BeerandBlues2 (10784) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 8, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours opaque with a large, creamy tan head, long retention with good lacing. Aroma is oak, dark chocolate, roast and coffee malt, bourbon, dates, figs, prunes, and earthy hops. Flavor is malt dominant with sweet oak, bourbon, vanilla, velvety chocolate, dark fruits and a sweet finish palate that finishes dry and spicy. Full body, high warmth and medium carbonation.
madsberg (10782) - SÝborg, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Pitch black coloured. Dense brown head. Aroma of roast, wood, chocolate, port, liqoiurice, Flavour of roast, vanilla, wood, alcohol, chocolate, brown sugar, liqourice, just a tad of coffee. Full bodied. ends on a roasted and light sweet bitterness with nice alcohol bite on lips and palate. Nice
daknole (10280) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 27, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Super dark brown hand, medium brown head. Smells like a chocolate covered bourbon soaked piece of fudge. Sweet flavor, loads of fudge, bourbon, vanilla. Quite decadent. Itís evident that thereís big alcohol, but I wouldnít have guessed nearly 18%.
Benzai (10100) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JAN 7, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle [from Secret Santa 2014, thanks to beerandblues2] @ home. Opaque pitch black color, medium sized brown head that diminishes quickly. Aroma is malts, dark malts, lovely soft bourbon and some dark fruits. Taste is intense: moderate to heavy malty, huge bourbon, slightly vanilla, lightly alcohol, dark malts, initially slightly sweet, but a quite bitter finish. Medium to full body, oily texture, medium carbonation. Great beer!
adnielsen (10089) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 11, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 18, 2012 Bottle @ home. 2:45am and Iím opening this? Not my most mature decision ever, but fuck it. This stout pours a deep brown/black appearance with a small, yet somewhat lasting, dark brown head. The aroma is pungent even from several feet away. The bourbon in the nose is quite nice without really any boozy notes and plenty of toffee, caramel, and vanilla. Thereís also a subtle, yet nice oak element in the aroma along with dark chocolate and more caramel. Really thereís a shitload of caramel in the nose and honestly, thereís a slight spiciness in the nose but really not very much booze at all which is phenomenal. For this, I have to give the aroma a 10. My first taste is loaded with rich toffee and caramel. Thereís a big bourbon element but you get all of those delicious, dessert flavors from it rather than the fusel alcohol elements. Thereís also tons of vanilla, more toffee, dark chocolate, wood/oak, chocolate cake, and even a touch of fruitiness. You do begin to notice the booze on the finish, smooth as it is. The booze really starts to kick in when the beer nears your esophagus and heads to your stomach. Thatís not to say there isnít some booziness in the flavor, but for 17%, itís not nearly as strong in the flavor as you may expect. Thereís almost a tangy, fruity quality to the aftertaste along with a fair amount of oak. This is a big beer and definitely a sipper, but the booze is contained quite well and thereís plenty of flavors. I thoroughly enjoyed this brew and I think many others will also, but if you didnít like Averyís other high abv offerings (The Beast, Mephistopheles, etc), donít bother. 4.11.2012: 10/4/9/4/18 (4.5)
Round Two, this time at 12:57am. I was very surprised by how much I enjoyed this one the last time around, so I figured I needed to try it again asap. Tons of roasty, dark chocolate malts and caramel in the aroma along with some vanilla and dark fruits and much milder bourbon than my last bottle. This one just isnít so overpoweringly aromatic as I recall. Rich dark chocolate, caramel, dark fruity flavor with a lot of toffee. It still blows me away how smooth this motherfucker is. Great fucking beer- Iím going to pick up some more. Actually, I enjoy this more than the Bourbon Barrel Meph Addict and Mephistopheles but not as well as Margarete or Meph Addict. Rock on! 4.18.2012: 9/4/9/4/18 (4.4)
hopscotch (10082) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle... Pours pitch black with a small, creamy, beige head. The aroma is a bold, rich swirl of fudge, pouch tobacco and blackstrap molasses accompanied by an unobtrusive bourbon component. Full-bodied and silky with tingly carbonation. The flavor presents boozy-hot bourbon, fudge and vanilla. Finishes sweet, bourbony and chocolaty. Considering this beer is 35 proof, Iíd say itís quite palatable. Bottle courtesy of newcigarz!
hopdog (9829) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Batch - Feb 2015. Poured a black color with a tan head. Roast, dark fruits, woody, coffee, bourbon, vanilla, and molasses. Warming alcohol - drank this after shoveling out from the 10" snow storm that just hit us, so this did hit the spot.
Dogbrick (9446) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at the Central OH BA Tasting at From The Vine on 06/02/2012: Pours an inky black color with a medium thin tan head that recedes steadily to a dense film. Small patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of charred malt, dark chocolate and bourbon. Rich and smooth body with a nicely balanced bourbon character with notes of dark malt, chocolate, vanilla and hops. The finish is somewhat boozy with a lingering oaky aftertaste. Good beer all around.
GT2 (9347) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUL 24, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
355mL at the RBSG Grand Tasting. Ink pour with weak foam. Nose is soy and animal. Gamey. Taste is soy, sugar, dark chocolate, bitter cocoa, ganache, brown sugar cube. Palate is oily, syrupy, thick. Interesting.
mcberko (9344) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle, sent from doobliebop (thanks a lot, Ryan!). Pours jet black with a small light brown head. Aroma is very rich, full of bourbon barrels and dark chocolate fudge upfront, some oatmeal and dark roasted malt. Flavour is extremely rich and quite sweet, of liqueur, dark chocolate fudge, soy sauce and lots of alcohol - not much bourbon flavours, the effect from the barrel aging is quite present in the booziness and light wood flavours. The sweetness doesnít cloy, but the alcohol burns quite a bit, though without detracting from drinkability (for a 17+% beer) or complexity. Very good, if a boozy bourbon bomb.