Aniela (2313) - 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 :-)
italianjohn (2309) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 Vintage .. Pitch black pour with a thin quickly receding brown head .... aroma of oak, bourbon, light vanilla, booze, licorice and some roasted malts .... taste is boozy with a bourbon, light vanilla, licorice, brown sugar, some dark fruit, oak and some bitter roasted malts ..... mouthfeel is slick and oily .... finish is dry as all heck with a lingering abv and light bourbon/roasted .... well done just a tad too boozy
Reynolds314 (2278) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 9, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge beer. Pours a viscous black with brown head. Aroma is heavy oak, bourbon, chocolate, and vanilla. Oily texture with low carbonation. Really tasty stuff here that is a bit difficult to drink with the thick palate.
VsXsV (2235) - LinkŲping, SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Opaque black liquid with fast dissipating, small tan head. Aroma of wood, coffee, licorice, vanilla/bourbon, leather, oats, dark fruit, raw sugar and bitter chocolate. Taste is very sweet and light bitter with notes of raw sugar, licorice, chocolate, vanilla and dark fruit. Full bodied with low carbonation. Quite a bit of alcohol. Very nice still.
craftycarl21 (2214) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a syrupy black with small brown head. Nose and flavor are rife with raisin and plum, sweet chocolate ganache filling, and hints of bourbon vanilla sweetness; very little roast or bitterness to speak of. Also tingly booze on the nose. The flavor brings more dark fruit, caramel, and chocolate sweetness, with prickly alcohol becoming more prevalent as the beer warms. This is good, but not up there with the upper echelon of Averyís highly potent brews (Rumpkin and Meph Addict I think take the cake in this category). A bit disappointing and could never drink a whole bottle, but maybe Iíll try it again if given the chance since I had it in August after a weekend of drinking the best saisons and session beers on earth.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Huge thanks to shadowane for picking a bottle of this up for me.
Pours viscous, pitch black and completely opaque with a two finger mocha head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks and spots of lace left behind. My wife said that it looks like tar.
Huge boozy bourbon aroma with a really strong barrel presence complimented by dark roasted malt. The spicy bourbon dominates the nose but doesnít totally overpower. Hints of oak, coconut and vanilla followed by toast, coffee, dark chocolate and oatmeal that come more toward the forefront as it warms. Iím surprised with the high ABV that it doesnít smell like a complete booze bomb.
Medium bodied with a rush of spicy, bourbon that lingers over the sweet and roasted malt notes into a boozy, warm finish. Although the flavor is dominated by bourbon, the barrel character is nicely integrated. Some dry oak, coconut and marshmallow mellow things out but that strong spicy bourbon bite is the star of this beer. I would have thought that it spent more than six months in the barrel. As it warms, a mix of sweet and roasted malt notes come forward. Again, Iím surprised that itís not a complete booze bomb, containing hints of rye, sweet and dark chocolate, caramel, toffee, coffee bean, licorice and dark fruit. The very high ABV is nicely masked with little heat. There is lots of bourbon and sweet alcohol flavor but itís not intrusive at all with some nice warmth in the finish. I was a little skeptical after seeing 17.42% but this is a well crafted decently balanced beer.
50belair (2205) - Florida, USA - JUL 6, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle generously shared by Colin. Dark brown pour with a kaki head. Big vanilla and malty aromas. Tasty molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, and caramel malt notes. Deep and rich with a good body and mouthfeel.
craftbeerdesign (2175) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 12, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
bottle thanks to Ratman197. pours a thick deep black with a small tan head. sweet nose with bourbon, oak, licorice and bright alcohol warmth. thick body - chewy - with deep layers of chocolate, bourbon, charred oak, molasses, licorice, citrus and dark fruits. smooth and inviting with a bit of heat throughout. strong finish with more charred oak, bourbon, vanilla and sweet dark malts. excellent! not too sweet, not too hot (for 18%).
Lukaduke (2112) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUL 4, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with the wife thanks to TwoSippaDippa ! Pours a deep burnt umber color with a finger of rich khaki foam. Nose is spot on burnt brownie soaked in bourbon with some boozy heat and layers of dark fruit and coffee complexities. Palate follows and has a nice transition from dark sweet cocoa, bakers chocolate, chocolate cake batter. Its slightly sticky sweet up front but evaporates up with some vanilla boozy heat. Nice lingering roast character some coffee hints, nice bitterness, lots of booze but the flavors keep the abv in check remarkably well.
holdenn (2080) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at FOBAB í12. Oily black color with a minimal head. Roasted malts burnt and sweet in the aroma. Some oak and dark chocolate coming through. Dry roasted malt and chocolate flavors that are sweet and really roasted. Good stuff. 8/4/8/4/16