tom10101 (3077) - 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, thereís 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.
_angst_ (3041) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
355 ml bottle received in trade. Thank you Aaron! Pours viscous pitch black with a thin dark mocha head that quickly dissipates without leaving any trace on the glass. Smell is sweet with roasted malts, bourbon, vanilla fudge, high quality dark chocolate, alcohol, charred wood, toffee, burnt caramel, coconut, sweetened dark roast coffee, cookies, fresh oak and hints of hay and moist soil. Taste is sweet, bitter and salty with heavily roasted malts, soy sauce, bourbon, salty liquorice, raisins in rum, burnt cookies, dark roast coffee, sweet dark bread, vanilla fudge, coconut, alcohol, fresh oak, caramel, prunes, dark chocolate, burnt sugar, orange zest and molasses. Mouthfeel is round, sticky sweet, soft, boozy and full bodied. Finish is sweet, bitter and salty with roasted malts, dark chocolate, vanilla fudge, bourbon, charred wood, burnt raisins and hints of coconut milk. Unbalanced and a bit too salty but still quite nice.
callmemickey (3005) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep black body, with just the tiniest bit of khaki foam. No lacing. Viscous pour. Nose is absolutely dominated by bourbon notes. Accented by some dark chocolate, caramel, and traces of coffee and roasted malts. Flavor is similar. The bourbon character is perhaps a bit too forward and holds this back from being in the top tier. That said, the bourbon notes are quite nice. Full bodied, soft carbonation, slick on the palate.
tgncc (2888) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JAN 23, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Via trade with Nasty31. Gorgeous aroma of chocolate, vanilla, oak. bourbon. The appearance is deep black, deep tan head. The flavor is bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, molasses, boozy. The finish is chcolate sweetness, booozy, pine needles. Thick in body, nice mouthfeel like gravy. Nicely done.
Steve_0 (2874) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home. Pour is pitch black, literally looks like car oil; small brown head that quickly dissipated. Big bourbon and coconut hit you upfront, with notes of vanilla, wood, toffee, caramel, and dark chocolate; sweet raisins and figs on the backend. Bourbon is obviously very present in the aroma, but it isnít overpowering because there is so much more going on and no real signs of alcohol. Aroma is just very reminiscent of a big bourbon barley wine. Taste is sweet bourbon and cocoa, vanilla, coconut, oak, and prunes. Earthy/grassy notes in there playing well off the sweet caramel and toffee ending with a slight alcoholic burn on the finish, but not nearly as much as you would expect for 17.5% ABV. Big sticky/mouth-coating body with low carbonation; seriously sticky shit with a nice lingering chocolate aftertaste. A very big beer, but definitely one of Averyís better high gravity offerings. A bit hot, but delicious nonetheless. This one should age nicely.
AdamJackson (2871) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Acquired in a trade. Enjoyed at 55F in a Snifter. Bottled March 27th, 2012
A - Pours a viscous midnight black. Very thick and oily. No head at all. Minor lacing on the edge of the glass. Dark amber on the edge of the glass.
S - Big chocolate at the front followed by vanilla and dried figs. Very complex and a more mild bourbon scent than I expected.
T - Wow. Up front though is a very high licorice taste which is a turn off. Pepper, vanilla and gigantic bourbon taste. Follow up is oak and a hint of cheese. Thereís this tropical mango and pineapple taste at the finish.
M - 50% carbonation. Heavy body. The booze is not as noticeable as I would expect. I expected the booze to be much stronger! Itís manageable for 17%+. Finish is this dry boozy and fruity burn that continues for a while.
O - This is a love hate. Iím not wowed, itís not balanced but, for a high ABV, itís still very drinkable. This is surprising but I wouldnít seek it out again. cheers!
BOLTZ7555 (2823) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 21, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I AM SHOCKED...there is no way that this brew caps off at 17.4%! Nearly black, small but creamy latte head, aroma of coffee, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and caramel. Peanut brittle, praline, toffee, honey, cocoa, vanilla, and cashew all present. Really quite incredible. Yum!
drjay44 (2730) - Salida, Colorado, USA - APR 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a medium, lasting, mocha head with come lacing, over a black (SRM 40) body....nose is soy, roast meat, hints of vanilla, bourbon, dried fruits (raisin, fig, plum)....taste is sweet brown sugar, molasses, heavy dried fruit including raisin, fig, plum, lighter soy, beef, light vanilla, bourbon interlaced with hints of chocolate, cocoa....mouth feel thick, sticky, alcohol burn present, carbonation makes a foamy, creamy sensation. This is a huge, complex, heavy, sweet beer. The aromas and flavors are wonderful in their diversity. The Bourbon barrel was deftly handled making for a rich nourishing meal in a glass. BJCP 9/3/16/4/8
Blairgus (2728) - California, USA - AUG 31, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
31 aug 2012, bottle. Thick oily brown/black. Nose is sweet, faintly tart, huge sugar, meaty stout! Med body and a bit fizzy. Big sweet dark chocolate stout, really meaty, bitter chocolate finish. Amazing!
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jake65 (2726) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
First off, this was a huge bonus sent my way by JohnGalt1, straight off my want list. Super stoked to get to try this, many thanks. Bottle, 2012 release: Pours a very dark brown, near black and is topped with a thick finger of brown head that quickly dies back. As soon as I popped the cap, the aroma permeates the room. It is hugely sweet, dark fruits and molasses, with a healthy amount of influence from the bourbon barrels. Taste is sweeter than expected, but consistent with the nose. Molasses, dark fruits, and bourbon barrel. Some chocolate. I can sense the high ABV, but itís well hidden. Silky smooth and a great finishÖ warms the lips. The only detriment is the all-encompassing sweetness, at least for my taste.