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Margarete - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 9.49%
Wants: 191
Gots: 24 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  15.43% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 01-29-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 76 | Reviews: 36
Reviews by cosmicevan:
Photo of cosmicevan
4.94/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

thank you to both 2beerornot2beer as well as biglobo8971 for sending this gem my way. bottled jan 8, 2011 (just over a year ago).

a - opened the bottle and filled my southampton IRS oversized snifter...poured a watery black that settled dark as night with a creamy white colored head that bubbled away quickly leaving spotty lacing. swirling the glass rebuilds and brings things to life.

s - deep rich indulgent chocolate with a glazing of booze. YUM. 5 out of 5...damn good smelling.

t - much like the nose, indulgent booze soaked chocolate. but the expensive stuff, not that cheap bakers chocolate or cocoa powder...this is godiva. as it warms, the sour cherries really start to show up. it just works. fantastic. chocolate, booze, sour cherries...heaven in a bottle.

m - rich and lush. incredible body and feel. the booze is strong but it works like magic. this one just works.

o - overall, i'm impressed. this beer is incredible. the 15+% is there, but feels like 8 or 9...really well integrated. this is indulgent. ISO this beer. fantastic.

More User Reviews:
Photo of ehammond1
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle (2011)

Adam Avery's First Barrel-Aged Dinner
Stone Brew co.
Escondido, CA

(Aged for 1.5 years)

Nearly black in color with a small to moderately sized dark brown head, eventually leaving spots of lacing down the glass.

Rich complex aroma, unlike anything I've ever experienced before in a beer: big notes of wood, chocolate, roast, and juicy, plump cherries. I was expecting more of an acidic or sour character, but there's perhaps only the slightest hint of one.

The flavor, too, is interesting, unique, rich, and delicious. The roast, dark malts, vanilla, cherry, and wood flavors combine into a marvelously drinkable while complex fruit stout. The alcohol is incredibly well hidden

Medium to full bodied with low-moderate carbonation.

Perhaps my favorite Avery beer to date.

Photo of Sammy
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasty stuff, courtesy of JMSHB who hooked me up in person. Pours opaque dark. Cherry is in the nose with the roast. A fullish mouthfeel, containing a great integration of stout and cherry, as good as it can be. Great flavour, drinkability.Only a notional sourness, its not in every sip, and its a sour cherryness.

Photo of bunnyman
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This imperial stout has a lot in common with Avery's giant from the Demon series - Mephistopheles. It's opaque with red hues, hugely complex with loads of dark toffee, raisin, caramel with an underlying layer of dark cherry that brings a bit of subtle tartness that nicely balances out the slight sweetness.

We opened one at the release party and found that as it warms the cherry becomes more pronounced. The oak is certainly there and adds nicely to this multi-layered brew. Yet another stunning beer from Avery. A shame that they only released 1400 bottles of this little gem.

Photo of GRG1313
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown/black with a firm tan head that's real pleasing to look at (like a coffee malt) that quickly fades.

Nose is all melted rich chocolate with coffee, vanilla (oak) whiskey, cherries and more... - a great assault of layers on your olfactory system!Upon having this now at multiple tastings, it may be the "best smelling beer" I've ever opened. The airomatics are simply amazing.

Rich, creamy and textured mouth that is not sour. A well balanced sweet stout that hits you with sour cherries, not a soured beer.

Flavors follow the nose with layers of chocolate, malt, brown sugar, rich roast and real sour cherry flavor and character. Importantly for me is that the cherry flavor is real and NOT that "sweet artificial candy" flavor. Whiskey vanilla front to a rich sweet dark choc/coffee middle to the rich sour cherry to a finish of bitter rich espresso.

Really nice effort. Improves as your palate "gets used to it" and as it warms a bit. Too cold and you'll miss a lot of what this one is all about.

Photo of dfclav
4.69/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed at the first, and hopefully last (only for the arachnids) stouts with spiders tasting with jlindros and my cousin. This beer was sampled among with other stouts and I think it was everyone's highlight of the night.

A - extremely dark brown, basically black with a small tan short lived head. Oily lacing all over the glass gave it a used motor oil appearance. This is a big stout.

S - The barrel aging is very noticeable on this one. Huge on chocolate and cherries. Also big on vanilla and oak. Bourbon isn't very noticed, but it compliments the complexity very well.

T - The barrel aging was done so well here as it's noticed throughout. Very nice juicy sour cherry notes and plenty of ash. I cannot believe this is 15% as it drinks more like a 9 or 10%. As the beer warms vanilla and bourbon become more prominent and lend to the cherry and barrel so well. This is a masterpiece of a barrel aged beer and so delicious.

M - heavily bodied and silky smooth on the palate with a small bit of prickly carbonation. The cherry flavor, which never went to medicinal, laid on the tongue and left me amazed. So complex. I never wanted this beer to end. 

