Old Perseverance | Avery Brewing Company

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Old PerseveranceOld Perseverance

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

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.

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Ratings: 148 |  Reviews: 37
Reviews by BlurryVisi0n:
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter glass from the bottle.

Appearance: Super dark amber (a bit of a hazy body) coming off a slightly opaque color and with a slight off-white head rising maybe to half a finger's length with an aggressive pour. Somewhat sticky lacing drops to nada after two sips.

Smell: Deep scotch aroma which comes off a mixture of the whiskey and caramel.

Taste: Aw man what can i say, complex sweet but the malts are like the aftermath. incredible mixture of what is good in the world. Toffee, malts and hard dose of whiskey which resembles some Caribbean rum.

Mouth: Sticky as it could ever get, the whiskey notes are very addicting,. Carbonation maybe medium but after it warms it just manifests into a liquid dessert.

Overall: Beast beer, incredible flavor which sticks even with a light snack to compliment the brew. It's definitely one of those beers which becomes the cherry on top to any day. Oh yeah...no sharing, Salud!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

what do you expect from a nearly 20% abv beer made wwith maple syrup and some dark cane sugar? of course its going to be sweet, and of course its going to be boozy, weird to critique this one on those grounds, that sort of seems like the point here does it not? i personally didnt find it all that sweet or all that booze given the circumstances here, i loved it, but i am a sucker for maple, so know that. deep mahogany in color, patchy off white head on top, lots of viscosity, long legs on it like an old red wine, this is one to let warm up a little while, so we proceed slowly. it smells very intense, bourbon and vanilla and char, sweet english toffee type malts, very barleywine to me, with the added sugars there too, unrefined, intense, concentrated. the taste is not as complicated as i expected, and definitely not as maple driven as i had hoped, but i still really like it. the other dark sugar is more evident to me, the balance is not quite there between the two, but thats okay, its great. lots of whiskey notes, sort of blending in and mishmashing with the fusel and hot alcohol in here already, its a lot, but its also comforting. maybe should have saved this for a chilly winter night, but it made sense in the summer too, late at night. hints of toasted marshmallow, brunch vibes too, dried cherry even for a second, wood, and a lot of sugar. unlike others mostly due to its strength, but i love the flavor too. this series has been really enjoyable from the start, i hope they keep it rolling. cannot be cheap to make a beer like this, i dont mind the price. this will age insanely well i would suspect.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At first sight, this looks like it's going to be a let down. A rusty copper brown with a thin half finger of off white foam that leaves little lacing. Noticeable alcohol legs.

Now we're getting somewhere, caramelized sugar, subtle dark fruit notes, toffee, sweet malts, bourbon, noticeable alcohol heat.

No perceived maple in aroma, but it's definitely coming out in flavor with a molasses like character, toffee, caramel, bourbon, heat, light spice notes, and candied sugar.

Heavy-bodied, low carbonation, hot, thin, but not overwhelmingly boozy (surprisingly).

Overall, another decent brew from Avery, but I believe the abv needs to be turned down a few notches for everything to be able to shine through the booziness.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm partial to old ales, and this was very English old ale-tasting. Initially got lots of sugars, lots of dry alcohol heat, and a feel akin to Fuller's Vintage Ale. But as it warmed, slim candied fruits slipped in, the alcohol warmed, and it slid across the palate with a slight bit of tack, leaving behind a mildly sweet pine resin bitterness. Really nice...

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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 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 t2grogan
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of JakerLou
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Franziskaner
3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Brown in color and extremely hazy in complexion. There's a fingernail of off white on top. The aroma is of sweet bourbon and loads of dark malt. I'm tasting a heavy presence of sweet malt and bourbon. The mouth is warm with alcohol and plenty chewy.

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

Photo of ONovoMexicano
2.5/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer kind of lost me. Nose wasn't exactly enticing to start, kind of buttery and a bit odd. Some caramel, but not much that really seduced me, though I didn't hate it either.

