sonnycheeba (1901) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 24, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours deep, opaque black with thin, fizzy tan head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is bourbon, caramel and roasted malt, prunes, earthy hops, oak, milk chocolate, and light vanilla. Flavor is malt dominate with oak and some supporting hops (light bitterness) and dark fruit esters; bourbon undertones throughout with a dry finish. Full body, low carbonation, and high warmth.
soyorganic (264) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 21, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma of chocolate, coffee, toffee and hops. But lets get to the taste: vinous thickness with a lovely prune-bourbon taste with a complement of hop bitterness. Alcohol is not as noticeable as expected, however it seems to be making my tongue sort of numb. This beer is divine, a sweet yet hoppy stout aged in bourbon barrels. The aftertaste is so complex. YES!
BOLTZ7555 (2374) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 21, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I AM SHOCKED...there is no way that this brew caps off at 17.4%! Nearly black, small but creamy latte head, aroma of coffee, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and caramel. Peanut brittle, praline, toffee, honey, cocoa, vanilla, and cashew all present. Really quite incredible. Yum!
cgmees (32) - Texas, USA - APR 21, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, thick black with little to no head, I poured very slowly as the oil thick fluid was fun to watch.. Aroma has notes of strong caramel, dark fruits (some raisins, dates, prunes), and big molasses notes, slight hint of bourbon but its fairly restrained, slight oak and alcohol. First sip very smooth, with tang of alcohol at the end. Very nice bourbon overtones with caramel, molasses and chocolate. Definitely not a session beer, will need to put some up for a year or two to see how the flavors come together. This almost as good as Goose Island Bourbon Stout in my opinion.
arminjewell (4159) - Saudi Auroria, Colorado, USA - APR 17, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 29, 2012 Pour out of 12 oz bottle, thick black with creamy chocolate head, dissipates fast but it is expected. Aroma has big notes of caramel, toffee, dark fruits with anise, some figs and dates, prunes, nice dark chocolate and big molasses notes, slight hint of bourbon but its fairly restrained, slight vanilla, oak and a touch of booze in the aroma with a retronasal burn. Not bad but a bit hot, will develop well. Taste is a mix of dark fruits, touch of caramel, anise, hints of molasses, slight bourbon notes, hints of vanilla and slight chocolate and coffee notes, slight espresso, finishing with a hit of booze. Definitely needs some time, but for a 17% this is pretty good. Edit: Somehow this got less boozy as it warmed up? Not sure how, but layers of dark fruits, caramel and chocolate notes cover up most of the booze, slightly spicy and dry finish comes through in the end, covers up a lot of alcohol in the taste.
jwencilhotek (14) - - APR 17, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 19, 2012 Solid imperial stout, large abv is masked by a mildly sweet malt body. Good, but like all "big" beers it is more of a novelty
Ratman197 (7609) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 14, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small l;asting brown head. Aromas of bourbon, dark chocolate, alcohol, oak, roastiness, licorice and dark fruit. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a warming finish. Flavors of dark chocolate, bourbon, oak, licorice, dark fruit, light roastiness and light coffee with a smooth warming lingering dark chocolate finish.
adnielsen (6161) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 11, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 18, 2012 Bottle @ home. 2:45am and Iím opening this? Not my most mature decision ever, but fuck it. This stout pours a deep brown/black appearance with a small, yet somewhat lasting, dark brown head. The aroma is pungent even from several feet away. The bourbon in the nose is quite nice without really any boozy notes and plenty of toffee, caramel, and vanilla. Thereís also a subtle, yet nice oak element in the aroma along with dark chocolate and more caramel. Really thereís a shitload of caramel in the nose and honestly, thereís a slight spiciness in the nose but really not very much booze at all which is phenomenal. For this, I have to give the aroma a 10. My first taste is loaded with rich toffee and caramel. Thereís a big bourbon element but you get all of those delicious, dessert flavors from it rather than the fusel alcohol elements. Thereís also tons of vanilla, more toffee, dark chocolate, wood/oak, chocolate cake, and even a touch of fruitiness. You do begin to notice the booze on the finish, smooth as it is. The booze really starts to kick in when the beer nears your esophagus and heads to your stomach. Thatís not to say there isnít some booziness in the flavor, but for 17%, itís not nearly as strong in the flavor as you may expect. Thereís almost a tangy, fruity quality to the aftertaste along with a fair amount of oak. This is a big beer and definitely a sipper, but the booze is contained quite well and thereís plenty of flavors. I thoroughly enjoyed this brew and I think many others will also, but if you didnít like Averyís other high abv offerings (The Beast, Mephistopheles, etc), donít bother. 4.11.2012: 10/4/9/4/18 (4.5)
Round Two, this time at 12:57am. I was very surprised by how much I enjoyed this one the last time around, so I figured I needed to try it again asap. Tons of roasty, dark chocolate malts and caramel in the aroma along with some vanilla and dark fruits and much milder bourbon than my last bottle. This one just isnít so overpoweringly aromatic as I recall. Rich dark chocolate, caramel, dark fruity flavor with a lot of toffee. It still blows me away how smooth this motherfucker is. Great fucking beer- Iím going to pick up some more. Actually, I enjoy this more than the Bourbon Barrel Meph Addict and Mephistopheles but not as well as Margarete or Meph Addict. Rock on! 4.18.2012: 9/4/9/4/18 (4.4)
stumpyiliz (135) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 9, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I have been waiting for Avery to release this Caliber of a BAíd stout for years. I am in no way disappointed. Thick and dark pour, medium head with tons of lacing, duh its 17.4+%. Taste is vanilla with bourbon burning on the back end. The beer is sweet but finishes with a round caramel flavor to disguise the abv. Smell is bourbon and vanilla, mouthfeel is full but not overwhelming. This will b good for years in a cellar. The only way i can really describe it, is, Parabola meets goose island bcs and finishes off with a lil mokah/caramel.
HonkeyBra (2483) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. bottle from TheDude. Black, oily pour with dark tan bubbles on the top. Big bourbony aroma, strong dark chocolate, coffee, chocolate mousse. Vanilla, oak, chocolate. Flavor is fairly sweet with a strong bourbon component. Dark fruit, figs, plums, mild coffee roast and dark chocolate bitterness. The bourbon helps a lot to ensure minimal residual sweetness. I think Avery should do this with The Beast. Otherwise, a bit boozey, but nice, fun to drink. A very good insane ABV beer from Avery. I look forward to more.