Nuttiest Professor
Avery Brewing Company

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Stout - American Imperial
4.18 | pDev: 7.89%
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Notes: Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Peanut Stout. ​This creamy and colossal peanut stout is nuts. But, our resident archaeologist, historian, brewer, and professor...he's really nuts. Mad peanut science.
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 6/19/17; drank 9/18/19 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

A rough pour yielded a small, noisy dark khaki head which quickly dissipated; no lace.

Peanut butter, milk chocolate & bourbon heat notes in the nose.

Thick, sticky mouthfeel.

Peanut butter & bourbon heat flavors up front; milk chocolate notes on the finish.

I aged this for two years hoping the booze heat would fade; no such luck.

Sep 19, 2019
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. Bottling date is 'JUN 19 2017'.
Opaque black colored body. Not much of a head upon pouring but the surface stays active from rising bubbles. No lacing, but leaves a oily sheen.
Aroma of bourbon soaked dark roasted malts and a whiff of peanuts.
Taste is rather sweet, with a heavy bourbon presence. With dark roasted malts that express at different moments - chocolate, coffee, cherry, and caramel/molasses. I get a sense of peanuts but the flavor is not strong, but more felt in the oily texture of the beer. Slippery smooth, with a thinner mouth feel. Low carbonation.
This is a high alcohol level beer but there is little burn, but there is considerable vapor through the nostrils. Sweet enough to be a dessert beer, with the peanuts mainly appearing in a brief aftertaste. From the label description it sounds as if this beer was done as an experiment in brewing with different ingredients, such as peanuts in a high ABV% stout. The beer still hangs together well, even at the two year mark in the bottle.

Jun 15, 2019
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Thankin_Hank from Texas

4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark as night pour with abundant carbonation and an oily residue on top. Smells delicious, typically the molasses, brown sugar sweet aroma, this time with the hint of nuts, suspended near the top floating. The alcohol is strong and it has a sweet flavor of brown sugar and molasses. Not tasting the peanuts yet. It has an excellent mouthfeel, save the alcohol but for many that's part of the enjoyment of these style beers. Overall it's a fine craft beer that deserves a place among the greats at Avery Brewing. The peanuts are coming through in the aftertaste now. 12 ounce bottled on 6/20/17.

May 19, 2019
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CraftPicks from Indiana

3.46/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Avery beers are always so hot. A year later and this beer can stand some age still. As this warms I get more peanut taste. Peanut aromatics are gone.

Really a 3.6875

VISUAL: Clear black color with no particulates, a small amount of brown foam, and no lacing.

AROMA: Chocolate and sweet aromatics and whiskey with other alcoholic notes.

TASTE: Definite lingering sweetness and mildly sweet.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body, a little carbonation, and alcohol.

Dec 17, 2018
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StraightNoChaser from Georgia

4.71/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

look: Deep dark imp stout depth, sparse cola highlights when held to light. Almost no head on the pour and that recedes quickly. No lacing but an oily sheen coats the glass.
smell: rich, decadent and unique. Peanuts in rich molasses espresso.
taste: much like the nose. Rich decadent and perfectly crafted.

Dec 02, 2018
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Psilo from California

3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled June 2017, opens with a hiss. Pours black with dark brown highlights, more sediment in the bottle than expected. Very fizzy. Head is gone as soon as the glass is righted on the countertop.

Smells of dark chocolate and fusel booze, leaning almost nail polish. I'm sensitive to the gassy smell of alcohol, so I feel a bit bad about rating the smell.

Tastes much better. Dark chocolate fudge, bourbon, and a nutty flavor on the back. Tannic with lingering bitterness that reminds you it's a beer and not a chocolate liqueur. 

Smooth, creamy and rich, which takes me by surprise given the fizzy-ness. The sweetness gets to me by the end of the glass. The peanut(butter) stouts I've tried haven't captured the PB taste enough for me, and this one is no exception. Maybe it's an extra-difficult flavor to capture.

Overall I wouldn't spend the price to buy it again, but it was tasty while it lasted.

Oct 22, 2018
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beergoot from Colorado

3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Opaque brownish-black body; very fizzy, very little head. Heavy nutty and roasted grain aroma; cocoa nibs; coffee grounds. Roasted peanut flavor; boozy but tempered with a dark malt sweetness; some acrid bitterness; woody with a whiskey hint. Heavy body, perhaps with a little watery dilution; warm with an alcohol edge.

