mnmike (941) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 21, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 bottle from Blue Max stache day. Awesome stout that really has the anise as the unique element.
bbcd (214) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 21, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
opaque black, dark brown head with moderately long retention and some lacing. chocolate, plum, dates, toast, cherry, licorice, soy sauce, coffee, smoke, alcohol. very bitter, medium-heavy sweet, salt, umami. full body. thick, sticky, creamy feel. a bit warm. hides its ABV incredibly well, which is either a good point or a bad point depending on the person.
boxofrane (1664) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 21, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours pitch black with a medium sized tan head, solid Retention, plenty of lacing.. Gorgeous. The aroma has milk chocolate, coffee, some light lactose, and very little booze based on the abv. The taste is big chocolate, sweet Starbucks mocha, a light alcoholic finish . Amazing palate.. Huge, thick, but not cloying. Awesome.
kevinator (553) - The Colony, Texas, USA - JUL 20, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was the 2011 version. Top notch, as usual from Avery. Strong roasted malt, sweet and alcohol aroma. Great syrupy dark color with thin brown ring for a head. Heavy oily palate with a decent amount of carbonation. This nearly coated the mouth. Great combination of flavors from roasted grain to wood, caramel, vanilla and alcohol. Coffee as well. Great one to finish the night. Slept well after this one.
Ataraxia (232) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 14, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Used motor oil, thin brown lacing. Strong aroma of sugary chocolate, black coffee, toffee, raisin, vanilla, and cookie dough. Viscous, bittersweet, and very full-bodied. Spicy mouthfeel from the carbonation. Long, bitter, boozy finish. Batch 8, 16.2% ABV
CampesinoTino (683) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 7, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours pitch black with a cap of mocha foam. Aroma is heavy on the roasted malt, coffee and dark fruits along with some bittersweet chocolate in the background. The flavor opens up with a healthy serving of espresso, dark chocolate and brown sugar followed by notes of charred oak, rum, raisin, anise and black cherry. The body is thick and creamy with soft carbonation and a smoky, alcohol-warming finish. A chocolate espresso booze bomb with loads of flavors to chew on.
DrSilverworm (3978) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Nov. 2011 release; batch #7. 16.43% alcohol. Been looking forward to trying this one for a while, especially after how excellent Uncle Jacob’s was. Dark brown color, near black. Some light still comes through around the edges. Nice thin brown head. Few dots and splotches of lace. Bigger body, pretty chewy. Crisp, lighter carbonation, more dry finish. Really roasty aroma and flavor. Super dark chocolate, some red wine notes, light spice... Very complex, big dark aroma. Maybe some anise. Some coffee, but definitely not coffee-forward. Enjoying this more than World Wide Stout, right now... Less hot, more complex. Huge big bitter taste, minimal sweet. Some lightly sweet alcohol warmth, but minimal bite or burn. Impressive taste, for 16.43%. Good, big massive imperial stout to sip on. No comparison to Uncle Jacob’s, though
budznsudz (378) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - JUN 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black as night with a tan caramel colored head. Aroma is espresso, chocolate, biscotti, and hazlenut. Taste is roast chocolate, anise, char, and booze. The taste hides the booze remarkably well. Awesome.
mikedR (723) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JUN 21, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Boozy stout that somehow works -- and works well -- despite the fact that I'm not usually into boozy brews. Chocolate notes in aroma, but that really doesn't prepare you for the taste. Flavor is cherry and bourbon oriented. The booziness comes in at the back end, and adds warmth that seems appropriate for the beer. The base stout can become lost in everything that's going on here -- and there's a lot; this one's complex -- but it's there. Every sip reveals something a bit different. At 16.2% ABV, this is a sipper but worth the time.
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50belair (1718) - Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch 3 bottle courtesy of Destructo. Dark brown pour with a brown head. Smooth and sweet up front with a hot boozy finish. Good body and mouthfeel. Bitter chocolate, rich malts, and coco notes.