fonefan (52426) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAY 11, 2008
Bottle. [Batch 2 (Nov 2006): 16.03% ABV]. Clear dark black color with a huge, frothy, excellent lacing, fully lasting, light brown head. Aroma is moderate to light light heavy malty, roasted, burnt, coffee, alcohol. Flavor is heavy sweet and bitter with a long long duration. Body is medium to full, texture is creamy - syrupy, carbonation is soft, finish feel is moderate alcoholic. Very nice and powerfull .. ;o)) (100408) yespr (48954) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - OCT 23, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2008 12 fl oz bottle (batch 2). Pours black with a dense and chocolate brown head. Aroma is chocolate, a note of vanilla, roasted malt, slight note of alcohol - and a cheese like note - a bit off it seems. Full bodied and creamy mouthfeel. Flavour starts sweet chocolate malty but soon gains in strength and turns to a darker liqourice and slight salty flavour. Underneath is a distinct coffee flavour and bitterness. Finish is sharp liqourice and with a distinct bite from the alcohol. A sharp alcohol flavour and warmth keeps lingering down my throat - slight burning. Smooth at first but bites back in a for me too sharp fashion, too brutal, but I reckon this is exactly how it was intended to be.6-5-6-2-13=3.2Ungstrup (38986) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 3, 2006
From bottle #9 at sk8vikings American blind tasting. Pours dark brown with lacing chocolate brown head. Light chalky and roasted malt aroma, light smoked too. Sweet initial and hard roasted malt flavour. Roasted and solid dense flavour after the initial sweetness. Warming alcohol bite before and into the finish. Light smoked finish. Sticking sweet flavour on the lips into the finish. Solid alcohol warmth in the finish.8-4-8-4-17=4.1(adopted appearance score from first rating)
A pitch black beer with no head. The aroma is very sweet with primary notes of coffee, but also with light notes of vanilla and alcohol. The flavor is very sweet with a powerful presence of alcohol (no wonder), which burns the mouth slightly, the flavor also contains quite strong chocolate notes and lesser notes of wood, leading to a dry end. A very complex beer. joergen (29625) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 4, 2006
Black coloured with a beige head.
Roasted aroma of liquorice with notes of ascorbic acid.
Sweet roasted flavour of liquorice and dried fruits with notes of ascorbic acid. anders37 (27658) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 2, 2007
Bottle @ Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Pours a black color with a tan head. Roasted malty slightly vinous aroma with hints of chocolate and coffee. Sweet smooth roasted malty chocolate and coffee flavor with some woody hints. Also some weak hints of dark fruits. Long warming slightly alcoholic finish with chocolate and molasses in the aftertaste. Very lovely.
oh6gdx (26485) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 19, 2006
Bottled. Black colour, brown small head. Smoky and roasty aroma with hints of coffee and toffee. Sweet alcoholic and roasted malts in flavour. Also lots of coffee, caramel and plums. And off course alcohol, but unlike the other very strong Avery’s, this doesn’t remind me of glue... madmitch76 (26456) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2018 Travlr (26431) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 13, 2011
25th October 2008
Batch 3 2007. Opaque black stout. Thin tan head. Low carbonation. Sweet smooth stout. Complex fruit profile - mango and many other soft fruits leading to a minerally coffee mid. This is followed by a blooming porty spirit and a semi dry finish. I feel I really have just scratched the surface of this highly complex beer and I am sure a more refined palate will pick out many more things that are cleary going on in this very fine beer. 4.3
13th September 2017
Batch 1. Opaque black - brown beer, bubbly tan head. Palate is comparatively light and a little dry. Sweet dark malts, intense. Tangy dark fruits and a little tangy toffee. Some coffee. Touches of brandy and whiskey. Some light oxidisation runs throughout. Nice.
Bottle. Completely black, brown head. Aroma of dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans. Taste is strong alcohol, very sweet and smooth milk chocolate. Too much residual sugar. cgarvieuk (26422) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 26, 2008
UPDATED: APR 17, 2008 Bottle at home. 2006... thanks to TheCheeseMan for this ... Deep black no head ... chocolate and cherrys in nose ... warming alohol ... full on mouth feel ... vanilla and some other whiskey tones ... lots of roast and chocolate and coffee ...some raisin... BUT There just a bit too much visible alcohol for me.
omhper (25958) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUN 13, 2006
[Bottled, thanks MrWalker!] Very black. The aroma of slivovic (plum brandy) jumps at me as soon as my nose gets close. Sweet and syrup, dominated by highly alcoholic plum brandy. The sweetness is way over the top, and kills all flavour except from the alcohol. Like most of Avery’s strong beers it is raw and completely off balance.