Like many an Avery barrel-aged product, this one is loud and nearly in your face with sensory impressions. Overall, it's not bad, but not one of their best offerings along this line. Worth a try if your adventurous enough...

Jul 26, 2018
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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- pours a deep brown color with a thin foamy khaki head that has short retention

S- roasted peanut aroma up front, along with cocoa, chocolate, caramel, barrel, big malty notes and a hit of booze

T- peanut is as prevalent in flavor, but there is a nutty roasted quality. In typical Avery fashion, it's big, boozy & malty sweet. Notes of cocoa, caramel, molasses & brown sugar. The finish is super sweet & boozy with just a hint of woody barrel closing it out

M- medium-heavy body with moderate carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a silky warming finish

O- the peanut flavor is there, but overpowered but the intense malty sweetness. Even in a 12oz bottle, this is one to share

Apr 08, 2018
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stortore from Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into a snifter. Bottled 6/19/17, had 2/18/18.

Pours very dark, opaque and oily looking, only a quick attempt at a head, no lacing of any type. Aromas of lots of bourbon, cocoa, chocolate, caramel, some smoke, light peanuts- a little more as it warms, light molasses and oak, a hint of tobacco. The taste is far less expressive- bourbon, cocoa, caramel, chocolate, malt, light oak, a little salt. Ridiculously smooth for the ABV, a good full body, appropriately carbonated.

A very good BBA stout, but the headliner was mostly a ghost. The look and feel were not up to par for an Avery gold foil, either. Maybe my bottle was compromised, other reviews seem happier. Really, most of my negativity revolves around the high price point for what you get, and what you should expect.

Apr 07, 2018
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superspak from Michigan

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

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 6/19/2017. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with small a foamy tan head with poor retention, that reduces to nothing pretty quickly. Zero lacing on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Good appearance. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, peanuts, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, toasted oak, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of coconut, molasses, licorice, raisin, prune, smoke, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Touch of booze on the nose as it warms, but not overwhelming. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malts, peanuts, and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, peanuts, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, toasted oak, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of coconut, molasses, licorice, raisin, prune, smoke, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Mild roast/char bitterness and bourbon/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, peanuts, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, toasted oak, dark/brown bread, light smoke/licorice/dark fruit, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, peanuts, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a nice roasted bitter/sweet and bourbon/oak spiciness balance; with zero cloying/acrid flavors after the finish. Touch of lingering bitter/tannin dryness. Light carbonation and very full body; with a very creamy/silky/slick and lightly syrupy/chalky/tannic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden; a lightly increasing warmth of 15.2%, with minimal barrel booziness after the finish. Overall this is an excellent barrel aged huge imperial stout. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, peanuts, and bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV. Was expecting more out of it; but the overall balance of rich malts, peanuts, and bourbon barrels is pretty much perfect. A very enjoyable offering.

Mar 24, 2018
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Beginner2 from Illinois

4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Like nothing else in this world.
(Well, maybe I exaggerate... but I am totally stumped as to how so much can be going on in one beer and still be a synthesized whole. )

But, The Nuttiest Professor seems to have figured this out. (Bravo for the egg-heads.)
I've seen before stouts Look this good and have this dark a head. And I may have Smelled a handful of barrel-aged stouts who astonish me with this much complexity. But, I do not recall Tasting a stout this complex that also is this integrated. Others may parse the flavors they taste, but I'm enjoying the Big Picture. As for Feel, soft, smooth, viscous and smooth again.

Could I have this again? Absolutely. But, I am humbled by the Nuttiest Professor... and I will share.

