slowrunner77 (6165) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
"Wow - likely the best 15+% beer Iíve ever had or will have. Sweet from both the barreling and the abv, but not overly so. And not hot. Iím a fan of Mephistopheles, but this stout is in a whole nother class. Ridiculously good."
solidfunk (4551) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - SEP 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Definitely a keeper, too bad itís so damn expensive. Lots of bitter dark chocolate. Finishes with lots of bitterness. Booze well hidden. Lots of roast and caramel. Tap at Snallygaster.
jrob21 (2706) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 8, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 vintage shared at first sunday. Deep rich and dark. Vanilla and roasty malt. Some chocolate flavors as well. Bourbon sweet and a bit of the rich chewy grain. The bourbon is still a little dominant here but the stout impression comes through well and adds complexity.
boozedude (2102) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - SEP 3, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle shared with sievers, and hakes and meatstick at club w.. pitch black pour with potent aroma, raisend, plum, chocolate, taste is crazy strong , but incredible smooth, LOVE
JefVerstraete (1676) - Ghent, BELGIUM - SEP 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from a trade. Many thanks artmcd8! Shared with tderoeck and Erwin. Oily black colour, brown foam. Soft carbonation. Light roasted aroma with lots of bourbon and vanilla. Full body. Sweet with very light bitterness. Good but I like stouts more on the bitter side.
Dr_MedievAle (199) - Alabama, USA - SEP 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2013 vintage. aroma: loads of soy, roasted pecan, worn leather and faint but funky mozzarella cheese. appearance: motor oil w/ auburn tint around the edge. not much lacing. quickly dissipating light-brown head. taste: sweet chocolate syrup and burning bourbon. some bitter floral hops thrown in the mix w/ bitter bakerís chocolate, maybe some dried fruit (prunes.) palate: syrupy but doesnít coat the mouth for too long. pretty refreshing for a 16.5% beast.
litgeekandrew (3) - - AUG 29, 2014 does not count
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Roasted cashews and soy on the nose. Strong taste of dark chocolate and bourbon barrel, of course. Some notes of dried fruit as it warms up. Nothing special about the appearance--minimal head and no lacing. Very slight alcohol burn, but less than expected for the ABV.
daleharshman (944) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 25, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch 2 at 16.53% ("bottled July 2013"). Twelve ounce bottle purchased at the Escondido BevMo one year ago ($10.99). Pours mostly black with some brown highlights around the edges. Half finger of very dark brown foam quickly reduces to nothing...the fizzy carbonation is interesting for such a high ABV beer. AROMA of heavy boozy bourbon, deep caramel, dark bitter chocolate, brown sugar, and booze. FLAVOR of great big bourbon, sticky toffee, fudge brownie, nutty dark roasted malts, some port-like sticky plum and raisin notes, maple, molasses, and lots of booze. Finishes with great big heart-warming whiskey down your gullet. The big booziness was surprising and distracting at first, but actually mellowed and improved as the beer continues to warm. The big booze is not necessarily unpleasant, but still I would recommend letting this sit even longer than the one year I waited to open it...additional time may take the boozy edge off this beast. Nice giant beer from the folks at Avery. (292, 901)
Homer321 (2219) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2014
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottle. Nose is lighter fluid and jet fuel. Pitch black. Taste is straight alcohol with a light barrel character. Ho. Lee. Hell. This is high octane garbage juice. Medium sweet mouthfeel but the high alcohol and fusels kill this beer. Maybe they can try to sell this to the Air Force for the F35s.
CampesinoTino (790) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 10, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz Bottle dated 6-27-13 (16.53% ABV). Deep black pour with a dense layer of dark mocha foam. Hefty notes of bourbon, espresso, dark chocolate syrup and molasses in the aroma. The flavor is dominated by roasted malt, dark roast coffee and bittersweet chocolate along with some vanilla, black cherry and toffee at the end. The body is thick and syrupy as expected with low carbonation and more burnt sugars and toasted oak in the finish. Another beast of an Imperial Stout from Avery that would make Uncle Jacob proud.