Barrel-Aged Vanilla Bean Stout
Avery Brewing Company

Barrel-Aged Vanilla Bean StoutBarrel-Aged Vanilla Bean Stout
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Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1,358
Ranked #5,720
4.11 | pDev: 8.52%
Dec 18, 2021
Jan 24, 2015
Barrel-Aged Vanilla Bean StoutBarrel-Aged Vanilla Bean Stout
Notes: 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.
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4.18 by dd53grif from Michigan on Dec 18, 2021
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4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by flagmantho from Washington

Poured from 16oz can into a dimpled mug. Canned 6/9/20, so aged about 15 months.

Appearance: deep nearly-black hue that shows a murky brown around the edges. Head is a thick finger of frothy, pillowy tan foam. It's very handsome.

Smell: sweetness, oak, and bourbon. I imagine there is vanilla in there somewhere, but it's subsumed among the other barrely aromas. That said, it's still a nice-smelling beer, just perhaps not mind-blowing.

Taste: flavor has a nice sweetness, with some date and tobacco present, along with a dark roastiness and a perfectly reasonable vanilla note. The vanilla here is more than just what the oak lends, but is not over the top -- I appreciate that. There's some nice complexity here; I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a moderate carbonation and a good creaminess. I might expect a little bit more smoothness out of a beer this size, however.

Overall: it's a good beer, there's no denying that. Not too much in the way of fireworks, but a solid and tasty BA stout.

Sep 23, 2021
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4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by NCSapiens from Indiana

Look: Nearly black with brown highlights. Off-white head with good retention, leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smell: wooden barrel and a hint of vanilla.

Taste: pillowy vanilla gives way to charred malt and bourbon barrel. The bourbon barrel flavors are too harsh and woody. The vanilla goes overboard but doesn’t really taste very good; reminds me of a batch of cookies that I made once when I spilled too much vanilla extract. It permeates and coats the palette but in a bad way. Contrary to the previous review, I don’t find much chocolate and I hardly notice any caramel or molasses at all. There is a little sweetness, but it is dominated by oak and smoke. In fact, the taste of chocolate, vanilla and molasses is exactly what is needed here and exactly what the beer doesn’t deliver through on.

Feel: Medium body. Sufficiently carbonated and quite dry.

Overall: The choice of bourbon barrel is unfortunate and it missing some sorely needed nuances to balance out the flavors. For all that it isn’t bad, just not up to the level of excellence of most other specialty Avery Stouts.

Sep 21, 2021
3.75 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Aug 25, 2021
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4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by blazerkor from Nevada

It smells like chocolate and coffee.  There's a little of the bourbon in the background.

The taste is mostly chocolate with hints of coffee and booze.  All of the tastes are subtle.

It's medium bodied with mild carbonation.  The finish is coffee bitterness and it lasts.

This is a really good stout.  I barely get the bourbon or the barrel or any vanilla at all but it's still really good.  I give it a 5.2 out of 6.

Aug 02, 2021
4.5 by KT3418 from Colorado on Jul 13, 2021
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3.86/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

Can dated 1/28/21 into pint glass. Pours a clear dark ruby-brown (SRM 30 or thereabouts) with a brief tan head. No lacing. Initial impression is heavy on the vanilla end of the spectrum, with bourbon and molasses contributing considerably. Mouthfeel is medium and quite clean; carbonation is light but prickly. Finish is smooth, somewhat bitter, and boozy. Overall, probably a good candidate for cellaring - it's got some rough edges when it's this fresh.

May 20, 2021
4.5 by anthony-s from New Jersey on Apr 03, 2021
4.08 by Dope from Massachusetts on Feb 28, 2021
3.97 by einman from Minnesota on Feb 08, 2021
3.8 by Pchoate3 from Colorado on Jan 21, 2021
4 by Birdlegs from Washington on Jan 04, 2021
4.15 by chossboss from Oregon on Oct 14, 2020
4.04 by jurcab788 from Texas on Oct 10, 2020
4.33 by GenoMcCoy from Texas on Sep 06, 2020
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4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by EnderFett11 from Virginia

Poured moderately hard from a tall can into a snifter glass, forming a few fingers of frothy off white head on top of a deep brown/black base. Smell is gentle, with vanilla forward and a bit of bourbon. Taste follows the smell closely with vanilla at the beginning and ending with bourbon. Just a little bit boozy. Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Vanilla and bourbon flavors are good, but totally not worth $11/can.