Feb 10, 2018
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Received from @Dragginballs76 in NBS BIF #6 – Thanks Michael!
12 ozer bottled Jun 19, 2017 (Marked on the label and on the bottle shoulder), stored at 42 degrees and served at 57 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 3.
Body – Dark brown, opaque, aggressive effervescence. Light passing through the meniscus shows it to be brown.
Head – None. It disappears as past as it appears. There is a constant attempt to form a ring by effervescence, but to no avail.
Lacing – None.
Pour – Brown, clear.
Aroma – 3 - Weak odor of rancid peanut butter.
Flavor – 3 - Wow! Definitely alcohol forward! Followed by alcohol mid-palate, and ending with an alcohol nasal burn. After four or five additional (And smaller) swallows, my alcohol receptors have overloaded and some more subtle flavors sneak it – a bit of peanut in the aftertaste and some vanillin from the barrel. There is also some fleeting char, but that’s just as likely from my burning oral epithelial cells as from the barrel. No malt, no hops, no bourbon, no diacetyl.
Palate – 3.5 - Medium, thin and watery, more fizzy than lively.
Impression and summation – 3 - Appearance is consistent with high ABV barrel-aged brews and the aroma is faint enough to not be off-putting. The up-front alcohol slam was totally unexpected but after the initial shock, smaller swallows ameliorated it. Unfortunately, any other tastes were more tertiary than secondary and could not adequately offset the pejorative effects of the initial alcohol attack. Half an hour into the glass, the fizziness has gone and the palate has improved, becoming more chewable as I would expect from a double/imperial stout. Kudos to Avery for marking the bottled date on both the shoulder and the label!

Jan 20, 2018
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artdob from California

3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a rich dark oily black. Had been in the fridge about 30 minutes prior. No head or lace, zippo. Getting almost nothing on the nose, perhaps due to chilling it a bit. Slight sweet scents, but very mild. Comes to life in a big way upon taste. Vibrant and bold. Sweet and substantial. Peanuts, molasses, bosco, chocolate nut brownies. A spot of carbonation as it enters the mouth. Sweetness holds up, fades in a bit to a slight bitterness. Desert in a glass.

Jan 16, 2018
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

4.71/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Taste: Sweet, intense, complex, roasted peanuts, dark malts, dark chocolate, oak barrels, boozy, vanilla smooth. Same with the nose. Black, opaque, no head but viscous on glass. Full not heavy body. Big warming tasty finish. 60 IBUs

Jan 13, 2018
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle, bottled JUN 19 2017. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head that fizzled away really quickly. Not much lacing, either. Aroma is nice, it smells mostly like peanuts/peanut butter, along with chocolate, roasted malt, bourbon, vanilla, and a bit of coffee. I think the taste is similar to the aroma, with peanut/peanut butter, chocolate, bourbon, molasses, coffee, roasted malt and caramel flavors. Mouthfeel/body is full, it's slick and smooth with a moderate amount of carbonation. The 15.2% ABV is well hidden here, I really thought this was going to be boozier (although I'm sure it will catch up to me later). Overall I thought it was a good brew, glad I picked this up when I did! $13.99 a bottle.

Dec 29, 2017
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BeerDawgs from Georgia

4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A 12oz bottle with a bottled on date of 6.19.17. 1680 cases

L - Pitch black with no head or lacing

S - Bourbon, peanuts, chocolate

T - Like the smell - chocolate, peanuts, bourbon in that order. Very sweet.

F - Very thin, low carbonation

O - Good, but fairly thin in body and taste

Dec 22, 2017
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CHickman from New York

4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No.45 in the barrel series, bottled June 19, 2017: pours pitch black color with a 1 finger tan head that dissipated so quickly that so quickly I barely got to see the brown head form before it faded and was gone. Fastest Avery Barrel-Aged Series head drop yet.

Nose has everything advertised on the bottle: peanuts, bourbon, barrel accents like oak and vanilla, roasted nuts, and then it brought in burnt coffee grinds, molasses, soy sauce, cocoa powder, Hershey's chocolate syrup and bittersweet chocolate. It's on the border of cloyingly sweet smelling, but the bourbon influence keeps it in check and very complex.

Taste is just what I hoped for when I bought this bottle: bourbon, barrel accents like oak, vanilla and/or vanilla beans, charred wood, peanuts, roasted nuts, dark chocolate, burnt coffee grinds, molasses, soy sauce, cocoa powder, Hershey's chocolate syrup, toffee, brown sugar, bittersweet bakers chocolate, ashy notes and faint toasted coconut. This flavor has strong bourbon blended with burnt campfire marshmallows, cocoa powder, vanilla and trailing peanuts. It seems sweet until the bourbon jumps ahead of the sweetness and levels it out. The 15.2% ABV is always present but never a booze distraction, as this somehow seems balanced with a little bitterness and the nutty contrasting sweetness.

