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Margarete - Avery Brewing Company

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72 Ratings
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Ratings: 72
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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Photo of Spider889
4.6/5  rDev +6%
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.

Spider889, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of WeisGuy
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

WeisGuy, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of Gueuzedude
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.

Gueuzedude, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of largadeer
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.

largadeer, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of cosmicevan
4.95/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

cosmicevan, Jan 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

imperialking, Jan 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

vissai, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of Anthony1
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Anthony1, Dec 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

quine, Dec 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

pperez38, Dec 06, 2011
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

Mtnbeerman, Dec 06, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

whartontallboy, Nov 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

djrn2, Nov 24, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

RuckusDu, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

tms2929, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

HopStoopid120, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

JMBSH, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of kkrez
5/5  rDev +15.2%

kkrez, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

dksl16, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of jlindros
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%.

jlindros, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of dfclav
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

dfclav, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of AgentZero
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.

AgentZero, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.78/5  rDev -12.9%
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

DarthKostrizer, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of chefmikeanderson
4.47/5  rDev +3%
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

chefmikeanderson, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of jrallen34
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

jrallen34, Jun 09, 2011
Margarete from Avery Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.