Ernest (7745) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 9, 2015
Bottle (Batch 4, Feb 2015 bottling).
Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly lasting.
Body is opaque black (flashlight tested).
Aroma is moderately malty (chocolate syrup, roasted grain, caramel), with notes of raw wood, vanilla, alcohol, whiskey/bourbon.
Flavor is harshly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Full body, syrupy texture, soft/lively carbonation, harshly alcoholic.
I can name that tune in...3 notes; sugar, alcohol, and raw wood. I hate to be flippant, but that’s what this beer is about. Yeah, there’s some of the usual choco-vanilla-roast in here too, which virtually all stouts offer, and ample bourbon scent as well (although milder than expected)...but the main feature here is really the unbelievable syrupy sweetness and the painfully burning finish. So harsh on both counts it literally makes my eyes water to take a sip, and very nearly a gag reflex occurs. It doesn’t smell bad, mind you, it’s just very simple. And I did spend a lot of time with the nose, despite instantly disliking the drinking experience...I kept hoping it would unfold new aromatic treasures as it warmed, but it never did. But let’s be honest...like The Bruery, Avery LOVES sugar and alcohol. That’s pretty much what defines the brewery anymore, if you were to peg them on one particular trait. They almost seem to try to get as much residual sugar as is physically possible in all their big brews, and this is surely one of their crown achievements in that regard...it is almost exactly like taking a big spoonful of granulated cane sugar and putting it in your mouth, no exaggeration; it really is that sweet. And hardly anything to balance other than the massive throat burn. Pretty much undrinkable. But hey...first pour opacity and a lasting head...every cloud has a silver lining! Nisse666 (7676) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 24, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2017 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 and fizzy slowly deminishing dark cacao brown, wee lacing
F: very thick 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 sweet 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! PhillyCraft (7582) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2012
Bottle from Capones with some friends. Pours a viscous black with syrupy head and lacing. Both on the smaller side though. Aromas were wood, caramel, dark fruit, bread, and bourbon whiskey. Taste is much of the same with a nice dark plum flavor on top of the rich bourbony notes. This one is scary considering the heavy alc is barely present. Need another to lay down for a couple. AirForceHops (7538) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - APR 28, 2013
12 oz bottle with a date of Mar 27, 2012. Nothing like a BA stout at noon! Snifter displays thick oily, black with brown around the edges. Aroma is totally rich bourbon. Flavor is heavy woody bourbon, dark fruits, cherry notes. Strong and heavy whiskey notes. Also a light coffee bitterness. Body is full with a heavy texture that coats the inside of your mouth. The alcohol presence is known but not terrible for 17%. Overall I say if you really like bourbon, you will really enjoy this stout. Ughsmash (7508) - 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.
Strykzone (7483) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2016
Sampled at esbls. Really good. So rich. Bourbon , vanilla. Earth and roast. Big stuff. Hot. Jst so much to like. GenDV138 (7467) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - APR 18, 2014
Bottle (2014, 14.83& ABV) poured into a Belgian snifter. Pours jet black with an oily consistency. Half a finger of tan head that fades into a ring. Aromas of bourbon, dark chocolate, roast. Tasting notes of dark fruit, bourbon, dark chocolate. Full body with a warm and dry finish. Oily mouthfeel, low carbonation. Maybe my palate has developed but I enjoyed last year’s release much more. vtafro (7445) - 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. tiong (7434) - Espoo, FINLAND - FEB 28, 2015
355ml bottlecaesar (7165) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUN 21, 2015
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.
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.