Vanilla Bean Stout | Avery Brewing Company

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Vanilla Bean StoutVanilla Bean Stout

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.80%

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.

Added by Prospero on 01-24-2015

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Photo of FLBeerGuy
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of JuiceMan818
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BergBeer
4.71/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of CHickman
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled in Dec. 2015, this pours black as night in Alaska with a 1 finger foamy tan head that was full of bubbles and faded very slowly, leaving really nice rings of foamy lacing as it went down. After a year and a half in the bottle I didn't expect it to have the legs in the head that it had, a very nice looking brew.

Smells of vanilla, oak, burnt coffee, charred wood, brown sugar, cocoa powder, roasted grains, dark chocolate, oaky notes and hints of bourbon. It's sweet but the smoked aspects like peat moss, booze and chocolate malts level set the sweetness and make this pretty much what the name states: Vanilla Bean Stout (aged in bourbon barrels). Well done again Avery.

Tastes starts of with fresh vanilla beans, vanilla extract and roasted chocolate malts, followed by caramel, maple syrup, brownie batter, cocoa powder, toffee, bourbon, oaky and wood flavors, a smoky aspect and some piney notes or bitter black coffee in the finish. The sweetness has brown sugar, cake batter, vanilla frosting and espresso-like dessert qualities which didn't allow the sweetness to dominate and let the vanilla beans, chocolate malts and bourbon barrel elements blend together very nicely. Like most Avery big barrel aged stouts, this is very complex and really well crafted.

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Photo of Grackos
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looks very dark, the head persists very thinly.

Smells of vanilla but not overpowering, oak and dark fruits.

Tastes like raisins, vanilla, oak, chocolate.

Goes down very smoothly, nice carbonation.

I usually don't like vanilla beers but this one is very good, well balanced, and you don't feel the 11.1%.

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Photo of Blackop555
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours black. Foamy, short, light brown head fades slowly to a ring.

Smells vanilla, bourbon, chocolate and light alcohol.

Tastes light oak, roast malt, light vanilla, light chocolate and hint of bourbon. Finish is dry with an espresso and light bourbon linger. Lighter medium body and creamy lower medium carbonation.

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4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Man fedex bux seem so unnecessary when you're talking about the sheer amount and quality out there of stuff that used to be difficult to get your hands on: In this episode, you realize a large swath of the country gets this reliable banger. I mean seriously, I score these bottles for $9.99 at my local Winco grocery store. Such a great deal.

Pours the standard impressive black with viscosity. 1/3" beige head. Aroma was sweet and mild roast, mild barrel, some vanilla for sure.

Taste is another easy drinking, mild (less than 6 months I would guess) barrel aging. Mild bourbon notes, char is absorbed by the sweetness of the vanilla. Vanilla is prominent. Caramel body moreso than a heavily roasted stout base. This isn't overly sweet, but if you're all about that roast, it might not be up your alley.

This is a great example of a good intro banger into barrel aged stouts. Bitterness, alcohol or roastiness is subdued, while bourbon and vanilla are in nice levels. The price and availability on these are awesome. This beer has replaced me buying $30 Eclipse bottles. I might like Eclipse more, but not 3x more. I miss you Dr. Carroll.

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Photo of amano_h
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Smell: Pungent, spicy beans. Caramel. Milk chocolate. Charred oak. Discarded coffee pucks.

Taste: Spicy vanilla. Milk chocolate. Smoky bourbon. Caramel. Faint coffee.
Feel: Medium-bodied. Oily. Slick finish. Slight booze burn.
Overall: Probably ranks second in terms of "vanilla spiciness" after Omnipollo's Hypnopompa. Don't know how much vanilla was sacrificed to the barrel-age gods in making this brew, but it overwhelms every other flavor involved, including the bourbon; fortunately it regains its identity as a stout with some temperature and time, as the vanilla mellows out and the other flavors characteristic of a BA stout come out to play.

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Photo of CoryR
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wamba
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of captainkrad
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Viaduck
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark as a moonless night with a light brown head that was not very long lived. Not very aromatic. Less vanilla than expected based on the description & reviews but it's definitely there. Taste is slightly sweet, slightly, bitter, slightly salty. Milk chocolate is the dominant note, not vanilla, Burt caramel, bourbon flavors, molasses & raisin. Feels like hot silk.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pitch black beer. Beige head initially sits at one finger height, but settles after a short time. Wispy lacing.

S: Vanilla is first to greet the nose. Big pull of chocolate- in a hot fudge sauce sort of way. Subtle wafts of berry-like darkfruit. Barrel character is redolent of bourbon ball candy. Caramel and a whisper of warming whiskey.

T: Tide of intermingling vanilla and chocolate hit the palate first. Hot fudge sauce, Tootsie rolls, vanilla bean. The barrel soon rides to the forefront with soothing and warming bourbon, mild char, and oak. Caramel and molasses. Prick of alcohol. The barrel is most apparent on the finish.

M: Rich, thick, chewy, and coating. Good sense of heft. Well carbonated.

O: Enjoyable from stem to stern. The vanilla fits very naturally and seems to smoothe over what might otherwise have been a more roasty and boozy stout.

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Photo of cmukid87
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jcb7472
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MarkGutz
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SMH_NWI
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kkmiller76
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dougwillhike
4.71/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of kwkdmk
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of moundbz
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of heddar33
3.23/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jasonrm72
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DIM
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yikes, this is a vanilla bomb! Up front I tasted nothing but sweet, slightly woody vanilla. The finish was a massive, fudge-y chocolate note. That's pretty much all I found. This was a very two dimensional beer, though they were huge dimensions. I couldn't discern any bourbon barrel character. This was just okay to me, vanilla lovers might appreciate it more.

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Photo of bbtkd
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Avery Vanilla Bean stout, 10.8% ABV, 29 IBU. Pours medium viscosity and black, had a one finger head that dissipated by the time I got a decent picture. Nose is bourbon/alcohol, vanilla, and chocolate. Taste follows, with a slight bitter close. Actually picked up more chocolate taste than vanilla. Decent mouthfeel, overall excellent.

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