O - This was such a treat. I am so happy to have another bottle, but I will trade for this if given another chance in a heartbeat. An absolute must try. Thank you so much for making this, Avery.

Photo of notyourdadsbeer
4.82/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened at Euclid Hall, from bottle, into a Snifter for maximum breathability.

A: Pours black into the snifter with a chocolate brown head that quickly falls. Lacing is low and fades fast, just like the head.

S: Cherries! The beer smells like a blast of carmalized malts and twizzlers. Amazing how much the cherries from the aging comes off. The malts are sweet and carmalized from the sugar added and its a very inviting beer. The aroma is heavy and lasting and man is it a great nose.

T: Its quite a rich stout with cherry sweetness and carmal up front on the palate. The finish is very long and doesn't fall flacid. Deep coffee tons lightened by the cherries makes this a pleasure to drink. Its not nearly as large as Mephistopheles with roasted/burnt malt but its still present.

M: Has low carbination and isn't very heavy. I like this. Its a very rich and powerful stout but you don't feel the weight of the malts which is pleasent. The alcohol is very well masked and doesn't come across boozy. Its very balanced yet still way powerful. Can't wait to see how this thing ages.

D: I wish they brewed this beer yearly. It's outstanding. I think should be aged for a least a year but probably 3 to 4 before being cracked again. Its a beer for a cold night or celebration. I wish they sold more than 6 bottles per person because I would have got 5 cases.

Photo of jsanford
3.54/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark mahogany with a reddish tint and thin ivory ring. Great aromas of chocolate, cherry, oak, and booze. Someone in my tasting group remarked "Cherry Tootsie Roll Pop", and I think that's pretty accurate. Taste is similar, with more cherry, chocolate, dark malt, and a slight tartness. Smooth and surprisingly easy-drinking given the high ABV, with a medium-full body and decent carbonation. Overall a unique beer, But not something I'd seek out again.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.89/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this was by far the highlight of my weekend. i had been waiting for the right time to open this one and last night it just hit the spot. served at cellar temp into hill farmstead stemware, this was consumed on 4/23/11

the pour was a dark mahognay color with a rich reddish tint around the edges of the glass. really very nice dark look to it with a minimal head and no apparent lacing, but menacing it looked from the start.

aroma was what dreams are made of. dark bourbon notes, cherries, oak, vanilla, deep chocolate and roasted malts, it really could not get any better. warming up to room temperature just made it all the better with a tremedously rich profile that really just could not be beat at this point. utterly fantastic. each sip was like silken flavor of the gods. melting cherry and chocolate, with vanilla, oak, bourbon, to a level of perfection seldom ever seen among beers. the finish was everything i had wanted and more as the subtle tart cherries left a twang on the tongue that was balanced perfectly with a smooth vanilla and oak aftetaste.

overall i can easily say this was one of the best beers i have ever had. top notch in every sense of the word and something i cannot even fathom improving on.

Photo of largadeer
3.43/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks, Andrew.

Dark opaque brown with a thin tan head that recedes to a collar.

Very, very sweet. Tar, brown sugar, bourbon -bals, asphalt. A hint of cherry, but not much, along with a pinch of vanilla. The malt character here reminds me a lot of Avery's other monster imperial stout, Mephistopheles. Very sugary and tar-like, not my favorite take on the style.

The palate is pretty good. Extremely sugary, a brown sugar sort of quality backed by blackened asphalt. Full bodied, chocolatey, fairly pleasant cherry sourness. Extremely sweet, the sugar balances the charred, tarry malt, but the combination of the two extremes is a bit much for me. Little cherry tartness and tannin in the finish that lends some balance. It's a fairly enjoyable beer overall, but not a great one.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.8/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Black with brown ring at the top 1/4 inch head and no retention

Smell: Bourbon chocolate coffee oak and hints of vanilla

Taste: Bourbon upfront and very powerful that is a accompanied by a overpowering sweetness. Finishes with a nice chocolately deliciousness. The beers real flavors come out as the beer warms

Mouthfeel: Full body low carbonation and very silky and oily

Overall: The beer has some very overpowering flavors and I'm sure that that is a good thing. Very malty and bourbony. I would recommend a try but be warned you might not like what you are getting yourself into

Photo of Thorpe429
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pours near black with a thin light tan head. Not too much retention, eventually fading to a thin collar around the edges of my glass. The nose is really nice from the start, with some of the base beer showing off notes of roasted malt and a bit of coffee. From there, the cherries and barrel-aging are quite apparent, taking over and blending in quite well. The flavor isn't quite as powerful and integrated as the nose, but contains the same components. The cherry tartness and barrel-aging really do some nice things here, and combine for a wondrous mouthfeel. Simply unbelievable that this beer is 15.43%--there's really not much of a hint of booze at all. It's times like these when I really wish I lived closer to Avery and could grab bottles from these small-batch releases.

