Vanilla Bean Stout | Avery Brewing Company

Vanilla Bean StoutVanilla Bean Stout
787 Ratings
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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Ratings: 787 |  Reviews: 191
Photo of bigpoppa67
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a pitch black color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap that leaves decent lacing

S: Lots of vanilla bean and bourbon up front, along with some oak, dark chocolate, roasted malt, and caramel

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with lots of vanilla sweetness, caramel, roasted malt, and dark chocolate. Bourbon follows up the sweetness and rounds it off quite a bit. Oak and a light booziness accompany the bourbon. Finishes with lingering vanilla bean, bourbon, and roast

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate low-carbonation. On the smoother side

O: A great BBA stout that really highlights both the barrel and vanilla (keeping true to the botanicals and barrels part). A great sipper given the abv and dessert-like nature. Definitely worth checking out

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Photo of Heeenrik
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lochef81
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DenverHopHead
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle; into a snifter.
Appearance- very dark, but a touch of light comes through; thin, khaki layer relinquishes to a thin ring. Lacing is spotty at best.
Smell - a tremendous blend of bourbon and vanilla from both the booze and the barrel; hints of dark chocolate and butterscotch!
Taste - bourbon and vanilla for sure, but not as strong as in the nose; the chocolate is more milk, as opposed to the dark detected above.
Feel - this particular bottle is 11.1%, but the booze is well hidden in taste and feel, though very noticeable in the smell; big, hearty beer with a nice sweet touch!
Overall - I dig this beer, primarily from the bourbon/vanilla face slap from the first whiff; if the taste and feel backed it up, this would be unbelievable!

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ivorycannon
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of _Adam_
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Treyliff
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint

A- pours black in color with a small foamy khaki head that has short retention and leaves nothing behind

S- smells of bourbon, wet oak, vanilla, caramel, chocolate, raisins & molasses

T- tastes of caramel and toffee up front, followed by dark fruit notes of fig and prime. Mid-palate brings out the bourbon barrel, adding some woody notes, the finish gives a mix of chocolate and vanilla, lingers of molasses

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a slightly warming finish

O- good barrel character, lots of caramel notes

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Photo of Theogre83
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tobelerone
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TargaFlorio
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jakea
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RickS95
3.3/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of FLBeerGuy
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of JuiceMan818
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BergBeer
4.71/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of CHickman
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
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 -0.7%
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 -1.7%
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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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
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 -1.7%
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 -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of captainkrad
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Vanilla Bean Stout from Avery Brewing Company
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