Damico (1920) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours thick black oil with almost no head. The aroma brings chocolate vanilla brownies, the vanilla oak is a little more prevalent. The flavor is so smooth for the ridiculous ABV, the
sonnycheeba (1907) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 24, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours deep, opaque black with thin, fizzy tan head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is bourbon, caramel and roasted malt, prunes, earthy hops, oak, milk chocolate, and light vanilla. Flavor is malt dominate with oak and some supporting hops (light bitterness) and dark fruit esters; bourbon undertones throughout with a dry finish. Full body, low carbonation, and high warmth.
AirForceHops (1851) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - APR 28, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle with a date of Mar 27, 2012. Nothing like a BA stout at noon! Snifter displays thick oily, black with brown around the edges. Aroma is totally rich bourbon. Flavor is heavy woody bourbon, dark fruits, cherry notes. Strong and heavy whiskey notes. Also a light coffee bitterness. Body is full with a heavy texture that coats the inside of your mouth. The alcohol presence is known but not terrible for 17%. Overall I say if you really like bourbon, you will really enjoy this stout.
Blairgus (1753) - California, USA - AUG 31, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
31 aug 2012, bottle. Thick oily brown/black. Nose is sweet, faintly tart, huge sugar, meaty stout! Med body and a bit fizzy. Big sweet dark chocolate stout, really meaty, bitter chocolate finish. Amazing!
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_angst_ (1745) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
355 ml bottle received in trade. Thank you Aaron! Pours viscous pitch black with a thin dark mocha head that quickly dissipates without leaving any trace on the glass. Smell is sweet with roasted malts, bourbon, vanilla fudge, high quality dark chocolate, alcohol, charred wood, toffee, burnt caramel, coconut, sweetened dark roast coffee, cookies, fresh oak and hints of hay and moist soil. Taste is sweet, bitter and salty with heavily roasted malts, soy sauce, bourbon, salty liquorice, raisins in rum, burnt cookies, dark roast coffee, sweet dark bread, vanilla fudge, coconut, alcohol, fresh oak, caramel, prunes, dark chocolate, burnt sugar, orange zest and molasses. Mouthfeel is round, sticky sweet, soft, boozy and full bodied. Finish is sweet, bitter and salty with roasted malts, dark chocolate, vanilla fudge, bourbon, charred wood, burnt raisins and hints of coconut milk. Unbalanced and a bit too salty but still quite nice.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 14, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home, with HUGE thanks to Doodler. Drank out of my new favorite glass: Minneapolis Town Hall glass. Pours deep, opaque black, thin tan head, poor lacing. Nose is big bourbon, massive treacle, molasses, fudge, and creosote. Flavours of big bourbon, very sweet, big vanilla, somewhat boozy, even following on the heels of the Dogfish 120. Big, brash, bourbony, and boozy. A take no prisoners, offer no apology, "Fuck You" Imperial Stout from Avery. They could have dialled down the alcohol quite a bit, but otherwise a phenomenal stout, that all the Berliner Weiss Hipster Mafia will delight in hating. I have a beard, I ride a bike, and I still love this.
LtDan (1676) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - MAY 17, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a tan pin stripe. Looks pretty thick from the pour.
Aroma: Prune, dark fruit, milk chocolate, bourbon, cake frosting.
Taste: Chocolate covered raisins, rich caramel, bourbon/spiced rum. Roast burried underneath.
Mouthfeel: Almost cloying, very thick and syrupy. Modest carbonation.
Overall: I’m not a brewmaster , brewer, or recipe designer, but I would have liked this beer to age another six months in wood. It’s such a massive beer, that I think longer barrel aging would have made it hotter and woodier initially, but would have balanced out the extraordinary sweetness with some heat and woody booze notes. As it stands, I wouldn’t consider this boozy, just very sweet. I imagine this would age very well like the beers in the Demons of Ale Series.
JStax (1671) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. Pours thick, syrupy dark brown to ruby with a great tan head of foam. Super sweet and malty with some nice cocao nibs. Hearty vanilla and graham crackers come through in the taste. Velvety and creamy on the tongue. I didn’t really expect to like this nearly as much as I did. This is one hell of a beer.
jstraw (1656) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black with low (barrel-aged), creamy, brown head / Rich, earthy, musty nose of dark fruit, chocolate, and coffee / Full body, rich and chewy, some sweetness but hoppy and dry in the middle, with hot, bitter finish / Flavors of cocoa, bourbon barrel, semisweet chocolate, coconut, and date / Anything like this is a treat, but the super high alcohol doesn’t mesh with the average full body. (I say this having tried the superior Lost Abbey Deliverance in the same night.)
zathrus13 (1628) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUL 28, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown, with a brown head. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, smoke, malt, chocolate, and coffee. Flavor is bourbon, malt, vanilla, dark fruit, alcohol, molasses, chocolate, and coffee. Heavy, syrupy body.