3fourths (8495) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 24, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. inky black pour with a small ginger brown head. call be surprised that the nose isnít consumed in sugar and booze, itís very unlike Avery. rather itís a strong and odorous roast / chocolate malt / char presence with heavy cocoa butter / bourbon. sweet for sure but not abusively sweet like their similar super high gravity beers. never comes together, though, and seems directionless and messy. as it warms, of course the alcohol is more pronounced, as are some burnt mineral phenols and apple / pear / plum esters. canít say itís a type of beer I really get into, but I see where they are going with this and I commend them for tempering the XTREMENESS just this once. round, full body with syrupy texture. sadly itís still a mishmash of burnt apples, bourbon, oak, butter and dark chocolate and could use some polishing, and of course less alcohol.
arminjewell (8471) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 17, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 29, 2012 Pour out of 12 oz bottle, thick black with creamy chocolate head, dissipates fast but it is expected. Aroma has big notes of caramel, toffee, dark fruits with anise, some figs and dates, prunes, nice dark chocolate and big molasses notes, slight hint of bourbon but its fairly restrained, slight vanilla, oak and a touch of booze in the aroma with a retronasal burn. Not bad but a bit hot, will develop well. Taste is a mix of dark fruits, touch of caramel, anise, hints of molasses, slight bourbon notes, hints of vanilla and slight chocolate and coffee notes, slight espresso, finishing with a hit of booze. Definitely needs some time, but for a 17% this is pretty good. Edit: Somehow this got less boozy as it warmed up? Not sure how, but layers of dark fruits, caramel and chocolate notes cover up most of the booze, slightly spicy and dry finish comes through in the end, covers up a lot of alcohol in the taste.
DocLock (8376) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Janet for bringing this one to Tuesday beer share at Craft Ale House. Poured thick jet black with tan head that dissipates rapidly, as one would expect. The nose is a complex medley of oaky bourbon, roasty dark malt, cacao, vanilla, molasses of the blackstrap variety. Tastes thich, rich, with a lot of flavors going on, with the oaky bourbon and roasty dark malt taking center stage, and the vanilla, cacao, molasses, and walnut as the supporting cast. This one is great.
jercraigs (8334) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014-04-20. Black body with a modest tan head. 4+ Aroma is sweetly malty and fairly alcoholic. Dark malt with sort of syrupy sweetness. Flavour is rich, sweet syrupy dark malt, moderate bourbony vanilla touches. Surprisingly subtle for such a big beer. Lingering lightly bitter tangy malt, sweet dark malt coats the tongue. Smooth medium to full bodied palate, soft carbonation. Not super complex but rich. Bottle at Proletariat, NYC.
rosenbergh (8283) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Bottled Jun/2013. From a trade with jcnielsen. Thanks a lot Justin! Enjoyed at the ISKTR 2014.
Black colour with no head.
The aroma is vinous with roasted malt, mild vinegar and ashy dryness.
The flavour is roasted malt, sweetness, ashy notes and dryness. Very strong.
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DSG (8175) - Tel Aviv, - OCT 13, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at a tasting at kerenmkís place. 2014 bottle, 14.83%. Black with a nice brown head. Lovely aroma of bourbon, wood, lots of dark chocolate, cocoa, roast and some vanilla. Sweet flavor with chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, wood, a fruity note and a slightly boozy finish. Great full thick mouthfeel.
DrSilverworm (8155) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 28, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
12oz bottle, bought from Beer Run in Virginia for $12. Batch 1, bottled 3/27/12. Black color. Awesome thin dark brown head. Little bits of lace everywhere. Amazing aroma. Big vanilla, bourbon barrel; some chocolate brownie and roasted malt. With a beer this big, my first thought often is "how harsh is the alcohol?". For 17.5, this is amazingly sippable. No burn, just a big warmth. You notice big alcohol, but thereís a fantastic flavor throughout the whole thing to back it up (that is much like what I described in the aroma, but more alcoholic). Big body, pretty chewy. Viscous for sure. Silky is right. Light stickiness in the finish, but I donít mind it at all. Part of that super-long vanilla roasty bitter chocolate warming aftertaste. Great sweet taste, with a bitter finish. This beer is nuts. If it wasnít $12 a bottle, this would be a regular choice for me. Very likely, the tastiest brew Iíve had over 17% ABV. Love it.
BMan1113VR (7898) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 10, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. (bottled March 27, 2012). Pours with a sickly thick, inky black body that is completely opaque. Massive tan head resides atop. Great retention (very impressive for a beer of this size), glass coating with incredible lace. Aromas are huge and awesome. Big fudge character, bourbon, barrel, boozy (but not sharp/solvent/distinctly fusel), nougat (big time), nutty, whiskey, barrel, toffee, fresh baked goods, caramel, almond extract, chocolate everywhere (really strong fudge which I wrote down about 5 times for the aroma alone). Medium peppery alcohol, rich, decadent, marshmallow. Flavors are very, very rich, viscous, decadent, medium tannin, barrel, mocha, fudge, light alcohol burn. INTENSE. Caramel, toffee, very long duration of flavors, figs, dark fruits, chestnuts, nougat, stewed prunes. Sweet but never cloying, boozy but not harsh. Very complex. Tobacco and earthy truffle on the finish. Like a baby Black Tuesday in a smaller and cheaper bottle. Less dark fruit character than Black Tuesday. Burnt caramel, port wine, bitter, raisin, currant. Endlessly complex, big. Full bodied, velvety mouthfeel, and completely mouth coating. Warming, low carbonation. Caramelized and candied. Epic!
deyholla (7710) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Aaron! Pours an oily black with a very dark brown head that dissipates nearly completely. Aroma has a good amount of raisin with dark grains and dark chocolate backed by a decent bourbon note. Flavor has raisin and dark chocolate up front with a growing bourbon note that remains underlying.
BVery (7603) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - OCT 4, 2013
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle via trade. Super dark thick pour with a reddish brown head. Huge aroma of bourbon, wood, dark chocolate, soy, and some booze. Warming taste with a nice full palate. This is crazy good! Had side-by-side with regular BCS, and it beat BCS (for me). No kidding. Itís that good.