PhillyCraft (7082) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2012
Bottle from Capones with some friends. Pours a viscous black with syrupy head and lacing. Both on the smaller side though. Aromas were wood, caramel, dark fruit, bread, and bourbon whiskey. Taste is much of the same with a nice dark plum flavor on top of the rich bourbony notes. This one is scary considering the heavy alc is barely present. Need another to lay down for a couple. swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 31, 2013
bottle. fuller bodiedblack pour. Powerful beer, very agressive. huge roastiness, bourbon notes, dark chocolate. very boozy at 17%. active mouthfeel that keeps tastebuds overworked. a lot going on here. very small sips Iphonephan (6948) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - OCT 8, 2013
From a bottle at Fresh Craft in Denver, shared with Kermis and jmgreeneuk.. Batch no. 2. Pours black with a slight tan head. Aromas of plums and dark cherries. Flavors of dark stone fruits with hints of bittersweet chocolate, bourbon and vanilla. Intensely boozy with a lingering alcohol finish. 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 15, 2012
Bottle:   Pours black, moderate sudsy brownish head, fairly nice lacing.   Big sweet rich roasted malt nose with graham cracker, soft vanilla and toffee, with some very soft Bourbon notes.   Nothing is too bright, or stands out very strongly on the nose.   However, on the tongue its a bit different.   Huge roastiness up front, sweet, a bit of dark pitted fruit like sweetness, with heaps of graham cracker, and even chocolate graham cracker.   This is all followed by some very strong young Bourbon notes.   Rather sweet, heavy but not cloying.   Big strong Graham Cracker base, chocolate and regular.   I am amazed as to how this nearly 17.5% beer is so easy to drink, not hot, or alcoholic.   Another one of those Avery brews that amazes me.   Good stuff! wlajwl (6742) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 22, 2017
Aroma is dark malts, smoky, vinous and mild chocolate. The flavor is dark malts, vinous, smokey, chocolate/dark bread and a slightly sweet/acidic//warming alcohol finish.
Braudog (6671) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - MAR 12, 2013
Bottle. Pours like old motor oil, slimy and pitch black, with barely a froth to speak of. The aroma is simply daunting -- boiling over with thick alcohol and oak. This drinks with a BIG, rich, chocolate-laden swirl, burning with just the right amount of whiskey oak. Wow, and double wow. Brilliant! (#4957, 3/12/2013) Beerman6686 (6607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2012
this poured a darker brownc olor with a small tan head. Aroma was lots and lots of dark chocolate, booze, barrel, soy, and roast. Flavor was hot, but well intertwined, lots of dark chocolate, semi sweet and soy, not much roast in the flavor. Barrel notes are light, but its mainly the booze burn that comes through. Nice stuff. Countbeer (6592) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - MAR 22, 2015
Bottle (35,cl): Vintage 2013: 16,53%ABV: Served in a Chouffe glass at 13 degrees and warming:
Motorioil with an unfortunate quick disappearing brown head.
Aromas of liqorice, bourbon, roast, dark chocolate, wood roast, oat, sweet tar, rice roast, some dark coffee roast, hint of soy and more darkness I might forget!
Flavours of roast, dark chocolate, toffee, raisin, alcohol, bourbon, mocha, bitters, light spice, wood/coffee/malt roast, cookies, loads of tasty dark tones, very delicious!
Aftertaste is a mix of roast, bitters, dark chocolate, mocha, wood roast, oat, and again loads of tasty dark tones!
Low carbo, thick creamy oily spiced mouthfeel, full bodied. Yum yum! BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 24, 2014
Bottle (2014) served in snifter at near room temps: Pours a very deep brown, nearly opaque with a fading tan head and not much lace, some oily tears. The aroma is heavy on the bourbon vapours of vanilla, oak, char and alcohol. Some of the robust stout does come through like chocolate, coffee, tobacco, and a hint of resiny esters. The taste has sharp whiskey and charred oak notes of layers of sweet malt, black strap molasses and vanilla beans. A fleeting touch of espresso, leather, tobacco and pepper attempt to round out the palate but for now the beast is just too young and unruly. Interestingly there is already a developing sherry like oxidization so I do not think that this will age gracefully beyond a year or two max. Sticky and lush mouth feel with that aggressive booze and warming sensation. I like this but alas it has the common hot boozy characteristic of many of Avery big brews when they are young. Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2012
Bottle: The aroma consists of chocolate, wood, and a strange vegetal notes. It pours a dark brown with no transparency and a small beige head. The flavor starts sugary sweet chocolate and molasses. The finish has light espresso, black licorice, and vanilla. Itís full bodied with mild carbonation. Overall, a little too sugary sweet for me to drink a lot of.