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

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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.81%
Wants: 9
Gots: 10 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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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Ratings: 43 | Reviews: 9
Reviews by zhanson88:
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4.14/5  rDev -1%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of spoony
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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4.24/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of chugalug06
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
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%
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.

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4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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