Barrel Series No. 7 - Whiskey Barrel Aged Avarice - River North Brewery

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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 10
Gots: 14 | FT: 3
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: chugalug06 on 12-28-2012

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Photo of spoony
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a 650 ml (Batch 1, 2012, Bottle 413) into a snifter.

A-The brew pours thick and dark. The color is nearly black. A short dark-brown head gives way to a patchy ring of foam. Nice look for the style.

S-I smell a fair amount of whiskey and heat. The is some caramel, light vanilla, and mildly sweet dark chocolate. Lower on the malt than some of the style.

T-Taste is also heavy on the whiskey and a touch hot. Nice sweet, caramel and vanilla mixture with a lightly bitter chocolate note coming in towards the end. Finish is light oak.

M-The feel is on the thin side for the style.

O-This brew has potential. The whiskey character is right up front and a touch hot, but the booze is not overpowering. Flavor is decently complex, and the appearance is great, but the thin feel is a bit of a letdown.

Photo of chugalug06
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle 379/708
2012; release 1

Nice thick lasting caramel colored dense toffee head. Brew is medium thickness and oil black.

Deep roasty coffee and toffee along side dark robust chocolate. Lots of NICE whiskey scents, not dominated by typical vanilla.

Thin, simi-sweet, chocolate flavors. Carbonation is a nice lighter side of things. Flavors are well rounded and complete. Toffee and caramel blend well with deep roasty chocolate. Thank goodness there's no smokeyness...

A nice BA Stout, but not one of best out there; needs to thicken up quite a bit.. Not quite deep and complex enough for top dog. Extremely flavorful and enjoyable though... Recommended even @ $17/22oz.

Photo of StoneTSR
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle No. 175, Release No. 2 – 2013 vintage – consumed on 10/21/2014. Poured into a Funkwerks goblet.

APPEARANCE: This is like black hole-dark. There is zero light escaping from it, even around the edges and even when held up to a bright light. A half-inch of head tops the beer, which is a bit of a surprise, but the light brown color provides a nice contrast. Retention-wise, the head hung around for a good minute or two and then slowly settled into a very thin cap that covered a good 90% of the surface of the beer. The lacing, however, is non-existent. Still, this is a very, very good looking stout.

SMELL: The aroma is a chocolaty delight. In fact, I can smell it as soon as I pop the cap and it only intensifies as I pour. As the head settles, however, and I really stick my nose into the glass, the chocolate subsides a bit and caramel moves towards the front, just ahead of a very light roasty smell and a bit of roast, a touch of oak just hint of boozy heat.

TASTE: A huge wave of dark chocolate and caramel hit the palate first followed a middle of vanilla, and some oak. The oak continues to build towards the end as roasted malt/coffee-like flavors, some tobacco and a boozy heat finish it off.

MOUTHFEEL: The chocolate and caramel early on make this a sweet beer to start, but all the more bitter flavors of coffee, tobacco and the oak really dry it out towards the end. The carbonation is kept to a minimum with a light tickle and the body is big, but not as huge as I would have expected this Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout to be.

OVERALL: I’m impressed with how well the barrel aspects of this beer have held up over the past year (or 10 months maybe?). Beer Advocate has this listed at 9.3%, which is the ABV of the regular Avarice, but I have to believe this is bigger than that. It is a boozy beer that got me pretty tipsy, pretty quick on just an 11 oz. pour after a big meal and no other booze in my system. Another barrel-aged beer and effort from River North.

Photo of SD_Beer
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

the lingering taste of the char is like sitting by the fire with friends with a fine Cuban.

Photo of beergoot
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Label info: Bottle #88; release #2; year 2013

Bottle was given to me by Todd during BA sponsored, first-ever Christmas pub crawl December 07th, River North Brewery was our after-hours/last stop. I don't know why he put this in my hands as I stumbled out the door and to my hotel room, but I'm grateful (and had a hell of a good time)...

Tar black body with a thin yet persistent tan head. Molasses, cocoa and bitter chocolate, coffee, and black licorice notes make up the aroma. Rich, malty flavor, reinforcing many of the aroma characteristics with some added boozy warmth. Heavy body, velvety and smooth.

