BigBodyBenz (44) - 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 (180) - 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 (3014) - 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 (90) - 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 (557) - 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 (5024) - 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.
tmoreau (2124) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Recently exhumed 06 12 oz. bottle from Chuckís beer bunker to celebrate # 55. Poured to a tulip with a clear mahogany color, only some thin head film, and leggy spotting on the glass. Syrupy sweet, but not necessarily cloying, fruit, alcohol, some wood and port-like notes, and a dose of vanilla in the flavor. Full bodied and still very warming!
EtTuCthulhu (897) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - AUG 17, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2013 version on tap at 16.9%
The beer is a beautiful clear orangeish red color with a medium white head that fades rapidly at first yet it makes more as it sits in the glass. The aroma blends the scents of caramel malts, roasted malts, and only a slight hint of booze, and the taste is a velvety blend of mild sweetness, slight bitterness, slightly umami, and a slight sourness. The palate is surprising because this beer doesnít taste like 17% because of the only slightly boozy finish despite the warming character of it, and this is combined with a full body, average carbonation, and a slick texture.
PapaSkeetSkeet (799) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - AUG 13, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber, light tan head. Brilliant, clear, uniform. Aroma is vanilla and cherry syrup. Simple and big. Strong booze. Body is syrupy and heavy, moderate carbonation. big sherry, huge vanilla and almost astringent American oak, too much oak... A big sipper. Need more beer flavor and less oak. Hot and boozy.
mike5326 (660) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a chilled bottle. Reddish brown color, mold head, almost no lacing. Sweet and sour smell. Almost a candy alcohol flavor.