Margarete - Avery Brewing Company
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Reviews by jrallen34:
4.38/5 rDev +0.9%
dark brown, almost black, a light tan ring... malt forward nose, decadent chocolate, subtle bourbon, a little oak, not getting any cherries not the crazy amount of alcohol, 15!.. tons going on here, dark chocolate on the front, the bourbon is gone and there is a nice tart cherry bite on the back, really nice, again no alcohol, this tastes great, I hope this is what Veritas 009 is like... get this, one of the best Avery beers hands down
06-09-2011 22:31:53 | More by jrallen34
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4.53/5 rDev +4.4%
Adam Avery's First Barrel-Aged Dinner
Stone Brew co.
(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.
09-04-2012 00:53:25 | More by ehammond1
4.3/5 rDev -0.9%
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.
02-13-2011 02:56:04 | More by Sammy
4.4/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
01-29-2011 17:33:37 | More by bunnyman
4.6/5 rDev +6%
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.
01-29-2011 13:15:28 | More by GRG1313
4.72/5 rDev +8.8%
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.
10-11-2011 04:23:33 | More by dfclav
4.83/5 rDev +11.3%
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.
02-03-2011 20:11:17 | More by notyourdadsbeer
3.48/5 rDev -19.8%
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.
07-23-2012 01:41:44 | More by jsanford
4.9/5 rDev +12.9%
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.
04-25-2011 01:56:45 | More by mikesgroove
3.43/5 rDev -21%
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.
01-23-2012 20:44:41 | More by largadeer
3.78/5 rDev -12.9%
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
08-25-2011 02:05:08 | More by DarthKostrizer
4.3/5 rDev -0.9%
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.
04-13-2011 12:15:20 | More by Thorpe429
4.33/5 rDev -0.2%
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%.
10-21-2011 01:49:59 | More by jlindros
4.4/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
09-04-2011 05:38:06 | More by AgentZero
4.6/5 rDev +6%
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.
02-05-2011 05:01:10 | More by waltonc
4.38/5 rDev +0.9%
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.
03-07-2011 18:00:30 | More by womencantsail
Margarete from Avery Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.