Fimbulvvinter
Avery Brewing Company

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Style:
Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)
ABV:
16.9%
Score:
91
Avg:
4.28 | pDev: 6.31%
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
67
From:
Avery Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  5
Gots
  14
SCORE
91
Outstanding
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Notes: Find warmth in this rum barrel-aged odyssey, a legend of our steadfast brew warriors in their quest to take a traditional Belgian yeast to new heights of glory.
Reviews: 33 | Ratings: 67 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of chinchill
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottles with a 30 November 2017 bottling date stamp on the label, served in a Belgian snifter.
Boozy and sweet with an appealing mix that includes rum soaked dark dried fruits, molasses and brown sugar. The flavor is sweet but this seems just right given the overall flavor profile. Although the high ABV is very well hidden in the flavor it is mostly apparent in the feel.
Overall. A delightful elixir that improved with some warming.

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Photo of stortore
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle into a snifter. Bottled 11/30/17, had 12/18/19.

Pours a cloudy orange/amber, with a half inch foamy head and some brief foamy lacing. Aromas of rum, caramel, dates, toffee, brown sugar, butterscotch, raisins, a little leather, a hint of coconut. Has a fairly sweet aroma. Flavors of caramel, brown sugar, rum, raisins, vanilla, Candi sugar, some figs and plums, less butterscotch than the nose. Definitely sweet, but not cloying. Ridiculously smooth for the ABV, a solid medium body, appropriately carbonated.

This was a fun one. The rum barrels are fairly subtle, but impactful. Excellent aromas, great flavors. Frighteningly easy to drink. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of mmilyko
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 11/30/17....Found 5 or 6 of these on the shelf of a local Lee's Discount yesterday (3/10/20) and figured I would try one....Love Belgian styles, and this one said it was a Quintuple (is there really such a thing?).....This turned out to be delicious, although a little on the sweet side. Didn't notice 16.9% ABV until it was way too late. Going back to Lee's tomorrow to buy the rest if they're still there. My history with Avery has been wonderful, thanks again folks.
Let me know if you would like to trade one out, assuming I can score the others.

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Photo of maximum12
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The last bottle I lugged home in the Kia Optima from Omaha, a surprisingly nice little car. 12 oz. gold foiled capped bottle dated 11/30/17.

The pour is gorgeous, like holding up a fine coppery gemstone (with a little running carbonation) up the light. Smells like sweet rum, sherry, brown sugar, & absolutely nothing like beer.

Fimbulvvinter tastes like something brewed specifically to piss @islay off. The spicy, fruitish yeasts dance with the rum barrel with Astaire smoothness, bringing out deep notes of sugared apple, plums, & overripe raspberries. Liquefied sugar & a long run of alcohol coat the finish. And my cortical layers. Light & breezy despite the numbing ABV. I’d like to drink enough of this so I woke up right here tomorrow. That would be cool. Wetting my pants wouldn’t be.

Not much beer here, but the interplay of tastes is exquisite &, dare I say in this landscape with a brewery on every corner, unique. Top shelf, & one of the best rum barrel aged beers I can recall.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle dated 11/30/2017
Boiler snifter

Color is a cherry blush with a thin grey fingernail of head.

Aroma is strong alcohol with slight honey stickiness and slight fig, oak, and tannin. Slight grape and tanned leather. Some slight fried potato.

Flavor leans a bit paint-thinner like, not surprising for the alcohol content. Also brings syrupy elements of honey, fig, and horehound. Slight molasses and even more honey, with whispers of grassy hop and then some heavy barrel oak tannin and fruity rum. Very slight grape sucker and butterscotch on the finish.

Feel is numbing, hot, and buzzing. Medium to thick bodied, very syrupy, my head is buzzing already.

Overall, 16.9% is no joke and while I got this on clearance at $10/bottle, this might not be a repeat purchase unless I was really really in the mood to forget everything that happened in the last week. It's far too strong for any sort of session and once you crack it, you're committed, so it's a one-and-done. You better make this beer the only beer you drink on any given night.

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Photo of StraightNoChaser
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

look: Clear amber with a light tan head, and messy lingering lacing.
smell: Dark fruit, butterscotch, and spiced rum.
taste: Like the nose. Rich, and decadent and another wonderful gold foil by the saints at Avery. Thanks folks.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip from a vintage 2017 bottle.

