Callipygian | Avery Brewing Company

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4.44/5
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434 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 17.47%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Stout aged in Bourbon barrels with coffee, cocoa, cocoa nibs, and vanilla beans.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 02-01-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
94
Ratings:
434
pDev:
6.31%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
68
Gots:
86
Trade:
7
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Ratings: 434 |  Reviews: 94
Reviews by Odysseyalien:
Photo of Odysseyalien
4.69/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

More User Reviews:
Photo of Elumbeer
4.62/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The booziness doesn't kick you in the face nearly as hard as Uncle Jacobs or Tweak- surprisingly smooth. Strong vanilla, complemented well by the chocolate flavors. And those flavors linger in the best possible way- it's like drinking a delicious dessert that just happens to also be rather efficient at getting you intoxicated. A gourmet, properly balanced version of a Hostess cupcake. Brownie a la mode w/ vanilla bean ice cream. This is candy and I love it.

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Photo of btravers13
4.84/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Loved this beer. Had it on tap at the brewery. Likely my favorite stout. Awesome coffee, bourbon, and chocolate notes. Somehow tasted even better than it smelled.

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Photo of imbibehour
4.36/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

Light mahogany to walnut dark brown body color, with a good forming top. Light espresso colored head, but with little retention, and a somewhat soapy dissolve. Settles to a very light tan collar, and good bubbled top. Body color actually manages some clarity up towards the head and is pretty clear.

Aroma has a strong sense of wetness but also good barrel quality. Milky vanilla, almost a bit of condensed milk smelling. Warm chocolate almost like a chocolate brandy spirit and crème de cacao aromas are all over this thing. Very good vanilla tones on this that really dominate, but it manages to take much of the other chocolate, roast and barrel characters and bury them quite a bit. It is however, an exceptional vanilla aroma that cant be denied.

Palate takes a big turn. Velvety and rich bodied on first sip, but very light bodied on the tongue. Kirsch and almost fruited brandy like flavors hit at first with wonderful dark chocolate notes. Milky but also huge vanilla flavors in the mid palate coupling with a nice excellent husky charing roast quality. Finishes with spirited dark chocolate cake and bitter hop oils. Cake like density, even some mild nutty almond sneaks in with a marzipan accenting vanilla punch.

Really doesn't seem like this is going to be much at first, but it really delivers. Coffee angle though doesn't really come across, but whatever they added sure as heck didn't ruin anything here. Excellent barrel aged flavored stout.

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Photo of frontrangefart
5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smells of bourbon and vanilla with hint of chocolate. Pours with a good head of light brown. The beer is a beautiful color while pouring. Tastes of coffee on the front with chocolate, then vanilla and bourbon. Simply the best Avery beer I've ever had.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

They like big stouts and they cannot lie... and the Callipygian is one big-ass beer! Massive alcohol is matches with equally as massive sweetness, complexity and body. A big assist from vanilla, chocolate, coffee and with bourbon barrel charm gives this larger-than-life stout the arsenal it needs to satisfy the palate and seduce the senses.

Inky and thatch-like, the stout basically crawls out of the bottle all by itself, then nestles patiently in the snifter, slowly releasing a thick barrier of meringue-like foam. Rediculous aromatics engulf the senses with with lavish espresso, dark chocolate, bourbon and burnt cream- all seemingly of roasted marshmallow with a not-so-subtle kiss of booze.

The sweet density of maple and black-strap molasses swiftly overcome the palate in all of their roasted glory, inviting bold espresso, bittersweet and baker's chocolate, burnt toast and a light waft of campfire. The bourbon flavors carry the spiciness of booze and brashly trample the late palate. In steps vanilla and cream to soften the brunt of alcohol and to give life to the supple complexity of caramel, coconut, cherry and oak from the bourbon barrels.

Absurdly full, its a shame that they don't serve the beer with a spoon. Its pudding-like texture carries a bitter chocolate that's laced with tar-like walnut oil, coffee-derived bitterness, and a sharp charred wood bite. An indefinite linger of bitter chocolate and espresso carry the finish well into the next savory, sultry, outlandish sip.

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Photo of jws7968
4.84/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours black with nice lacing. Vanilla and coffee forward. Taste is very much the same, with a good boozy flavor. Nice feeling beer that I would drink any time it was available.

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Photo of shoegueuze
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thinner than I had hoped, coffee was non-existant in flavor, chocolate was barely discernible, no vanilla at all. Mostly the bourbon stood out, without much wood character I might add. Tastes sort of like they poured a shot of bourbon in an imperial stout.

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Photo of Kramerbarthomer
4.71/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Tweak with a touch of sweetness. It's boozy. It's rich. The coffee is still here, but it's much milder. The added vanilla and cocoa give this an added sweetness, a little more thickness to the mouthfeel. It's delicious.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.89/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of t2grogan
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SkiBum22
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of joemetric
4.59/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of johnny_chimpo
4.65/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of juablu
4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of heddar33
4.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AlarmClock314
4.31/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, dated 4/25/16, 17.4% ABV. Appears brownish black with a smaller sized khaki head. Smells of vanilla, cocoa, whiskey, oak, roasted malt, oxidization, dark fruit, earthy hops, and licorice. The taste follows with cocoa, vanilla, whiskey, oak, oxidation, dark fruit, roasted malt, earthy hops, and licorice. Medium bitterness, dryness, and tartness with some light sweetness. The flavor profile has mellowed some but the alcohol is still very present. Better after it warmed up. Average body and carbonation for the style. Overall, even though its past its prime it still has a complex cocoa, vanilla, barrel, and bitter/tart profile.

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Photo of chossboss
4.56/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Prospero
4.6/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Overwhelming nose of cocoa powder and vanilla bean, flavor is like a chocolate and vanilla ice cream with enough coffee to really make it a nice complex rich full dessert-type beer that you want to share with friends. ABV is hardly noticeable as this goes down a smooth as ice cream as well. Incredibly well made beer.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.02/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black in color with no light penetration. There's a fingernail of creamy brown around the rim and half of the top. The aroma is of coffee,chocolate, and vanilla. I'm tasting sweet bourbon, chocolate, and coffee. The mouth is thick,chewy, and warm with alcohol.

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Photo of warmbier804
4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of buyyourfreedom
4.42/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of boogerisu
4.52/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of striker2160
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Callipygian from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.44 out of 5 with 434 ratings