DenverLogan (626) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a 2005 bottle, but Iíll rate this with respect to more recent, fresher tastings. Poured in a St Bernardus chalice.
Pours a copper brown with minimal head or lace.
Aroma of raisins, brown sugar cooking on a stove.
Minimal carbonation and big mouthfeel.
Flavors of amber malts, powder sugar, caramel, raisins, port. Overall a very tasty beer with a slice of cake.
Azand222 (147) - Westminster, Colorado, USA - OCT 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2006 Samael's: Poured at Avery's as a special tapping during GABF 2013.
A very red- amber color, dark cream head. A lot of nucleation. Very sweet flavor, too much oak taste with the age. At 15% alc, it's relatively easy going. Overall a good Port, rich and sweet.
BoostIPA (971) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - SEP 30, 2013
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 4/20
Pre-dinner boost. Sweet, hot dumpster juice. Hot, hot heat. Full of burn and not good. High boost.
Butters (3584) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bright semi clear amber pour with small ring of tan head and floating chunkies. Massive caramel and raisin and oak notes. Alcohol is definitely present, but not too hot to be able to drink. Boozy for sure, but very sippable. Extremely sweet and verging on syrupy mouthfeel.
BigBodyBenz (42) - Colorado, USA - SEP 10, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Honestly Iím fairly new to this kind of beer select but I must say I was put back by this amazing high percentage beer. It grabbed my taste buds and rattled my palate with beautiful oak flavors and sweet malt throughout. I loved how it finished sweet maybe even a bit sour but kept you craving more with that oak vanilla finish. Wow what a beer, no thatís craft! Cheers to that!
biggsbowler (158) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - AUG 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle '09 - pour brackish brown w/ little carbonation. Smells of oak, vanilla, dark fruits, and toffee. Tastes of caramel, toffee, marzipan, and dark fruits. Smooth but a little boozy. Pretty good
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BelgianBeerGal (2869) - Dayton Area, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2011 bottle from a trade. This is a big rich, barley wine but its not over-the-top which is pretty amazing for Avery. Definitely a sipper but well made. Considering the 15+ ABV, the booziness is fairly tame.
Jerm719 (68) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 29, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Unfiltered orange-amber hue. Big sweet nose. Tropical fruit, bubblegum, raisins, toffee. Taste is candied malt, apricot, plum, sweet oak, biscuit, raisins, toffee, brandy. Big, rounded, slightly syrupy, alcohol hidden pretty good for the abv. Very tasty sweet, rich, slow sipper. Would love to have again!
michaelinwa (535) - Bothell, Washington, USA - AUG 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a medium brown, with a moderate, clingy, but disappearing head. Aroma is light, and mostly of carmel, not as strong as I expected, and is a weakness for me. Flavor is intense as usual for Averyís over-the-top brews, with a big malt forward presence, plenty of hop bitterness, significant alcohol burn, and woody barrel notes. Some nice layers of complexity here, and it holds interest with no problem. A sipper for sure. Finishes with a really good, lasting malt presence, balancing bitterness, and some alcohol burn. Hardly what I would call refined, but I tend to like the massive brews, and love the idea of putting some away for aging.
DrSilverworm (4021) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 19, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, purchased last year at Beer Run for $8. April 2012 release (batch no. 8), 15.47% ABV. I can smell an intense malty sweetness as soon as I crack the bottle open. Kind of oaky, with some rum-like spice notes. Oh man, so many huge yeast particles in the body. Parmesan-sized chunks. Mostly clear amber red orange color, but hazy with all the chunks. Minimal off-white head. Big oaky malty sweet taste, bigger sweet but just short of cloying with small sips. An alcohol warmth in the finish evident even with very small sips, along with the oaky sweetness and light spice, cinnamon, brown sugar really makes me think rum. Really big body. Light carbonation. Lightly sticky in the body, but the alcohol provides for a more dry finish. Interesting, big beer to sip on slowly. Thereís a definite alcohol bite in the finish, big overall sweetness, but a complex, interesting aroma.