Photo of jlindros
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks a ton to dfclav for this one. Had at the Stouts and Spiders tasting thanks to Mike.

Pours almost no head with a syrupy dark black colored beer.

Nose is loaded with chocolate, dark malts, syrupy, booze, chocolate covered cherries, hint of tart cherry and sour like fruit.

Taste is really nice, sweet, tart cherry flavor, syrupy malts, chocolate like crazy! cocoa powder, again with the chocolate covered cherries, a slight medicinal cough syrup that fades as the beer goes. A nice bolotin cherry flavor, and hint of oak and vanilla. The comes some molasses, a slight warming cinnamon like taste, touch of fruity nutty dried fig, hint of tart cherry on the finish with a bit of roast, ash, a long chocolate flavored finish, cocoa, dark chocolate, and a bit of booze but not nearly 15+%.

Mouth is syrupy and heavy bodied, lower carb, some warming booze, charred barrel as well as lusciousness.

Overall great, really nice chocolate flavors, tart cherry, fruits, oak and vanilla, molasses, lots of great flavors on this big beer that drinks more like 8-9% instead of 15%.

Photo of AgentZero
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Kudos to spycow for sharing this to finish up the UFC 134 evening.

A - Almost black beer with a brown head that faded to a solid ring. Left some random spots on the sides.

S - This smells great. Fantastic cherries and chocolate hit the nose immediately. Great oak, touch of smoke, just a touch of bourbon.

T - Taste is just as fantastic as the nose. Bourbon is barely there, but a nice compliment. Sour cherries, chocolate, oak. Alcohol is dangerously hidden.

M - Not quite full bodied with moderate carbonation.

O - I loved this beer. The combination of cherries and chocolate with the subtle bourbon really works. Didn't know Avery was capable of something this good, but I'd love to get some more.

Photo of waltonc
4.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the classy gentlemen doodler and bardwashrind for enabling me to try this. My favorite of the Avery barrel aged series thus far. Pours a fairly ordinary brown with tan head. Smell and taste are where this excels - dominated by tart cherries, followed by cocoa, vanilla, and bourbon. Fairly sweet, and lots of booze. Reminds me of a stronger version of bells bourbon cherry stout. Body is thick with low/medium carbonation. Overall, an outstanding brew. The high ABV limits the amount you can drink, but this is one of my favorite stouts. Wish I was able to pick up a sixer at the release.

Photo of womencantsail
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing this one, Richard. Always good to try these Avery barrel aged beers.

A: This beer pours a very dark brown, nearing black, with an off-white head.

S: Wood is front and center right from the beginning. Sweet cherries follow and there's tons of vanilla and bourbon notes to go with it. A really smooth and luxurious aroma to this beer that is just great.

T: An awesome bourbon and barrel aroma. Plenty of oak and vanilla, caramel, molasses, and maple syrup all come to mind. The beer itself provides just a touch of roast and chocolate. The cherries are great and just have a subtle tartness to them.

M: The body is medium to full with a smooth, low carbonation.

D: I'd say only Sui Generis is better of the barrel series from Avery. This was just fantastic.

Photo of Spider889
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at the brewery on 9/28/11.

They only allowed their bigger beers to be served in mini snifters for whatever reason, but I wound up getting a pour of this on two separate visits. Sorry Kef, but this beer is fucking delicious.

A - Black and fairly thick for such high abv and being barrel aged. The head is a very dark mocha color. Light smears of lace cling to the glass.

S - The aroma is immediately of chocolate fudge with a nice roasty malt finish. There's some nice vanilla coming off the barrel as well.

T - Everything up to this point in this beer is solid to say the least. But from my very first sip I knew that this beer was something special. I tend not to buy into the craze over super-high abv in beers and due to the incensed reaction some were having over the price of this beer when the bottles were sold I was all geared up to dislike Margarete. That said, I am happy to admit I was way off - what a delicious beer!

The barreling does wonders for this beer. Sweet and roasty chocolate fudge is sumptuous. The cherry isn't huge, but I can taste tart cherry skins on the finish. After warming a ripe black cherry flavor grows into the beer. The cherry is an excellent compliment to the barrel.

M - Waves of hot and lovely bourbon wash in for the aftertaste. Medium bodied and sticky. Definitely full of alcohol warmth, yet never overly boozy.

O - I was extremely impressed with Margarette. I'd love to try a bottle a year or two down the road to see how this beer ages.

