vtafro (7135) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Black pour with tan head. Huge bourbon and whiskey aromas, chocolate and roasted malt notes. Flavors are bold and boozy, dark malts.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 18, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle: Pours a rich obsidian with a small creamy dark beige head. Has a dense, sweet dark caramel and chocolate nose with lots of bourbon oak and vanilla complexity. Starts with chewy viscosity, fine carbonation and dark malty sweetness with notes of raisins and molasses combined with a healthy amount of bourbon before a semi-sweet and smooth finish that hides the alcohol surprisingly well. Loaded with complexity, one of the best bourbon-barrel-aged imperial stouts I’ve had.
kraddel (7121) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - MAY 22, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
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 !
TheAlum (7110) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Strykzone (7054) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2016
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at esbls. Really good. So rich. Bourbon , vanilla. Earth and roast. Big stuff. Hot. Jst so much to like.
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 31, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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!
caesar (6858) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUN 21, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
tiong (6811) - Espoo, FINLAND - FEB 28, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
ABV 16,53% -
Pours pitch black with a tiny head. Aroma of syrup, molasses, roasty malts, licorice, dark chocolate, bourbon, wood, oak, vanilla and toffee. Taste is heavy, complex, bourbony and woody with loads of oak, toffee, syrup, dark chocolate, vanilla and licorice. Finish is warming, sweetish, heavy, boozy, oaky and woody with loads of vanilla, toffee, bourbon and alcohol. Heavy, boozy and bourbony slow sipper.
Nisse666 (6746) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 24, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wee bottle many thx to adnielsen cons 2012-11-24 Göteborg
AR: mixtur of dark chocolate and soft smooth milk chocolate, little vanilla, and perhaps some bourbone oaked sences, when poured the aromas as strong from the bottle skift
AP: pitch black with a tiny dark ruby rim, 4 cm high thick but fizzy slowly deminishing dark dark cacao brown, wee lacings
F: very think fluid, first soft milk chocolate then à very warming feeling, dark followed by another darker type of chocolate. Not bitter but still high cacao % . Wee sugary feeling, bourbon vanilla seeds, wee bourbon fresh barrels, wee coffee, butter fudgy. First the carbonation is fizzy, then transfers into à much softer mood, medium bitterness. Not. must be among the top 10 most high alcholic approx 18% - were it isn’t that evident strong. Ie very extremly well camouflaged. Finish is long and lingering, the first softer chocolate is back again. WARNING! high risk that you will consume it to fast - take it easy and keep on sipping!