Avery Brewing Company

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Pumpkin Beer
4.18 | pDev: 10.53%
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Bourbon barrel-aged pumpkin porter, spiced with nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, and cloves, and aged in fresh Bourbon barrels for 6 months.

Batch #1: 17.22% ABV
Batch #2: 15.00% ABV
Batch #3: 18.80% ABV
Batch #4: 18.80% ABV
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Reviews: 165 | Ratings: 983
Photo of GuyFawkes
2/5  rDev -52.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottled 9/12/14; drank 10/24/14 @ California Split.

Brown/orange rust.

Minimal dark tan head; minimal lace.

Raw pumpkin, pumpkin seed & vanilla nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Straight pumpkin flavor up front; methane gas & rotten pickle juice finish. Awful.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I bought a Howler of it at Liquor Shed. $25.

It pours a dark brown with reddish hues, small head of foam that shrinks quickly to a ring around the glass. No lacing.

Smells of pumpkin spices, mostly nutmeg, Bourbon, sweet malt, plenty of alcohol. Nothing remotely bitter here.

The taste is not as boozy but there's plenty of warming. Pumpkin spices are working overtime, Bourbon is front and center, wee bit of chocolate and dark fruit, hot. I was told that this was aged 3 years. I can't imagine what it was like fresh.

Fullish bodied, light but not low carbonation.

Sipping good. This will finish my drinking for today.

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Photo of Beejay
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #2 Thanks Richard and Alanna!

A: A murky muddy brown in color with a light tan head.

S: Pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, and bourbon.

T: Toasted oak, vanilla, nutmeg, clove and pumpkin, wrapped in a bourbon blanket. Like pumpkin bourbon eggnog. Sweet, and tasty.

M: Medium thick, with low carbonation.

O: Overall a touch cloying, but what a flavor!

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Photo of MikeWard
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a tall glass. Batch 3, Bottled 8/16/16, so over 2 years old.

Deep, deep, dark amber coloring with hints of black & burgundy. A small off white fizzy head quickly dissipates to a faint ring. No lacing.

Superb aroma. Pumpkin, bourbon, spices, dried fruit. Frankly it smells like a well liquored up English fruit cake, the good kind.

The taste is also excellent. Pumpkin comes through, bourbon & spices, a little sweet and quite warm too. rolls around the tongue beautifully. The porter gets a little lost here, but that's a light knock on a truly tasty beer.

Mouth is full, finish is warm bourbon & dried fruit.

Overall, another great BA beer from Avery. Hoping they bring this one back, or i find another on a shelf somewhere.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky deep caramel with a thin, off-white head. Lots of sediment. Bad bottle? Lets see.
Smell the pumpkin from a distance. Lots of Carmel, vanilla, pumpkin, cinnamon and spice. Bourbon Barrell pretty big.
Taste follows the nose. All comes together amazingly! The creamy pumpkins, spuce, cinnamon, caramel and vanilla. Wonderful.
Nice oily, smooth finish. Big beer.
The best pumpkin beer I've ever had.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Speiglau BA glass.

Look is a slightly hazy dark amber rogue with little to no head.

Aroma is heavy on the spice not too much bourbon.

Taste is very intense half spice half bourbon. Even with a little age this is still an intense beer.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep caramel, very little head or carbonation. Immediately on the nose you get vanilla, mild nutmeg, gingerbread, yam - nothing is overpowering, though it surprisingly lacks barrel presence. The bourbon, however, really shines on the palate - lots of boozey caramel (but not too much heat) the blends well with the earthy spice elements of a pumpkin beer. The pumpkin elements do get a little bit drowned out at times, though they do linger on the palate, especially the clove, which makes for a somewhat acrid finish. All in all of the barrel-aged pumpkin beers I have had this is the best, though your mileage will vary on how you feel about pumpkin & desert beers in general.

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Photo of emyers
3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Cloudy brown with a thin off-white head

Nose: pumpkin pie spice dominates - cinnamon, clove, nutmeg. Not getting much bourbon or roasted malt character from the porter.

Taste: pumpkin pie spice up front. Bourbon barrel is more prominent than in the nose but gets overshadowed by the spice. Not much porter character - comes off more as an imperial pumpkin brown to me. Finishes sweet and boozy.

Feel: full-bodied, medium-low carbonation. Definite heat from the alcohol

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Photo of jvgoor3786
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing batch 2 - Nov. 7, 2015

Pours a deep brown color with a quick, fizzy tan head and almost no lacing.

The smell is loaded with pumpkin pie spices and alcohol.

The taste explodes with bourbon, pumpkin pie spices, and milk chocolate. It's very sweet and almost maple on the finish. Still some alcohol burn after three years, but not much.

The mouthfeel is medium/thick body and minimal lacing.

Overall this has a ton of flavor, is nicely balanced, with a great body. The only knock is it's almost too sweet.

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Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

batch 2 (bottled Nov 2015) consumed 10/11/18

Pours a barleywine-type murky maroon/brown with lighter, almost clear see-through, edges. a little bit of head that disappears quickly but leaves a thin foam ring around the outsides.

