Avarice - River North Brewery
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Reviews by GilGarp:
3.53/5 rDev -6.4%
Bomber served slightly chilled into a goblet.
Avarice is nearly black with light passing only through the edges. It has a thin tan head that settles quickly but leaves some spotty lace.
Aroma is full of roasted malts but is also fairly hoppy in an earthy spicy kind of way. The Belgian yeast also comes through here despite the strong malt body. So far, it's interesting but disjointed.
Flavor follows the same theme of being a strange mash-up of flavors that don't really seem to compliment each other. There is a very bold roasted malt body but an equally bold fresh C-hop bitterness and flavor profile. Then the yeast comes in for yet another unexpected twist.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied and nicely carbonated but drinkability is low. The label suggests hoarding(?) but I would recommend sharing and bouncing some thoughts about where this beer succeeds and fails.
Overall not a bad stout but one that may need some tweaking.
12-19-2012 02:21:08 | More by GilGarp
More User Reviews:
3.18/5 rDev -15.6%
22 oz bottle. Pours inky black with a medium creamy tan head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is sweet grainy chocolate malts, dark fruit, and some bourbony alcohol.
The flavor is sweet roasted chocolate malts, tart dark fruits, some black licorice and a roasted bitter finish with some bourbony alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with creamy carbonation.
Overall, a decent imperial stout. All the roast kind of clashed with the sweet, slightly tart, fruit.
07-16-2013 05:40:21 | More by Beaver13
3.4/5 rDev -9.8%
Tasted 26 June 2013, reviewed from notes.
Pours black with about one finger of light gray-brown head. Pretty solid.
Smell is nice as well, though a bit inauspicious. Rich malts dominated by warm chocolate, with a soft touch of Belgian yeast from the back. But there's something about it that seems, hmm, not quite infected, but definitely a bit off.
Taste confirms my suspicions from the smell. It starts out fine, very briefly, but then a metallic, mildly bitter, slightly tart flavor takes over. It bends toward the bitter, burying those otherwise-delicious deep dark choco malts. It's like a good imperial stout with some weirdness layered on top of it. And the only hint of Belgian-ness is a peachy fruit flavor that I can just barely pick out.
Feel is good. Full but not heavy, rich and mouth-filling. Carbonation feels like marshmallow fluff. Perhaps the high point of the beer.
An odd beer. Could have been really nice if it didn't have those metallic and tart flavors in there. Definitely gets better with increasing temperature; the bad bits stay the same, but the good ones come through more clearly.
06-28-2013 19:16:44 | More by zeledonia
3.53/5 rDev -6.4%
Bottle reads 'Belgian style stout', but list on here as RIS. This one falls somewhere in between, but more of a nod toward RIS
Pour is dark brown, ruby tints. Pretty nice off brown head. Puffed up a bit, settled to about 1/2 finger. Lacing is nice.
Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and small hints of coffee. Some caramel and dark plum. Nothing of Belgian yeast or spice,though
Flavor is good, simple. Roasted malt, baked caramel and prune. Some leather and currant. Chocolate is calm throughout but noticeable. A bitter finish on this one. Wouldn't say Belgian stout. Not sweet or spicy enough. Still good, though
12-08-2012 10:03:59 | More by Mebuzzard
3.5/5 rDev -7.2%
Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.
Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and Belgian yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and yeast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a noticeable Belgian yeast quality in the aroma and flavor.
10-01-2013 21:36:25 | More by UCLABrewN84
Avarice from River North Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.