Appearance: have you sediments on the body with an amber like a color creating and off-white head which initially rises two fingers length off the body.

Smell: depatie with warm sugar and rum aroma which sticks to the nostrils.

Taste: sweet and complex malts with a load of barley and a touch bitterness to offset the rest of the body.

Mouth: incredibly full body and super sticky. Has a soft carbonation with a sweet finish.

Overall: incredible borough which I have had for well over a year and a half and thank God I kept it for a while because a drink like liquid gold. Salud!

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Photo of arizcards
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single at the Craft Beer Hop Stop on 6-7-19 for $4.99 - the distributor was dumping the remaining inventory - thanks to Allen for passing the deal along! Bottled on 11-30-17.

Beer poured a murky burgundy brown with a thinnish white head with the initial pour.

Nose is currants and figs forward with a light touch of rum alcohol lurking in the background, very nice.

Taste is very sweet. Dark fruits and a touch of rum greet the pallette over a huge malt base. Finishes with an alcohol burn, lacking adequate hopping to provide some balance.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth in the Belgian fashion.

Overall not a bad beer, some good qualities here, but in the end is too sweet.

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Photo of Eddieeight
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Opening a pricey $14 bottle bottled in November of 2017, tasting in August 2019. Weighing in at 16.9% abv. Poured into a snifter. Looks a rich amber color, with a tinge of red and orange in it. Unique color.
Smells almost medicinal, very strong like the grapes of a strong wine, maybe a barley wine, or a mead, or a cheap wine you buy at the gas station and raisins a bit too. I might almost think this to be a barley wine but it’s very sweet and not bitter. Has a very warming orange raisin feel. Very sweet taste. The rum barrels it’s been aged in must’ve had some good spices in them. It’s not a cheap rum. The whole thing washes a warmth coating over my mouth and down my throat. Mouthfeel is medium thick and the carbonation seems like the bubbles are numerous and very tiny compared to an average beer. Overall very unique experience.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The Belgian styled darker stronger ales have always been a beer eager for the barrel. But most craft brewers reach for those that previously housed bourbon. But not Avery Brewing. This is not your common barrel. This is not your common beer.

Deep and tawny amber, the foggy Fimbulvvinter swirls daintily with a short essence of creme. An overwhelming scent of stone fruit, tropical fruit, orchard fruit and spiced rum reveal a lot of its secrets with just one pass of the nose. Brown sugar, caramel and a pleasant nuance of butterscotch frame the early taste in a sultry, savory and sweet introduction to the tastebuds.

As the sweetness saturates the tongue, its savory barrel character opens up to cashew, toasted caramel, coconut and a pep of holiday spice. Apricot, mango, orange and peach, all seemingly of the over ripened, macerated variety stew on the middle palate in baited anticipation of a spiciness of peppercorn, allspice and light clove. With the heat of brandy and the tangy vinous spice of sherry, the beer's late palate shows a little taste of fortified wine through the lingering sweetness and the rum influences.

Devilishly full but a step back from cloying, the rich and powerfully strong quad finishes with a light peppery hop balance and the spice of oak tannins. Jam, syrups and rum cake leave evocative flavors on a long, savory and highly rewarding aftertaste.

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Photo of Thankin_Hank
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Deep red color with no head but much suspension and carbonation. Fragrantly sweet aroma smells delicious. Has a bit of a sour taste to it. It’s quite sweet and very alcoholic. It has a bite that is extraordinary and I think it’s excellent. I think it has to do with the sourness of the brew. Truly one of a kind. Overall Avery is known for thinking out of the box and making exceptional brews that only the craft beer kind can adore and appreciate. If you were lucky enough to get some, you remember. Bottled Nov 30, 2017. Avery is truly the epitome of craft beers that are out of this world.

