noturdadsbeer (25) - centennial, Colorado, USA - MAR 28, 2011
Opened at Euclid Hall, from bottle, into a Snifter for maximum breathability.
A: Pours black into the snifter with a chocolate brown head that quickly falls. Lacing is low and fades fast, just like the head.
S: Cherries! The beer smells like a blast of carmalized malts and twizzlers. Amazing how much the cherries from the aging comes off. The malts are sweet and carmalized from the sugar added and its a very inviting beer. The aroma is heavy and lasting and man is it a great nose.
T: Its quite a rich stout with cherry sweetness and carmal up front on the palate. The finish is very long and doesn’t fall flacid. Deep coffee tons lightened by the cherries makes this a pleasure to drink. Its not nearly as large as Mephistopheles with roasted/burnt malt but its still present.
M: Has low carbination and isn’t very heavy. I like this. Its a very rich and powerful stout but you don’t feel the weight of the malts which is pleasent. The alcohol is very well masked and doesn’t come across boozy. Its very balanced yet still way powerful. Can’t wait to see how this thing ages.
D: I wish they brewed this beer yearly. It’s outstanding. I think should be aged for a least a year but probably 3 to 4 before being cracked again. Its a beer for a cold night or celebration. I wish they sold more than 6 bottles per person because I would have got 5 cases. gordonrivers1 (21) - USA - OCT 11, 2011
very dark oily color. The cherries and cocoa flavors and aroma are perfection together. Quite a beverage. SuperTiti33 (893) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 15, 2015
Bottled 2011. Noire opaque. Beau collet brun moka. Ronde. Très sucré. Bonne chaleur d’alcool. Sûrette. Fruité. Cerise. Vanillé. Bonbon. Nougat. Chocolat noir. Liqueur de café. Bourbon/boisé. Grasse/beurre. Noisette. Réglisse. Orange (liqueur). Cuire. Finale sur le sucre et le bourbon. Très complexe et exquise. Ratman197 (15212) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2011
Bottle poured a clear deep dark reddish brown nearly black with a lasting creamy brown head. Aromas of sour cherries, bourbon, oak, bitter chocolate, prunes, carmel and light vanilla. Palate was medium to full bodied with a smooth dry warming finish. Flavors of sour cherries, bitter chocolate, bourbon, carmel, oak, vanilla, prunes and a hint of coffee with a smooth dry warming lingering chocolate cherry finish. Another GREAT Avery beer! cubs (10693) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2011 Bottle @ home. I wanted in line over an hour to get a six pack and then had to wait another hour to get home. On top of that, as soon as I got the beer poured, my cat grabbed the bottle and started drinking from it for a considerable time. It took me a total of four hours to get this baby and my cat got the first taste!
daknole (11050) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2011
Dark black appearance with a tinge of redness. Pours a creamy, one finger dark brown/red head. The color of the head was very unique in the amount of red that is combined with the not surprising brownness. Aroma is very potent as soon as you open the bottle and continues for several minutes even at a distance. You get the typical dark chocolate maltiness with alcohol like Mephistopheles with an added sourness, specifically cherry-smelling. A closer whiff will get you a noted oak and a fairly mild Bourbon aroma. At first taste, there’s the characteristics of Mephistopheles- a deep dark chocolate flavor on roasty dark malts that’s very powerful when you add in the high alcohol content. The Bourbon and oak flavor are pretty mild and are noticeable as the beer lingers in your mouth. As you finish, you get a fairly sour cherry cordial flavor that completely envelops your mouth. The finish is strong, quite sweet, and cherry-like with a potent alcohol flavor. Afterward, a tart cherry and dark chocolate flavor lingers endlessly in your mouth with a tingly feeling. This beer is a trip.
Dark brown pour with reddish edges and a tan head. Peaty molasses, bourbon, oak,salted caramel, butter cookies, fucking crazy aroma. And the flavor! WOW! Flavor is tart, sweet, toffee, saltwater taffy, espresso, heath bar, fruitcake. Holy shit this beer is simply insane. wchesser (2121) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2011
Drank on 12/28/11. Pours slightly translucent on the edge with a solid dark core. Almost no head or lacing. Nose just screams this is going to be big. Alcohol is very well carried. Big earthy and vanilla wood notes and coffee on the nose with some cola. Taste is massive and long with huge toasted coconut and coffee. I really could not pull out the cherry fruit, just in a slight tart and sour finish foil to the sweetness of the stout, but the bourbon is there a bit mostly on the nose. Had this solo and then saved the rest for dessert against a super rich dutch chocolate ice cream from a local creamery. This beer stood up strong to it and was not diminished at all by the pairing. Best of the barrel aged I have had by far. What a treat. dionysus (1486) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 20, 2011
Huge thanks to daknole! Bottle pours deep brown/black with hints of red all underneath a beige head. Aroma shows notes of roasted malt, dark chocolate, bourbon and sour cherries. Flavor shows the same with additional notes of brown sugar, cinnamon, smoke, more bourbon, salted caramel, and oak. Overall body is full, viscous and delicious. dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - JUN 12, 2011
Bottle from Dosbeerigos, thanks Phil for sharing. Super dark pour, thick and oily. Aroma reminded me of a Hershey chocolate bar mixed with cherries. Flavor was more then a tad boozy but didn’t kill the experience. A lot of chocolate prevailed in the flavor as did the bourbon. One of the best Avery beers I’ve had. onceblind (10318) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 6, 2011
From a bottle during Euclid Hall’s Midnight Breakfast, Thursday 2011 GABF. Pitch black with a thin dissipating head. Heavy aroma of sour cherries, deep dark chocolate, a bit of cinnamon, espresso, and sticky bun. Big boozy flavor, but even the alcoholic phenols have a deligtful flavor. Roasty chocolate, boozy sour cherries, cinnamon, oak, and burnt caramel. Complex as all heck and delicious to boot. Just a little too heavy on the booze. Otherwise this is sublime.