Ughsmash (7510) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 30, 2013
Bottled on 3/27/12. Poured highly-viscous near-black with a very short-lived, nearly as dark head. The aroma picked up a giant dose of maple, molasses, and rich, sweet bourbon upfront, with layers of vanilla, cocoa, and star anise not far behind.. some black pepper and bourbonny alcohol around the edges, but nowhere near 17% worth.. burned the eyes a little. The flavor opened with tangy, tasty bourbon and oak notes, with a thick wash of aged maple, vanilla, and fudge-like malts following.. spicy, earth and peppery bourbon surrounded and complemented the base beer very well.. picked up some bourbon heat in the nose and belly on the very long, decadently-malty finish.. this was awesome! Heavy-bodied with low carbonation on the palate.. tanginess from the barrel kept it from being cloying.. this was a colossal beer paired with a robust barrel presence, and thankfully it all found balance. vtafro (7444) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 7, 2013
Bottle. Black pour with tan head. Huge bourbon and whiskey aromas, chocolate and roasted malt notes. Flavors are bold and boozy, dark malts. Iphonephan (7281) - 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. caesar (7281) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUN 21, 2015
Bottle @ Zeebra 2015, small sample. Dark color, short head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malts, some vanilla. Quite thick and a bit boozy. Bit too heavy on malty sweetness and alcohol. JStax (7173) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2013
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. Pours thick, syrupy dark brown to ruby with a great tan head of foam. Super sweet and malty with some nice cocao nibs. Hearty vanilla and graham crackers come through in the taste. Velvety and creamy on the tongue. I didn’t really expect to like this nearly as much as I did. This is one hell of a beer.
TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2012
Bottle shared at Flossmoor Pre-DLD Gathering (Flossmoor, IL). Pours a a rich deep thick blackish pourn thicker with a dark brownish head that dies to a ring, laces ok. Aromas are touches of spirit, oak, but more malt drive, toffee, toast, and biscuits. Caramel, sweeter essence. Initial is thick and full offering Bourbon, spirit, and molasses. Thick and rich, caramel and toffee, biscuits. Some toffee, lots of rich dark cocoa, vanilla, and spirit. A good thickness, spirit, rich sweetness into middle and backend. Good lord, thick and rich, good barrel but not thinned. A good complexity with toasted oak, vanilla, roast, toast, lots of dark chocolate. Rich and thick, hot and lovely awesome flavors. A winner, if a bit big and rich. Still, surprisingly easy going. wlajwl (7064) - 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. ajnepple (7057) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2013
12 oz bottle shared. Black with a brown head. Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, alcohol. Amazing. 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 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!