Avarice | River North Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
River North Brewery
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by RuckusDu on 08-17-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
74
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
27.18%
 
 
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4
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13
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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 74
Reviews by zeledonia:
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3.44/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted 26 June 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pours black with about one finger of light gray-brown head. Pretty solid.

Smell is nice as well, though a bit inauspicious. Rich malts dominated by warm chocolate, with a soft touch of Belgian yeast from the back. But there's something about it that seems, hmm, not quite infected, but definitely a bit off.

Taste confirms my suspicions from the smell. It starts out fine, very briefly, but then a metallic, mildly bitter, slightly tart flavor takes over. It bends toward the bitter, burying those otherwise-delicious deep dark choco malts. It's like a good imperial stout with some weirdness layered on top of it. And the only hint of Belgian-ness is a peachy fruit flavor that I can just barely pick out.

Feel is good. Full but not heavy, rich and mouth-filling. Carbonation feels like marshmallow fluff. Perhaps the high point of the beer.

An odd beer. Could have been really nice if it didn't have those metallic and tart flavors in there. Definitely gets better with increasing temperature; the bad bits stay the same, but the good ones come through more clearly.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Beaver13
3.21/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. Pours inky black with a medium creamy tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet grainy chocolate malts, dark fruit, and some bourbony alcohol.

The flavor is sweet roasted chocolate malts, tart dark fruits, some black licorice and a roasted bitter finish with some bourbony alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with creamy carbonation.

Overall, a decent imperial stout. All the roast kind of clashed with the sweet, slightly tart, fruit.

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Photo of mverity
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of timontheroad
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of GilGarp
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber served slightly chilled into a goblet.

Avarice is nearly black with light passing only through the edges. It has a thin tan head that settles quickly but leaves some spotty lace.

Aroma is full of roasted malts but is also fairly hoppy in an earthy spicy kind of way. The Belgian yeast also comes through here despite the strong malt body. So far, it's interesting but disjointed.

Flavor follows the same theme of being a strange mash-up of flavors that don't really seem to compliment each other. There is a very bold roasted malt body but an equally bold fresh C-hop bitterness and flavor profile. Then the yeast comes in for yet another unexpected twist.

Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied and nicely carbonated but drinkability is low. The label suggests hoarding(?) but I would recommend sharing and bouncing some thoughts about where this beer succeeds and fails.

Overall not a bad stout but one that may need some tweaking.

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.36/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

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3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.8/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of THSdrummer
4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours black with a foamy, caramel colored head. Thick, with fairly good retention and great lacing left behind. Very pleasing. Soul crushing aroma of roasted malts, cocoa, and a twinge of alcohol (especially as it warms). Aroma is dark, and mighty. Taste is a smooth crescendo into a peak of roasted malts and cocoa. A bit of alcohol on the back. Medium-long finish. Mouth feel is bold, thick, filling, and mouth coating. Every bit of a stout you can imagine. A tad bit grainy on the back end. Overall, a fantastic Russian Imperial Stout that delivers from first pour out of the fridge, to the mouth feel as it warms up. Delicious. So glad I was recommended to pick it up at the bottle shop.

Served in a 12oz snifter. Poured straight into glass until good cm tall head formed, then tilted to 45*.

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

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3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Avarice from River North Brewery
3.79 out of 5 based on 74 ratings.
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