jgb9348 (6281) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - FEB 20, 2017
Rich dark brown coloured body with a thin tan head, about a centimetre tall. Aroma of alcohol, resin, toasted malt, oats, grain and a bit of astringent hops. Medium-bodied; Strong rich malty flavours with earth, toffee, caramelised sugars and a quite a bit of alcohol all noticeable. Strong biting hoppy flavours with a nice bitterness, alongside a bit of a grainy and almost rye-flavoured pungency, along with a dose of metal, hints of grass and a finish of sugars - from caramel. Aftertaste shows the pungency of the hops, a good biting bitterness and a sweet tail end with the cereal and grain showing through at the tail end. Overall, a nice beer with a ton of rich flavours and a relatively smooth complexity toward the finish. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Whole Foods in Washington (P Street, Logan Circle), DC on 04-October-2014 for US$9,99 sampled at home in Washington on 19-February-2017.
Bottled: May 2014 // Purchased: 04-October-2014 // Sampled: 19-February-2017 milewide (2250) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 11, 2017
Definitely an imperial brown and not a black IPA. Color is clear brown. Too sweet for me. In fairness this is May 2014 so hops may be gone. Strykzone (7364) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2016
Bomber that was bottled 2 years ago. Quite dark brown with plenty of red and it is clear. Lots of dark fruit and bread in the aroma. Smells like a fruit cake. Brown sugar under that. First sip and it is drinking like a barley wine. Minimal hops remain but some bitterness and citrus are there. Like drinking a fruit cake. Still a tasty beer. DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2016
Poured into a snifter.
3.25 A: Clear deep amber brown color. Two fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is a touch below average and just a few strands of lacing are left.
3.5 S: This sure is interesting. Citrusy, floral, and slightly herbal hops stand out. The citrus is pretty nondeScript. Meshing surprisingly well is a toasty nuttiness from the base.
3.25 T: Taste is hop forward as well. This time there’s a big orange and lemony citrus component that tastes almost like a sweetness. Floral behind that. Moderate to heavy bitterness. The base beer gets somewhat lost underneath. The nutty toasty flavors are much harder to find.
3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly creamy with a bitter finish.
3.0 D: Can’t say I’m a fan of this. I’ll give it that it’s better than most black IPAs, but it’s still a grouping of flavors that don’t work together.
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DavoleBomb, Oct 30, 2014 The_Osprey (8010) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2015
Bottle share at the 2 x 21st floor tasting. Thanks to LKS for this BIPA. As ’Avery Anniversary Twenty One’. Dark amber orange / brown, lightly sparkling, pretty clear, small bubbly tan head. Aroma is sweet dirty fudgey stuff, salt, pine, resin, some coffee. Body is medium, smooth, low carbonation. Taste is resinous, pine, mint, sweet toffee. Earthy, dry resinous finish with some alcohol showing up. Decent.
DandyWolfFloyd (1202) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2015
Aroma - big resiny hops persist, as well as a healthy dose of alcohol, dark malt roast
Appearance - black body, with a 2" beige head. Very nice lacing throughout.
Taste - has rich barley roast, West Coast hops, the balance act of the two is very good. There is also a little alcohol.
Palate - body is medium approaching full, the texture is closest to oily, the carbonation is soft, the finish has a little bit of buttering and alcohol the finish medium in length. Scopey (14778) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2015
Bottle at the second 42nd Floor tasting - Thanks Leighton. It pours clear deep brown with a thick yellow-tan head. The nose is toasty, fresh citrus, grapefruit, soapy lemon, rye bread, cracker and some cocoa. The taste is bitter, toasted brown bread, earth, cracker, mild cardboard, cheap coffee grounds and some alcohol heat with a dry, toasted finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Didn’t really stand out from the crowd. A pretty average hoppy dark beer. BeerandBlues2 (13355) - Escondido, California, USA - NOV 23, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours opaque black with a medium, frothy beige head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is earthy, pine, resin, and floral hops, raisins, licorice, and roast malt. Flavor is moderate pine and floral hops and bitterness, bitter roast malt, licorice and raisins with a dry finish. Full body and medium carbonation. SudsMcDuff (8429) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 22, 2015
had on draft, had trouble finishing my glass .. . dark maurky brown .. mild foam .. . burnt hops, rum endings, dirty wood .. . gritty, not at all a good finish .. . a rare miss from avery .. . . Nana said I took too much NyQuil so I laughed at her and then she turned back into a paper clip and jumped into my fave Law & Order episode. mR_fr0g (12128) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2015
Bottle shared at Canary wharf tasting . 10/11/2015. Thanks to Leighton for this one. Amber brown coloured pour with a lasting sticky light tan head. Aroma is brown malts, earthy, pine, light berry. Flavour is composed of nutty brown malts, Firm pine and berry hop, nutty, brown bread. Palate is semi sweet, moderate to high carbonation, slightly sticky. Lingering berry fruit, Little citrus.