litgeekandrew (3) - - AUG 29, 2014 does not count
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Roasted cashews and soy on the nose. Strong taste of dark chocolate and bourbon barrel, of course. Some notes of dried fruit as it warms up. Nothing special about the appearance--minimal head and no lacing. Very slight alcohol burn, but less than expected for the ABV.
daleharshman (970) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 25, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch 2 at 16.53% ("bottled July 2013"). Twelve ounce bottle purchased at the Escondido BevMo one year ago ($10.99). Pours mostly black with some brown highlights around the edges. Half finger of very dark brown foam quickly reduces to nothing...the fizzy carbonation is interesting for such a high ABV beer. AROMA of heavy boozy bourbon, deep caramel, dark bitter chocolate, brown sugar, and booze. FLAVOR of great big bourbon, sticky toffee, fudge brownie, nutty dark roasted malts, some port-like sticky plum and raisin notes, maple, molasses, and lots of booze. Finishes with great big heart-warming whiskey down your gullet. The big booziness was surprising and distracting at first, but actually mellowed and improved as the beer continues to warm. The big booze is not necessarily unpleasant, but still I would recommend letting this sit even longer than the one year I waited to open it...additional time may take the boozy edge off this beast. Nice giant beer from the folks at Avery. (292, 901)
Homer321 (2614) - Melboring, Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2014
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottle. Nose is lighter fluid and jet fuel. Pitch black. Taste is straight alcohol with a light barrel character. Ho. Lee. Hell. This is high octane garbage juice. Medium sweet mouthfeel but the high alcohol and fusels kill this beer. Maybe they can try to sell this to the Air Force for the F35s.
CampesinoTino (799) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 10, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz Bottle dated 6-27-13 (16.53% ABV). Deep black pour with a dense layer of dark mocha foam. Hefty notes of bourbon, espresso, dark chocolate syrup and molasses in the aroma. The flavor is dominated by roasted malt, dark roast coffee and bittersweet chocolate along with some vanilla, black cherry and toffee at the end. The body is thick and syrupy as expected with low carbonation and more burnt sugars and toasted oak in the finish. Another beast of an Imperial Stout from Avery that would make Uncle Jacob proud.
Nikiel (879) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 7, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Colorado! Pours black with dark brown/mocha foam. Smells sweet, rich of chocolate, vanilla, caramel and a bit of coffee. Tastes sweet, thick, sticky, alcohol, toffee, chocolate, vanilla, creme brule, coffee.
waolsen (1369) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - AUG 2, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
bottle. from my mom!!!! deep dark syrupy pour with beautiful tan head. great bourbon, malty aroma with hints of dark fruits. big and rich. coffee, figs, maple sugar and bourbon. so good. almost tempted to throw a scoop of ice cream in this bad boy. awesome.
Dr_Fellini (789) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 21, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2014. Bottle to glass. Pours almost a pitch black color with a thin fizzy brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon. Flavor is molasses, roasted malts, sweet, boozy. Thick creamy mouthfeel with a stinging alcohol burn, but in a good way. Phenomenal beer!
Palme (3603) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 17, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
0.355l bottle from trade with Josh. Huge thanks! It says this was bottled March 23 2012 Itís just like pouring jet black motor oil in the glass as this is about as dark and oily as a beer can get. It also has a small quickly fading really deep dark sidesticking top. It smells amazing. ‹ber rich and deep in the aroma. A big and powerful roasted punch really kicks you in the teeth and it has a big barreled woody thing that gives it a whole extra dimension. Charred wood with dark bitter chocolate, booze, cognac and tarmac. Itís just beautiful in so many ways. Itís not an understatement to say that this has some huge big flavors. It feels as thick and chewy in the mouth as Iíve ever had and the bubbles are really prickling hard on the tongue. Starts of with a ton of strong bitter dark chocolate, a warming dark wood sweetness and some licorice before it evolves leaving a masterful heavy roasted malty burned flavor in the mouth. No doubt that itís on the sweeter side of the scale this, but it somehow works beautifully. Not hard to identify the Bourbon that has been used here, and Iím loving it! The alcohol is there, but it works really well with her all the other flavors. This is one of those you can just use all night to sip at. A lovely beverage! 18.01.2014
50belair (2929) - Florida, USA - JUL 6, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle generously shared by Colin. Dark brown pour with a kaki head. Big vanilla and malty aromas. Tasty molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, and caramel malt notes. Deep and rich with a good body and mouthfeel.
Lukaduke (2652) - Gray, Maine, USA - JUL 4, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with the wife thanks to TwoSippaDippa ! Pours a deep burnt umber color with a finger of rich khaki foam. Nose is spot on burnt brownie soaked in bourbon with some boozy heat and layers of dark fruit and coffee complexities. Palate follows and has a nice transition from dark sweet cocoa, bakers chocolate, chocolate cake batter. Its slightly sticky sweet up front but evaporates up with some vanilla boozy heat. Nice lingering roast character some coffee hints, nice bitterness, lots of booze but the flavors keep the abv in check remarkably well.