Barrel-Aged Vanilla Bean Stout
Avery Brewing Company

Barrel-Aged Vanilla Bean StoutBarrel-Aged Vanilla Bean Stout
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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,183
Ranked #2,707
4.13 | pDev: 8.47%
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
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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Reviews by bibo_ergo_sum:
Photo of bibo_ergo_sum
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Excellent offering from Avery.
Pours opaque black with a coffee colored head. As soon as it hits the glass one can smell the vanilla, bourbon, cocoa. On the tongue, vanilla immediately predominates, but the bourbon flavors round out and tame the vanilla sweetness. The beer is smooth and medium-bodied. A great beer to share with a friend.

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Photo of no_tomorrow
2.98/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very disappointed. Hard to taste the bourbon, exceptionally hard to taste the vanilla. I opened 3 bottles of this, at three different times in 2016, and shared with 2 or 3 people every time. No one could taste any vanilla.

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Photo of FalconOne
3.06/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sadly disappointed in this offering by Avery Brewing Company. For the life of me, I could not finish the bottle. I felt that I was drinking a liquid Vanilla scented candle! Very little bourbon barrel flavor was present, except in a faint aftertaste. One of the worst BA beers that I have tasted in a very long time.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

pretty darn awesome that avery has introduced an affordable, year round, barrel aged imperial stout to the masses. this is a game changer in a lot of ways, and while its not my favorite beer they do, its pretty impressive for what it is. silky thick dark brown look to it, not much head from the tap, but i have heard its a little more lively in the bottles. it smells really sweet. brown sugar and vanilla for sure, like things being mixed in the kitchenaid to make cookies, its really desserty right off the bat. i do get some real dark roast, espresso and char in there, but the vanilla takes over. its yummy and inviting, but with the bit of booze that comes though there, i know its going to be a pretty hefty drink. really sweet in the flavor too, its almost like the vanilla is overdosed because of the vanilla elements of the bourbon, which shines through quite well too. the dark malt tries to add some bitterness, but its so syrupy in texture that it never really gets the job done. i like this a lot though, its really well done, and i think is made to be this kind of sweet desserty experience. heavy brew, but incredibly flavorful. not for everyone, but this is a treat in the right context. very cool its all the time for them. i bet it ages real well too...

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Photo of Joe_Palooka
4.8/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Opened at cellar temperature and poured into my trusty snifter. Initial pour produced 3/4" head and retained up to 1/8" of head for several minutes.

Smell was fabulous! I picked up the bourbon and the vanilla but there was a roasted fragrance to it that was quite pleasant, likely from the wood bourbon barrels. I didn't really catch the coffee as others have and that is a good thing because I am not that fond of strong coffee taste.

After ten minutes a 1/8" foamy head remains with great lacing all around my snifter. This is a great stout!

Creamy and dreamy! I can taste a soft marshmallow flavor but it is subtle. The feel is fabulous and goes down very smoothly.

This is another fine offering by Avery Brewery and the more Avery I drink, the more I want to move to Boulder, Colorado! Just think, weed is legal in Colorado.....a couple of these and a little weed....whoa!

Fifteen minutes later and still has a thin head. People must learn to pour!

If you see this beer, buy this beer, you will not be disappointed!

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Photo of rypkr
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Previous reviewers are out if their minds, this bb stout is phenomenon. They're just mad because it's not a vanilla bomb, what it is however is a rich, chewy, bourbon laden stout with a nice touch of vanilla on the finish.

A - Poured into a Styrofoam cup as I'm in a hotel in the road. From the top it whips up a frothy rich heavy mocha head. Lacing? No clue.

S - not a lot coming through other than bourbon, vanilla, and I swear the spicyness of rye

T - I was shocked here. Rich, rich, rich, bourbon and barrel paid perfectly with vanilla. Quite sweet but that's how I like my bb stouts, this is bcbs level of sweet.

M - this is where it shines. Thick, rich, and chewy. It's a creamy meal of a beer and it's awesome.

O - I CANNOT believe the low rating on this beer. But they probably drank their coffee with whipped cream and designer vanilla coffee mate creamer this morning.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.92/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

22 ounce bottle - $10.99 at Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Spews forth a very dark brown, near black body with a smallish, beige head.

Smell: A sweet-scented combination of chary roast and dark fruitiness yielding more than a hint of alcoholic hotness. Pity, it comes up more than a tad short on the vanilla and bourbon aspects.

Taste: Sugary, sweet cheap chocolate, roast and a dark fruitiness of sweet plum wine. Not overly suggesting of the vanilla within, or for that matter, the barrel aging. A light umami touch and a bit boozy, the heating lingering through the sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: The body goes above medium-bodied, but feels a bit thinnish for a beefed up stout. Medium carbonation. Smooth and a bit on the sticky side.

Overall: Disappointing and a bit sloppy, frankly.

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Photo of KevCan
4.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ordered a 5 oz pour from the brewery in Boulder.

L: Dark with little head

S: Strong vanilla, booze

T: Strong vanilla, smooth as silk

F: Medium plus body, sticky sweet

O: Freaking amazing. Super smooth vanilla bomb. One of the most delicious beers I've ever had.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just in time for Valentine's Day, Avery brewers roll out a decadently sweet stout with an absurd amount of vanilla to not only rival the roast of the stout, but to overtake it entirely with vanilla ice cream proportions.

