rosenbergh (11753) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 7, 2014
12 oz bottle. Bottled Jun/2013. From a trade with jcnielsen. Thanks a lot Justin! Enjoyed at the ISKTR 2014.
Black colour with no head.
The aroma is vinous with roasted malt, mild vinegar and ashy dryness.
The flavour is roasted malt, sweetness, ashy notes and dryness. Very strong.
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Bottle via trade. Super dark thick pour with a reddish brown head. Huge aroma of bourbon, wood, dark chocolate, soy, and some booze. Warming taste with a nice full palate. This is crazy good! Had side-by-side with regular BCS, and it beat BCS (for me). No kidding. It’s that good. hopscotch (11181) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2012
Bottle... Pours pitch black with a small, creamy, beige head. The aroma is a bold, rich swirl of fudge, pouch tobacco and blackstrap molasses accompanied by an unobtrusive bourbon component. Full-bodied and silky with tingly carbonation. The flavor presents boozy-hot bourbon, fudge and vanilla. Finishes sweet, bourbony and chocolaty. Considering this beer is 35 proof, I’d say it’s quite palatable. Bottle courtesy of newcigarz! daknole (11050) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 27, 2012
Super dark brown hand, medium brown head. Smells like a chocolate covered bourbon soaked piece of fudge. Sweet flavor, loads of fudge, bourbon, vanilla. Quite decadent. It’s evident that there’s big alcohol, but I wouldn’t have guessed nearly 18%. DocLock (10970) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2013
Thanks to Janet for bringing this one to Tuesday beer share at Craft Ale House. Poured thick jet black with tan head that dissipates rapidly, as one would expect. The nose is a complex medley of oaky bourbon, roasty dark malt, cacao, vanilla, molasses of the blackstrap variety. Tastes thich, rich, with a lot of flavors going on, with the oaky bourbon and roasty dark malt taking center stage, and the vanilla, cacao, molasses, and walnut as the supporting cast. This one is great.
allmyvinyl (10931) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 12, 2015
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Aromas of coffee, chocolate bourbon tar. Taste is tar, dark chocolate, booze. Oily texture. sticky finish. Nice.
77ships (10770) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 23, 2014
12th July, gusher tasting
Courtesy of Kraddel. Thanks! 355 ml. bottle split by 2 @ Barely legal tasting room. This version was bottled on 27/06/2013. ABV 16.13 %. Pours lighter black with a surprisingly bit dark chocolate mouse, the head does sinks reasonably fast but does remain longer than expected. Nose is quite boozy, liquorish, syrupy, surprisingly no chocolate here, molasses and almost straight up alcohol. Tastes heavily on the alcoholic side with thick liquorish, molasses, herbs, brown sugar, harsh, chunk of alcoholic cheaper bourbon, roast. Syrupy body. This makes me think of Black Tuesday. Quite a fun beer but also bit of an unbalanced alcoholic mess. Bit surprised that this in the top 50 of RIS, in this case I do really think that the high ABV is partially responsible for that. jercraigs (10731) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 1, 2014
2014-04-20. Black body with a modest tan head. 4+ Aroma is sweetly malty and fairly alcoholic. Dark malt with sort of syrupy sweetness. Flavour is rich, sweet syrupy dark malt, moderate bourbony vanilla touches. Surprisingly subtle for such a big beer. Lingering lightly bitter tangy malt, sweet dark malt coats the tongue. Smooth medium to full bodied palate, soft carbonation. Not super complex but rich. Bottle at Proletariat, NYC. cubs (10693) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 11, 2012
UPDATED: APR 18, 2012 Bottle @ home. 2:45am and I’m opening this? Not my most mature decision ever, but fuck it. This stout pours a deep brown/black appearance with a small, yet somewhat lasting, dark brown head. The aroma is pungent even from several feet away. The bourbon in the nose is quite nice without really any boozy notes and plenty of toffee, caramel, and vanilla. There’s also a subtle, yet nice oak element in the aroma along with dark chocolate and more caramel. Really there’s a shitload of caramel in the nose and honestly, there’s a slight spiciness in the nose but really not very much booze at all which is phenomenal. For this, I have to give the aroma a 10. My first taste is loaded with rich toffee and caramel. There’s a big bourbon element but you get all of those delicious, dessert flavors from it rather than the fusel alcohol elements. There’s also tons of vanilla, more toffee, dark chocolate, wood/oak, chocolate cake, and even a touch of fruitiness. You do begin to notice the booze on the finish, smooth as it is. The booze really starts to kick in when the beer nears your esophagus and heads to your stomach. That’s not to say there isn’t some booziness in the flavor, but for 17%, it’s not nearly as strong in the flavor as you may expect. There’s almost a tangy, fruity quality to the aftertaste along with a fair amount of oak. This is a big beer and definitely a sipper, but the booze is contained quite well and there’s plenty of flavors. I thoroughly enjoyed this brew and I think many others will also, but if you didn’t like Avery’s other high abv offerings (The Beast, Mephistopheles, etc), don’t bother. 4.11.2012: 10/4/9/4/18 (4.5)alexsdad06 (10640) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JUL 17, 2013
Round Two, this time at 12:57am. I was very surprised by how much I enjoyed this one the last time around, so I figured I needed to try it again asap. Tons of roasty, dark chocolate malts and caramel in the aroma along with some vanilla and dark fruits and much milder bourbon than my last bottle. This one just isn’t so overpoweringly aromatic as I recall. Rich dark chocolate, caramel, dark fruity flavor with a lot of toffee. It still blows me away how smooth this motherfucker is. Great fucking beer- I’m going to pick up some more. Actually, I enjoy this more than the Bourbon Barrel Meph Addict and Mephistopheles but not as well as Margarete or Meph Addict. Rock on! 4.18.2012: 9/4/9/4/18 (4.4)
12 oz bottle shared with Tmoney99 in August ’12. Pours dark brown to blackwith a medium sized dense mocha head. The aroma has caramel, bbourbon, dark chocolate, black cherry, roasted malt, wood and was surprisingly not very boozy. The flavor had big syrupy caramel, bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate, dark fruit with some woody accents. I thought this would be really hot given the alcohol, but it was pretty easy to drink.