The Reverend - Avery Brewing Company
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3.78/5 rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
THe Reverend emerges from the bottle a deep malted amber color. Poured into my snifter, looks very brandylike in apperance. Light head settles down quickly, leaving a nice malt toned glass of brew.
Smell immediatley reminds me of a German Dunkle Lager, with a heavier hand. Malty caramelized orange, clove, banana, red grapes,oaks, dark molasses vanilla, a light smokiness the reminds me of cedar in its mustiness. A nice yeasty background provides an overall nice creamy musty fruitiness that is a good foil to the upfront malt presence. I am glad tha Avery has not taked an "American" approach to this and hopped it all to hell.
Flavor is much sweeter than expected. Molasses upfront, honeyed grapes, toffee, caramel, sweet candied citrus fruits, sugary raisins, a dark breadlike chewiness enhances that malty/raisiny palate.
The finish is long and warming. The mouthfeel is not extrodinarily thick, but it does stick around for a while. A Barlywine like version of a Quad in my opinion.
I think that this would go nicely with roasted meat, given its sweet toasted malt character, it would overwhlem any seafood preparation, maybe a glazed tuna would work. A nice hunk of Stilton or Aged Cheddar, with a slice of dark bread would also work nicely. Maybe even a toffee preparation. overall good, but not quite as complex as coprable Belgian versions.
Serving type: bottle
06-16-2009 17:41:16 | More by czfreeman
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