arminjewell (9720) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2012
UPDATED: APR 29, 2012 Pour out of 12 oz bottle, thick black with creamy chocolate head, dissipates fast but it is expected. Aroma has big notes of caramel, toffee, dark fruits with anise, some figs and dates, prunes, nice dark chocolate and big molasses notes, slight hint of bourbon but its fairly restrained, slight vanilla, oak and a touch of booze in the aroma with a retronasal burn. Not bad but a bit hot, will develop well. Taste is a mix of dark fruits, touch of caramel, anise, hints of molasses, slight bourbon notes, hints of vanilla and slight chocolate and coffee notes, slight espresso, finishing with a hit of booze. Definitely needs some time, but for a 17% this is pretty good. Edit: Somehow this got less boozy as it warmed up? Not sure how, but layers of dark fruits, caramel and chocolate notes cover up most of the booze, slightly spicy and dry finish comes through in the end, covers up a lot of alcohol in the taste. DrSilverworm (9672) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 28, 2013
12oz bottle, bought from Beer Run in Virginia for $12. Batch 1, bottled 3/27/12. Black color. Awesome thin dark brown head. Little bits of lace everywhere. Amazing aroma. Big vanilla, bourbon barrel; some chocolate brownie and roasted malt. With a beer this big, my first thought often is "how harsh is the alcohol?". For 17.5, this is amazingly sippable. No burn, just a big warmth. You notice big alcohol, but there’s a fantastic flavor throughout the whole thing to back it up (that is much like what I described in the aroma, but more alcoholic). Big body, pretty chewy. Viscous for sure. Silky is right. Light stickiness in the finish, but I don’t mind it at all. Part of that super-long vanilla roasty bitter chocolate warming aftertaste. Great sweet taste, with a bitter finish. This beer is nuts. If it wasn’t $12 a bottle, this would be a regular choice for me. Very likely, the tastiest brew I’ve had over 17% ABV. Love it. douglas88 (9630) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 23, 2013
12 ounce bottle. A major want! Pours a pure black color with a small brown head after a big, initially pretty frothy. A great nose of cocoa, barrel and dark chocolates. Big flavors of more chocolate, intense sweet dark fruit, bourbon, more oak, some red win type notes, heat, oat. Loads of sweetness and heat, but damn it is good. solidfunk (9407) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - SEP 15, 2014
Definitely a keeper, too bad it’s so damn expensive. Lots of bitter dark chocolate. Finishes with lots of bitterness. Booze well hidden. Lots of roast and caramel. Tap at Snallygaster. 3fourths (9358) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 24, 2012
bottle. inky black pour with a small ginger brown head. call be surprised that the nose isn’t consumed in sugar and booze, it’s very unlike Avery. rather it’s a strong and odorous roast / chocolate malt / char presence with heavy cocoa butter / bourbon. sweet for sure but not abusively sweet like their similar super high gravity beers. never comes together, though, and seems directionless and messy. as it warms, of course the alcohol is more pronounced, as are some burnt mineral phenols and apple / pear / plum esters. can’t say it’s a type of beer I really get into, but I see where they are going with this and I commend them for tempering the XTREMENESS just this once. round, full body with syrupy texture. sadly it’s still a mishmash of burnt apples, bourbon, oak, butter and dark chocolate and could use some polishing, and of course less alcohol.
bytemesis (9237) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 8, 2013
Bottle - batch #1 - thanks newcigarz! Pours opaque black with a small deep brown head that dissipates fairly quickly with a bit of lacing. Aroma is surprisingly light - notes of bourbon, chocolate, deep roasted malts, wood, dates. Flavor is medium sweet and light bitter with strong bourbon notes and a touch of licorice. Light astringence is apparent from the time spent in wood. Full body, creamy mouthfeel and strongly warming, not surprising given the ABV. This is a nice beer. Cant wait to try B2! b3shine (9150) - Indiana, USA - JUL 5, 2013
Bottle to snifter (thanks Chris). Looks good; a dark cola with thin beige lacing. Smells and tastes good too; chocolate and booze. Nice on the mouthfeel; it doesn’t taste 17+%. good beer. kraddel (8890) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAY 22, 2014
Bottle bought from Bobochamp
Pours black , small grey foam
Smell is sweet, malty .
Taste is bitter, coffee, chocolate, sweet , bourbon , oak , very full, thick beer . Awesome , really my kind of beer ! Ibrew2or3 (8814) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 26, 2017
Bottle pours with a dark mahogany colored body that supports a thin tan head. The aroma offers up molasses sweetened dark roasted malts, chocolate and mild booze. The taste delivers smooth sweetened dark roasted malts, chocolate, some chocolate fudge, black licorice and modest restrained booze. Solid sipper nimbleprop (8761) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 4, 2013
12oz bottle pours a very viscous, opaque, oily black with some cloudy, beige head. Nose has a ton of molasses, burnt wood, light vanilla bean, coconut meat, malt, Kahlua, dark chocolate, a little soy. Slick in the mouth, the flavor is sweet, boozy, Kahlua, soy, almost a little salty fish sauce, dark chocolate, burnt coffee bean, toasted wood, coconut meat, cherry cordial. Full, sticky finish. This could have been a mess, but it wasn’t. Smooth with lots of complexity.