Avarice - River North Brewery

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very good

62 Ratings

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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 2
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
River North Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: RuckusDu on 08-17-2012

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Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 62 | Reviews: 12
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Photo of Beaver13
3.21/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of GilGarp
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of zeledonia
3.44/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of mdfb79
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 07/21/14 notes. Thanks to BeerLawyer85 for sharing this one. 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a deep mahogany brown color with one inch of medium tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted malts, toffee, coffee, vanilla, sweet chocolate, toasted malts, and cream. Awesome nose, tons going on and it all works well together.

t - Tastes of coffee, roasted malts, sweet milk chooclate, bitter bakers chocolate, toasted malts, cream, vanilla, and coconut. taste has more coffee and bitter chocolate.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy, easy to drink.

o - Overall a very good beer. Easy to drink and a great nose. Would love to try the BBA version.

Photo of larryi86
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks you JBMSH for this extra
22 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Black with a small tab head.

S- Dark chocolate, smokey, piney hops.

T- Getting a lot more of the Belgian yeast, dark fruits, figs, dark chocolate, smokey, roasted malts, piney hops.

M- Light body.

O- Not bad but not great. Would try it again given the chance, definitely a nice extra too receive.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.8/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Brown head with decent lacing and great retention.

Intense aromas of licorice and leather come to the tongue smoothly with chocolate and rose. The yeast on the bottom makes it more biscuity and of course thick.

Beautiful hybrid. A great start to my Spring Break

Photo of leroybrown10
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black and fairly thick. Huge dark khaki colored head which recedes slowly. Nice sticky lacing left behind.

Aroma of dark roasted malt, licorice, tobacco, and smoke. Undercurrents of espresso, dark chocolate and ripe plum.

Taste is bitter roasted malt. Some smoky/peaty notes. Some dark fruit. Licorice, anise and espresso.

This is medium-thick and has medium+ carbonation. A bit of acridness. Bitterness that lingers.

This is a good stout though I enjoyed the look and smell much more than the taste and feel. Could use a reduction in the bitterness and more smoothness.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

an absolute beast of a beer. looks like melted chocolate with java whipped cream on top in both color and texture. glorious. smells faintly of coffee, but mostly just real dark earthy malts and alcohol, no doubt this is an imperial stout before me. the flavor is good not great, the malt profile is big and round and consuming, but there are very little other subtleties to the taste. the coffee notes are faint, nothing unique from the yeast either. still, its smooth and drinkable for how big it is, and the booze is strong but not unpleasant. overall a good stout that i think will improve considerably in its barrel aged form. will wait and see...

Photo of RuckusDu
2.67/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This one says to be coveted and not shared. Going to figure out if that is true. A 22oz bottle into Funkwerks tulip.

A - a finger of nice light brown head. Some larger bubbles but the foam sticks around for a bit on the back of tiny bubbles. Body is "darker than a starless night in the rocky mountains" and I don't see light through it until about 2mm. The lacing is quite nice.

S - I get a freshness and sweetness like red vine. Black licorice and artificial sugar. Not a lot going on here and definitely not what I was expecting.

T - A bitter mess. Not sure if I can finish this (and that's saying something). Licorice, dark chocolate, and a ton of hops for a stout.

M - Light body and decent carbonation.

O - Maybe some age on this will do it some good, but right now it is wrong. Very fresh tasting (read ipa-like) and not enjoyable. I'll put one down for a year or so, but I don't see any reason to invest much more than that.

Photo of katan
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz into a pint

A - Pours a black with a few amber highlights. Not totally thick. Lots of mocha colored head formation. Well retained with a little lacing.

S - Lots of dark chocolate, bittersweet. A hint of hopping in the background.

T - Starts off with dark fruit flavors, very deep. Some dark chocolate notes as well. Mid-stream gets some roast - a little bit burnt. Hopping does sneak in there, some floral notes. Bitterness builds. The yeast doesn't really show that much. Finishes with a burnt oak flavor that sticks around quit a bit in the aftertaste.

M - Full bodied beer, moderate in carbonation. Very sticky and oily aftertaste.

O/D - A good RIS that doesn't really bring in the Belgian style like the label. As a RIS, it has a nice flavor with some good hoppy notes. Certainly hefty, is a bit filling.

Avarice from River North Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.