adnielsen (10580) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 11, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 18, 2012 Bottle @ home. 2:45am and Iím 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. Thereís also a subtle, yet nice oak element in the aroma along with dark chocolate and more caramel. Really thereís a shitload of caramel in the nose and honestly, thereís 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. Thereís a big bourbon element but you get all of those delicious, dessert flavors from it rather than the fusel alcohol elements. Thereís 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. Thatís not to say there isnít some booziness in the flavor, but for 17%, itís not nearly as strong in the flavor as you may expect. Thereís 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 thereís plenty of flavors. I thoroughly enjoyed this brew and I think many others will also, but if you didnít like Averyís other high abv offerings (The Beast, Mephistopheles, etc), donít bother. 4.11.2012: 10/4/9/4/18 (4.5)
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 isnít 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- Iím 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)
DocLock (10301) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
jercraigs (10145) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
BVery (9999) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - OCT 4, 2013
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
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. Itís that good.
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUL 24, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
355mL at the RBSG Grand Tasting. Ink pour with weak foam. Nose is soy and animal. Gamey. Taste is soy, sugar, dark chocolate, bitter cocoa, ganache, brown sugar cube. Palate is oily, syrupy, thick. Interesting.
allmyvinyl (9954) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 12, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Craigís. 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.
12th July, gusher tasting
j12601 (9891) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 19, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pouring at EBF 2014. Pours a deep black to brown with a thin white head. Big roast, chocolate, cocoa. Sweet, caramel, vanilla, sweet coffee. Maple and cocoa. Sweet and chewy on the finish.
phaleslu (9789) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle shared by jckp64- thanks again, John! Pours a dark, near-opaque brown color with a tiny beige ring for a head. The aroma has a weird fresh-off-the-griddle hot dog scent (thanks a lot, Blake, for noticing that), charred wood, bourbon, burnt sugar, berry fruits, and molasses. Flavor of caramel, vanilla, charred wood, toasted sugar, nuts, molasses, and strong bourbon throughout. Medium-full bodied, with a warm, sticky, sweet mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Still pretty hot, but complex and interesting nonetheless.
olio (9774) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
355 ml bottle @ ISKTR 2014.
Pours dark brown color with a minimal head. Nice chocolaty and coffee-infuse aroma, some burnt malts and caramel also. Flavor is sugary, some molasses, dark malt notes, cocoa. Quite sweet but still drinkable.
KyotoLefty (9759) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 24, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. A couple years old. Huge marshmallow nose, chocolate, vanilla, port. Airy, ethereal body, full yet light and airy. Very sweet and boozy chocolate marshmallow smores. Sticky finish. A bit too sweet and overwhelming, but pretty great.