Ferris (6841) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 8, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - Chocolate cookies, bourbon, vanilla, caramel and a bit of alcohol. Jet black with a rich brown head. Licorice , dark roasted coffee, dark malts and bourbon alcohol. This beer smells divine, looks divine, but has an edge to it that I think needs a bit of mellowing. Still a great, beer, canít wait to try it with a bit of age.
douglas88 (6836) - 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.
laiti (6719) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 28, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
35,5 cl bottle (16,53%) @ lusikka
Aroma is very sweet with bourbon tones, alcohol, licorice and strong bourbon tones with vanilla. Flavour has sweet vanilla tones, licorice, bourbon and some saltiness. Some pleasant warming alcohol in the last sips. Nice slow sipper, but youíre gonna need a long movie for this one.
swoopjones (6701) - 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
alexsdad06 (6606) - Ohio, USA - JUL 17, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle shared with Tmoney99 in August í12. Pours dark brown to blackwith a medium sized dense mocha head. The aroma has caramel, bbourbon, dark chocolate, black cherry, roasted malt, wood and was surprisingly not very boozy. The flavor had big syrupy caramel, bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate, dark fruit with some woody accents. I thought this would be really hot given the alcohol, but it was pretty easy to drink.
slowrunner77 (6600) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
"Wow - likely the best 15+% beer Iíve ever had or will have. Sweet from both the barreling and the abv, but not overly so. And not hot. Iím a fan of Mephistopheles, but this stout is in a whole nother class. Ridiculously good."
Ernest (6542) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 9, 2015
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle (Batch 4, Feb 2015 bottling).
Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly lasting.
Body is opaque black (flashlight tested).
Aroma is moderately malty (chocolate syrup, roasted grain, caramel), with notes of raw wood, vanilla, alcohol, whiskey/bourbon.
Flavor is harshly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Full body, syrupy texture, soft/lively carbonation, harshly alcoholic.
I can name that tune in...3 notes; sugar, alcohol, and raw wood. I hate to be flippant, but thatís what this beer is about. Yeah, thereís some of the usual choco-vanilla-roast in here too, which virtually all stouts offer, and ample bourbon scent as well (although milder than expected)...but the main feature here is really the unbelievable syrupy sweetness and the painfully burning finish. So harsh on both counts it literally makes my eyes water to take a sip, and very nearly a gag reflex occurs. It doesnít smell bad, mind you, itís just very simple. And I did spend a lot of time with the nose, despite instantly disliking the drinking experience...I kept hoping it would unfold new aromatic treasures as it warmed, but it never did. But letís be honest...like The Bruery, Avery LOVES sugar and alcohol. Thatís pretty much what defines the brewery anymore, if you were to peg them on one particular trait. They almost seem to try to get as much residual sugar as is physically possible in all their big brews, and this is surely one of their crown achievements in that regard...it is almost exactly like taking a big spoonful of granulated cane sugar and putting it in your mouth, no exaggeration; it really is that sweet. And hardly anything to balance other than the massive throat burn. Pretty much undrinkable. But hey...first pour opacity and a lasting head...every cloud has a silver lining!
SudsMcDuff (6524) - .....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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after4ever (6504) - 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.
BBB63 (6373) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (2014) served in snifter at near room temps: Pours a very deep brown, nearly opaque with a fading tan head and not much lace, some oily tears. The aroma is heavy on the bourbon vapours of vanilla, oak, char and alcohol. Some of the robust stout does come through like chocolate, coffee, tobacco, and a hint of resiny esters. The taste has sharp whiskey and charred oak notes of layers of sweet malt, black strap molasses and vanilla beans. A fleeting touch of espresso, leather, tobacco and pepper attempt to round out the palate but for now the beast is just too young and unruly. Interestingly there is already a developing sherry like oxidization so I do not think that this will age gracefully beyond a year or two max. Sticky and lush mouth feel with that aggressive booze and warming sensation. I like this but alas it has the common hot boozy characteristic of many of Avery big brews when they are young.