callmemickey (3422) - 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.
reggiedunlop (3405) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours pitch black with a medium dark mocha head...decent retention. Aroma is boozy...dark fruit, brown sugar, oak, bourbon, vanilla. Flavor is sweet with dark chocolate and carmelized sugar...some coffee...very roasty and mildly boozy...bourbon creeps in as this warms. Mouthfeel is medium and creamy with a sweet/roasty very warm and long finish. This is desert for cold nights!
AdamJackson (3370) - 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. There’s 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! It’s manageable for 17%+. Finish is this dry boozy and fruity burn that continues for a while.
O - This is a love hate. I’m not wowed, it’s not balanced but, for a high ABV, it’s still very drinkable. This is surprising but I wouldn’t seek it out again. cheers!
BelgianBeerGal (3322) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a shared bottle at pre-DLD party. Honestly I expected this to be a complete train wreck at 17+ ABV and brought to us by Avery (they’ve been known to over do it IMHO). However, this was certainly potent but not obnoxious. Good.
Terminus (3318) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - AUG 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at churchkey august 2013
Pours dark brown pretty much black witb a small kacki head nose is all over the place lots oc vanilla chocolate lite char. Damn huge boozy flavors of char dark chocolate and vanilla. Bg beer here but not what I’m into I guess that biases my rating
_angst_ (3278) - Göteborg, 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.
JanLaursen (3227) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Pitch oily-black with a small brown head. Aroma of sweet preserved fruits, roasted malts, oak, bourbon. Extremely sweet, extremely thick, raisins, preserved plums, bourbon with a (maybe too) strong alcoholic note cutting through. Full bodied, massive, full frontal overload - would prefer a few hops to balance out the finish. Drikable only in small doses
GRM (3215) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 4, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample, draught, during the Great American Beer Festival (Denver), savoured on October 3 2014; eye: black, opaque, tiny ring of dark brown head, no lacing; nose: roasted barley, chocolate liqueur, molasses, toffee, light hops; mouth: roasted barley, chocolate liqueur, molasses, toffee, alcohol, alcohol warmth, rich, dense, finale in roasted barley with presence of alcohol, full body, below-average carbonation, mildly bitter, mildly sweet, syrupy texture; overall: quite fine
Échantillon, en fût, lors du Great American Beer Festival (Denver), savourée le 3 octobre 2014; œil : noire, opaque, petit anneau de mousse brun foncé, pas de dentelle; nez : orge torréfiée, liqueur de chocolat, mélasse, toffee, léger houblon; bouche : orge torréfiée, liqueur de chocolat, mélasse, toffee, alcool, chaleur d’alcool, riche, dense, finale en orge torréfiée avec présence d’alcool, corsée, carbonatation sous la moyenne, moyennement amère, moyennement sucrée, texture sirupeuse; en résumé : bien bon
Steve_0 (3188) - 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 isn’t 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 Avery’s better high gravity offerings. A bit hot, but delicious nonetheless. This one should age nicely.
kerenmk (3050) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - OCT 13, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at our place. Thanks DSG. Black with mocha-colour head. Vanilla and some chestnut aroma, along with chocolate and apple puree’. Tastes a little alcoholic with notes of new wood. Full body, no carbonation, slightly alcoholic aftertaste accompanied by raisins