corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Huge thanks to shadowane for picking a bottle of this up for me.
Pours viscous, pitch black and completely opaque with a two finger mocha head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks and spots of lace left behind. My wife said that it looks like tar.
Huge boozy bourbon aroma with a really strong barrel presence complimented by dark roasted malt. The spicy bourbon dominates the nose but doesnít totally overpower. Hints of oak, coconut and vanilla followed by toast, coffee, dark chocolate and oatmeal that come more toward the forefront as it warms. Iím surprised with the high ABV that it doesnít smell like a complete booze bomb.
Medium bodied with a rush of spicy, bourbon that lingers over the sweet and roasted malt notes into a boozy, warm finish. Although the flavor is dominated by bourbon, the barrel character is nicely integrated. Some dry oak, coconut and marshmallow mellow things out but that strong spicy bourbon bite is the star of this beer. I would have thought that it spent more than six months in the barrel. As it warms, a mix of sweet and roasted malt notes come forward. Again, Iím surprised that itís not a complete booze bomb, containing hints of rye, sweet and dark chocolate, caramel, toffee, coffee bean, licorice and dark fruit. The very high ABV is nicely masked with little heat. There is lots of bourbon and sweet alcohol flavor but itís not intrusive at all with some nice warmth in the finish. I was a little skeptical after seeing 17.42% but this is a well crafted decently balanced beer.
Theis (12166) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 19, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at PspsÝís - Thanks. Pitch black - nice brown head. High high malty, light wooden/bourbon notes, ok alcoholic to cut through the sweetness, rather high sweetness, cocoa, nice hoppy, fresh hoppy notes, dry malty notes, oiley texture, chocolate, warming finish. Nice.
joergen (18930) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 16, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at PapsÝ.
Pitch black coloured with a small beige head.
Sweet and roasted aroma of caramel, dark chocolate, dried fruits and alcohol.
Sweet and roasted flavour of dried fruits and caramel with notes of dark chocolate, alcohol and port wine.
Sweet and warming alcoholic finish.
5000 (5655) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle:   Pours black, moderate sudsy brownish head, fairly nice lacing.   Big sweet rich roasted malt nose with graham cracker, soft vanilla and toffee, with some very soft Bourbon notes.   Nothing is too bright, or stands out very strongly on the nose.   However, on the tongue its a bit different.   Huge roastiness up front, sweet, a bit of dark pitted fruit like sweetness, with heaps of graham cracker, and even chocolate graham cracker.   This is all followed by some very strong young Bourbon notes.   Rather sweet, heavy but not cloying.   Big strong Graham Cracker base, chocolate and regular.   I am amazed as to how this nearly 17.5% beer is so easy to drink, not hot, or alcoholic.   Another one of those Avery brews that amazes me.   Good stuff!
craftycarl21 (2087) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a syrupy black with small brown head. Nose and flavor are rife with raisin and plum, sweet chocolate ganache filling, and hints of bourbon vanilla sweetness; very little roast or bitterness to speak of. Also tingly booze on the nose. The flavor brings more dark fruit, caramel, and chocolate sweetness, with prickly alcohol becoming more prevalent as the beer warms. This is good, but not up there with the upper echelon of Averyís highly potent brews (Rumpkin and Meph Addict I think take the cake in this category). A bit disappointing and could never drink a whole bottle, but maybe Iíll try it again if given the chance since I had it in August after a weekend of drinking the best saisons and session beers on earth.
JanLaursen (2519) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Pitch oily-black with a small brown head. Aroma of sweet preserved fruits, roasted malts, oak, bourbon. Extremely sweet, extremely thick, raisins, preserved plums, bourbon with a (maybe too) strong alcoholic note cutting through. Full bodied, massive, full frontal overload - would prefer a few hops to balance out the finish. Drikable only in small doses
Ungstrup (27814) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. A pitch black beer with a dark brown head. The aroma has notes of chocolate, roasted malt, and alcohol. The flavor is sweet with notes of alcohol, roasted malt, chocolate, and soy sauce, leading to a dry, alcoholic, and roasted finish.
madsberg (9388) - SÝborg, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Pitch black coloured. Dense brown head. Aroma of roast, wood, chocolate, port, liqoiurice, Flavour of roast, vanilla, wood, alcohol, chocolate, brown sugar, liqourice, just a tad of coffee. Full bodied. ends on a roasted and light sweet bitterness with nice alcohol bite on lips and palate. Nice
Papsoe (25113) - Lyse RÝdovre, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 35,5 cl. Courtesy of Doodler. Pours a pitch black with a smallish brown head. Sweet roasty aroma, sweet Bourbon as well. Very rich body, sweet roast, dark dried fruit and loads of Bourbon heat. No real bitterness. The alcohol is not exactly hidden but itís not really boozy or cloying. 150812
Rasmus40 (8924) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle @ Camons tasting, courtesy of adnielsen. Black with a small dark brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla and bourbon. Flavor is very sweet and very bitter. Sweet and very bitter finish with warming alcohol. Oily and smooth. 120712