CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 18, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle: Pours a rich obsidian with a small creamy dark beige head. Has a dense, sweet dark caramel and chocolate nose with lots of bourbon oak and vanilla complexity. Starts with chewy viscosity, fine carbonation and dark malty sweetness with notes of raisins and molasses combined with a healthy amount of bourbon before a semi-sweet and smooth finish that hides the alcohol surprisingly well. Loaded with complexity, one of the best bourbon-barrel-aged imperial stouts Iíve had.
mabel (7059) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 14, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[6284-20140420] Bottle. Meaty charred wet bread aroma. Black body with a medium-lasting brown head. Sugary sweet roasted flavour has a long rich soya sauce aftertaste. Full body. Very tasty but super roasted. (8/4/8/4/16) 4.0
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lusikka (7038) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 28, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
355 ml bottle. Pours a pitch black colour with a beige head. Aroma of roastiness, caramel sweetness, vanilla and strong bourbon notes. Rich flavour of roastiness, alcohol, sweet bourbon, some vanilla notes, mild earthiness, tart wooden notes and molasses. Full bodied. Alcohol warms very nicely. The bourbon notes are very smooth and soothing.
slowrunner77 (6916) - 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."
alexsdad06 (6876) - 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.
swoopjones (6864) - 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
kermis (6844) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at Freshcraft Denver with iphonephan and jmgreenuk. Pours near black with a brown ring head. Aroma is super sweet and boozy before even lifting the glass from the table. Closer up thereís bourbon/vanilla along with rich chocolate, soft roast, molasses, toffee and fudge. Flavour is heavy sweet and moderate bitter. Thick syrupy and sticky mouthfeel. Full bodied with soft carbonation. Nice brew!
SudsMcDuff (6761) - .....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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Ernest (6662) - 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!
after4ever (6628) - 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.