Photo of FoxiBoxi
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just got this in from our fantastic friends in Colorado.
Pours a deep brown, with great lacing and a strong malty, boozy, wood nose.
This beer reminds me an old fashioned chocolate malt with a few cherries on top. You get a very slight cherry flavor, and the alcohol is there but not overpowering. Milk chocolate flavors, heady malts, and minimal pucker. The oak flavors are distant.
With the alcohol level this high, I was surprised at how well everything melded so early on. I drank it young, and think this beer will cellar to perfection. Putting the other one down for a year or two.
Avery has done it again - this is a great beer.

Photo of joshuaseresse
4.57/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received this bottle from Stoneish. Thanks Davey! Shared with the La Crosse tasting group during our epic battle of the 12ozers. Poured into snifter:

A - Dark brown with cherry red hues at the edges. Foam ring around the edges. Pretty decent lacing. Would give it a 4.25 but ranked mouthfeel a bit higher to even this out.

S - Nice cherries and bourbon. Caramel mixed well with a bit roast and matly tones. A bit sweet with a little strawberries, sugar and vanilla.

T - Awesome! Roasty malts, coffee, cherries and raspberries. Nice smooth bourbon lingers but is really well done.

M - Really nice and creamy but a bit of a boozy heat toward the end. Carbonation is a bit sharp. Sweetness in the middle and end.

D - A sipper but perfect to share with a few people. A really nice treat that was quite delicious. Yeah, its almost 16% but was really a great tasting brew. Would love more but this is quite limited and will probably be quite hard to track down again. A must try!

Photo of emmasdad
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a handful of these at the release party, and after sampling it that night, I found no reason to drink one of my bottles. Finally, I got around to it. Poured a deep, rich black, with a little light brown head. Aromas of bourbon, plums, pie cherries and roasted malt. On the palate, this one is thick and rich, with flavors of dark chocolate, plums, bourbon, oak, cherries and booze. Very good.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Karen for the bottle.

Ink black body, tan head.

Bourbon drenched cherries and figs on the nose. Some barrel related oxidation.

Big, intense bourbon, oak, and oxidation notes on the entry with roasty, chocolate character mid palate and chocolate covered cherries on the finish. A huge, over the top brew.

Rich, chewy, syrupy body.

Glad I was lucky enough to try this one. Its a tad hot, but it is over 15%. Cherry adds a little more complexity, while barrel aging is a dominant component.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.96/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The next in the barrel series from Avery.

And a dark one...more my speed.

pours a rich black surrounded by a highlight of ruby. Initial head is off-white and about 1/4 finger. Dwindles to nothing and slick, thin lacing.

Aroma is definitely barreled. Caramel and vanilla. Fruity, the cherries come through here..dark. Softer elements of leather and tobacco in the background.

Zowy, the flavors jump around. Caramel is dominate up front for me. Molasses sweet. A nice zing, but it's also a bit hot. The dark cherry adds some fruity-sweetness around the edges...with sourness. Although not as sour as I thought it would. A touch of medicinal on the end.

A bit hot right now. Gonna age a bottle, stick it with the others. Started out easy drinking, but became a bit more....difficult.

Favorite of the series thus far

Photo of Urbancaver
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks normyk for this one!

Pours very dark almost black. A bit of light brown head that hangs around. Smells sweet and chocolatey. Lots of cherry on the nose. Tastes great! Tart cherries and lots of chocolate malts. Vry dry but tasty. The cherry is potent and overpowering. Lot sof roasted malls. Dries the mouth but feels great on the pallette. Overall very tasty

Photo of chefmikeanderson
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours super dark as expected. Nice dark head that goes down to just a thin layer on top and a ring around. A nice slight bit of lacing covering the glass.

S: smells like a big boy stout roast like its going to be huge which it should be at 15%. A nice bit of cherry pie going on in the background. There's some spice in there I can't quite explain. Maybe a gingerbread or carrot cake to it maybe some flavors from the bourbon barrel

T: very smooth for the abv. Starts with smooth roast and then has that ginger spice note to it and then finish with a burnt cherry pie. After a few sips the cherries really become dominate but the roast and sweetness competes and balances and gives such an original taste. Haven't come across anything like this in a very good unique way

M: just enough carbonation to not let it be to sweet. A little slick mouthfeel as well. covers my whole palate so well

O: this is beer is simply unique. For a 15% beer this is amazingly smooth and delicious even compared to other avery beers in the same range. I could have this beer for breakfast or as a night cap 3 times a week and be yearning for it the other 4. Very very exceptional flavor and smoothness for what this beer is. Very well done

Photo of artcurtis
4.85/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this courtesy of some friends who ran to Boulder on release day. Poured into my GD snifter. Reviewed from a 7 hour old memory.
Poured super black, with a dark tan head that died a quick death.
Nose is cherries, chocolate, vanilla and booze.
Wonderful taste that echos the nose perfectly. Somewhat sweet, really delicious.
HUGE mouthfeel. Very smooth, heavy body.
I would love to drink my other bottle now, but I'm gonna sit on it.

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Margarete from Avery Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.