Steve_0 (2076) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home. Pour is pitch black, literally looks like car oil; small brown head that quickly dissipated. Big bourbon and coconut hit you upfront, with notes of vanilla, wood, toffee, caramel, and dark chocolate; sweet raisins and figs on the backend. Bourbon is obviously very present in the aroma, but it isnít overpowering because there is so much more going on and no real signs of alcohol. Aroma is just very reminiscent of a big bourbon barley wine. Taste is sweet bourbon and cocoa, vanilla, coconut, oak, and prunes. Earthy/grassy notes in there playing well off the sweet caramel and toffee ending with a slight alcoholic burn on the finish, but not nearly as much as you would expect for 17.5% ABV. Big sticky/mouth-coating body with low carbonation; seriously sticky shit with a nice lingering chocolate aftertaste. A very big beer, but definitely one of Averyís better high gravity offerings. A bit hot, but delicious nonetheless. This one should age nicely.
Nisse666 (3664) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 24, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wee bottle many thx to adnielsen cons 2012-11-24 GŲteborg
AR: mixtur of dark chocolate and soft smooth milk chocolate, little vanilla, and perhaps some bourbone oaked sences, when poured the aromas as strong from the bottle skift
AP: pitch black with a tiny dark ruby rim, 4 cm high thick but fizzy slowly deminishing dark dark cacao brown, wee lacings
F: very think fluid, first soft milk chocolate then ŗ very warming feeling, dark followed by another darker type of chocolate. Not bitter but still high cacao % . Wee sugary feeling, bourbon vanilla seeds, wee bourbon fresh barrels, wee coffee, butter fudgy. First the carbonation is fizzy, then transfers into ŗ much softer mood, medium bitterness. Not. must be among the top 10 most high alcholic approx 18% - were it isnít that evident strong. Ie very extremly well camouflaged. Finish is long and lingering, the first softer chocolate is back again. WARNING! high risk that you will consume it to fast - take it easy and keep on sipping!
budznsudz (416) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - NOV 22, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours pitch black, looks beautiful, smells beautiful, tastes beautiful. For a bourbon barrel stout, itís flawless. Chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and licorice are there in abundance and the 17.5% alcohol is masked incredibly well. Perfect in my book.
Dixonian (1540) - Plano, Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep black brew, tan head. Nose of vanilla, smoke, chocolate, bourbon. Boozy but not near as much as I expected - lots of bourbon and dark chocolate.
tcane7 (1511) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a thick black with 1 finger of mocha head and some moderate lacing. Nose of dark chocolate, vanilla, bourbon and oak. Thick, syrupy mouthfeel. Sweet caramel, bourbon, vanilla, dark fruits. Very tasty.
rxeight (964) - Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sample from bottle @ Fobab. This is a great stout. Big bourbon notes lots of dark malt flavor. Great balance between the two. Huge dark strong beer but still somehow very drinkable and incredibly smooth.
crossovert (6081) - Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
For such a big beer this one is remarkably drinkable. Boozy but not over the top. Smooth and drinkable. Awesome.
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
I guess Iíll be the first and go against the grain on this one. I heard such overwhelming good things about this beer that I really didnít believe them but I bought one anyway. It is a decent beer but the ABV really hurts it badly as far as my palate is concerned. If this was 10% it might be fantastic but as it stands it really is just ok. Dark black color, pretty standard appearance for the style. The smell might be really good, dark malts, a hint of barrel, but then that gasoline aroma from the alcohol wafts into your face. The flavor is the same way, sort of sweet, rich, roasty, almost makes me think its a great beer until I feel like I could light my breath on fire from the alcohol. Look I enjoy a cognac now and then so Iím not against high alcohol beverages per se but it just seems to take over the beer in a bad way. I will say that if you like DogfishHead WWS then you will probably find this right up your alley.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-12-2012 14:13:02
Pailhead (4356) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of chocolate, wood, and a strange vegetal notes. It pours a dark brown with no transparency and a small beige head. The flavor starts sugary sweet chocolate and molasses. The finish has light espresso, black licorice, and vanilla. Itís full bodied with mild carbonation. Overall, a little too sugary sweet for me to drink a lot of.
jstraw (1880) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black with low (barrel-aged), creamy, brown head / Rich, earthy, musty nose of dark fruit, chocolate, and coffee / Full body, rich and chewy, some sweetness but hoppy and dry in the middle, with hot, bitter finish / Flavors of cocoa, bourbon barrel, semisweet chocolate, coconut, and date / Anything like this is a treat, but the super high alcohol doesnít mesh with the average full body. (I say this having tried the superior Lost Abbey Deliverance in the same night.)