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Margarete - Avery Brewing Company

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71 Ratings
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.45%
Wants: 194
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 01-29-2011)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 02:56:04 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

08-18-2012 23:02:12 | More by t0rin0
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -7.8%

11-24-2011 00:24:18 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 12:15:20 | More by Thorpe429
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.9/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 01:56:45 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 18:00:30 | More by womencantsail
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GRG1313

California

4.6/5  rDev +6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 13:15:28 | More by GRG1313
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largadeer

California

3.43/5  rDev -21%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 20:44:41 | More by largadeer
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

01-09-2013 00:00:11 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened this to share with javib458 while he was in town when I saw it on his wants. Served in a Darkness snifter.

A - Pours with a half-finger of dark tan foam that settles to a thick collar, wisps on top, and a bit of spotty lace. Black body with some dark brown at the fringes.

S - Bourbon, chocolate, sour cherry, earthy wood, oak, and light smoke. Alcohol is very well-hidden - I would have guessed 10-11% or so.

T - The taste is heavier on the sour cherries and chocolate, although there's still a significant amount of bourbon flavor. Oak is more restrained, and alcohol is well-hidden.

M - Body is actually a bit lighter than I expected for a 15.43% -bal aged stout. Still, it's definitely on the medium-full side of things. Lower carbonation, and some tannic fruit and oak character in the finish.

D - This beer didn't blow me away, but it's a well-crafted offering with a nice collection of flavors that are well-balanced and integrated, well-hidden alcohol, and a pleasant smooth texture. If you're into big dessert beers this is a must-try - I'd like to get another shot at this one, as 6oz seemed insufficient.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 21:14:42 | More by MasterSki
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.53/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer drinks like a chocolate cherry sour. Beer is dark brown to black with a tan head, small bubbles. No retention, low carbonation, no lacing.

Aroma is sour with cherries and this faint chocolate in the nose.

Beer is nice and sweet with this tartness on the finish, odd sour notes late on the palate and dryness that gives rise to a mild aftertaste. Not a great beer but not horrid.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2012 18:03:59 | More by drabmuh
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
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%.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 01:49:59 | More by jlindros
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.84/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

i dont know how age is supposed to affect a beer like this. fruited beers generally drink best when fresh, big stouts usually a little age. this one has lost a lot of its cherry intensity, if it ever had any, just very subtle fruit notes remain. huge density, deep brown color, splashy little head that settles back. the nose doesnt have much cherry at all, instead sweet hot cocoa and bitter burnt barley malt present themselves. alcohol is very well hidden for its strength. the taste has only minimal cherry, and its all in the finish. not much tartness at all, which i was expecting since sour cherries were denoted. i would like to have had this fresh to compare. i like it quite a lot as a big stout, but as a cherry stout it underwhelmed. smooth feel though, and not as thick drinking as it looked on the pour. long finish to this, and when i really focus in i can get some of that cherry, but its way back. i have loved this series, but this one didnt hold up to oud floris or some of the other gems.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 01:04:16 | More by StonedTrippin
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.6/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A steady pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a scant ¼-finger thick, light brown colored head. The beer is a dark, almost perfectly black color, that is quite opaque when held up to the light. The beer smells of up front tart cherries, that quickly subsumes underneath rich chocolate liquor notes (along with the warming alcohol notes), lots of smooth roasted dark malt, umami laden, almost teriyaki-like concentrated malt character, toasted brown grain notes, notes of smoky Bourbon like aromas, coconut liquor and then in the finish another light, but noticeable tart cherry character.

The beer is fairly sweet, though not as thick as it might have seemed. The sweetness accentuates a fruity cherry note, but this is dried out a fair amount in the finish by a burnt, roasted, bitter blackened malt notes, though it doesn’t quite beat out the sweetness. While this is lighter than it perhaps seems like it could be for a beer of this strength, it is still most definitely a sipping beer. A rich, umami-leaning, concentrated malt character contributes notes of smoked malt, slight teriyaki notes and even some balsamic like richness (but without the acetic character). The Bourbon barrel here isn’t very intrusive, in fact it plays a clearly supporting role; it provides some background woody structure that provides some astringency in the finish and a light woody note; a Bourbon spiciness that is a little peppery but mostly like spicy oak, some Bourbon heat (much of which is accentuated by the base alcohol in the beer) and some fruity Bourbon notes. Lots of bitterness (roast), and astringency from the oak comes out as it warms.

I wasn’t expecting a beer this big, for some reason I was expecting a funky / sour beer, but this is clearly not one of those. Still this isn’t nearly as bad as I might have expected, given that most of Avery’s huge beers don’t appeal to me. The rich chocolate notes pair well with the rich, sort of smoky and umami like concentrated malt, supporting fruity cherry notes, and light Bourbon character. This does walk a fine line between being a bit too hot and being smooth.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 02:12:34 | More by Gueuzedude
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imperialking

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

01-08-2012 23:09:59 | More by imperialking
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

11-11-2013 03:35:13 | More by MarkyMOD
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drewone

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

08-07-2012 23:31:05 | More by drewone
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.95/5  rDev -9%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 05:34:26 | More by Mebuzzard
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle graciously shared by normyk (thanks Rob!) at a Jackie O's tasting. One 12oz bottle split about 6 ways, to my shame this is based on a roughly 2oz pour. But I was very happy to get a chance at it.

The beer was dark brown to the point of black, thin tan head. The bourbon in the aroma is very subdued, but the cherries and malts are not. Chocolate malts plus roasted malts, with the cherries smelling a little sour.

The sour edge is there in the taste too, but just barely. Mostly this is a rich malty stout, the cherries and bourbon just add to that. Thick and chewy, 2oz is nowhere near enough (admittedly) but I don't know that I'll get the chance again. If I do I'll pounce on it!

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 21:04:37 | More by TurdFurgison
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afsdan

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

04-04-2014 04:15:23 | More by afsdan
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drummermattie02

Texas

4/5  rDev -7.8%

05-13-2013 14:30:50 | More by drummermattie02
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 22:31:53 | More by jrallen34
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AgentZero

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 05:38:06 | More by AgentZero
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whartontallboy

New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

11-25-2011 03:26:45 | More by whartontallboy
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wrightst

Maryland

4/5  rDev -7.8%

06-06-2014 02:40:54 | More by wrightst
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Margarete from Avery Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.