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Photo of russpowell
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent & murky brown with one finger of tan head. Average head retention & slightly better lacing

S: Rum soaked raisins & figs

Follows the nose, with a little boozey rum & coke on it's heels, some cinnamon and all-spice as well, plus dryness up front. Sweet booze laced figs and raisins persists as this warms, along with dark rum warmth & dryness, just a little leafy hop as well. Finishes dry with plenty of dark fruit, to include some black cherry, & a little rum infused warmth

MF: Medium body, fairly assertive carbonation

Lovely offering the extreme ABV is tamed by well blended flavors, going down easy on unseasonably cool/wet evening next to the gas fireplace, a sipper none the less

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Photo of 57md
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a muddy copper color. The nose is mediciney and woody. The flavor profile is deeply malty and sweet with a nice warming finish. The flavor of this beer is top notch, but it certainly looses some serious style points due to the odd smell.

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Photo of beertunes
3.65/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a clean, clear mahogany color, with a touch of a reddish tint on the edges, with just a thin cap of tan head that had very low retention and no lacing.

Aged in rum barrels you say? I would have never been able to tell. Seriously, just the right amount of rum came through; enough to be noticeable, but not so much as to dominate. There was a touch of woodiness as well. The base beer seemed a bit muted, i didn't get any of the stone fruit aspects I usually look for in these brews. There was also some noticeable alcohol (a near 17% beer had alcohol notes? Shocked!) and some sweet malty grains.

Pretty similar on the tongue, although the the beer was noticeably sweeter in taste than in scent. maybe hints of molasses?

The body was medium-full, and a bit thinner than I had anticipated. I expected full-on syrup. In another complete surprise, the beer had a sweet finish.

Drinkability was fine, i was kinda wishing it had been a 16oz bottle by the end. Overall, a nicely solid beer. maybe my expectations were on the high side (I love Quads, so a Quint shoulda been right up my alley), but this beer missed by a touch. Still, overall, a very nice brew that is worthy of your time if you see it.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Burgundy, with 1/2 a finger of head - cloudy with some lacing

S - oak and sugar, rum

T - Sweet, tons of sugar, belgian qualities, but rum and sugar overwhelm. Excellent - and a slow sipper

F - well carbonated, medium body, sizzles on the tongue

O - Another BA barrel aged brew from Avery, with the ABV hidden but packs a huge punch

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Photo of avalon07
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a dark brown color with ruby tints and a cloudy consistency. Some sediment. There was a half inch of foamy, off white, fairly long-lasting head. So-so lacing.

S: A big aroma of Belgian yeast, rum, vanilla, candi fruit, and caramel.

T: Tasted of a moderate amount of rum (and its accompanying barrel), a good amount of caramel (quite sweet), some Belgian yeast, a decent bit candi fruit (apples), and light vanilla. A big and complex flavor. Surprisingly, it's not as boozy as you might think, but it still packs a punch. The rum adds an interesting dimension to the flavor. Tasty stuff.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a warm, sharp finish. Full-bodied.

O: A powerful, likable, and interesting take on the quad style. Drinkable.

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Photo of stercomm
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big bold boozy brew. Carmel in color, with a bit of a very viscous look. On the nose get rum, candied fruit, malty goodness. Mouthfeel is like a cough syrup, not in a bad way. Taste has some heat from the alcohol, candied raisins, rum cake. This is a beast of a beer.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Gold foil capped 12oz bottle from Greenville Beer Exchange (Greenville, SC). 12.49. Bottled 11/30/17. Served in an Avery snifter. Enjoyed 6/26/18.

Pours a deep crimson with abundant particulate in suspension. The initial finger of loose ecrue head fades to a thin central island and ample halo. Only a few sparce dots of lace.

The nose is bold and sweet. Dark fruit jam, rum, vanilla, caramel, toast and some vague banana.

The flavor is sweet boozey goodness. Candied raisins, rum, caramel, vanilla, wet wood, fruity Belgian yeast and alcohol-soused bread pudding.

Full, syrupy body with relaxed carbonation. Boozey caramalized dark fruit continues pleasing the palate in the aftertaste.

