mixmasterob (881) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 13, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Well, this may be the new benchmark for brewing enormous stouts. Easily the biggest stout I have tried, and it drinks just as good as a lot of em (that I have rated). The only thing detectable regarding the booze in this guy is the buzz that ensues. Yes, itís very sweet but is balanced incredibly well with a huge roastiness full of coffee, melted candy bar, vanilla, bourbon, wood and bitter dark cocoa. Every time I go back to smell this I get something different. Crazy complex and intriguing on all counts. Viscous mouthfeel with an excellent amount of carbonation. Avery really knocked this out of the park, I am truly wowed. Bottle courtesy of bhensonb. Thank you sir, may I have another?
Reynolds314 (2214) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 9, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge beer. Pours a viscous black with brown head. Aroma is heavy oak, bourbon, chocolate, and vanilla. Oily texture with low carbonation. Really tasty stuff here that is a bit difficult to drink with the thick palate.
Ernesto987 (3525) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 6, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge huge flavors, tons of bourbon, sweet and boozy, I like it, can drink a lot though
joeneugs (3105) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 4, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz. bottle from a trading partner that I canít remember at the moment. Thanks again! It pours black, super thick and oily with a medium sized, lasting brown head. Looks really nice. The aroma is even better. Very little fusel alcohols like I was expecting, just chocolaty goodness with some mild notes of soy sauce, nutty bourbon, vanilla, toffee and roasted malt. The flavor is just as good. Strong, yes, but itís amazing how well the alcohol is hidden. Yes, its sweet but not cloyingly so for this kind of beer. Sweet caramel, toffee, bourbon hits you first with notes of wood, brown sugar, vanilla, coffee, chocolate, brandy. Wow. This is brilliant stuff. The body is velvety with the perfect amount of carbonation. The finish is warming, but not harsh. I keep comparing this to some the high alcohol Mikkeller stouts Iíve had, and theres really no comparison. Not a soy sauce or prune bomb, and so easy to sip on. No complaints here. A real masterpiece.
Beerman6686 (4167) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
this poured a darker brownc olor with a small tan head. Aroma was lots and lots of dark chocolate, booze, barrel, soy, and roast. Flavor was hot, but well intertwined, lots of dark chocolate, semi sweet and soy, not much roast in the flavor. Barrel notes are light, but its mainly the booze burn that comes through. Nice stuff.
Steve_0 (2523) - 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 (4023) - 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 (551) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - NOV 22, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2014 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 (1562) - 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 (1651) - 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.