joeneugs (3687) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 4, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz. bottle from a trading partner that I can’t remember at the moment. Thanks again! It pours black, super thick and oily with a medium sized, lasting brown head. Looks really nice. The aroma is even better. Very little fusel alcohols like I was expecting, just chocolaty goodness with some mild notes of soy sauce, nutty bourbon, vanilla, toffee and roasted malt. The flavor is just as good. Strong, yes, but it’s amazing how well the alcohol is hidden. Yes, its sweet but not cloyingly so for this kind of beer. Sweet caramel, toffee, bourbon hits you first with notes of wood, brown sugar, vanilla, coffee, chocolate, brandy. Wow. This is brilliant stuff. The body is velvety with the perfect amount of carbonation. The finish is warming, but not harsh. I keep comparing this to some the high alcohol Mikkeller stouts I’ve had, and theres really no comparison. Not a soy sauce or prune bomb, and so easy to sip on. No complaints here. A real masterpiece.
Vaiz (3617) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 23, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Beverager4less, San Diego. Black pour, thin tan head. Aroma is huge bourbon, chocolate, coffee, burnt malts, warming alcohol, boozy but well balanced. Flavor is warming, roasty, sweet chocolate, some bitter coffee and a hint of licorice. Mostly sweet warming roasted goodness. Heavy and smooth, but still in your face. Great brew, although it lacks some balance.
Palme (3606) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 17, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
0.355l bottle from trade with Josh. Huge thanks! It says this was bottled March 23 2012 It’s just like pouring jet black motor oil in the glass as this is about as dark and oily as a beer can get. It also has a small quickly fading really deep dark sidesticking top. It smells amazing. Über rich and deep in the aroma. A big and powerful roasted punch really kicks you in the teeth and it has a big barreled woody thing that gives it a whole extra dimension. Charred wood with dark bitter chocolate, booze, cognac and tarmac. It’s just beautiful in so many ways. It’s not an understatement to say that this has some huge big flavors. It feels as thick and chewy in the mouth as I’ve ever had and the bubbles are really prickling hard on the tongue. Starts of with a ton of strong bitter dark chocolate, a warming dark wood sweetness and some licorice before it evolves leaving a masterful heavy roasted malty burned flavor in the mouth. No doubt that it’s on the sweeter side of the scale this, but it somehow works beautifully. Not hard to identify the Bourbon that has been used here, and I’m loving it! The alcohol is there, but it works really well with her all the other flavors. This is one of those you can just use all night to sip at. A lovely beverage! 18.01.2014
HonkeyBra (3586) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. bottle from TheDude. Black, oily pour with dark tan bubbles on the top. Big bourbony aroma, strong dark chocolate, coffee, chocolate mousse. Vanilla, oak, chocolate. Flavor is fairly sweet with a strong bourbon component. Dark fruit, figs, plums, mild coffee roast and dark chocolate bitterness. The bourbon helps a lot to ensure minimal residual sweetness. I think Avery should do this with The Beast. Otherwise, a bit boozey, but nice, fun to drink. A very good insane ABV beer from Avery. I look forward to more.
PhillyCraft (3580) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Capones with some friends. Pours a viscous black with syrupy head and lacing. Both on the smaller side though. Aromas were wood, caramel, dark fruit, bread, and bourbon whiskey. Taste is much of the same with a nice dark plum flavor on top of the rich bourbony notes. This one is scary considering the heavy alc is barely present. Need another to lay down for a couple.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - AUG 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours pitch black with a nose of bourbon toast on a bed cocoa and chocolate Nestle Quick for adults. Nose is wooden old, with bourbon chips in a bowl of Red Wine Grape Nuts. Hints of licorice and buttered sugar biscuit too. Flavor is chocolate coffe in a cherry bourbon barrtel with Jello chocolate pudding. Thick mouthfeel. Despite the ABV, it’s never boozy. Good beer.
jrallen34 (3485) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
lucky to find this at a local bar, glad I had it now 7 months after bottling, fresh I’m sure this bad boy was very hot... dark brown pout, a bit thin dark tan head fades fast... the aroma is very strong and hot, tons of alcohol, a bit fusel, as it warms it calms down showing off bourbon and vanilla... the taste is quite excellent and much more balanced than the aroma, bourbon, vanilla, oak, alcohol, a bit of marshmellow sugaryness... the alcohol is present but hidden excellently for the abv... pretty stellar beer that will be coming into its prime in the near future
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Fobab 10. From the king of huge beers, apparently. Pours black with a dark brown head. Nose is big. Loads of chocolate, vanilla, faint bourbon. Coffee notes and rich stout qualities. On tasting, like a huge oatmeal stout. Lush on the palate, light warming. Bourbon is there but not dominate. The malt supports it for sure. Big beer and really nice.
SlovakSniper (3436) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 1, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Tasting session #1 with Frank) 341 ml. Batch 3. Embouteillée le 4 février 2014. Version à 14.83%. Une liqueur noire. Un nez exubérant de mélasse, de chocolat, de fruits noirs, de bourbon caramélisé, d’alcool réconfortant, de bois fumé et de tabac. De longues et profondes saveurs de caramel foncé, de bourbon doux, de chocolat, de fudge, de pruneaux, de figues, de raisins, de tabac, de porto et de sherry. Complètement envoûtant. Je dirais même plus : hallucinantes flaveurs. Une bouche comme un vin fortifié touché par des bulles complètement langoureuses. Une finale dangereuse par son alcool poivré et habile par ses malts débilement rôtis. Solide interprétation du style. Dans la cour des grands.
TheEpeeist (3432) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle. Dark brown with a tan head. Nose is damp wood, coffee, bourbon and dark chocolate. Rich and malty but something is a bit off. Not quite thick; coating with a tingle finishing like a shot of whiskey. Taste is espresso, cane sugar, raisin and bourbon. It’s big, but lacking some finesse.