MIBRomeo (2569) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour tan whispy head. Aroma is big & sweet lots of carmels, hints of the JW lees distinctive aroma some light cherry that fades quickly behind the syrups. Full wellc oated and creamy palate. Huge malty flavor sweet and more sweet hten a little more.. syrups dominate w/ a tiny twinge of tart cherry coming through really only in the aftertaste some light vanillas and dry oak the alcohol is potent and a little detracting as well, but overal quite nice. More cherry or more sour contrast here would be phenomenal.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sample at tasting room during GABF 2009. Pours a murky black color with thin brown head. Aroma is chocolate, fudge, molasses, maple syrup, cherries, ripe dark fruit. Flavor is boozy with notes of sour cherries, chocolate, light bourbon, vanilla, wood, smoke, fudge. Full body with a sour boozy finish.
craftbeerdesign (2236) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 2, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
sample at the Avery Tap Room during GABF week on 9/25/09... pours a intense black... big roasty sour vanilla nose... thick body, extremely smooth and attacks your taste buds... there is some coffee, chocolate and a light cherry taste... excellent.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - OCT 1, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at brewery, GABF ’09.
Pours a doesn’t-get-blacker black with an aroma of vanilla molasses cherry syrup and fresh waffle cone. Flavor is an unrelentingly thick molasses chocolate syrup with a slight whiskey cherry finish. Sherwin-Williams on the tongue. This is pure evil, and that’s a great thing.
TopTekeUWM (25) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 28, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 GABF Taproom. Poured black with an off white/tan head. The nose had sweet syrup notes with the barrell coming through nicely. Taste is an explosion of maltiness mixed with coffee, toffee, roasty, and barrell flavors. The beer finishes wth a little hops on the back end. This beer was big and bold with low carbonation that yields to the malts. The base beer was way too overpowering to get much of the cherry notes but some were present after the beer warmed up.
zizzybalubba (1592) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - SEP 27, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Enjoyed at the Avery Taproom in Boulder, CO during GABF week, 2009. Black pour with a thin tan head. Bourbon, espresso, and mild cherry aroma. Vanilla and dark chocolate flavor with a hint of cherry tartness. Very nicely done.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 25, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at avery. Dark, almost black pour. Just a thin halo of light tan head. Deep nose of coffee, chocolate, wood, smoke, and sour cherry. Sensual and oily mouthfeel. Roasted coffee, chocolate, nuts in the flavors, boozy warmth, not really that sour or forward with the cherry flavors per se, but remarkably smooth and refined. Big sipper here, but nicely complex and cashmere-like.
Ernest (6597) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Head is fully lasting.
Body is black.
Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, chocolate), with a strong note of cardboard, notes of vanilla, wood, whisky, light note of plum/berry.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter, paper-like.
Full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, heavily alcoholic.
Heavily oxidized, which was quite unexpected (I didn’t realize it had been oak-aged when I sampled it, just figured they’d added cherries to it at some point) but it nearly ruined the aroma and made for a papery aftertaste as well. Only a few other people I talked to about it noticed this, so I’m kinda bummed I’m so sensitive to it. Very faint cherry character. Still pretty good overall, but I just couldn’t get around the staleness.
bu11zeye (12112) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Draught) Pours a Black body with a medium-sized creamy brown head. Aroma of vanilla, cherry, light toffee, chocolate, and roastiness. Flavor of sour cherries, chocolate, roasted malt, wood, and vanilla with a moderately bitter finish. Tasty!
BeerandBlues2 (10608) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 15, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at Avery. Pours black as night with an average, creamy, dark brown head, somewhat lasting with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (molasses, chocolate, burnt), average hops (perfume), average yeast (leather) with notes of alcohol, cherries, and wood. Full bodied, alcoholic texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, heavy sweetness, acidity, and bitterness.