Repeated sips reveal more of the whiskey barrel tones; kind of like someone added a twinge of quality bourbon to the beer. A great blending of dark ale and whiskey barrel flavors from the barrel aging process. Deep, dark, complex and very enjoyable.

Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.51/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Duvel snifter glass.

A - 5 - Pours a viscous, oily jet black color straight out of the bottle. Looks like burnt motor oil. Low head potential, form about a finger of extremely dark tan to light brown colored head. Decent head retention, solid rings of lacing.
S - 4 - Lots of bittersweet bakers chocolate, light coffee, leather, tons of malt and a touch of oak woodiness, but, where's the whiskey? No butterscotch, caramel, raisin or brown sugar that you'd normally expected to be imparted by the barrel in the aroma.
T - 3 - What a let down. To be fair, this has everything I wanted, and its well balanced too, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, malt, raisin, brown sugar, whiskey. But...there is a very sharp, distinct and non-fading astringent sourness that is absolutely ruining this for me. It's like taking a work of art then covering it with a blanket. It's all there, but its all distorted and overpowered by this completely out of place sourness that is NOT okay.
F - 4.5 - Nice, creamy velvety smooth mouthfeel.
O - 3 - How disappointing this brew is. Which some as special as this extremely limited release, I was expecting a damned near perfect brew. But with a strange lingering sourness that persists through the entire flavor development and finish, I cannot give this a superior score. Would like to try this on tap or without the barrel aging to see if a difference is made.

Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This poured out as a deep brownish black color with a decent brown colored head on top. The lacing and retention are minimal. The smell of the beer is decent, deep roasted malt with some whiskey on the nose. The taste wasn't all that great in my opinion, intense roasted saltiness with some whiskey in there too. The mouthfeel is this was decent with a body and carbonation. Overall this beer just didn't hit home for me. I really wanted to enjoy it but it didn't really do much for me.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I picked up this bomber for $12.99 because I had read it was one of the finest stouts made in Colorado. Not in my opinion. Typical stout appearance, good head. Smell is boozy but not much barrel character, mostly dark malts. Flavor was much the same and I kept questioning where the whiskey barrel was. Is this only partially barrel-aged? Doesn't much matter as it was a bit of a let-down for me.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is the best beer river north has made to date, and i really dont think its all that close. this is an amazing glass of ale, rich mocha colored lively head on a hershey syrup colored base beer with a ton of viscosity. the barrel character is absolutely enormous, bigger than almost any other ive had. its so much whiskey, almost like whiskey was added to the beer, its that dynamic, and it brings what was already one of their best beers to the next level. oak and vanilla on top of belgian yeast, espresso notes, chalky chocolate, and booze, its gorgeous and huge and a great slow drink because it opens up a ton as it warms. its only a bit belgian in the taste, but the whiskey and the coffee flavors go great with it. to me this is one of the best beers made in denver right now, its also a perfect winter warmer for me, no spices, none needed. if you like whiskey, and you appreciate its impact on a tastefully made stout. this is distinct and lovely. i should have bought a bottle when it was around, now i wish i did. i bet this ages with the best of them.

Photo of samuelp23
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Black as night; very dark head;
S: Alcohol; licorice; dark mission figs; dried cherry; ceder; marmite
T: Coffee; licorice; some peppery bitterness from hops; kumquat; dark chocolate; raison
F: fairly carbonated for this type of stout
O: Very good; drier than other beers of this style;

Photo of zhanson88
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Vintage 2013, bottle 656.

Appearance: Pours out a dark brown color, which appears an opaque black once in the glass. About 1/2" of khaki colored head forms, which has nice retention and lacing, and settles down to a thick ring. Nice looking stout.

Smell: Nose of roasted malts, dark chocolate, tobacco, whiskey, and hints of oaky barrel. Very well balanced and complex nose.

Taste: Nice balance of sweet and bitter. Starts off with roasted malt bitterness, followed by bakers chocolate, with a finish of whiskey and barrel notes.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Only real complaint is that the beer is pretty thin for the style. Maybe a touch over medium bodied. It does have an appropriate level of carbonation, however. Overall, I enjoyed this stout. With a heavier, more coating mouthfeel it would have been exemplary. As it is, just very good.

Barrel Series No. 7 - Whiskey Barrel Aged Avarice from River North Brewery
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