GenDV138 (4093) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - APR 18, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (2014, 14.83& ABV) poured into a Belgian snifter. Pours jet black with an oily consistency. Half a finger of tan head that fades into a ring. Aromas of bourbon, dark chocolate, roast. Tasting notes of dark fruit, bourbon, dark chocolate. Full body with a warm and dry finish. Oily mouthfeel, low carbonation. Maybe my palate has developed but I enjoyed last yearís release much more.
zvikar (4091) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - DEC 27, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at kerenmkís place. Thanks DSG. Pours opaque black with a nice brown head, aroma of chocolate, coffee, bourbon and vanilla, flavor of chocolate, coffee, bourbon and wood, full bodied. Great.
ajnepple (4074) - Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle shared. Black with a brown head. Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, alcohol. Amazing.
Vaiz (4048) - 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.
SHIG (4045) - 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 í15 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.
FlacoAlto (4045) - 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 doesnít 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 wasnít much), it is actually quite tasty and enjoyable.
IrishBoy (3997) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 2, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle from Arminjewell. Nose is lightly charred smoky oak, chocolate, vanilla, and molasses in the background. Black with a medium, quick disappearing cinnamon tan head. Flavor is vanilla, sweet raisins, white pepperiness, light bitterness, and a bit of bourbon. Finish is a bit of bitter and bourbony alcohol warmth. Excellent BBA Stout! Hard to believe itís actually 17.42%, the alcohol warmth tastes like a 10%er.
callmemickey (3891) - 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.
AdamChandler (3878) - 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!
HonkeyBra (3849) - 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.