Smell is nice pumpkin & autumn spices with the slightest bit of bourbon. very pleasing on a cool October evening. One of the highlights of this pour for me.

Taste is a nice and balanced blend of pumpkin pie and bourbon. Flavors are a little subdued but with only six months in the barrel there wasn’t a ton of bourbon to begin with. Oxidation could play some part in fading pumpkin & spice flavors but it’s not to the point of falling apart. this beer could have easily sat in my fridge for another year or 2.

Feel is surprisingly thick and very smooth. This is labeled as a Pumpkin Porter and judging from the ABV you could easily add “Imperial” to that label as well. The Porter base gives this some substance as far as mouthfeel goes, which i very much enjoy. This was the other highlight of this pour for me.

Overall, very impressed with this beer especially given its age. i had the 2016 version on draft fresh and while i remember enjoying that pour i think some age has really benefited this beer. no real loss of flavors, but rather a perfect melding of flavors and also some mellowing out. i think i will save my 2016 bottle for another year or 2.

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Photo of Dinglehacker
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into large snifter. Khaki head with high retention, murky brown body.

Nose of pumpkin meat, barrel sweet. Taste follows, with nutmeg, marshmallow, and cinnamon. Mouth is soft and creamy.

A nice imperial pumpkin ale. I'm a sucker for barrel-aged, but the pumpkin really comes through as well.

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Photo of SirNicholas33
3.89/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

I usually love pumpkin flavors. This one was too much for me. Looks and smells great, great mouth feel, just way strong on the pumpkin. Too bad, really.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased from Tavour – didn’t keep a record of the price.
Batch # 2. Bottled Nov 7, 2015. Stored in 42 degree reefer, served at 50 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Aroma – Weak pumpkin spice. Lasts the entire glass.
Head – Average (Maximum 3.5 cm, aggressive pour), tan, medium density, average retention, diminishing to a seven mm ring fed by effervescence, a rocky complete layer, and narrow bands of lacing connected by columns as the head retracts.
Lacing – Excellent. Wide bands of tiny to small bubbles.
Body – Dark brown/black, opaque, effervescent.
Flavor – Pumpkin spice minus ginger, sweet but not cloying. The earthiness of the pumpkin is absent. The alcohol (15% ABV) is totally hidden. Some faint vanilla from the bourbon barrels is detected. Hops and diacetyl are absent.
Palate – Medium, creamy, soft carbonation.
Impression: One of the better pumpkin style beers that’s crossed my path. Even so, at > $ 10/12 oz bottle, it’s still incredibly overpriced.
Appearance 4.25, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4, Overall 4.25.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch #3, 18.8% ABV, bottled 8/16/2016. 12oz into my Bruery tulip.

Clear burnt umber body with rufous highlights. A smattering of foam dissipates to a vague ring before I can evaluate its color. Poor retention, but marvelous legs.

Pumpkin, tobacco, vanilla, and cocoa in the nose - mysterious but potent aroma. Dark fruit, leather, and some lush barrel notes with maybe a touch of clove and brown sugar - very inviting.

Sweet palate entry, malty with hints of maple candy or toffee. Clean, low bitterness from hops, and a big, unctuous, warming but not quite boozy note emerge in the finish - the bourbon notes linger and are punctuated with the pumpkin and low levels of spice. Well integrated like some sort of Autumn themed cocktail.

Medium-bodied, vaguely oily mouth-feel with low but sufficient carbonation. For such a high ABV, the alcohol doesn't stand out.

Rating to style, this is one of the better renditions of a pumpkin beer I've sampled - although, at more than $1/oz, it is best reserved for a special occasion.

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Photo of Tony210
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2016 bottle (batch #3)
Pours very dark ruby red - brownish with minimal head. Big sweet rasin aroma, not much else. Extremely sweet, dark fruits, rasin, fig, pumpkin pie, loads of molasses, a little bourbon flavor. Very sweet, not much barrel presence, quite boozy on the finish. Thick and syrupy, coats my mouth. Overall this is a good dessert beer; very, very sweet and flavorful.

12 oz bottle
4.25 rating

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Photo of BB1313
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

32oz growler filled at Rozi's Wine House in Lakewood, Ohio

2017 vintage. Growler poured into a tulip. Pours a murky dark brown; small khaki head that falls leaving nice retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are spice forward, especially clove, along with a nice amount of sweet bourbon. Tons of malt. I'm not really picking up any chocolate or porter aromas. The flavors follow the nose. The spices blend really well with the bourbon. Clove leads the way. There's also some nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon in the mix. The bourbon really shines. It's definitely on the sweeter side. It finishes sticky with a subtle warmth, but it's not hot or boozy at all. The alcohol is ultimately well hidden. Mouthfeel is really nice. It's full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's very fluffy and feels light and thin. This one is the epitome of being dangerously drinkable. It makes for the perfect sipper.

This is a great brew. My only beef is that it really has no porter qualities. I never would've guessed that this was supposed to be a porter. I consider this simply a pumpkin ale, and a pretty good one at that. They nailed the bourbon aspects. It's a pretty impressive big beer. The craftsmanship is very impressive.

