Old Perseverance | Avery Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: English Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 18.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Old Ale aged in Bourbon barrels with maple syrup and muscovado sugar added.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 11-12-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
148
pDev:
8.43%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
43
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 148 |  Reviews: 37
Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of eppie82
3.4/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This is so damn boozy.

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Photo of TheHopsman
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of SuperP
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CraftFan5
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of teamwiggum
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a speiglau BA Glass.

Look is a dark amber with little to no head.

Aroma is vanilla barrel bourbon and coconut.

Taste is more of that bourbon coconut. Lots of burn from the alcohol.

Beer is delicious.

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Photo of REVZEB
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hopheadhiker
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Prost76
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cd34
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tobelerone
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SaxmanRick
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of socon67
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is an excellent example of an extreme beer that is well balanced. Caramel colored pour with a thin foam. Scents of sugar and vanilla are present. Very smooth beer for the style, and a pure sipper.

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Photo of jagada
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ajm5108
3.28/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Deep amber brown color, nice lacing. Aroma features lots of musty oak and a heavy saccharine from the sugar & maple syrup, with that earthy / sweet combo not marrying particularly well. Flavor is very sweet - almost cloying - and you would hope the barrel time would have smoothed out some of those flavors, or blended them better into the more natural warm bourbon notes. The bourbon notes - caramel, vanilla, oak - are present but separated at the bottom (and rather "hot", too), and the beer really struggles to congeal all the flavors. It isn't bad, just too saccharine or too boozey depending on where in the palate you are searching.

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Photo of CHickman
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled: March 3, 2016, Production: 783 Cases, 18.5% ABV: it pours opaque reddish chestnut brown color with sediment floating around and a 1 finger thick beige colored head that was packed with tiny bubbles and faded in average time. It dissipated like I expected but left better lacing as it went down.

Smells is a mix of caramel, toffee, bourbon, maple syrup, candied sugar (or muscovado as listed on the bottle...), brown sugar, candy like gummy bears or Razzles, dark fruit, wet wheat bread and rum soaked grains or some other malty substance. It is in your face sweet smelling, but not over the top and rather complex. Reminds me of a rum soaked fruit cake with that had caramel or syrup drizzled across it. The booze was surprisingly tame making it more enjoyable IMO.

Tastes really sweet, but not over the top. Initially it's all malt with caramel, maple syrup, toffee, graham cracker and brown sugar, but then the booze kicks in with rum or bourbon flavors, vanilla, woody notes, cherries, raisins and other dark fruit, peat moss, tea leaf, smoked grains, candied sugar, fruity candy, wet leather, earthy notes and lovely malt complexities. Big, bold and in your face, this is a malt bomb and makes you feel like your sipping swill in the bottom of a wooden ship on it's way back to London. If your going to put an old ale on steroids then this is how it should turn out.

Mouthfeel is thick and syrup like, with a very heavy and even dense body that had mild to average carbonation and slid down smooth for such a high ABV beer. It did not cross the line into cloyingly sweet territory and had nice peat moss and earthy notes in the finish to balance out the malt and maple syrup sweetness that was most prominent.

This brew aged in the bourbon barrels, and then I let it sit in the bottle over a year so it turned out as well as expected. Another really enjoyable offering from the Avery Barrel Aged Series. No. 34 was a success in my book, and one to seek out as it's a great representation of the Old Ale style.

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Photo of hermit990
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Revisit: 11 Dec 17
12 oz. Bottle
Gold Foil
Bottled: March 3 2016
Production: 783 Cases

About a year and 9 months on this bottle.

Poured into a tulip a slightly cloudy brownish color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice one-finger creamy/foamy/kinda fizzy light tan head, which leaves some nice little islands, and minimal sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, some hops, with some nice vanilla note, nice touch of bourbon/oak. The taste is pretty nice, malty, nice sweetness. hoppy, a nice touch of bourbon/vanilla/oak, kinda grapey. Full Body, ABV hidden pretty well, a pretty nice complex brew, definitely a sipper. Overall, a nice brew. Worth checking out. This is aging pretty well.

12 oz. Bottle
Gold Foil
Bottled: March 3 2016
Production: 783 Cases

A year on this bottle.

Poured into a chalice a slightly cloudy brownish color, pretty nice carbonation, with a quick fizzy/small head, which leaves some nice little islands, and minimal sticky lacing behind. The nose is of malty, with some vanilla, and bourbon. The taste is sweet. slightly malty, a nice touch of bourbon, nice touch of vanilla. Full Body, ABV hidden pretty well, a complex brew. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of Evan
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jdhilt
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a two finger white head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Dark, hazy amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Alcohol/bourbon nose and flavor is sweet alcohol and dark fruit. Bottled Mar 2016. Expensive at $14.95 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of PlaywrightSam
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful looking hazy amber color, nose is booze and caramel and some dark cherries, figs. Taste is decadent sticky sweet, whiskey, toffee. Shows more character as it warms. Worth the money, which is saying something given this price tag. I'd buy another to age a few years if I come across it again.

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Photo of madelf66
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreenMind
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Old Perseverance from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 148 ratings