Ernest (7320) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 9, 2015
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle (Batch 4, Feb 2015 bottling).
Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly lasting.
Body is opaque black (flashlight tested).
Aroma is moderately malty (chocolate syrup, roasted grain, caramel), with notes of raw wood, vanilla, alcohol, whiskey/bourbon.
Flavor is harshly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Full body, syrupy texture, soft/lively carbonation, harshly alcoholic.
I can name that tune in...3 notes; sugar, alcohol, and raw wood. I hate to be flippant, but thatís what this beer is about. Yeah, thereís some of the usual choco-vanilla-roast in here too, which virtually all stouts offer, and ample bourbon scent as well (although milder than expected)...but the main feature here is really the unbelievable syrupy sweetness and the painfully burning finish. So harsh on both counts it literally makes my eyes water to take a sip, and very nearly a gag reflex occurs. It doesnít smell bad, mind you, itís just very simple. And I did spend a lot of time with the nose, despite instantly disliking the drinking experience...I kept hoping it would unfold new aromatic treasures as it warmed, but it never did. But letís be honest...like The Bruery, Avery LOVES sugar and alcohol. Thatís pretty much what defines the brewery anymore, if you were to peg them on one particular trait. They almost seem to try to get as much residual sugar as is physically possible in all their big brews, and this is surely one of their crown achievements in that regard...it is almost exactly like taking a big spoonful of granulated cane sugar and putting it in your mouth, no exaggeration; it really is that sweet. And hardly anything to balance other than the massive throat burn. Pretty much undrinkable. But hey...first pour opacity and a lasting head...every cloud has a silver lining!
jbruner (3996) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 7, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at catch 22 bottle share! Pours a deep black with thin ring of tan brown head that leaves light lace. Aroma and taste yes, bourbon barrel awesome stout, smooth, hint of booze on way down. Well balanced and amazing.
tsd08460 (816) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - APR 7, 2015
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma: alcohol, bourbon, caramel
Appearance: black, clear, brown head,
Taste: medium sweetness, lightly bitter, bourbon
Palate: full body, thick feel, soft carbonation, long finish,
mbgrayson (719) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - APR 4, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch #4, 16.9 % abv. Bottled 2/13/15, expensive: $13.99 for 12 ounces. Aroma a bit sweet, malty, with bourbon barrel nose. Taste is amazing: smooth and creamy, a bit sweet at first, with bourbon and wood mixed into an excellent, complex imperial stout. Thumbs way up!
SHIG (4670) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - APR 4, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at Anchorage Apr í15 Tasting: Poured a dark brown with reddish orange edges and tan ring for a head. Aroma is roasted malt and light bourbon. Taste is mixed roast malt, chocolate, vanilla and bourbon.
astanford (36) - California, USA - MAR 27, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
caramel, nuts, toast, roasty, earthy, leaves, alcohol, cloudy, minimal head, full body, sticky, thick feel, long finish, black, rich dark chocolate and vanilla tones
Berard (627) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours black creme colored head that lines the edges cocoa aroma over light carbonation. Rich chocolate vanilla bourbon flavor.
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nihtila (2887) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 26, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
7.11.2014. Intense vanilla oaky aroma. Taste is not as good, still quite good. Roasted malts, bourbon, vanilla.
jeremyh70 (1061) - Missouri, USA - MAR 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very thick dark black pour with just a tinge of ruby highlight around the edge. A small khaki head with minimal lacing. I was immediately struck with a combination of dark bready malt and bourbon in the aroma along with some chocolate and umami. The taste has some sweetness at the start followed by plenty of bourbon and dark chocolate. Some of that bready malt character shows up, as well as a big roastiness that borders on burnt flavors. A fair amount of roasty bitterness along with hints of raisin. Finishes with big roasted malt flavors and a considerable amount of warming from the high ABV. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy with a full body and moderate carbonation. This is a big beer with plenty of dark malt flavor and bourbon but it could use some age to smooth out the taste. Seems a little harsh compared to some other BBA stouts that Iíve had and enjoyed. If the price wasnít so high, Iíd probably buy another bottle to cellar, but there are other beers like this I enjoy more.
fraternie (988) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
What a monster this is. Delcious, with a rich, thick malt presence that shows creamy dark chocolate, black coffee and bourbon notes. The alcohol is covered amazingly well all things considered, as this checks in around about in port-wine range, and flavors linger long past the understated hear check. Hint of spice creeps in through the long finish.