Vanilla Bean Stout | Avery Brewing Company

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Vanilla Bean StoutVanilla Bean Stout
BA SCORE
4.11/5
Exceptional
830 Ratings
Vanilla Bean StoutVanilla Bean Stout
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,154
Reviews:
200
Ratings:
830
pDev:
8.76%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
72
Gots:
279
Trade:
28
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 830 |  Reviews: 200
Photo of GreenBayBA
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ummswimmin
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bum4ever
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MinerBob
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beer pours a coffee black with a small white head. The smell is bourdon, alcohol and a little vanilla. The flavor follows the smell a little harsh on the alcohol taste. Overall a little disappointed was hoping more for a Deconstructed Bomb vanilla flavor.

 255 characters

Photo of degueulasse
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours very dark and thick into a glass, and it smells faintly of chocolate. The mouthfeel is the first thing the tongue notices: milky and rather viscous, it is the perfect consistency of a great stout: thick while not sticking to the throat. It tastes like many stouts do, of chocolate and slightly of coffee, though its sweetness will remind many of the vanilla that is advertised on its label.

 406 characters

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

Photo of MykeJ
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of 07tnt007
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of NathanBeets
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Timtac
3.59/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Mikexw
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kojevergas
3.28/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

BOTTLE: Courtesy of my parents - thanks, Mum & Dad! 1 pint 6 fl oz format. Brown glass. Green foil covers the pry-off crown cap.

Botanicals & barrels series. "Brewed with Rocky Mountain water, malted barley, malted wheat, specialty malted barley, oats, vanilla beans, hops and yeast. 10.7% ABV. "Stout with vanilla beans added aged in bourbon barrels." Used "Tongan, Ugandan, and Mexican whole vanilla beans."

APPEARANCE: Brown-black body. Pale khaki colour head. ~4cm in height. ~6 minute head retention.

AROMA: Vanilla and wood are evident, but I get vanillin as well and the vanilla isn't as vivid as one would expect in a beer named after the bean. The vanilla/vanillin notes also eclipse the rest of the bourbon barrel profile, preventing any rich white oak, toasted coconut, or the like from coming through - though I do detect some barrel sugar sweetness.

Dark malt sweetness. Treacle. Caramel. Chocolate malt.

Aromatic intensity is high, with the artificial vanilla dominating.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Silky smooth. Wet. Medium to full-bodied. Chewy. Velvety. Soft. Well-carbonated. Creamy.

Dark malts, chocolate malts, treacly sweetness, caramel, specialty chocolate malt. Vanillin/artificial vanilla. Authentic vanilla bean takes a backseat to the barrel-derived vanillin.

Unrefined and overly sweet, but tolerably so. Not horribly complex within the oversaturated style (whose best expressions are renowned for their intricacy), but it's going for something more than many attempts thereat.

I like how the silky texture accentuates the almost refreshing vanilla, and it's wonderfully soft, but it doesn't excel within the intended style.

OVERALL: It's enjoyable fare for what it is and it hides its ABV well, but finishing the entire bottle alone will prove something of a chore in spite of its quality because its drinkability is low; I'd love to see Avery put this in the more affordable more reasonable 11.2oz or 12oz format. Not a beer I'd regard as amongst Colorado's (or even Avery's) finest, but it's a competent imperial stout. Still, I can't help but think it'd be better with plain ole tried n true Madagascar vanilla bean as well as a better more vanilla-forward bourbon barrel. Longer barrel aging duration could only help as well.

Like it, don't love it.

Low B- (3.28) / WORTHY

 2,306 characters

Photo of corywalston
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of beerPhysics
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of howardnss
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very faint vanilla taste but nice bourbon barrel taste

54 characters

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

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

Very interesting stout with a unique and different flavor. Has barely any head with minimal lacing with a dark black/red tint color. Very boozy taste with a bunch of smooth vanilla. Not th best stout around but worth a shot!

 224 characters

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

22 oz bomber poured into a tulip glass. Black with brown highlights, a small sliver of lace that disappears immediately. Chocolate, vanilla, floral notes, and some anise on the nose. The taste is predominately vanilla, chocolate, and roasted notes, with a smattering of the barrel. The mouthfeel is fairly light for the style, the carbonation is medium low, and things do not get sticky as it warms. Overall, an interesting stout that’s worth a try.

 454 characters

Photo of BigBaldJohn
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very boozy in smell and taste. Sweer. Long, lingering after taste. Reminds me of a milder Celebrator. Good, but does not knock my socks off.

140 characters

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

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

Photo of scott2269
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of GreyGooseStout
3/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Vanilla Bean Stout from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 830 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.