phaleslu (6905) - 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.
marcus (6861) - 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.
arminjewell (6752) - Los Angeles, California, 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.
olio (6691) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
355 ml bottle @ ISKTR 2014.
Pours dark brown color with a minimal head. Nice chocolaty and coffee-infuse aroma, some burnt malts and caramel also. Flavor is sugary, some molasses, dark malt notes, cocoa. Quite sweet but still drinkable.
douglas88 (6492) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 23, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle. A major want! Pours a pure black color with a small brown head after a big, initially pretty frothy. A great nose of cocoa, barrel and dark chocolates. Big flavors of more chocolate, intense sweet dark fruit, bourbon, more oak, some red win type notes, heat, oat. Loads of sweetness and heat, but damn it is good.
Camons (6486) - Hasselager, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ home. Pours black with a small brown ring of foam along the glasssides. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, oak, bourbon, booze. Flavor is malts, coffee, dark chocolate/chocolate cake, raisins, oak, bourbon, woodnotes, some booze. Full body, oily mouthfeel, soft carbonation, warming alcoholic finish. Very nice brew. 120712
DSG (6471) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - 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.
swoopjones (6329) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 31, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. fuller bodiedblack pour. Powerful beer, very agressive. huge roastiness, bourbon notes, dark chocolate. very boozy at 17%. active mouthfeel that keeps tastebuds overworked. a lot going on here. very small sips
after4ever (6315) - 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.
5000 (6299) - 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!