beechner224 (814) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours pitch black with just a small white head. Aroma is sweet, decadent, chocolate. Taste is thick, oily, heat, yummy. This is great.
rlgk (12025) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 25, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, from a trade with Heyta. Thanks alot! Pitch black beer with a nice rather lasting beige/brownish beer. Roasted malt and caramel aroma, vanilla, bourbon, woody notes, nutcreme, hazelnuts, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, tar and licorice notes, figs and raisins, some dades. Roasted licorice and vanilla flavor, lots of warming slcohol, nutcreme, figs, raisins, caramel, woody, bourbon, tar notes, chocolate, vinous, dades, cream notes, some sherry. Full bodied, with a long woody licorice finish, dades, raisins, caramel, chocolate and warming alcohol. Delicious!
douglas88 (6700) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 23, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle. A major want! Pours a pure black color with a small brown head after a big, initially pretty frothy. A great nose of cocoa, barrel and dark chocolates. Big flavors of more chocolate, intense sweet dark fruit, bourbon, more oak, some red win type notes, heat, oat. Loads of sweetness and heat, but damn it is good.
dEnk (4134) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ home. Thanks vaiz! Aroma flows to my nose as vaiz poens the bottle over a meter away. Chocolate, caramel and vanilla hit the nose. A closer look brings big burned molasses and caramel, liquorice, caramel, vanilla, (medicinal) alcohol, roast, etc etc. Flavour is huge burning roasty chocolate liquorice rocketfuel malt caramel bonanza. Later bourbon, wood, caramel, malt etc etc. Lingers for ever. Keeps evolving. Hefty though.
Vaiz (3709) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 23, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Beverager4less, San Diego. Black pour, thin tan head. Aroma is huge bourbon, chocolate, coffee, burnt malts, warming alcohol, boozy but well balanced. Flavor is warming, roasty, sweet chocolate, some bitter coffee and a hint of licorice. Mostly sweet warming roasted goodness. Heavy and smooth, but still in your face. Great brew, although it lacks some balance.
Sarlacc83 (1115) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: Midnight in the middle of nowhere black. Mocha head that fades.
N: 80% dark chocolate, subtle bourbon, caramel, vanilla is well represented. Raisin and prune. Licorice.
T: Dark fruit and chocolate. Slightly sour from the bourbon but not infected. Some coffee bitterness. Oak is huge.
M: Wow, lots of booze. Sticky and heavy.
O: Very fruity and potent. Normal for Avery to go overboard on their stouts, in my estimation. Flavor is strong, too.
bbbeer (592) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 23, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown with minimal head. Aroma of a rich dark chocolate cake, with vanilla and raisins. Full body. Of course some alcohol but really no more than you’d get from a glass of wine. Flavor is sweet and complex, chocolate predominates, lightly roasted malts, fruits, oak, molassess. It’s not really drinkable beyond slow sipping, and probably too sweet, but wonderful anyway.
artmcd8 (1999) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an oily black with no head. Vanilla bourbon and caramel and alcohol in the aroma. The taste is sweet and mellow. The texture is silky smooth and oily. The flavors coat the mouth as the heat from the alcohol warms the mouth.
SpongeRuiner (865) - Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thanks Jeff for this one. A big thick creamy feel. Masks the alcohol extremely well. The aroma puts off a big boozy scent but barely in the taste. Pretty intense stuff.
bergstaden (1510) - Røros, NORWAY - NOV 20, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black with a brown head - Sweet malt aroma with some dark fruits - Good sweet malt body with dark fruits caramel and some chocolate - Lingering smooth dark malt finsih - This was extremely good