conway (1370) - - APR 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark cola with almost no head. Aroma is barrel, soy sauce and strong fusel burn. Taste follows suit but really focuses on the barrel. Extreme alcohol burn. Extremely sticky palate. Very huge and tasty.
Chudwick (2072) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - APR 26, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle shared at DLD thanks to TJ. Sweet, wood, lactose and boozy. Nice wind breaking beer
TXBadger (1334) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 25, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the 2013 release. Pours a solid black color. Bourbon, cocoa, and roasty notes on the nose. Most follow onto the palate. Finishes with a little bite.
BBB63 (6010) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (2014) served in snifter at near room temps: Pours a very deep brown, nearly opaque with a fading tan head and not much lace, some oily tears. The aroma is heavy on the bourbon vapours of vanilla, oak, char and alcohol. Some of the robust stout does come through like chocolate, coffee, tobacco, and a hint of resiny esters. The taste has sharp whiskey and charred oak notes of layers of sweet malt, black strap molasses and vanilla beans. A fleeting touch of espresso, leather, tobacco and pepper attempt to round out the palate but for now the beast is just too young and unruly. Interestingly there is already a developing sherry like oxidization so I do not think that this will age gracefully beyond a year or two max. Sticky and lush mouth feel with that aggressive booze and warming sensation. I like this but alas it has the common hot boozy characteristic of many of Avery big brews when they are young.
high_on_hops (610) - Burlingame, California, USA - APR 19, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a solid black with a brown head and lacing. It has lots of rich bourbon in the aroma, along with some chocolate and alcohol. The flavor is strong bourbon and alcohol up front with. A sweet malt and coffee background leading to a great coffee and cocoa finish over a smooth, heavy body.
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andrewje41 (370) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - APR 18, 2014
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle pour. Jet black with minimumal tan head. Boozy aroma. This beer is very smooth with caramel, vanilla bean, and a little mocha. Definitely tasting the bourbon as well. Rich, chocolate bourbon finish. For a beer this high in abv its extremely drinkable and smooth. A must try beer.
gendv138 (1189) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - APR 18, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (2014, 14.83& ABV) poured into a Belgian snifter. Pours jet black with an oily consistency. Half a finger of tan head that fades into a ring. Aromas of bourbon, dark chocolate, roast. Tasting notes of dark fruit, bourbon, dark chocolate. Full body with a warm and dry finish. Oily mouthfeel, low carbonation. Maybe my palate has developed but I enjoyed last yearís release much more.
EtTuCthulhu (1022) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - APR 10, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is an opaque black color with a large brown head that fades somewhat quickly, and the aroma blends dark chocolate, bourbon, roasted malts, and light caramel notes. The taste has a heavy boozy character alongside a moderate level of umami and a slight sweetness and slight roasty bitterness, and the umami, roastiness, and booze linger through the dry finish. The mouthfeel fuses a full body, oily texture, and low to no carbonation.
Stoutish (2) - Hemet, USA - APR 7, 2014 does not count
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bourbon Bourbon Bourbon!!! Upon cracking the cap off this beauty, there was instant hits of bourbon, toffee, Raisins, oak, molasses sweet to the nose, poured oil black with a thin tan head. Glug glug glug it went into a snifter. I wanted flavor... I got flavor!! Very bold indeed. Upon first sip I got... you guessed it BOURBON!! Then roasy malty choco fruity sugary sticky goodness as I sipped and sipped. Had to go back for more!! Im sure it was very hot as it was only bottle three months prior to cracking. Cellared some to taste its flavor journey for years to come.
Dodgrblu (601) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 6, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 ounce bottle from Total Wine Sacramento, bourbon, alcohol aroma, warms like bourbon.