ARH (1125) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2016
UPDATED: APR 13, 2016 12oz bottle, poured into a small snifter. The aroma is intense with notes of sweet caramel, berries, and bourbon, along with subtle wood and dark chocolate, followed by secondary tones of leather. It pours a rich, dark chocolate color with creamy, silky brown head with moderate retention and good, sticky lace. The taste is a high / medium-high sweet followed up by a medium high bitter that blends in. The full bodied beer has a thick and viscous texture with a soft fizz for carbonation. Initial flavors are toffee, wood, and leather with a spicy, dark chocolate and alcohol heat. The smooth finish has an alcohol zip followed by a pungent and bitter, woody spice that smooths out late with a burnt brown sugar / caramel and chocolate note. Some roasted nuts, burnt bread, and licorice come through late with a dry character and lingers, with strength, for while. markducommun (1116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2016
Deep dark, opaque brown with light mahogany highlights around the edge of the glass. Minimal deep tan head. Deep vanilla and molasses notes, quite a bit of alcohol in the nose. Also, some amount of bitter espresso. Very sweet, very bitter. Heavy syrupy body, with a ton of alcohol on the body. Extremely long finish. Outstanding. ilovedarkbeer (2741) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 21, 2016
Bottle. Pours a syrupy black brown color with a brown colored head. Mouthfeel is like butter. Notes of faint vanilla and smoke with chocolate truffle at the forefront. Really really good and not overly bourboned. aleksander9 (1726) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 19, 2016
Black with brown head. Soy sauce, absinth, leather, brown sugar and spicy alcohol. Dry, fruity, herbal and punchy finish. Overall: sweet and brutal dambor (700) - Berlin, GERMANY - MAR 14, 2016
Pours black with small head. Aroma: complex aroma of the usual stuff like coffee, dark fruit and chocolate as well as roasted malt, but put on the extreme. Taste is similarly extreme, but with ABV well hidden and a nice palate. Very good.
illiniphil (148) - Nashotah, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2016
Pours coal black with a light brown head. Flavor is sweet molasses with the whiskey barrel aging coming thru strong. You would never know it has a 17.1 abv. Nicely balanced with no burn. Nicely done!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone beastiefan2k (3981) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - MAR 10, 2016
4oz pour for $6, I feel like that’s a bargain :shrug: Well, I like to give these uber Avery beers a try. As per usual they do a better job than others... like the Bruery, who suck. Draft has decent head. This feels less sweet than Meph but I haven’t had that in a decade, so who the fuck knows. Definite burn on this, duh. I miss the bourbon and coffee of Tweak. Only light autolysis, bitter malts but not too bad. Surprisingly little sweetness. It’s alcoholic but I actually miss some of the other over-the-top characteristics that go with this uber strong impy stout, I mean, go big or go home. I guess this is the balanced version of a 17% imperial stout. Obviously, 4oz is plenty enough. Sammy (12204) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 5, 2016
Big rich stout, with full corn flavour. They call it bourbon. Black, thick. Tasty, to an extent. Worth a try. GranvilleTim (1855) - Granville, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2016
Deep black pour with a mocha brown head. Aroma is dark fruit, chocolate and a little bourbon. Taste is dark fruit, thick, chocolate, chalky. Very smooth for 16.9%. All the flavors mask the alcohol taste but I can smell the presence of the alcohol. Picking up a little vanilla and oak as it warms. A little burnt roastiness to it. A complex tasty beer. A costly beer but worth it The beer coats the glass. Strykzone (7357) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2016
Sampled at esbls. Really good. So rich. Bourbon , vanilla. Earth and roast. Big stuff. Hot. Jst so much to like.