Meddler303 (3) - - SEP 9, 2015 does not count
Aroma is bourbon, chocolate malts. touches of coffee. wood. vanilla.
Appearance is dark black with tan head.
Taste is impeccable. Deep chocolate boozy goodness with complex notes of vanilla, carmel. coffee. bourbon. I do wonder what "the finest bourbon barrels" means to Avery. I don’t doubt them though, because this truly tastes like it.
Palate is thick and boozy.
Overall one of the most enjoyable beers I’ve ever tried. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 7, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2012 Bottle at Waldos Pizza. Holy Fuck this is an amazing brew. Black with a thin brown head. Chocolate caramel vanilla bourbon maple and wood aroma. Tastes of candy chocolate bourbon strong vanilla and oak caramel and light toasted coconut all swirling together with a light alcohol burn to the finish. Nice cherry flavors emerge as it warms a bit. Thick sticky and oily palate. Excellent overall. mixmasterob (1057) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Well, this may be the new benchmark for brewing enormous stouts. Easily the biggest stout I have tried, and it drinks just as good as a lot of em (that I have rated). The only thing detectable regarding the booze in this guy is the buzz that ensues. Yes, it’s very sweet but is balanced incredibly well with a huge roastiness full of coffee, melted candy bar, vanilla, bourbon, wood and bitter dark cocoa. Every time I go back to smell this I get something different. Crazy complex and intriguing on all counts. Viscous mouthfeel with an excellent amount of carbonation. Avery really knocked this out of the park, I am truly wowed. Bottle courtesy of bhensonb. Thank you sir, may I have another? Emeister84 (2505) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 18, 2015
Aromas of vanilla, chocolate, caramel, tobacco, bourbon. Black with a mostly lasting tan head. Some sweetness, port-like, raisiny, dark chocolate, whiskey. Full bodied, pretty damn smooth especially considering the alcohol level. Jens_thogersen (31) - - AUG 21, 2015
Aroma is dark! Lots of dark sweet chocolate, liqourice, coffe, mollases, dark burnt sugar some alcohol shines through.
Palate is thick with nice carbonation
Taste is oh my god! This is good! Very complex! Dark sweet coffe, dark sweet chocolate, liqourice, figs, dades, dark dried fruits, a bit sweet but not cloying. This is really good stuff! Hangs on for ages.
beermajstro (15) - nykvarn, SWEDEN - SEP 4, 2015
Mycket trevlig doft av espresso choklad mörka frukter o massa bourbon o fat. Dito I smak. Med en totalfyllig munkänsla. Topp! zizzybalubba (1867) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 13, 2014
Poured from a bottle at GABF 2014. Black pour with a brown head. Bourbon and chocolate aromas. Incredible taste of chocolate cake, coconut, vanilla, oak, and booze. Lingering warmth. Awesome beer!! tsd08460 (1163) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - APR 7, 2015
Aroma: alcohol, bourbon, caramel
Appearance: black, clear, brown head,
Taste: medium sweetness, lightly bitter, bourbon
Palate: full body, thick feel, soft carbonation, long finish, kkleu357 (634) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 10, 2015
From notes on 3/30/15
On tap at Avery. Awesome beer. Can’t even tell this beer is 16% ABV. Smooth bourbon flavors meld well with the chocolate malt flavor of the beer. Had to buy a bottle to take home. fuzzcro (295) - Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2015
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2015 Excellent sipping stout! Slides thickly out of the bottle, black as used oil. The aroma tells the whole story...chocolate, vanilla bourbon...the taste is delightfully sweet and the bourbon warms all they down! It?s a sipper that makes me wish I could gulp...the bourbon is a strong presence and a bit over the top but not a problem.