Aug 16, 2020
4.15 by 10_bathrooms from Texas on Jul 21, 2020
3.86 by lebrisa from Connecticut on Jun 04, 2020
3.46 by chill-i-am from Washington on Jun 04, 2020
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4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Tony210 from New Jersey

Pours pitch black, nearly impervious to light, with an ample foamy head. Aroma is dark roasted malts, chocolate, some vanilla and barrel. Flavor is chocolate, light bourbon barrel, light vanilla. A little yeasty. Medium bodied. Overall it is just OK.

Bomber, no date, prob 2-3 years old
4 rating

May 14, 2020
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3.4/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by Wolvmar from Michigan

Apr 2020 Review
750ml bottle. No dating or vintage I could find. I think I bought it in 2019. Poured into a tulip glass.

Pour: deep brown, thin one finger tan head. Nice ring, some clouds, some lacing. 4.0

Nose: vanilla, some vanilla, booze. 3.25

Taste: vanilla, booze, vanilla, booze, chocolate, burnt brown sugar. If you can get past the vanilla bomb, reasonably complex. I like vanilla but it’s a bit too much for me. 3.25

Feel: as the label suggest, silky smooth. Moderate Carbonation. Easy drinking. 3.75

Overall: worth a try, good in many respects, but just too much vanilla for me. 3.5

Apr 27, 2020
4.25 by AngEo from Texas on Mar 31, 2020
4.13 by Curt3 from New Jersey on Mar 19, 2020
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4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by bushbeer75 from Michigan

22 oz brown bottle - not dated

Avery Barrel Aged Vanilla Bean Stout has a very dark brown almost black body. Almost a 1-finger tan head was produced leaving behind spotty lacing and a foamy collar. The nose first picked up a sweet aroma of dark chocolate and caramel then followed by roasted malt aroma. The taste begins sweet and creamy with chocolate, caramel, and coffee up front. This Ale also has a nice roasted malt character. A light vanilla flavor shows up at the finish that adds to smooth the taste. The body is high-medium to full with a smooth mouth feel.

This Ale is very tasty and is quite drinkable for having a 10.5 abv.

Mar 16, 2020
4.25 by bigred89 from Maryland on Mar 07, 2020
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3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

Taste: semi sweet, vanilla bean, chocolate malt, oak, some boozy bite. Same with the nose. Black/Brown hue, opaque, with nice delicate ringed lattice. Medium to med/full body. It is a sipper.

Feb 27, 2020
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3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by GarrettB from Colorado

December 24th, 2015 - My second Christmas Eve beer is Avery's Vanilla Bean Stout, serving as the final dessert of the day. The smell is pleasingly savory, with an acrylic paint sheen, gourmet coffee, licorice, beef in fondue dipping, and graham cracker, for an eccentric but delicious blend of aromas. The flavor is quirky but quaffable too, leading with graham cracker, marshmallow and chocolate: a drinkable s'more. The alcohol blends in seamlessly with the heavier palate and tastes, and leads to a long, lingering aftertaste which sticks only at the end. And that vanilla flavor is the centerpiece, both fresh and natural and a perfect addition to the dessert oriented flavors involved.

Feb 27, 2020
3.82 by CraigDeMoss from Kansas on Feb 27, 2020
4.16 by Manta200 from Kentucky on Feb 27, 2020
3.94 by sbuck from New Mexico on Feb 16, 2020
4 by jduprey007 from Michigan on Dec 02, 2019
4.22 by JamesBondGA from Georgia on Nov 23, 2019
3.75 by bpfrush from Wisconsin on Nov 21, 2019
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3.25/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

Unknown vintage; drank 4/29/16 @ Fischman's.

Black/brown appearance.

Tan head; minimal lace.

Vanilla, milk chocolate & faint burnt caramel notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Sweet vanilla & sweet chocolate flavors; no booze heat.

Too sweet but drinkable if you like the flavors.

Nov 20, 2019
4.21 by craigbelly from Iowa on Nov 10, 2019
4.1 by Giggy from Michigan on Nov 06, 2019
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4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

Solid black color with light carbonation. Body is at least medium with a bit of a thick feel.
Aroma is malt,roasted malt, earthy,wood, with some vanilla
Taste is everything that showed up in the aroma. The vanilla was light in the aroma but showed up stronger on the taste. Vanilla showed up in the middle and lingered

Nov 05, 2019
4.25 by petrusek23 from Ohio on Oct 15, 2019
4.02 by gspirit from Indiana on Oct 08, 2019
Barrel-Aged Vanilla Bean Stout from Avery Brewing Company
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