It's a little thin for an imperial stout, but it's so smooth and easy to drink that to me that aspect made up for the thin overall mouthfeel. I love the way this fades with bourbon, then dark chocolate, and then finally the peanut flavors. A damn fine slow sipper which may be too sweet for some people, but I am a huge peanut and peanut butter lover so this took two of my favorite things in life and blended them together. Worth trying as this is a craft beer gem.

Dec 17, 2017
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Vidblain from Minnesota

3.65/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nuttiest Professor has what is likely one of the most unpleasantly lingering tastes I've had recently. While there are peanuts, chocolate, and bourbon to the taste, the salty peanut taste has a strange tang to is that just does not leave your mouth. I found it to be quite unpleasant.

Being a self-professed lover of all things peanuts, this really disappointed me. I'll take a Tweak or a Uncle Jacob's any day - pass on the Nuttiest.

Dec 12, 2017
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citizencane from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown-black with minimal head into mini snifter. Tastes of chocolate, roasted malt, nut, and burnt dark chocolate and malt. Feels smooth. High ABV only comes out after several sips. Not bad at all but quite boozy.

Nov 24, 2017
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thin with no head, as you'd expect from a barrel aged stout. Nose is sweet - vanilla from the barrel, some peanut but more artificial, boozey caramel . No real peanut butter / legume flavor on the tongue - generic bourbon aged stout. Not to say that is bad or awful - this beer just doesn't add that extra dimension as advertised. Warm vanilla / vanilla booze, dark roasted malt with coffee tones, but loses any ancillary flavors (i.e. Not getting the peanut butter). Fine just blends in with the rest of the barrel aged stouts.

Nov 20, 2017
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tobelerone from New Jersey

3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Unappealing visuals; head was fizzy and short lived with zero lace. Just looking at this thing you can tell the body and feel won't be right. Having a hard time finding the peanuts in aroma or flavor. Still quite tasty and fits the bill if you're looking for a sweeter imperial stout that's very much booze and barrel forward. Bourbon is plentiful but not so much happily married to the beer. Lots of vanilla, chocolate, fusel alcohol, not much char or bitterness or wood.

There's something about this beer that reminds me of a vodka and coke from last night that sits been sitting on a side table in the living room all night. Too boozy (and I rarely ever say that), too thin, just needs some degree of heft and viscosity.

Nov 18, 2017
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black in color with no penetration to light. There's no head, but there are some minuscule carbonation bubbles erupting on top. The aroma is of sweet bourbon and roasted peanuts. I'm tasting a very balanced flavor of roasted peanuts and sweet bourbon. The mouth is dry and warm.

Nov 10, 2017
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AlarmClock314 from Wisconsin

4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, dated 6/18/17, batch #45, 15.2% ABV. Pours black with a small brown and quickly receding head leaving no foam behind. Smells of peanuts, scotch, roasted malt, and cocoa. The taste follows with peanuts, scotch, roasted malt, bittersweet cocoa, molasses, and caramel. Better taste intensity than the smell. Higher sweetness with moderate bitterness and dryness. Noticeable alcohol presence. Above average body and below average carbonation. Although the head vanished, lots of carbonation bubbles are still present in the mouthfeel. Overall, it has a nice peanut, scotch, and cocoa vibe, but is a little boozy. Might be good to age for a while.

Nov 04, 2017
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bobhits from Kentucky

3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours black as tar, zero carbonation. Very thick and viscous.

Peanut butter is really all I can get easily from this nose on this one. There's a hint of chocolate or just a darker sweetness, perhaps a light vanilla, but it smells like peanut butter.

I'm telling you this is peanut butter with a vanilla mid pallet with some bourbon notes, and then right back into peanut butter. Some kind of candy milk chocolate somewhat sneaks in here and there.

Man, darn good, but a bit one dimensional. I won't buy this one again at the cost of 12 bucks or a buck an oz. Still really nice beer, very glad to have had it.

Oct 22, 2017
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darktronica from Indiana

4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the few beers I've had that glistens on the surface, thanks to oils from the additives. The other that comes to mind is Prop '14, but this falls short of that.

Oct 17, 2017
Nuttiest Professor from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 202 ratings