Aniela (3750) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 24, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Batch 1. Black beer with a brown head. Licorice, coffee, vanilla, dried dark fruits and malty aroma. Dark dried dried fruits, coffee, vanilla and licorice flavour. Nice one :-)
DiarmaidBHK (3733) - 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.
HonkeyBra (3729) - 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.
callmemickey (3625) - 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.
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 Itís 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. ‹ber 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. Itís just beautiful in so many ways. Itís not an understatement to say that this has some huge big flavors. It feels as thick and chewy in the mouth as Iíve 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 itís 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 Iím 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
AdamChandler (3590) - 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!
CanIHave4Beers (3568) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUL 2, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours black with a small head and a bit oí lace.
The aroma is bourbon & chocolate for the most part. Itís boozy smelling but surprisingly not horribly so. Plenty of vanilla and maple syrup sweetness in the nose. Rich and pungent. Cool.
The flavor is way way boozy, ashy, and over roasty. Extraordinarily rough and alcoholic in the finish. Itís got a good bit of brown sugar and itís more sweet than it is rich, although the raisin and dark fruit thing is good. The bourbon character is pretty damned nice, oaky and vanilla forward, but the alcohol comes across brash and like cheap vodka... Gracious this finishes rough.
The palate is just heavy, not really big and mouth coating, not really pleasantly lingering, just heavy with a wrenching finish.
Kind of a cool beer, my 1oz sample was more than enough, and I didnít want any more of it at all after that was finished.
_angst_ (3552) - 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.
TheEpeeist (3545) - 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. Itís big, but lacking some finesse.
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, itís never boozy. Good beer.