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
Reviews: 171 | Ratings: 992 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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KT3418 from Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This kicked my butt. This is an elixir, something to be put in its own realm. Great flavor, its so smooth and easy for something you know im your soul is gonna get you faded.

Mar 18, 2021
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Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a really dark red color. 1 finger off white head. The head retention is amazing for such a high ABV beer. No lacing on the glass.
The nose is rich with a deep barrel aroma. I also get hints of pumpkin spices.
Taste - I get pumpkin spices throughout, and I also get some vanilla as well.
There is a deep warming burn on the backside of this beer. It is so full bodied and thick - a sipper for sure.
A toally solid barrel aged pumpkin beer.

Jan 17, 2021
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. Label has bottling date as 'NOV 7 2015', batch No. 2, 15.0 ABV%.
Dark brown colored body, with a slight orange tint. End of the bottle pours some sediment that really darkens the body. Brief lasting tan head. Leaves behind some coverage of lacing on the non-sipping side of the glass.
Aroma has the lighter spices of nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon. Under that is slight bourbon barrel.
Taste is strong with alcohol, and sweet from the cloves and cinnamon. There is a side of gourd, and the end yields a brief expression of bourbon barrel. The aftertaste is from chocolate and roasted malt.
Thinner mouth feel, but has a coating aspect. Major warming effect in the gut. Okay carbonation.
Actually the high ABV% is not found as a burn, but the warming effect is real. Lots of balance in the spices and gourd. Barrel is there but in the background. I like the late chocolate flavor that levels out the sweetness of the spices. Works as a sipping beer for the holidays.

Dec 08, 2020
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BKotch from Texas

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

2015 vintage (Batch #2). Not bad. A little murky but nice head. Aroma, very boozy. Flavor is better if a little sweet. Mouthfeel quite good for a 4.5-year-old beer. I still have one left and that's a good thing.

Jun 24, 2020
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EnderFett11 from Virginia

4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Found a bottle of the 2015 at Churchkey. Poured a dark orange with some sediment. Good pumpkin flavor, with a bit of bourbon flavor at the end. Bourbon gets stronger as the beer warms, highly recommend drinking while it's still cold if you don't want the sweetness. Not too sweet like Rumpkin I bought this year, too bad it's not being made any more.

Sep 19, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

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.

Jul 29, 2019
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

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.

May 27, 2019
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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

2.48/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

A pretty brew, but my likes stopped there. This pumpkin tends towards cloying sweetness and a rum, both of which I’m not a fan of. Rich and pumpkiny, but that doesn’t save it in the end.

Apr 30, 2019
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Beejay from Virginia

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!

Dec 01, 2018
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

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.

Nov 25, 2018
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GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

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.

Nov 01, 2018
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

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.

Oct 30, 2018
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

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.

Oct 29, 2018
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emyers from Illinois

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

Oct 25, 2018
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jvgoor3786 from Arkansas

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.

Oct 21, 2018
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Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

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.

Oct 12, 2018
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Dinglehacker from Oklahoma

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.

Oct 06, 2018
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SirNicholas33 from Colorado

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.

May 01, 2018
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

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.

Dec 07, 2017
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augustgarage from California

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.

Nov 29, 2017
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Tony210 from New Jersey

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

Nov 26, 2017
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BB1313 from Ohio

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.

Nov 24, 2017
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Viaduck from California

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.

Nov 24, 2017
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Just-the-sip from California

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.

Nov 02, 2017
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

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.

Nov 01, 2017
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