onceblind (4014) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2012
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2012 At 2012 Avery Strong Ale Fest. Black with a thin tan head. Big outlandish aroma of dark roast coffee, bakers chocolate, vanilla-oak, with a touch of pecan-like nuttiness and caramel. Taste is gigantic and palate slaughtering. Dark chocolate, dark coffee, oak, lots of french vanilla, caramel, and brown sugar-bourbon, finishing with big fat tones of oak, coffee, and chocolate. Lots of barrel booziness but also lots of mocha java sweetness.
daknole (9052) - 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 that’s A-OK by me!
arminjewell (6158) - Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA - APR 16, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour on tap at the brewery, dark oily black pour with creamy dark tan head, aroma brought big notes of coffee, chocolate, milk and dark chocolate notes, slight hints of bourbon and vanilla but not much, some nice dark fruits laced throughout as well. Taste is a nice mix of big espresso and roasted coffee moving into sweet bourbon and vanilla notes, nice chocolate and dark fruit notes, slight molasses finishes fairly sweet but the roasted coffee notes help balance. It is a great beer, but not much different than the regular.
anthony850 (250) - 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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BeerandBlues2 (9596) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - APR 7, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at Avery. Pours opaque with a medium, frothy tan head, medium retention and good lacing. Aroma is coffee, roast, and dark chocolate malt, brown sugar, oak, dates and earthy hops. Flavor is coffee, earthy notes, dark fruity esters, roast and chocolate malt, bourbon and a sweet finish. Full body, high warmth and medium carbonation.
craftbeerdesign (2175) - 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.
Ratman197 (9700) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 11, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Avery poured a translucent dark brown nearly bvlack with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of coffee, bourbon, oak, dark chocolate, pepper and light roastiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a warming finish. Flavors of coffee, dark chocolate, bourbon, oak, light licorice and light roastiness with a smooth warming lingering, coffee finish.
Doodler (312) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 11, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Avery Strong Ale Fest. I got this 3 times on Saturday to kick start the festivities and sweep out the cobwebs from the previous days fogginess. Pours a dark cola brown with fuzzy tan head. Terrific aroma of espresso, whiskey barrel, sweet chocolate and malts. Taste was serious coffee and bourbon. warmed as it went, smooth and silky each time. Medium bodied and lightly carbonated, it had a slightly hot bourbon and vanilla finish. A nice twist on Meph Addict.
douglas88 (5926) - 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 people’s 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.
markwise (4467) - 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 didn’t 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, it’s delightful.