jfb (6574) - GERMANY - AUG 27, 2014
(bottle - cheers to ferris for this one!) murky ruby-brown colour with no head. aroma of brown sugar, honey and alcohol, with a light salmon fattiness, vanilla, treebark and some caramel. flavour is mostly fudge, caramel and brown sugar, with a heavy sweetness and some oxidation, quite boozy in the finish. heavy-bodied with soft carbonation. Iphonephan (7194) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - AUG 23, 2014
From a 75 cl bottle at the Beer Heads bottle share Meet Up in Falls Church. Pours a cloudy copper with a tan head. Caramel aroma. Flavors of butterscotch , caramel and figs. Smooth, sweet and creamy finish. slowrunner77 (12594) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 19, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2017 So far each year of the AV ale has improved, IMHO, though this year’s is neglegible. The added complexity is a little offset by a roughly 10% jump in ABV, which seems like overkill. Though deifinitely a big, sweet, sipper, it is not overly hot (but caught up with me quick like). Fruit and malt, bourbon and vanilla, oak...another year, another super nice beer
Cuivre - still think it’s lame these are aliased as the abv keeps climbing and though similar, they do continue to change. Gonna doc a tenth to get the average in line. 3.9-4.3. WillRunForBeer (2735) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 10, 2014
Taster at Strong Beer Fest. Pours murky brown with a beige head. Aroma is amazing, molasses, bourbon... Flavor adds raisin, date. Bourbon and oak come through in the finish. Very nice! Maltser85 (358) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - AUG 8, 2014
Dark murky brown, sweet, oak, vanilla, malty nose. Translates to the taste. It is so smooth, even at nearly 17%...don’t even notice it. Awesome
Ferris (16300) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 8, 2014
Bottle - Lots of dark sugars, raisins and dark fruit. Cloudy copper brown with almost no head. Tons of caramel, brown sugar, pecan and even more dar sugar. Very mellow and tasty, deserving of the high rating. pbol01 (11) - Aalborg, DENMARK - AUG 8, 2014
This beer is insanely good! Barrel taste licks the molasses heavy beer tenderly! Better than many beers in top 50. Epic! NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 7, 2014
Dark brown pour. Aromas of bourbon, molasses, dark fruits, and oak. Wow this smells awesome! Flavor is big bourbon and molasses with hints of fig and plum. Very sweet but not overwhelming. Slightly warming finish but doesn’t taste anywhere near 16.9%. Very tasty.
dwyerpg (6378) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 2, 2014
This beer is outstanding. Has the aroma and molasses flavor really of a barley wine but it doesn’t seem too alcoholic. Really good beer. shigadeyo (3766) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2014
8/02/2014: Bruery Sucre (Bourbon)... Well, I have the privilege of tasting 3 different versions of this side by side, so I’m going to record my notes for all and copy and paste them as appropriate... All are fairly sweet and malty. The regular (bourbon) one is a bit syrupy and VERY malty and sweet. The bourbon cuts through, but it’s a bit like sweet and on sweet and not much else. The Tequila one is definitely distinct. Agave in the nose hits first, followed by the same in the flavor, but that’s not a bad thing. It actually helps take some of the sweetness out, but introduces that distinct dry agave/tequila flavor that I don’t necessarily dig that much. So, that leaves the New American Oak... It too is sweet, but there is a unique smokiness about that it that I particularly like which is odd considering that I don’t think this one was aged on charred wood. Regardless, the sweetness is cut a bit and that’s good in my book. It’s also a bit less thick and heavy. That seems to work with this beer. Overall, I think I like them in this order: New American Oak, Tequila, Bourbon (too sweet).