Another high alcohol treat from Avery. Fimbulvvinter affirms my thought that rum barrels compliment Belgian style strong dark ales quite well. And I’ll certainly be continuing my policy of trying every Avery foil-capped high abv offering that I can.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Form the 12 oz bottle in a snifter with the little lady on our anniversary.
This astounding beast pours a glowing deep mahogany red color with a
nice head of off white foam that settles to a thick ring, thin light pool, and
showcases some nice light lacing. Nose of rum, raisin, dates, candy sugar,
and subtle booze (?!?). Flavors nail it out of the park with fig and date notes
awash in sweet dark rum with a mild coconut and barrel note intertwined
with a touch of Belgian spice and a walloping warmth around candy sugars.
Great mouth feel; smooth, lightly searing, warming, boozy, light carbonation,
lightly slick, and finishing warm and lightly dry and sweet.

What a brew----a malt lovers dream....glad I split it!

Cheers

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Photo of Herbabee
4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

yeah. what "Shade1951" just below succinctly stated. don't fault me for finding it a bit "too" translucent from my usual quad (or "quint") experiences... but, having (somehow) managed to have scored a full case of this one, it should be treated as a lifetime supply (especially considering the financial damage inflicted).

if i'm not careful, i can get a twinge of the tummy burn from the 151 benders of my misspent youth. and the following morn, finding my sea legs again. Temperance!

but Yum.

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Photo of Shade1951
4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What can I say? This is the Holy Grail for people who like super high ABV beers. This is a BIG, BIG beer in every possible way. The smell is HUGE. Sweet, whiskey-ish. The flavor is HUGE. Sweet, a bit syrupy... but oh so good. The ABV will knock you on your ass.

This is a sipper. This is NOT refreshing. It is NOT a "lawnmower beer." This is for people who want to get totally trashed after just ONE beer.

I hope this beer is not a one-off, and that Avery will brew it again. It will be even more spectacular in the colder weather.

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Photo of mschrei
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not quite sure how I feel about this. The quad base of it seems pretty good. There's good rum presence, nice flavor, strong enough barrel presence. Problem is it's a little too sweet and syrupy and maybe too boozy. Slightly improves as it warms.

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Photo of wmartin
4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely fantastic stuff! Very sweet and very boozy. Went back to the store and bought the last 4 bottles they had.

They actually called this a "quintuple", and it deserves to be in a category by itself. Flavor may be seen as a bit cloying at first, but deep complexity, strong flavors of malt, yeast, and barrel, and warming effects overwhelm that. I actually found it best cold, like 40F. It takes a couple hours to drink a beast like this, though the bottle is only 12 oz, and I'd recommend keeping the bottle in the fridge and using a small glass, refilled every 15 minutes from the fridge bottle, until it is empty.

Goes well with raw chocolate chip cookie dough, and any rich dessert, I would imagine.

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Photo of beergoot
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep copper body; full, gently rising carbonation; thin yet lasting head. Rich caramel and toffee notes; dried pit fruits like dates and apricots. Robust candied sugar sweetness; roasted grains; dried figs and cherries; boozy. Heavy, thick and chewy body; warm; lots of residual sugars.

Damn, but this is a tasty monster of a beer. I find it surprising that there is even a lasting head and lacing as high ABV beers seem to lack this feature at times. The beer has incredible depth and complexity (and well it should!), balances the flavors and alcohol expertly, and is just a delight to sip and experience.

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Photo of Zeeck
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - This beer is a rich, dark reddish brown. The color is vibrant and it has a light head that didn't disappear immediately.

Smell - On the nose I get a lot of burnt sugar and oak. I also get something bright and somewhat fruit, like apricot.

Taste - This thing is a caramel bomb! It also has a lot of yeasty bread elements to it. There's a candied fruit flavor to it, as well, reminding me of a brandy or cognac. It has a very baked apple and apricot flavor to go with the sweet caramel and the oak. All together, it was like a sweet bread with an apple and caramel butter spread.

Feel - This is more on the watery side but is a bit sticky afterward. It makes the flavor stick around for a bit and I found myself licking my lips after each sip.

Overall - This is so frickin' good! I didn't know what I was getting into, but I loved it. It's one of the better beers I've had in quite some time. It's sweet and rich but not overly sweet. It also has a nice malty and yeasty tone to it to balance that sweet factor, and the fruity notes are bright and delicious.

Pairs Well With - Drowning my sorrows after the Loyola Ramblers loss.

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Fimbulvvinter from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 67 ratings