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Photo of Viaduck
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a brownish tea color with a slight & short lived head. Aromas of pumpkin & bourbon. Oh, so good. Careful, it’s a lot stronger than it tastes. Maple sugar, pumpkin,, spices,so good. Some mouth heat but excellent overall. I love this stuff.

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Photo of Just-the-sip
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Holy hell... wasn't expecting this. I mean, it's Avery sure. They don't do anything subtle. But damn. This is quite the pumpkin beer. Looks copper color. Like liquid pennies. Smell...well. Wait until you bake a pumpkin pie. Exactly like that. Nailed it there. Taste is of pumpkin, spice, maple, black licorice, cinnamon, nutmeg. Feel is thin in my option but I'm pretty sure that's due to the barrel. Overall. Try this monster. I shouldn't be drinking it by myself but well.... I am.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark reddish brown with a one finger off white head.

S - Aroma is pumpkin, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla and bourbon.

T - The taste follows the aroma. Pumpkin, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, chocolate, vanilla and bourbon.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Sticky mouthfeel with a soft dry finish.

O - A solid BBA pumkin beer. This almost drinks like pumkin spice bourbon. Glad I got a chance to try this.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pouring shiny brown but filling to nearly black mahogany, Pumpkyn has a loud, fizzy amaretto colored head settling to a creamy thin ring.

Smell is toasted bread, gooey pumpkin roll, oak and spices. Touches of vanilla veer it towards a rum profile, which is paired with a handful of candied nuts.

Taste is musty nuts, toasted graham and pumpkin with a mixed pie spice--all of which quickly and viciously interrupted by hot, slick bourbon. Flavors of brown sugar, yam, and candied nuts pop in as well before a sticky, cherry cough syrup and prune finish.

The burn never quits on this. While slick with a fine carbonation, the stickiness hangs around in the semi-dry swallow.

Although at times I get a hint of rum here, I liked actual Rumpkin better.

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Photo of bbtkd
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Avery Pump[KY]n, 15% ABV. Pours medium viscosity and black, with a one finger tan head that left decent lacing. Nose is pumpkin, pumpkin spice, and bourbon.Taste follows, plus chocolate, with fairly heavy sweetness (though not cloying), and almost no bitterness. Excellent mouthfeel, overall outstanding. I have FINALLY found an outstanding pumpkin beer! This is far better than Rumpkin, surprising as I like rum beers.

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Photo of StraightNoChaser
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

look: nearly opaque Ruby. Slight tan head. Oily lacing coats the glass but recedes quickly.
smell: Very sweet, molasses like notes, balanced with a deep porter roastiness. Some bourbon and oaky vanilla. Hints of aromatic spices. I recall these as more prominent when i drank a fresh one.
taste: Much like the nose. Quite sweet up front but a drying roastiness balances a bit. Sweetness wins but it's countered nicely. Still a bit hot which is unusual for big Avery beers in my experience, but not a hit on the taste at all for this one. Still amazingly smooth for 17.22%. Also helps balance the sweetness. Killer.

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Photo of Smokingtony
4.77/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 1 bottled in 2012.

Look: A significant layer of sediment is visible through the bottle. Poured with caution and still some particles managed to escape. Zero head retention or lacing.

Smell: Nutmeg, Clove, Sugar, Booze.

Taste: Chocolate syrup, pumpkin pie,
bourbon, wood

Feel: Viscous, low in carbonation, hot

Overall: Delicious yet daunting, it is drinking very well at 5 years. If you are sitting on one, consider this Thanksgiving as the year to open.

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Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/16/2016. Pours slightly hazy dark reddish brown color with a 1 finger foamy light khaki head with solid retention, that reduces to a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, toasted oak, brown bread, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and clove; with light notes of molasses, raisin, cherry, fig, date, oak char, and roast/toasted earthiness. Increasing booze in the aromas as it warms, but not overwhelming. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, pumpkin, spices, and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, toasted oak, brown bread, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and clove; with light notes of molasses, raisin, cherry, fig, date, oak char, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate roast/spice bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, toasted oak, brown bread, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, clove, light molasses/dark fruit, oak char, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, pumpkin, spices, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Light dryness from bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness, lightly increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a smooth, moderately creamy/bready, sticky/tannic, and slightly slick/syrupy/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is fairly well hidden; a light-moderate warmth, with light barrel booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is an amazing barrel aged imperial pumpkin porter! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, pumpkin, spices, and bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the enormous ABV. Pretty much perfectly balanced between malt, spice, and bourbon barrel complexity. Great barrel presence without being too boozy, tannic, or drying. This was definitely more boozy than the Rumpkin overall, but nothing overwhelming. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of strohme2
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 8/16/2016, poured into a tulip. Pours a somewhat clear chestnut although the last 2 ounces and dregs made it into a glass for my wife. That glass was murky. Short lasting head. Smell is pumpkin pie spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, raisins and toffee. Some heat burns ma nose too. Ohhhh, first sip reveals smooth spiciness, wood, bourbon, caramel, figs and alcohol. Chewy mouthfeel, delicious for the amount of alcohol…which is absolutely present. As it warms the heat comes out and the flavors seem to get stronger. Or maybe that's the alcohol talking.

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