mcmisko (354) - New York, USA - JUL 31, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours pitch black with no head, some caramel bubbles though. Smells like wet wood, roasted malts and a little bourbon. Taste is warm, sweet and complex. Notes of bourbon, caramel, dark roasted malts, creamy oats and a little menthol. Very complex, yet just as well balanced. Full bodied. Alcohol is not hot, but present. Very good stuff.
PartyFowle (450) - - MAY 20, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Murky, muddy brown-black with a large-bubbled head of milk chocolate. Sugary, tangy aroma: dark cherry, molasses, butterscotch, blackberry, maple, vanilla, dulce le leche. Fruitier than expected. The flavor replicates this bouquet, with dark chocolate covered maraschino cherries, dark berries, maple, vanilla, oak and a hint of burnt toast. Itís an incredible blend, and the alcohol is negligible. Mild, tingly carbonation. Some alcohol heat is noticeable, naturally. Creamy medium-full body is a bit oily and sticks on the tongue. Nice berry flavors in this one -- itís fruitier and tangier than I expected, which is what makes it great. Very smooth.
Mittenator (1558) - Michigan, USA - MAY 17, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at the brewery. Near black with a dark tan head. Vanilla, toffee, Candi and chalky. Plums, dry, dark chocolate.
mymaestro (44) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2015
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours hazy white with a thick white head. Light citrus, lemony taste with some residual sweetness.
BananaBi11 (27) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 13, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A lot of bourbon and sweet. Very strong and heavy. You get roasted malt and dark chocolate mostly. But there definitely is coffee there as well as some fruit flavors that are somewhat surprising and almost hard to find even. I love the bourbon barrel beers and this one is outstanding.
gEUS (1388) - Linden, BELGIUM - MAY 5, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the Ultimate Imperial Stout Tasting, shared by beerlover_ben. Pours depe brown to black, beige head. Nice roasted and lots of mocca hints. Alcohol is fairly hidden.
magsinva (949) - Virginia, USA - MAY 3, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - well, itís very bourbon, which overwhelms the stout. Itís very good, but not balanced between the beer and the bourbon.
DiarmaidBHK (3680) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from wine and cheese place. Pours black with a thin khaki head. Lots of lacing in the glass. Big bourbon on the nose. Huge malt notes on the tongue along with the bourbon. My temperature has increased 3 degrees since the first sip. Not the least bit subtle and hangs around long after I swallowed. Very bitter on the finish.
mikedR (1525) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - APR 27, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
The definition of Big Beer. And this works. Usually at this ABV level, Iím all "meh." However, this one is syrupy smooth, with a flavor to match the ABV.
Bill Becker (508) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - APR 26, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from the Howler(32oz), black brew, minimal head of tan foam that leaves the scene quickly. Cost, $25.99
Nose tells me thereís a lot of Bourbon, roasted malt,dark chocolate,pitted fruit, some coffee. Smells uber strong.
Bourbon, chocolate, and roasted malt envelop my palate. With a bit of nudging, the dark fruit..plums & raisins, come out to play. The coffee I mentioned is very very light, err, perhaps Iím not getting any at all; the other flavours are THAT strong and THAT dominant.
The body is on the high end of medium, carbonation checks in as fairly light but thereís no mistaking this brew as flat.
Powerful brewski here and though the taste isnít as "hot" as it could be, once it goes down the hatch, it brings a heck of a lot of warming.
As much as I love this beer, I donít feel the need to get more...
mstrcrwly (590) - New York, USA - APR 24, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle poured into a snifter..cauldron black with a thin beige head..aroma of booze,coffee,licorice,molasses,wood..boozy up front but gives way to smooth licorice and coffee notes..Uncle Jacob would be proud..really good offering from Avery.