Old Perseverance
Avery Brewing Company

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From:
Avery Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Style:
Old Ale
ABV:
18.5%
Score:
92
Avg:
4.14 | pDev: 8.21%
Reviews:
44
Ratings:
119
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Jun 17, 2022
Added:
Nov 12, 2015
Wants:
  17
Gots:
  42
SCORE
92
Outstanding
Old PerseveranceOld Perseverance
Notes: Old Ale aged in Bourbon barrels with maple syrup and muscovado sugar added.
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Reviewed by StraightNoChaser from Georgia

4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Landed several bottles back in ‘16. Hottest Avery I ever had fresh but came together nicely over the years.
Look: clear copper. Nice reddish tan head on the pour, impressive retention for such a big brew.
Smell: maple, vanilla, toffee.
Taste: very mellow, dark fruits. Finish is drier than the nose would indicate. Slight alcohol burn but the years have turned this into a gentle giant.
Jun 17, 2022
 
Rated: 4.29 by hopley from Massachusetts

Apr 07, 2022
 
Rated: 3.62 by crobinso from Colorado

Oct 09, 2021
 
Rated: 3.98 by Sammy from Canada (ON)

Dec 30, 2020
 
Rated: 4.09 by BKotch from Texas

May 02, 2020
 
Rated: 4.08 by ummswimmin from New Jersey

Mar 29, 2020
 
Rated: 4.06 by mattreitz49 from Florida

Oct 31, 2019
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Reviewed by SHODriver from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A: Poured into a snifter to a beep reddish brown topped by a dense half finger of off white head which fades to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing.
S: Smells of brown sugar and toasted malts with some bourbon barrel, coconut, and some maple
T: Taste is a little oaky up front with some toasted malts, coconut, vanilla, brown sugar sweetness, and some slight dark fruit notes as well along with a hint of maple. On the swallow there's more bourbon and oak, coconut, dark fruits, toasted malts, and brown sugar.
M: This beer is on the fuller side of medium with a slightly syrupy feel on the palate. Carbonation is slightly effervescent but it is not over the top while the beer has a drying finish due to the ABV.
O: Overall this beer is very intense. There's a ton of flavor and complexity. Overall the beer is well balanced, but the alcohol is not well hidden. Worth a shot if this one comes back around again.
Oct 19, 2019
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Bottled 3/3/16; drank 4/7/17 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque red/purple rust appearance; champagne bubbles throughout.

A rough pour yielded a small khaki head; strong, frothy lace.

Caramel, plum, leather & mild booze heat notes in the nose.

Thick, sticky mouthfeel.

Caramel, leather & faint raspberry flavors up front; strong booze heat notes on the finish.

Over a year in & the booze is still VERY strong; I'm starting to think 2 years minimum is necessary on these obnoxiously high ABV Avery brews. Still a nice beer but it's not where I need it to be.
Jun 17, 2019
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Reviewed by oberon from North Carolina

4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bottled on March 3rd 2016.Pours into a snifter a tawny brown with a slight reddish tint,a thinner light beige head atop.Mild bourbon and maple-nut notes in the nose,not in your face but inviting.Even after three years of sitting this is still a hot shot,dark fruits with a slight lactic tinge mixed with underlying bourbon/vanilla and maple,the whole time there is the jet fuel heat into the finish.I'ts been awhile since I had a beer this big,once you get underneath the jet fuel aspect there is some nice nuances.
May 06, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by Griffith from Connecticut

Apr 23, 2019
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Reviewed by zonker17 from Texas

3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Big and boozy. Coppery brown translucent, no head retention or lacing. Nose has an earthy character along the wood. Taste is booze, burnt caramel, oak. Body lighter than expected. Feels like it is fortified.
Apr 05, 2019
 
Rated: 4.23 by videofrog from Texas

Mar 10, 2019
 
Rated: 3.98 by fthegiants from California

Feb 22, 2019
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Reviewed by stortore from Illinois

4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
12 ounce bottle into a snifter. Bottled 3/3/16, had 5/3/18.

Pours a hazy medium amber, with a quickly dissipating quarter inch head and sparse, soapy lacing. This smells great. Aromas of bourbon, figs, dates, white grapes, raisins, some oak, light maple and tobacco. A sweet aroma overall, and a little spicy. The taste is similar, but not as expansive. Bourbon, figs, malt, raisins, some plums and dates, noticeable alcohol. A bit of a sweet taste, but not overly so. Smooth for the ABV, a good medium body, appropriately carbonated.

Might have let this age too long. Still really good, but the maple syrup is pretty much recognizable as just sweet, especially in the flavor. It’s almost brandy- like at this point. Very enjoyable, but feel I missed it’s prime.
Feb 21, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by imperialking from Illinois

Aug 28, 2018
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Rated by eppie82 from Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
This is so damn boozy.
Mar 27, 2018
 
Rated: 3.93 by TheHopsman from Nebraska

Mar 27, 2018
 
Rated: 4.34 by SuperP from Texas

Mar 24, 2018
 
Rated: 4.1 by CraftFan5 from New Jersey

Dec 18, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by teamwiggum from Wisconsin

Dec 06, 2017
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Reviewed by Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
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.
Nov 25, 2017
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Opaque syrupy brown, no head. So much booze and sugar in the nose! Brown sugar, molasses, and maple meet bourbon powerfully, overwhelming. Taste thankfully is not as harsh as the nose, rather the booze and sweetness settles into the sneaky robust malts, brown bread, lightly toasted caramel, and lush dark fruit. Feel is warm verging on hot, malty, smooth and chewy but stops short of being syrupy like it looks
Nov 17, 2017
 
Rated: 4.18 by Hopheadhiker from New York

Oct 10, 2017
 
Rated: 4.19 by Prost76 from New Hampshire

Aug 31, 2017
 
Rated: 4.04 by cd34 from Illinois

Jul 11, 2017
 
Rated: 4.34 by tobelerone from New Jersey

Jul 09, 2017
 
Rated: 4.47 by SaxmanRick from Minnesota

Jul 02, 2017
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Reviewed by socon67 from New York

4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
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.
Jul 02, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by jagada from Pennsylvania

May 21, 2017
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Reviewed by ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -20.8%
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.
May 13, 2017
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Reviewed by CHickman from New York

4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
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.
May 06, 2017
 
Rated: 4.03 by hermit990 from Illinois

Apr 29, 2017
 
Rated: 3.99 by DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

Apr 13, 2017
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Reviewed by Wasatch from Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
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.
Apr 02, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by Evan from Maryland

Apr 02, 2017
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Reviewed by jdhilt from New Hampshire

4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
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.
Apr 02, 2017
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Reviewed by PlaywrightSam from New York

4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
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.
Mar 25, 2017
 
Rated: 4.29 by madelf66 from Pennsylvania

Mar 08, 2017
 
Rated: 4.34 by GreenMind from Pennsylvania

Feb 13, 2017
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