Avery Brewing Company

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Stout - American Imperial
4.11 | pDev: 8.03%
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Barrel-aged imperial stout brewed with cacao nibs, Mexican vanilla beans, Madagascar vanilla beans red black & brown chipotle chiles, Ancho chiles, Pasila chiles, and Ceylon cinnamon.
Reviews: 47 | Ratings: 165 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by IvoryFoxhole:
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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle dated 5/19/16. Poured into Carton Dubvariant glass and let sit for a good hour to warm up.

L: 2-3F light tan head on pour. Good retention, leaves a little ring and cap, Beer is black.

S: Lots going on here. Cocoa, vanilla, bourbon barrel, cinnamon, and a hint of heat from the chilis.

T: Roasted malts, vanilla, cocoa, cinnamon, the oaky barrel, and then chili heat on the end. It's not too much. I could see the entire presentation softening and melding a bit through aging, so if I find another bottle I'll try it.

F: Medium to full bodied, light carbonation, creamy and thick, good construction, decent balance. Easy to let the burn from the chili and high ABV run away with the finish and it's mostly controlled here. Heat lingers a while, but that's what chili oils do...it's not overpowering.

O: Decent effort, I think. Not in the BOMB! neighborhood, but pleasant and solid. Avery generally does good things with their barrel-aged series.

Sep 13, 2016
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap and bottle:
Tap seemed smoother and more dessert-like. But I've bee sipping on a bottle pour for a while.

Head sustains and actually provides lacing on a hotel plastic cup.

Nose shows a bit of chocolate, but the cinnamon spice note actually stands out. Subtle tang (maybe the pepper note), and spice fares fast.

Taste is initially chocolatey and a sweet marshmallow note to it. This is how I felt about the tap beer (that was a sample). The bottle, once warmed, features the pepper more. The heat, which may be caused by both pepper and cinnamon, is evident, though I actually successfully ignored it for half the beer.

My initial impression reminded me of Birthday Bomb! This beer did end up more spicy, and strayed heavily from the dessert-ish category I originally put it in. Pepper spice, though nicely integrated, is much more noticeable than I get from Prarie, though.

Sep 10, 2016
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OrangeMen from New York

4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2016 vintage
~ 4 months from bottling date

Appearance- Pours a black color, opaque, brown hues at surface when swirled. Half finger thick, light tan colored head, soapy. Lots of alcohol legs coat glass, some spotty head lacing.

Aroma- Rich roasted malts. Sweet chocolates, creamy vanilla and caramel. Mild cinnamon spice, earthy peppers w/ some noticeable spicy heat. Mild bourbon and drying oak, slight barrel char and spice.

Taste- Roasted malt, cocoa, sweet chocolates, creamy vanilla, caramel. Dry oak barrel, spice, dash of cinnamon, earthy peppers, spicy heat builds into the finish. Hints of bourbon and alcohol throughout.

Feel- Medium bodied, slightly thinner at times though. Spicy heat is moderate, fairly dry throughout. Moderate carbonation.

Overall- Nice representation of the style, good amount of vanilla and cocoa, and the spiciness from the peppers is noticeable but well balanced into the beer. Cinnamon is fairly subdued, only get a flash of it once the spiciness hits. Bourbon and barrel characteristics are mild, but there is a good amount of alcohol heat.

Sep 24, 2016
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q33jeff from New Jersey

4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Mexican Chocolate Stout Tasting with D.C.
Best tasting yet.
All 6 beers were anywhere from very good to magnificent.
1. Clown Shoes Luchador en Fuego
2. Weyerbacher Sunday Mole' Stout
3. Avery Xolotl
4. Stone Xocoveza
5. Stone Xocoveza Charred
6. Clown Shoes Chocolate Sombrero
**Avery Xolotl
Bottle to snifter.
LOOK: thinnish look, dark black, beige head.
AROMA: Vanilla and Cinnamon and prominent, tuoch of pepper.
TASTE: Vanilla and Bourbon. Pepper comes in late and settles, then gets stronger as you drink. Strongest pepper in the group.
FEEL: Carbonation is about medium. Thinner body allows more bubbles.

3rd of 6.

Sep 17, 2016
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MattyG85 from Minnesota

4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours midnight black with a moderate amount of bubbles. Slight finger of tan head that settles into a thin creamy patch.

