charule (1524) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to a friend. Poured black with thinning beige head. Aroma sweet heavy vanilla choc oats. Light carb med bod. Mildy boozy for 17%, pretty sweet, bitter roasted choc barrel. Warm it up!
trevor211 (1404) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 12, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Churchkey. Deep black, small tan head. Thick as motor oil, and hoooo-boy does this cover the 17% well. Lovely vanilla, butterscotch, and oak notes up front, with deep, dark roasted malts behind. Thick, *ultra* flavorful - this is a huge palate bomb, and I’m loving every bit of it.
valpoaj (661) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAR 12, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap pour - excited for this one - snifter has no head...black...aroma is full of bourbon, wood, splash of coffee and chocolate, sweet malts. Bourbon-forward though. Flavor is intense...full of booze, but smooth. Caramel malts, chocolate, hint of vanilla, loads of wood...this was some potent, but excellent stuff. Palate was full bodied; oily - definitely a sipper. Drank well for the ABV. Good beer - pricey, but enjoyable even given the price...
ryecatcher (961) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle (which according to the label was bottled on 2-13-15 -- happy birthday Henry Rollins! -- and, contrary to the info in the heading, also says it clocks in at 16.9% ABV). So anyway, pours a thick, stouty brownish-black, opaque with a medium espresso looking head, okay retention, no lacing to report. Nose is big roastiness, whiskey barrel, milk chocolate, brown sugar, dates, raisins and faint vanilla. Very similar to the Mephistopheles (also from Avery). Mouth is silky, and moderately sweet, roasty character dominates with booze and milk chocolate playing second and tertiary roles, followed by some burnt caramel (emphasis on the burnt), vanilla, dried fruit with a warm and sooty bitterness to finish. Solid, but not as good as other BA offerings I’ve drank from these guys... (which is kinda disappointing seeing as it was $14.99 for the bottle.... still good though)
RedSox2004 (1411) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - MAR 10, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I let this sit for two years, which I’m thinking helped immensely. Opaque black with a dense one-finger head and oily lace. Big aromas of roasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate, accompanied by booze, tobacco, oak and vanilla. Coffee stands out up front in the flavor profile, then overtaken by the bitersweet chocolates, dark fruits and bourbon. Full body, little carbonation, creamy smooth texture, and an alcohol warmth that lingers. Pretty expensive, though.
Bricktop86 (610) - Moore, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 10, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a brown head. Aroma is dark fruits, bourbon, vanilla and dark grain. Taste follows nose and the alcohol is well hidden.
hopdog (9642) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Batch - Feb 2015. Poured a black color with a tan head. Roast, dark fruits, woody, coffee, bourbon, vanilla, and molasses. Warming alcohol - drank this after shoveling out from the 10" snow storm that just hit us, so this did hit the spot.
GRM (3243) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 4, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample, draught, during the Great American Beer Festival (Denver), savoured on October 3 2014; eye: black, opaque, tiny ring of dark brown head, no lacing; nose: roasted barley, chocolate liqueur, molasses, toffee, light hops; mouth: roasted barley, chocolate liqueur, molasses, toffee, alcohol, alcohol warmth, rich, dense, finale in roasted barley with presence of alcohol, full body, below-average carbonation, mildly bitter, mildly sweet, syrupy texture; overall: quite fine
Échantillon, en fût, lors du Great American Beer Festival (Denver), savourée le 3 octobre 2014; œil : noire, opaque, petit anneau de mousse brun foncé, pas de dentelle; nez : orge torréfiée, liqueur de chocolat, mélasse, toffee, léger houblon; bouche : orge torréfiée, liqueur de chocolat, mélasse, toffee, alcool, chaleur d’alcool, riche, dense, finale en orge torréfiée avec présence d’alcool, corsée, carbonatation sous la moyenne, moyennement amère, moyennement sucrée, texture sirupeuse; en résumé : bien bon
tmoreau (2844) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared 12 oz. bottle poured to snifters, showing a black/brown hue, with a presentable layer of brownish tan head foam, and small spots od lacing. The nose was heavily roasted, with cocoa, and touches of sweetness & char, or more specifically, lightly burnt cocoa. Medium bodied, with modest carbonation, the taste showed similar notes as the aroma, including a lingering, moderately pronounced, roasted & earthy bitterness, nice creaminess to the mouthfeel, and definite alcohol presence that possessed a stealthy nature. Expected a bit more body, but rich, and very flavorful.
gregwilsonstl (1280) - Missouri, USA - MAR 3, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark black. Woody. Really high alcohol. More of a barley wine. Shared w carter. Ok.