Ughsmash (6967) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 30, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottled on 3/27/12. Poured highly-viscous near-black with a very short-lived, nearly as dark head. The aroma picked up a giant dose of maple, molasses, and rich, sweet bourbon upfront, with layers of vanilla, cocoa, and star anise not far behind.. some black pepper and bourbonny alcohol around the edges, but nowhere near 17% worth.. burned the eyes a little. The flavor opened with tangy, tasty bourbon and oak notes, with a thick wash of aged maple, vanilla, and fudge-like malts following.. spicy, earth and peppery bourbon surrounded and complemented the base beer very well.. picked up some bourbon heat in the nose and belly on the very long, decadently-malty finish.. this was awesome! Heavy-bodied with low carbonation on the palate.. tanginess from the barrel kept it from being cloying.. this was a colossal beer paired with a robust barrel presence, and thankfully it all found balance.
crossovert (6088) - Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
For such a big beer this one is remarkably drinkable. Boozy but not over the top. Smooth and drinkable. Awesome.
5000 (5980) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle:   Pours black, moderate sudsy brownish head, fairly nice lacing.   Big sweet rich roasted malt nose with graham cracker, soft vanilla and toffee, with some very soft Bourbon notes.   Nothing is too bright, or stands out very strongly on the nose.   However, on the tongue its a bit different.   Huge roastiness up front, sweet, a bit of dark pitted fruit like sweetness, with heaps of graham cracker, and even chocolate graham cracker.   This is all followed by some very strong young Bourbon notes.   Rather sweet, heavy but not cloying.   Big strong Graham Cracker base, chocolate and regular.   I am amazed as to how this nearly 17.5% beer is so easy to drink, not hot, or alcoholic.   Another one of those Avery brews that amazes me.   Good stuff!
marcus (5856) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 4, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours black with a tiny light brown head and a chocolate and alcohol aroma. There is a sweet chocolate and vanilla flavor with some brown sugar and a heavy bourbon finish. Very intense flavor.
after4ever (5845) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12-oz, capped and foiled, very fresh. Thanks J! Pours opaque jet black with a dense and creamy burnt tan head that falls to a crazy whorl and eddy pattern, like the way freshwater and saltwater mix in an estuary and you can see the stripes. The head is brackish! Speaking of brackish, thereís salty soy sauce on the nose, along with roast, dark chocolate, oak, and lots of fumey bourbon and other alcohol. Not showing really heavy ethanol, which is a testament to their blending skills. Definitely some toasty oaty cerealy notes as well. Thick silky smooth slippery body--not buttery slippery, itís oaty slippery. Roasty toasty notes hit you, then dark chocolate and soy sauce, then sweet bourbon and oaky vanillaness. Long heavy chocolatey finish. Never develops a heavy vodka bite, not even a twang, and doesnít make a lavish display of any ethanol. Quite nicely done. Still pretty thick and raw and heavy, so itís hard to go up into stratospheric numbers, but this is designed to be a big ridiculous dessert beer, not a balanced and harmonious sipper. That it is as balanced and harmonious as it is merits a great score, so...38.
deyholla (5842) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 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.
phaleslu (5701) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle shared by jckp64- thanks again, John! Pours a dark, near-opaque brown color with a tiny beige ring for a head. The aroma has a weird fresh-off-the-griddle hot dog scent (thanks a lot, Blake, for noticing that), charred wood, bourbon, burnt sugar, berry fruits, and molasses. Flavor of caramel, vanilla, charred wood, toasted sugar, nuts, molasses, and strong bourbon throughout. Medium-full bodied, with a warm, sticky, sweet mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Still pretty hot, but complex and interesting nonetheless.
SudsMcDuff (5643) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUL 29, 2012
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
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arminjewell (5581) - Fort Collins, Colorado, 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.
badlizard (5540) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 7, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2012 Bottle at Waldos Pizza. Holy Fuck this is an amazing brew. Black with a thin brown head. Chocolate caramel vanilla bourbon maple and wood aroma. Tastes of candy chocolate bourbon strong vanilla and oak caramel and light toasted coconut all swirling together with a light alcohol burn to the finish. Nice cherry flavors emerge as it warms a bit. Thick sticky and oily palate. Excellent overall.