HarmonKill-a-Brew (407) - Wilmar, Arkansas, USA - OCT 15, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
A true beer drinking experience!!! Prunes in the aroma and flavor... my vocabulary is far too limited to describe the complexity of this brew! Taseted more like a dopplebock than an imperial stout to me (a dopplebock with stout bitterness I guess you could say), but none the less this is the best beer I have ever tried... this has been one heck of a 40th birthday for me... I was ready to make Guinness Foreign Extra Stout my new #1 and then I tried THIS... WOW!!!
Christpuncher (1384) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2014
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Starts with a super chocolate and cherry punch. Has some grape notes. Slightly boozy which is amazing since it is 17.1 percent alcohol. Pours black with a thick tan head. Had a bottle pour at home
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jsnicholas (239) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 12oz $10) Batch 9: nearly black with big brown head. Taste chocolate mostly, some dried fruit and Coffee. Then some warming. Very nice.
merc7186 (2238) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch #2, bottled Nov 2006
Aroma: Bourbon, Black Licorice, Dark Fruit
Appearance: Dark Opaque Hue, Passes No Light, Brown Head Ring, No Lacing
Taste: Rum, Dark Fruit, Chocolate, Anise
Mouthfeel: Decent Carbonation, Medium to Full Bodied, Mildly Sweet, Mildly Boozy
Gerbeer (1986) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Batch 9. Pours black with a fine tan head. Aromas of black coffee, heavily roasted malts, alcohol, vanilla, and dark chocolate. Rich flavors of dry dark chocolate and espresso with a bit of cherry liqueur. Hot finish. Great.
Concealer (837) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Clear dark reddish brown with a thick, brown head that lasts and laces. Aromas of roasted malt, chocolate, plum, raisin,vanilla, and coffee. Flavor is chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, licorice, plum, raisin, coffee, and vanilla. Full bodied, smooth with a warm end.
devman171 (1047) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - OCT 15, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2014 Bottle pour thick black with big dark tan head. Aroma is rich roast, dark fruits, slight sweet. Taste is similar with big intense roast and a sweet boozy finish, hard to finish a bottle though
slowrunner77 (6077) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 14, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"i agree with the last rating, but at a lower level...at the start, the alcohol seemed like half of it’s 16%, but was more assertive by the end. Never did it taste like a 16%-18% beer, though. I thought the sheer complexity of the aroma and flavor were nice, although it wasn’t as smooth as World Wide from DFH, but maybe more complex. Dark, chocolate covered fruits, coffee, slight smoke, molasses. hops. A big sipping beer in every way, with a lasting finish. Well done."
esjunknyc (21) - - OCT 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep roasted and sweet flavor, not as balanced as some other bourbon stouts (to be expected) but very well executed as Avery frequently does. A little on the sweet side for my taste, but very good nonetheless.
DedicatedToFun (2992) - Santa Monica, California, USA - OCT 4, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks GT2, black pour with tan head, nose is dark chocolate, taste is super strong, coffee, rich, creamy, wow
AirForceHops (3508) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 vintage with ABV of 16.2%. Oily black liquid that leaves a coating of oily brown film when I swirl the snifter. The aroma is almost like a port wine, deep dark fruit, mostly like prunes. Hints of burnt coffee bean, earthy.
After I sip this I am again reminded of a port wine type flavor. Wood, red grapes, dark fruits, chocolate and tobacco. Hints of cherries and Jeez even after two years the alcohol is noticeable in the sip as well as the deep warming burn after the sip. The body is pretty nice and the texture is on the oily side. I could have held this another year but.... I wanted a monster stout and by God, this is one.