SHIG (3914) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - APR 4, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at Anchorage Apr ’15 Tasting: Poured a dark brown with reddish orange edges and tan ring for a head. Aroma is roasted malt and light bourbon. Taste is mixed roast malt, chocolate, vanilla and bourbon.
PhillyCraft (3875) - 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.
SlovakSniper (3811) - 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.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A vigorous pour into my Bruery tulip produces a two finger thick, nicely brown tinged, dark tan colored head that disappears fairly quickly, but does leave some lacing on the sides of my glass. The aroma smells of dense chocolate, coffee syrup, chalky roast malt, lots of hot alcohol (though not enough to be as objectionable as one might guess in a beer of this strength), burnt molasses, lots of toasted whole grain notes, and lots of burnt fruit character that leans towards prunes and figs. The barrel character is fairly subtle here, it does provide an accentuating vanillin character, perhaps a hint of woody flavors, astringency and accentuating spiciness.
Thick, rich, viscous, sweet, and dense up front, though the finish is more roasted, a bit warm and spicy with alcohol, and perhaps a touch chalky as well. Lots of ample roasted, burnt grain notes, lots of burnt dark chocolate notes, concentrated molasses, ample coffee liquor flavors, plus lots of savory, concentrated malt notes that approach umami like flavors in its concentration. The dense malt is accentuated by barrel aged vanillin notes, softly astringent woody oak, coconut notes come out more as the beer warms up. Burnt fruit notes are also found here, these meld with the barrel notes, the vanillin and the coconut flavors; suggestions of burnt raisins, and definite burnt prune flavors.
Quite a bit better than I was expecting; I was expecting a beer of this strength to be much more hot and objectionable. I like how well integrated the barrel aging is, and the fact that it doesn’t add to the harshness that could so easily dominate a beer of this strength. In the end, this is quite a good beer, not just better than I was expecting (which admittedly wasn’t much), it is actually quite tasty and enjoyable.
Vaiz (3789) - 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.
tom10101 (3773) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (12 oz). Thanks Os! Black with a small quickly diminishing beige head and no lacing. Aroma of molasses, alcohol, dark fruits, caramel, bourbon, wood, vanilla and chocolate. Taste is moderately to heavily sweet with molasses, red fruits, bourbon, chocolate, wood, vanilla, caramel, coconut, soy sauce and light bitterness. Obviously, there’s alcohol warming in there. Sticky hot finish. Full body. Low to moderate carbonation. Viscous mouthfeel. Really complex brew with a fairly good balance. Good drinkability for a 17,42% abv RIS. I tried it on an hot summer day and I had no problem to drink my half of the bottle.
HonkeyBra (3705) - 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.
DiarmaidBHK (3688) - 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.
JStax (3663) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. Pours thick, syrupy dark brown to ruby with a great tan head of foam. Super sweet and malty with some nice cocao nibs. Hearty vanilla and graham crackers come through in the taste. Velvety and creamy on the tongue. I didn’t really expect to like this nearly as much as I did. This is one hell of a beer.
Palme (3603) - 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