adamah (213) - - APR 20, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Quite an intense beer. The flavor is very very sweet but not cloyingly so. There is a lot of warmth from the alcohol but the beer doesnít taste boozy. The body is a thick black and has a very thick syrupy mouth feel.
Ughsmash (6967) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 30, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottled on 3/27/12. Poured highly-viscous near-black with a very short-lived, nearly as dark head. The aroma picked up a giant dose of maple, molasses, and rich, sweet bourbon upfront, with layers of vanilla, cocoa, and star anise not far behind.. some black pepper and bourbonny alcohol around the edges, but nowhere near 17% worth.. burned the eyes a little. The flavor opened with tangy, tasty bourbon and oak notes, with a thick wash of aged maple, vanilla, and fudge-like malts following.. spicy, earth and peppery bourbon surrounded and complemented the base beer very well.. picked up some bourbon heat in the nose and belly on the very long, decadently-malty finish.. this was awesome! Heavy-bodied with low carbonation on the palate.. tanginess from the barrel kept it from being cloying.. this was a colossal beer paired with a robust barrel presence, and thankfully it all found balance.
DesertDevil (420) - Arizona, USA - AUG 14, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2014 On tap at the Blue Palms Brewhouse 5th Anniversary. Subdued, smooth bourbon nose with molasses, some chocolate, and slight oak. Pours deep black with a slight bubbly head. Holy cow!; incredibly smooth chocolate and bourbon 1-2 punch from the first sip to the final drop. The oak tannins really bite late before the sweetness of the bourbon grabs hold. Beautiful palate - smooth body with a dry, woody finish. It was easily the best beer at the fest.
harrymel (1436) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful beer, dark mahogany with cherry hues and a persistent etched surface sheet of dark mocha foam. Itís funny, people consistently concede the absence of carbonation in higher ABV beers, I donít buy it and this is another confirmation of my hypothesis. The smells of prunes, dates and figs with liquor infused vanilla and fine chocolate truffles alongside leather and rich caramels. Hints of smoky molasses up in the nose as well. Very pretty. Flavor backs up the nose with molasses, bourbon, oak, cocoa, rich sweet vanilla and toasted sugars. A good boozy character warms the throat and leather character brings it all together. Full and silky body with nice, fine carb and a good solid - long lasting finish that runs the duration of five minutes (this is a long time for those actually looking at the clock). Really fine beer that I plan to buy the rest from the store I found this at. Really outstanding.
Serving type: bottle
NielsenRatings (8096) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 11, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 18, 2012 Bottle @ home. 2:45am and Iím opening this? Not my most mature decision ever, but fuck it. This stout pours a deep brown/black appearance with a small, yet somewhat lasting, dark brown head. The aroma is pungent even from several feet away. The bourbon in the nose is quite nice without really any boozy notes and plenty of toffee, caramel, and vanilla. Thereís also a subtle, yet nice oak element in the aroma along with dark chocolate and more caramel. Really thereís a shitload of caramel in the nose and honestly, thereís a slight spiciness in the nose but really not very much booze at all which is phenomenal. For this, I have to give the aroma a 10. My first taste is loaded with rich toffee and caramel. Thereís a big bourbon element but you get all of those delicious, dessert flavors from it rather than the fusel alcohol elements. Thereís also tons of vanilla, more toffee, dark chocolate, wood/oak, chocolate cake, and even a touch of fruitiness. You do begin to notice the booze on the finish, smooth as it is. The booze really starts to kick in when the beer nears your esophagus and heads to your stomach. Thatís not to say there isnít some booziness in the flavor, but for 17%, itís not nearly as strong in the flavor as you may expect. Thereís almost a tangy, fruity quality to the aftertaste along with a fair amount of oak. This is a big beer and definitely a sipper, but the booze is contained quite well and thereís plenty of flavors. I thoroughly enjoyed this brew and I think many others will also, but if you didnít like Averyís other high abv offerings (The Beast, Mephistopheles, etc), donít bother. 4.11.2012: 10/4/9/4/18 (4.5)
Round Two, this time at 12:57am. I was very surprised by how much I enjoyed this one the last time around, so I figured I needed to try it again asap. Tons of roasty, dark chocolate malts and caramel in the aroma along with some vanilla and dark fruits and much milder bourbon than my last bottle. This one just isnít so overpoweringly aromatic as I recall. Rich dark chocolate, caramel, dark fruity flavor with a lot of toffee. It still blows me away how smooth this motherfucker is. Great fucking beer- Iím going to pick up some more. Actually, I enjoy this more than the Bourbon Barrel Meph Addict and Mephistopheles but not as well as Margarete or Meph Addict. Rock on! 4.18.2012: 9/4/9/4/18 (4.4)
BOLTZ7555 (2656) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 21, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I AM SHOCKED...there is no way that this brew caps off at 17.4%! Nearly black, small but creamy latte head, aroma of coffee, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and caramel. Peanut brittle, praline, toffee, honey, cocoa, vanilla, and cashew all present. Really quite incredible. Yum!
craftbeerdesign (2138) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 12, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
bottle thanks to Ratman197. pours a thick deep black with a small tan head. sweet nose with bourbon, oak, licorice and bright alcohol warmth. thick body - chewy - with deep layers of chocolate, bourbon, charred oak, molasses, licorice, citrus and dark fruits. smooth and inviting with a bit of heat throughout. strong finish with more charred oak, bourbon, vanilla and sweet dark malts. excellent! not too sweet, not too hot (for 18%).
polomagnifico (1190) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - MAY 21, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from wchesser, BIG thanks Will! Aroma has big notes of sweet bourbon, chocolate, molasses, oats, roasted malts, along with sharp notes of dark dried fruits, raisins, wood, figs and red wine. Very sharp and complex aroma. Inky pitch black hue with a small medium brown head that mostly diminished and left almost no lace. Flavor is very sweet and bitter. Palate is very full bodied and oily soft with an alcohol burn on the finish but it is hidden very well. Incredible palate for the amount of abv. Overall a very big Impy with a ton going on. She is a bit sharp, dry and tart but it works with all of the other big flavors and considering itís 17.5 abv the flavor is wonderful. Reminded me of DFH WWS. Enjoyed it.
IrishBoy (3722) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 2, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle from Arminjewell. Nose is lightly charred smoky oak, chocolate, vanilla, and molasses in the background. Black with a medium, quick disappearing cinnamon tan head. Flavor is vanilla, sweet raisins, white pepperiness, light bitterness, and a bit of bourbon. Finish is a bit of bitter and bourbony alcohol warmth. Excellent BBA Stout! Hard to believe itís actually 17.42%, the alcohol warmth tastes like a 10%er.
thirdeye11 (5378) - 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.