Vanilla Bean Stout | Avery Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
averybrewing.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A double dose of vanilla derived from both fresh Bourbon barrels and the trio of Tongan, Ugandan, and Mexican whole vanilla beans is complemented by essences of chocolate, caramel and molasses to round out this luxuriously silky stout.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,229
Reviews:
214
Ratings:
877
pDev:
8.52%
 
 
Wants:
78
Gots:
293
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Ratings: 877 |  Reviews: 214
Photo of Sarah_Bearah
3.71/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It was good but the vanilla really was the dominant flavor and only really balanced out by the high alcohol content. Like a drinkable Vanilla extract.

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Photo of beergoot
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nearly black, mahogany brown body with a decent sudsy head; some sticky lacing clinging to the glass. Fine, rich aroma; vanilla and roasted grain infused with some whiskey notes; mocha. Deep roasted grain flavor infused with some interesting esters and smokey char; vanilla and caramel; mild bitterness. Heavy body; smooth and velvety on the palate; excellent blend of chocolate-like sweetness and boozy, bitter dryness.

This beer is a meal unto itself. It brings dense and rich flavors to the palate, lots of dark goodness with just the right level of boozy presence.

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Photo of EMV
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Dark, dark pour... nearly black with thin fizzy brown head. Thin rim of lacing.

S: Booze and vanilla. Bourbon, roast, and cocoa.

T/F: Charred grains, bourbon, and oak up front. Strong vanilla presence... burned sugars... not overly sweet. Cocoa and coffee come in later. Medium bodied. Warming... pleasant vanilla finish.

O: A big barrel aged vanilla stout, and it delivers exactly what it advertises, and I like that it's not overly sweet. Not my favorite Avery brew but a solid beer. Good wintertime sipper.

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Photo of uncleotis
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kdouble
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a black body with minimal head and little lace. The aroma is slightly woody, some boozy/vanilla notes and a touch of spice that give off heat. The beer is boozy, dry, spicy, but there is some balance thanks to woody and vanilla bean sweetness notes; finishes with a creamy butteriness on finish.

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Photo of user785335
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bigschoolrecords
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of porters4life
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of AyatollahGold
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pouring this from a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter glass this beer pours out pitch black and forms a pinky width of khaki colored crown.

The smell brings a nice booziness with oak, vanilla and dark fruit. A nice sweetness. Like marshmallow creme.

The taste comes in with oak and vanilla tangling together beautifully. Chocolate, figs, and dark fruit play a nice background. Marshmallow aspects in there as well. Very subtle and balanced.

Slight bourbon warmness, but very well contained and not crossing into burning. Thick and coats the mouth and stays well after it’s gone.

Overall, this was much less upfront and in your face than I was thinking it was going to be, but I like that about it. It brings nice balance with vanilla, marshmallow creme, oak and a warming bourbon.

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Photo of GarrettBoots
3.43/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tp1962
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of nicole309
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KMcGrath
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of timothyh1980
3.51/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AmeriCanadian
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark cola brown with a nice hot chocolate head that carries with it an explosion of aromas cascading out of the glass before it even approaches the nose.

Smell is giant. Gourmet vanilla milkshake, with any aspects of dark chocolate, roasted malt, molasses, and bourbon -- which are clearly there -- pushed far into the back of the bus. Very decadent, dessert-like, and sweet on the nose. And true to advertising, the vanilla is multi-layered and interesting.

Unfortunately that lovely vanilla on the nose is a bit overdosed on the tongue. It's so big and deep and sweet that it's tough to focus on anything else. Again, there's dark fudge, espresso, caramel, and even some dry hops in the mix. The first couple sips are intriguing and enjoyable. But the vanilla eventually overwhelms, and on some sips comes off as harsh and almost medicinal.

Body is a little thin, especially for the size of the beer. Not overly boozy, but you can certainly tell there's sizable ABV in the mix, especially as the beer warms.

A little disappointed in this offering based on my affection for the other dark beers I've had from Avery. To be fair, it's very clearly advertised as a vanilla bomb. Still, the vanilla overload makes for a somewhat harsh and non-harmonious sipping experience.

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Photo of dafla67
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown/slightly black. The aroma is amazing. It is sweet -- chocolate, caramel, vanilla & the bourbon.

The taste is complex and mirrors the smell. The balance between the chocolate, caramel, vanilla and bourbon is masterful. There is a touch of oak as well.

Overall an amazing stout. I have a few bottles aging and I can;t wait to see how this stout tastes in a year or two.

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Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ssitron
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Scott_McCool
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheWolf
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rsuarez1982
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Zenboy99
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lots of Vanilla flavor, could use more bourbon

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Photo of Ego
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

ah finally a break in the weather, been a damn hot box here in jersey, either raining or hot as balls... tonight is the type of night to sit out on the ole deck and look into the stars, and of course try a good beer or...

eyes...
damn stunning head, 2 full fingers of cocoa foam just sit there staring, almost daring me to... well, I am not sure but it must be sinister, not totally black as some light does escape it's clutches but darkness it does exude in demeanor and stance, lacing is super nice, a real sheet of microbubbles in complete cooperation upon examination of their content and cling, when the bubble's tide slides past there is the tell tale residue of the legs, the alcohol double digit beast lurking therein, this is certainly inviting, nearly a perfect work of the brewing arts, might I commend the artist, the signature in A.

nose...
smells like a vanilla milk shake, which i not that strong a smell but a rather distinct one, kind of that mix of ice, milk and vanilla... there is a dry sweetness as well, something like Quik (tm) powder but not quite as chalky as say Ovaltine (tm), there is sort of a dry toastiness to it I would associate with coffee beans but not as forceful, the nose, like my love life lately... is a little disappointing...

taste etc...
I guess the first jab is the smooth carbonation, really nice and just smooth, like Miyagi's deck after Daniel is done (sorry, just watched Cobra Kai recently), the vanilla needs to be sought out, it does not come and find you, take a sip and swish it in your mouth (c'mon, I know how that sounds but trust me), the vanilla totally coats the center of your tongue and lingers like a welcome stranger, it really builds up after each sip if you savor it right, I was going to say the ABV does not come into play, but I would be wrong, it barely peeks it's head out in the stomach, a slight warming that was not apparent on the first incursions, but for a nearly 11%... it stays pretty hidden behind the vanilla line, this beer lacks a little depth, it needs a touch more, something is missing even though it is really tasty and a good sipper

verdict?
hey.. Avery, come over here, shhh, just between you me and the tree, age this stuff in bourbon barrels and it will slay, that's all, shh, go back to brewing (but give me a call when you release this aged)...

so yes, this is nice, it could be better (a monster imo) but I dig it just the same, it wasn't over priced and was real nice.

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Photo of cd34
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Vanilla Bean Stout from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 877 ratings