poisoneddwarf (1760) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - DEC 11, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz bottle; Batch 1, 17.81% ABV. Aroma consists of chocolate, leather, coffee, coconut, bourbon, licorice. Pours opaque black with a two finger dark tan head that reduces to a collar and skiff of foam after a few minutes. Taste is sweet (not cloying) and boozy with a bitter finish. Along with all aroma descriptors, I’m getting some cough drop, a faint vegetal character that isn’t displeasing at all, which is unusual for me. Velvety mouthfeel, full body, tight carbonation. Awesome!
zizzybalubba (1497) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - DEC 13, 2014
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz. bottle from Total Wine, Chesapeake, VA. Pours black with a rich cinnamon brown head. Aroma of chocolate and coffee mostly with hints of bourbon and wood. Bourbon is certainly present in the taste with booze, vanilla, oak, and coconut flavors complemented by rich roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Some dark fruit even makes its way to the party. Awesome. As expected there is plenty of bitterness and warmth that lingers on the palate. An outstanding barrel-aged imperial stout.
onceblind (4512) - 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 (9437) - 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 (6414) - Lansing, 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 (281) - 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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kirk36 (149) - Peabody, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 14, 2014
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Wow. Chocolate and nibs forward. Alcohol forward and definitely fucked up and good. But I would not seek this one out, sorry
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Meddler303 (2) - - DEC 15, 2014 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Truly a marvelous ber. Lots of chocolate, coffee and bourbon are the main characteristics. Subtle Molasses notes. Strong alcohol notes, although very well balanced given the %. Quite complex and delicious.
BeerandBlues2 (10039) - 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.
djd07 (3868) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle thanks to Chow. Pours a very dark brown with medium tan head that lasts. The aroma is strong roast, chocolate, booze, wood. Slick mouthfeel, light booze, strong roast, cocoa, dark chocolate, real impressive.