AWMiller (512) - Mansfield, Texas, USA - DEC 11, 2011
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Definitely THE top dark Belgian strong ale in my book! After savoring the last of the Demons of Ale series from Avery Brewing, I can state for the record that I saved the best for last! This is a massive brew both in texture and taste; truly meant to be savored slowly and all by itself. The warming effects from the hefty ABV are truly wonderful. Definitely the PERFECT nightcap!
wlajwl (3998) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - NOV 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch 12. Aroma is malts, fruit/dark fruit, medium sweetness and mildly perfumed. The flavor is malts, medium/not quite but somewhat close to cloying, candy/sugar, fruit and a big tart/sour/warming alcoholic finish.
Gerbeer (1940) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 10, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2014 12 oz bottle. Batch 12. Pours a deep mahogany with moderate head. Aromas of dark caramel, brown sugar, sweet malts, and light bourbon/alcohol. Flavors of orange syrup, dark caramel, dark fruits and sweet malt extract. Beer liqueur. Quite warm but I would not guess it’s 16+%. Neat.
kenter2000 (48) - , Wisconsin, USA - NOV 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
girlfriend says, "weird, very sweet." takes second sip. "carmel-y notes. Rich mouth feel." She continues, "almost a dry after finish." It sounds to me as if she is channeling Mill Valley, California. "Like a complex …. ballet… occurring in my mouth." I hardily agree. " this is very strange, I like it, unusual. " she laughs. gulps. laughs because I wrote gulps. Laughs because I typed "laughs because I wrote gulps." and then says, "uh uh you’r getting a little meta here."
HomerBeerOdysy (31) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 24, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
APPEARANCE - Dark brown. 1-finger head that dissipates. Some lacing
AROMA/SCENT - Mildly sweet.
TASTE - Super-sweet, sugary, a little boozy, smoky, peaty, much stronger than the smell.
MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Gooey, not much carbonation.
OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - A sipping beer. Do not try to drink this fast.
EtTuCthulhu (1106) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - OCT 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma blends Belgian yeast, booze, caramel, figs, toffee, and earthy notes. The beer pours a dark chestnut that is quite murky, and surprisingly there is a medium off-white ring and thin layer of head atop the liquid. The taste is quite sweet, mildly boozy, mildly bitter, slightly umami, and slightly sour. The aftertaste furthers the malty bitterness that is hidden in the initial taste by the booze and sugars, but the booze still dries out the mouth after the beer’s been swallowed. The palate has a slick and thick texture, medium-full body, and a soft carbonation. Overall, these flavors don’t mesh as well as they could, and this bottle could definitely use some age.
SlovakSniper (3269) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
En fût au Saint-Bock. Vintage 2013. La robe est fortement ambrée. Un anneau de mousse s’installe sans surprise. Le nez déborde de sucre d’orge, de fruits rouges, de terre et d’alcool. Au goût, le sucre peut paraître démesuré tandis que l’alcool est proprement fortifié. En bouche, cette boisson spiritueuse est sirupeuse et collante. En finale, ce vin d’orge belge peut sembler incontrôlable. Effectivement, cette bière, qui est loin d’être bête, est une grosse bête. Ceci dit, elle a un pouvoir certain de fascination. Serait-ce son sens du spectacle?
EcnarM (100) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - OCT 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The color from bottle to glass is one of my favorites I have ever seen, deep ruby red at midnight! Up front alcohol in aroma and taste.
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slowrunner77 (6019) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
there’s a ton going on in there. so many different things...read the label (brewer’s description)...this beer is done well enough that you can actually taste each ingredient, and all that at a whopping 16.31%. Nice surprise!! had again, remembering i really liked it, but it was even better this time around. soooo complex, and the somehow the mix of turbanado sugar, belgian candi sugar, raisins, honey, etc...is not overly sweet. in fact, the aroma is close to a 10, while the only thing that knocks the flavor, just a tiny notch, is the alcohol presence. still would never believe the abv of this one if i didn’t read it for myself."
Beachmaster (164) - Oklahoma, USA - OCT 7, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a dark reddish brown, with a moderate khaki head that slowly fades, leaving moderate lacing. Nose is dark malt and dark fruit, with some caramel. Taste is dark fruit and dark malt, with a somewhat harsh alcohol note. Would probably benefit from aging. Not bad, but raw.
Scrapersnbeer (1491) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wafting aroma of date, currant and hot alcoholic caramel. Murky swamp of doom appearance. Blunt sweet fruity flavor, like some barleywines but not starch. Somewhat bitter as well and obviously very strong. Body of molasses run through a microwave for a few seconds. Very potent, split w a buddy during a pub night, which grew dramatically worse after this.