b3shine (6504) - 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 doesnít taste 17+%. good beer.
BBB63 (6426) - 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.
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!
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.
tderoeck (6067) - 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 hadnít 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!!
Braudog (5999) - 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)
Mora2000 (5930) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 vintage. Black with a tan head. The aroma is extremely boozy with some strong chocolate and roasted malt notes. The flavor is also very boozy. I get some big oak, maple and vanilla notes up front, with some chocolate and roasted malt coming through second. The barrel-aged notes are very obvious and really add a lot to the beer. Quite boozy. Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
djd07 (5889) - 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.
nimbleprop (5787) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 4, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle pours a very viscous, opaque, oily black with some cloudy, beige head. Nose has a ton of molasses, burnt wood, light vanilla bean, coconut meat, malt, Kahlua, dark chocolate, a little soy. Slick in the mouth, the flavor is sweet, boozy, Kahlua, soy, almost a little salty fish sauce, dark chocolate, burnt coffee bean, toasted wood, coconut meat, cherry cordial. Full, sticky finish. This could have been a mess, but it wasnít. Smooth with lots of complexity.
thirdeye11 (5772) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2012
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(12oz bottle) pours near black with dark tan creamy spare head. Nose of huge barrel character, toasty marshmallows, low roastiness, graham cracker, bourbon, vanilla, smooth alcohol, and a creeping cherry character. Endlessly complex. Taste of rich fudge, light oats and cream, alcohol, wood char, medium roast character, light cherry (perhaps from the alcohol kick), and a medium thick body thatís not overly assertive in any way, surprising given the ABV. Just an amazing beer.