by a kind soul. I didnít search like Dak and Doug, but it was tempting in order to get more. Pours a deep brown with a tan head. Nose is big coffee, chocolate, bourbon, and vanilla. Flavor follows with fudgy chocolate, coffee, some light roast and a bit of vanilla and bourbon. Medium in body and for a bruiser of this size, itís delightful.
daknole (9423) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 20, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Some kind stranger allowed me a nice serving from his glass at Avery. Whoever you are, thanks! Big, huge beer. All bourbon, chocolate and coffee band thatís A-OK by me!
douglas88 (6251) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 16, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Man, what a search. On tap at Avery during 2012 GABF week. It runs out as I am in line! I run around scanning peopleís glasses in search of a soul to share- yes I did that. I almost gave up until one person offers it to me! Pours a totally black color, no head. A huge nose of bourbon and coffee. Of course, a similar flavor of massive coffee, smooth sweet barrel, actually this is understated despite being 16%. Drinkable.
craftbeerdesign (2193) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 22, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
on tap at Avery on 5/18/12. pitch black pour with a tan head. sweet nose with coffee, vanilla and light bourbon. full / thick body with bourbon, vanilla, coffee, oreo cookies, chocolate and warmth throughout. sweet, hot finish with more bourbon, vanilla and coffee.