Smell: A rich and roasty dark malt driven aroma with a scent of bourbon, chocolate, and peppers. Barrel scent of bourbon whiskey, vanilla, oak, and wood. Dark roasted malt with a scent of cacao nibs, coffee, vanilla beans, toast, biscuit, and caramel with yeast. Spice scent of chili peppers and cinnamon. Sweet hints of molasses. Also some hints of tobacco and leather along with some anise. Subtle hints of dark fruit. A very good complex aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a rich and roasty dark malt forward taste with notes of bourbon, chocolate, and peppers. Barrel notes of bourbon whiskey, oak, vanilla, and wood. Dark roasted malt with notes of dark chocolate, cacao nibs, coffee, vanilla beans, caramel, toast, and biscuit with yeast. Hot notes of chili peppers along with some cinnamon. Sweet taste of molasses. Some notes of tobacco, leather, and anise. Light undertones of dark fruit. A really good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Slick and somewhat syrupy. Fairly boozy but it isn't overwhelming.

Overall: A really good Barrel Aged Imperial Stout. Good mix of roasty chocolate notes with the spices and bourbon.

Sep 17, 2016
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BeerOps from Illinois

3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Jun 22, 2016
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durlta from Iowa

4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sep 03, 2016
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spoony from Colorado

4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 355 ml bottle (bottled May 19, 2016) to a snifter. Reviewed from notes dated November 28, 2016.

A-The beer looks thin coming out of the bottle and somewhat flat. A short, brown head fades immediately and leaves no lacing on the glass. The beer is opaque and nearly black. Uninspiring.

S-The aroma is much better than the appearance. I sniff roasted coffee beans, bakers chocolate, a lot of cinnamon, some caramel, lots of vanilla, and hints of fruity alcohol. The chilis have fallen off a bit on this bottle, but there is still a little tickle of heat, especially as the beer nears room temperature.

T-The taste mostly follows the smell. Lots of cinnamon spice, vanilla, and caramel. The beer is pretty sweet and the cinnamon doesn't do much to dry it out on the palate. I am not picking up much pepper flavor or heat, but I can feel just a little hint in the back of each swallow. Alcohol is well hidden.

M-The beer is on the thin side, especially for Avery. Carbonation is chunky.

O-Avery's entry into the spiced/chili/chocolate BA stout isn't quite as good as I would have hoped, mostly because of the thin mouthfeel, but this is still a tasty beer. I would like to have tasted it fresh when the chilis were at full strength.

Dec 04, 2016
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GetTheYayo from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 20, 2016
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aaronyoung01 from New Mexico

3.15/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Oct 12, 2016
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Stevedore from Oregon

3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Served in a snifter glass.

Pours a dark cola brown body, nearly black. Half finger offwhite head, very minimal retention time, no lacing. Smells of bitter cocoa, dark chocolate, hefty bourbon heat, touch of smoke, light peppery heat, minimal cinnamon. Flavour is a complex mixture of bitter cocoa, dark chocolate, black coffee, plenty of bourbon and a light smoke and char. As before, minimal cinnamon. A lot going on here. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a bit lighter than I'd like, good carbonation. Bitter cocoa and moderate bourbon heat on the finish. An overall interesting and complex stout, a bit thinner than I'd like, but worth trying at least once.

Jul 01, 2016
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malfunxion from New York

4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aug 19, 2016
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Mongrel from Maryland

4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer doesn't drink nearly as big as the ABV would lead you to believe. A little on the thin side actually. Initially the flavor profile is a bit muddled, with earthy spice dominating. Then the bourbon makes itself known, along with dark chocolate and cinnamon. Becomes a little more cohesive and nuanced as the beer settles. Much more chocolate and sugar come out too. I really dig the level of spice.

Sep 30, 2016
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hermit990 from Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Feb 28, 2017
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MNBeer1017 from Minnesota

3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jul 08, 2016
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Hallertau from Wisconsin

4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 07, 2016
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CCutch from Minnesota

4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jul 16, 2016
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ahbithwabm from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aug 06, 2016
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kidzord from Illinois

4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jun 22, 2016
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Kurmaraja from California

4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jun 05, 2016
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JoeMans from New York

4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aug 19, 2016
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Lucnifter from California

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oct 13, 2016
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Sweffin from Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nov 14, 2017
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Parmesan from Colorado

3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L:. Pours a pitch black oil color with no head and no lacing.

S:. Strong hint of bourbon, a bit of roasted pepper, cinnamon and vanilla some roasted malt. Smells boozy.

T:. Strong notes of bourbon, the booze is noticeable, vanilla, cinnamon, a hint of heat from the pepper.

F:. Body is a little thinner than I would expect.

May 09, 2019
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Patches826 from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Apr 16, 2018
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