after4ever (6686) - 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, there’s 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, it’s 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 doesn’t make a lavish display of any ethanol. Quite nicely done. Still pretty thick and raw and heavy, so it’s 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.
b3shine (6570) - Indiana, USA - JUL 5, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to snifter (thanks Chris). Looks good; a dark cola with thin beige lacing. Smells and tastes good too; chocolate and booze. Nice on the mouthfeel; it doesn’t taste 17+%. good beer.
Stuu666 (6470) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 12, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at craig’s. Pours black, nose is chocolate, coffee, toffee, taste is sweet, chocolate, rich, fruity.
BBB63 (6442) - 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.
allmyvinyl (6301) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 12, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Aromas of coffee, chocolate bourbon tar. Taste is tar, dark chocolate, booze. Oily texture. sticky finish. Nice.
12th July, gusher tasting
5000 (6300) - 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!
tderoeck (6212) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAY 29, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
21/IV/14 - 12Fl. Oz. bottle @ home - BB: n/a, bottled: 27/VI/13 (2014-1575) Thanks to Thomas and Annelies for the bottle!
Note: was surprised to find I hadn’t rated this yet, despite having drunk this. Was able to back-track it to the correct notebook, thanks to my line-up pictures of tastings on Facebook. :p
Clear dark brown to black beer, small creamy beige head, little stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: caramel, lots of chocolate, chocolate milk, bit of vanilla, nutty touch. MF: ok carbon, full body. Taste: dark chocolate, caramel, little sourish, sugary and sweet as well, mocha, bourbon, dried fruits, raisins, brown sugar. After-taste: sweet, lots of dried fruits, molasses, dark chocolate, mocha, soft bitterness, bit boozy, sourish touch. Lovely beer!!
TheAlum (6193) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at Flossmoor Pre-DLD Gathering (Flossmoor, IL). Pours a a rich deep thick blackish pourn thicker with a dark brownish head that dies to a ring, laces ok. Aromas are touches of spirit, oak, but more malt drive, toffee, toast, and biscuits. Caramel, sweeter essence. Initial is thick and full offering Bourbon, spirit, and molasses. Thick and rich, caramel and toffee, biscuits. Some toffee, lots of rich dark cocoa, vanilla, and spirit. A good thickness, spirit, rich sweetness into middle and backend. Good lord, thick and rich, good barrel but not thinned. A good complexity with toasted oak, vanilla, roast, toast, lots of dark chocolate. Rich and thick, hot and lovely awesome flavors. A winner, if a bit big and rich. Still, surprisingly easy going.
djd07 (6034) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 17, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Petrol Station. Pours a very dark brown with small tan head that quickly diminishes to nothing. The aroma is roasted malt chocolate and bourbon. Thick mouthfeel with a strong roast and chocolate with bourbon in the finish. Alcohol present but not overpowering for 17%. A very impressive imperial stout from Avery.
Braudog (6014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 12, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours like old motor oil, slimy and pitch black, with barely a froth to speak of. The aroma is simply daunting -- boiling over with thick alcohol and oak. This drinks with a BIG, rich, chocolate-laden swirl, burning with just the right amount of whiskey oak. Wow, and double wow. Brilliant! (#4957, 3/12/2013)