Vanilla Bean Stout overwhelms the senses with its rich vanilla spice while the stout simmers with a dainty creme-like swirl and an onyx black exterior. Dark chocolate, molasses, caramel and heavy whipping cream frame the flavors that remain steadfast throughout the session.

Though straight forward and somewhat simplistic, the ale achieves it complexity through the powerful vanilla spice that renders the ale to dessert-like status. As vanilla, java and mocha milkshakes continue to come to mind, the nuances of bourbon barrels begin reveiling their layers of coconut, caramel, charred oak and alcohol spice.

Full bodied due to its lightly carbonated creaminess and the silky smoothness in texture, however the stout has a light fluffiness to it that makes it surprisingly drinkable. The softness of vanilla rounds off the acidity of roast and lessens its stout-like effects. Lingering with vanilla and bittersweet chocolate, those connotations of milkshakes aren't' going away anytime soon.

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Photo of sprat1960
4.61/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Dark brown; appears almost black in the glass. Pours with a 1 finger beige head that dies down leaving an uneven thin layer of foam on the surface of the beer and lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Rich chocolate, vanilla and bourbon. Absolutely delicious. Perfect.

Taste: Tastes like it smells - rich chocolate (think rich hot chocolate); vanilla and mild bourbon flavor. Not too boozy; just right. Delicious.

Feel: Medium to heavy body; velvety smooth. Very mild carbonation.

Overall: Rich, delicious flavored stout.

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Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jet black color with a small head of sticky off-white foam. It smelled of vanilla, oak and roasted malt. It had a great balance of vanilla and charred oak. Delicious.

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Photo of Amguerra305
3.35/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured thin with only a hint of artificial vanilla. Beer tasted of caramel but overtly so. It was like drinking syrup, way too sweet. Overall I would say they half assed their attempt at a vanilla stout by making something with overly sweet artificial vanilla.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.8/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this one in Buffalo this past summer

From a bomber into a snifter
Bottled April 2016
Botanicals & Barrels Series
Stout with vanilla beans added aged in bourbon barrels

APPEARANCE: Clear dark brown pour yields a two finger, medium looking, slightly creamy, very light brown head with good retention. Head slowly fades to a full cap and clings to the glass. Clear black body with no real carbonation evident. Splotchy wisp remains leaving some decent lacing. Nice head but the color is definitely lighter for the style.

SMELL: Lots of vanilla beans, caramel, toffee, oak, sweet whipped cream and hints of milk chocolate. A bit of bourbon and alcohol in there as well. Very vanilla dominant nose.

TASTE: Lots of vanilla , caramel, toffee, oak and alcohol up front. Sweet candy into the swallow as well. A very sweet and candy finish of vanilla, sweet cream, cotton candy, toffee and caramel, butterscotch, some oak and bourbon with a dose of alcohol lingering on the palate. Sweet vanilla candy with oak and alcohol. Flavorful but one dimensional and boozy.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. A little foamy on the palate, slightly creamy, goes down fine with a bit of a burn and finishes sticky. Good dose of heat lingers.

OVERALL: This is pretty much as advertised. Lots of vanilla and sweet candy flavors over a restrained bourbon barrel. A good dose of alcohol as well. This reminds me of some kind of candy you might get at the county fair, then drenched in your uncle’s moonshine. Tough getting through very much of this on your own. I don’t have a very good track record with Avery stout beer, or Avery beer in general for that matter, but I actually had higher hopes for this one. A little too unbalanced in the vanilla department and the base stout could be more impressive I think. Decent, but not what it could have been.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.07/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.25

Optics are fine, thin lacing, good carbonation on the pour. Aroma was a miss for me - wet wood and a faint but distinct fusel alcohol note overpowers a soft vanilla and bourbon caramel. Tongue is lacking strong flavor - it starts out boozey and hot with oak tones and while it does even out, once the heat settles no other characteristics assert themselves. The vanilla is there on the back palate but it is timid, or perhaps it relies too much on vanilla which is a bland flavor unless you compliment it with or against other notes, which this beer does not do. Mouthfeel is silky but has weight. It isn't bad or offensive, but in a sea of barrel-aged beers this does very little to seperate itself from the rest.

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Photo of BMart
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gouettn
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jmg480
3.66/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vfgccp
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black pour with a dark brown one-finger head. Aroma of bourbon and light vanilla. Taste is smooth and creamy with light coffee and vanilla flavors backed by a slight bourbon warmth. Bourbon comes out a bit more as the beer warms but the vanilla flavor also stays strong for an interesting finish that tastes more like a mixed drink than a beer. Full bodied and creamy with light carbonation.

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Photo of 303beer
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a brown black with an inch of coffee colored dense rocky head. The nose is mostly barrel but has a hint of vanilla. The smooth texture is noticed before the taste. The taste is well balanced between chocolate and barrel with a hint of vanilla bean. Great job to the brewers. Really going to enjoy this bottle. Happy holidays.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Pitch black, with 1 finger of head and some lacing left down the glass

S - Vanilla, bourbon, oak, booze, licorice, sugar, chocolate

T - Chocolate, brown sugar, licorice, and bourbon. A little on the subtle bourbon flavor but still very noticeable. Warms as you drink it. Excellent

F - Full body and well carbonated

O - An awesome brew. Avery always delivers

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drunkenmess
3.64/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HabaJohn
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rkarimi
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


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Barrel-Aged Vanilla Bean Stout from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 905 ratings