BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 9, 2008
2008 GABF week @ Avery. Black as night with an almost reddish hue to it. Faint head that yielded a phenominal chocolate sour cherry aroma. The Lee’s barleywine left a super sweet candy tinge to the aroma as well. Amazingly rich body that’s exceptionally sweet without being cloying. Wood, burnt malts, cherries, and candy sweetness intermingle in one of the best flavor’s I’ve ever tried. Ratman197 (15212) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 10, 2008
On tap @ Avery Tasting Room poured an opaque dark brown nearly black with a lasting creamy brown head. Aromas of cherries, bitter chocolate, oak, vanilla and a hint of licorice. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of sour cherry, bitter chocolate, light oak, light vanilla, light spice and a hint of licorice with a smooth dry lingering fruity finish. zizzybalubba (1880) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 27, 2009
Enjoyed at the Avery Taproom in Boulder, CO during GABF week, 2009. Black pour with a thin tan head. Bourbon, espresso, and mild cherry aroma. Vanilla and dark chocolate flavor with a hint of cherry tartness. Very nicely done. craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 2, 2009
sample at the Avery Tap Room during GABF week on 9/25/09... pours a intense black... big roasty sour vanilla nose... thick body, extremely smooth and attacks your taste buds... there is some coffee, chocolate and a light cherry taste... excellent. KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - OCT 1, 2009
Tap at brewery, GABF ’09.
TopTekeUWM (25) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 28, 2009
Pours a doesn’t-get-blacker black with an aroma of vanilla molasses cherry syrup and fresh waffle cone. Flavor is an unrelentingly thick molasses chocolate syrup with a slight whiskey cherry finish. Sherwin-Williams on the tongue. This is pure evil, and that’s a great thing.
2009 GABF Taproom. Poured black with an off white/tan head. The nose had sweet syrup notes with the barrell coming through nicely. Taste is an explosion of maltiness mixed with coffee, toffee, roasty, and barrell flavors. The beer finishes wth a little hops on the back end. This beer was big and bold with low carbonation that yields to the malts. The base beer was way too overpowering to get much of the cherry notes but some were present after the beer warmed up. bu11zeye (13140) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2008
(Draught) Pours a Black body with a medium-sized creamy brown head. Aroma of vanilla, cherry, light toffee, chocolate, and roastiness. Flavor of sour cherries, chocolate, roasted malt, wood, and vanilla with a moderately bitter finish. Tasty! DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 25, 2009
Draft at avery. Dark, almost black pour. Just a thin halo of light tan head. Deep nose of coffee, chocolate, wood, smoke, and sour cherry. Sensual and oily mouthfeel. Roasted coffee, chocolate, nuts in the flavors, boozy warmth, not really that sour or forward with the cherry flavors per se, but remarkably smooth and refined. Big sipper here, but nicely complex and cashmere-like. kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2009
Sample at tasting room during GABF 2009. Pours a murky black color with thin brown head. Aroma is chocolate, fudge, molasses, maple syrup, cherries, ripe dark fruit. Flavor is boozy with notes of sour cherries, chocolate, light bourbon, vanilla, wood, smoke, fudge. Full body with a sour boozy finish. BeerandBlues2 (13697) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 15, 2008
Draught at Avery. Pours black as night with an average, creamy, dark brown head, somewhat lasting with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (molasses, chocolate, burnt), average hops (perfume), average yeast (leather) with notes of alcohol, cherries, and wood. Full bodied, alcoholic texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, heavy sweetness, acidity, and bitterness.