CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 18, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle: Pours a rich obsidian with a small creamy dark beige head. Has a dense, sweet dark caramel and chocolate nose with lots of bourbon oak and vanilla complexity. Starts with chewy viscosity, fine carbonation and dark malty sweetness with notes of raisins and molasses combined with a healthy amount of bourbon before a semi-sweet and smooth finish that hides the alcohol surprisingly well. Loaded with complexity, one of the best bourbon-barrel-aged imperial stouts Iíve had.
TheBeerGod (5165) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black pour with a medium, frothy brown head. Aroma is sweet with vanilla, molasses, brown sugar, booze and burnt caramel. Taste is big chocolate notes, roasted malt, burnt caramel, vanilla, molasses, and booze. Body is medium with a soft, creamy carbonation and lots of lingering alcoholic warmth. Ends with more burnt caramel, dark chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, molasses, brown sugar and booze. Damn tasty!
brystmar (1189) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rich, deeply roasted malt supports the smooth bourbon barrels. Silky as hell, highly refined; plenty of booze, though it integrates seamlessly into the flavor profile. Goddamn this stuff is good.
ineedbeer (617) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma has a medium amount of alcohol but it integrates nicely with the chocolate and roast. The roasted malt notes have some meat and coffee character.
Pours black with a faint mocha head that persists as a thin film on the edges.
Flavor has lots of dark chocolate and bitter chocolate notes. Roast has a nice quality to it, light smoked meats and coffee. Some molasses and a spicy alcohol note. A bit of a bourbon note but not much vanilla.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium low carbonation. Medium high alcohol heat. Low astringency, almost non existent. Not super sweet.
Overall, a very enjoyable stout but a touch hot. Nice chocolate and toast flavors that help hide some of the alcohol.
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jackl (4291) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Thanks to Seth (I think) for the pour. Whatís up with Avery and these high ABV monsters? Somethingís in the water in Colorado I suspect. The pourís deep brown with a tiny head. Oily appearance. The aromaís of sweet banana bread, bruised banana, rich chocolate cake, smooth caramelised apples. The taste is more chocolate cake, bitter cocoa. Syrupy toffee rich malts. Robust, full flavors. Hints of wood and vanilla. Some raisin. The bodyís thick, oily, and intimidating. Still, considering the massive ABV, this isnít that tough to drink. Overall, a pretty decent sipper!
blm225 (7) - Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2013 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
The best Iíve ever tasted, period. I encountered this fine rarity last June. I bought one and drank it that night. The next day I went back to the store and bought out the entire shelf. The following day I did the same. I guess I purchased 36 bottles of this and I have shared plenty with friends. They seem to have the same opinion I have. The ale improves with age after 6 months.
jcartamdg (1859) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours jet black with a dark brown head. Aroma of booze, chocolate and caramel. Taste follows, so thick slightly sweet. I would like to try this with some age.
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NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Fobab 10. From the king of huge beers, apparently. Pours black with a dark brown head. Nose is big. Loads of chocolate, vanilla, faint bourbon. Coffee notes and rich stout qualities. On tasting, like a huge oatmeal stout. Lush on the palate, light warming. Bourbon is there but not dominate. The malt supports it for sure. Big beer and really nice.
wchesser (1092) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 24, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2012 About 9 months on this. Thick pour into a tulip. No head or lacing. Nose is stewed prunes and fig, soy, oak, and sweet bourbon. Flavor the same minus oak with a dark roasted finish. Full bodied but not too oily. Alcohol apparent in mouth but no heat in the back of throat...pretty amazing given the level on this. Great with chocolate desert. Stellar and very well done. Dangerous.
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A vigorous pour into my Bruery tulip produces a two finger thick, nicely brown tinged, dark tan colored head that disappears fairly quickly, but does leave some lacing on the sides of my glass. The aroma smells of dense chocolate, coffee syrup, chalky roast malt, lots of hot alcohol (though not enough to be as objectionable as one might guess in a beer of this strength), burnt molasses, lots of toasted whole grain notes, and lots of burnt fruit character that leans towards prunes and figs. The barrel character is fairly subtle here, it does provide an accentuating vanillin character, perhaps a hint of woody flavors, astringency and accentuating spiciness.
Thick, rich, viscous, sweet, and dense up front, though the finish is more roasted, a bit warm and spicy with alcohol, and perhaps a touch chalky as well. Lots of ample roasted, burnt grain notes, lots of burnt dark chocolate notes, concentrated molasses, ample coffee liquor flavors, plus lots of savory, concentrated malt notes that approach umami like flavors in its concentration. The dense malt is accentuated by barrel aged vanillin notes, softly astringent woody oak, coconut notes come out more as the beer warms up. Burnt fruit notes are also found here, these meld with the barrel notes, the vanillin and the coconut flavors; suggestions of burnt raisins, and definite burnt prune flavors.
Quite a bit better than I was expecting; I was expecting a beer of this strength to be much more hot and objectionable. I like how well integrated the barrel aging is, and the fact that it doesnít add to the harshness that could so easily dominate a beer of this strength. In the end, this is quite a good beer, not just better than I was expecting (which admittedly wasnít much), it is actually quite tasty and enjoyable.