Flavor was completely lost on me. All boozy heat to start. Way too boozy. I tried to find some nuance here and enjoy the other elements, but it all is lost in the heat. Except for the sweetness. I got that too. Too sweet and too boozy, quite a combination.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into snifter bottled on 3/16

Aa: reddish caramel hue with floaties and a small head against the sun this beer has a burnished red appearance

S: toffee, vanilla, oak, maple syrup, some dark fruits light raisins and plums

T: lots of toffee, vanilla, bourbon, oak, dark fruit dates, and the alcohol is right there

M: mildly thick with thinning bourbon qualities highish carbonation and syrupy on the finish. Very sweet with some alcohol heat.

O: This beer brings a beautiful amount of flavors and then it cranks up the alcohol heat. This beer is complex and hot. If you don't mind beers that bring the alcohol heat you will like this but the flavor is perfect old ale.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Old Perseverance, bottled March 2016.
A - Pours a murky amber with a small white head.
S - Aroma is boozy molasses, and cinnamon stick.
T - Flavor is of an old ale that is still too boozy.
M - Low carbonation, warming.
O - I suspected this would be too hot to really enjoy now, but I have several bottles so I thought I'd pop one and see. Needs to sit for awhile, allow the alcohol to calm down and allow the other flavors to come thru. I will return to this review in 2-3 years and let you know what happens.

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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 SpeedwayJim
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz. foiled and capped bottle into a Surly teku. Shared with schen9303.

I'm a little disappointed by the clarity of this beer. I'm used to sludgy, cloudy and thick with this style but what I get is clear and clean. There's a face full of booze awaiting me as I dip my nose into the glass. As I get used to it, there's aromas of brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, anise, peat and tobacco. Nice. Flavor is of brown sugar, molasses, peat, tobacco and copious amounts of booze. Biting and sharp alcohol at the end with a crisp, sudden and short-lived bitterness right before the finish. Decent. This has some potential. Medium bodied in the mouth with a little bit too much carbonation. Boozy on the palate and a little prickly. Course finish.

This beer's got some potential as one to lay down for 2 or 3 years. As is, its not quite there yet but I'm excited to revisit this one in the future.

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Photo of DenverBigRed
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of freewill35
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DCgolfpro
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jjski
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge, hot barrel presence and right in your face. This malty, sweet, boozy bomb is my new all time favorite. Raisins, brown sugar, caramel toffee. Take barrel aged Bois or Cuivre ale and nearly double its intensity and flavor. It's mouthfeel is like drinking Port wine with an extra kick or a strong liqueur. Very hot with intense bourbon flavor, and balanced fusel alcohol. Perfect for ( very) long aging

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Photo of oso
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

OH MY! A 10 dollar 12 oz bottle! Was it worth it.....ummm....Yeah!
This fine old ale pours a chill hazed light mahogany with a subtle head
of white foam that subsides to a thick ring and thin small pool with light
lacing----reminds me of the Thomas Hardy's back in the good old days!
Nose of beefy bourbon, vanilla, cask, maple syrup notes, and toffee.
Flavors lightly exceed with a muzzy head from the potent brew. Bourbon
and vanilla mingle nicely with light maple syrup notes on the front, vanilla
and cask notes fall off on the sides mixing with a sweet toffee and plum brandy
note. Very intense. Very substantial. Very nice mouth feel, low carbonation, strong,
warm, boozy, sweet plum brandy aftertaste,and...well...boozy....did I mention strong????
Overall, this is one phenomenal little bottle of intensely pack power that is sufficient for
setting aside for a good 10 years plus to let it mellow and change.

Of note, with warmth there is a touch of hops that gets lost in the booze....is it too much???
Nah-----go big, go home, drink big, drink well, be satisfied!

Awesome. PERIOD. A fine finishing brew to split with a friend.

Cheers Avery, you did it again, another great strong ale that is
meaty, beefy, big, and bouncy!

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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