badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 7, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2012 Bottle at Waldos Pizza. Holy Fuck this is an amazing brew. Black with a thin brown head. Chocolate caramel vanilla bourbon maple and wood aroma. Tastes of candy chocolate bourbon strong vanilla and oak caramel and light toasted coconut all swirling together with a light alcohol burn to the finish. Nice cherry flavors emerge as it warms a bit. Thick sticky and oily palate. Excellent overall.
TheBeerGod (5489) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black pour with a medium, frothy brown head. Aroma is sweet with vanilla, molasses, brown sugar, booze and burnt caramel. Taste is big chocolate notes, roasted malt, burnt caramel, vanilla, molasses, and booze. Body is medium with a soft, creamy carbonation and lots of lingering alcoholic warmth. Ends with more burnt caramel, dark chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, molasses, brown sugar and booze. Damn tasty!
jackl (5467) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Thanks to Seth (I think) for the pour. What’s up with Avery and these high ABV monsters? Something’s in the water in Colorado I suspect. The pour’s deep brown with a tiny head. Oily appearance. The aroma’s of sweet banana bread, bruised banana, rich chocolate cake, smooth caramelised apples. The taste is more chocolate cake, bitter cocoa. Syrupy toffee rich malts. Robust, full flavors. Hints of wood and vanilla. Some raisin. The body’s thick, oily, and intimidating. Still, considering the massive ABV, this isn’t that tough to drink. Overall, a pretty decent sipper!
Pailhead (5427) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of chocolate, wood, and a strange vegetal notes. It pours a dark brown with no transparency and a small beige head. The flavor starts sugary sweet chocolate and molasses. The finish has light espresso, black licorice, and vanilla. It’s full bodied with mild carbonation. Overall, a little too sugary sweet for me to drink a lot of.
radagast83 (5417) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 9, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at SAVOR from a bottle. Poured a pitch black color like oil, not a lot of head - wispy beige. Aroma was molasses, heavy boozy. Flavor was molasses, touch of vanilla, some sugar, bourbon. Interesting, but so freaking boozy and hot. I barely enjoyed the amount I had.
djd07 (5285) - 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.
onceblind (5206) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 11, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Inky black pour from the bottle; no light coming through the liquid at all..rocky dark beige head. Smell is sublime, with notes of bakers chocolate, espresso grounds, caramel, raisin, sweet dark licorice, brown sugar, vanilla-tinged-oak, and a bourbony boozy tone. Flavor is huge, as expected. A little too warm, but the fact that it’s chuck full of flavor helps it ease down the throat...its not boozy for the sake of boozy. Rich sweet dark chocolate tones on the palate first, some fig/raisin dark fruitiness, with a little tone of roasted coffee, some brown sugar, earthy licorice, caramel, a little bit of boozy vanilla, a twang of oak, and a mellow but warming bourbon ending. Rich and satisfying, however, a little too much on the body and booze after a while. Had trouble finishing the last 5oz of a 12oz bottle. Maybe just too sweet? I dunno. It’s a lot to finish. Share with a friend!
Beerman6686 (5156) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
this poured a darker brownc olor with a small tan head. Aroma was lots and lots of dark chocolate, booze, barrel, soy, and roast. Flavor was hot, but well intertwined, lots of dark chocolate, semi sweet and soy, not much roast in the flavor. Barrel notes are light, but its mainly the booze burn that comes through. Nice stuff.
Countbeer (5098) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - MAR 22, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle (35,cl): Vintage 2013: 16,53%ABV: Served in a Chouffe glass at 13 degrees and warming:
Motorioil with an unfortunate quick disappearing brown head.
Aromas of liqorice, bourbon, roast, dark chocolate, wood roast, oat, sweet tar, rice roast, some dark coffee roast, hint of soy and more darkness I might forget!
Flavours of roast, dark chocolate, toffee, raisin, alcohol, bourbon, mocha, bitters, light spice, wood/coffee/malt roast, cookies, loads of tasty dark tones, very delicious!
Aftertaste is a mix of roast, bitters, dark chocolate, mocha, wood roast, oat, and again loads of tasty dark tones!
Low carbo, thick creamy oily spiced mouthfeel, full bodied. Yum yum!
mar (5003) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour with a khaki head. Nose is sugar, alcohol, chocolate, and roasted malts.. great on the palate, like alohol, sugar, coffee, roasted malts, super sweet, great.