Fimbulvvinter
Avery Brewing Company

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Style:
Quadrupel (Quad)
ABV:
16.9%
Score:
92
Avg:
4.28 | pDev: 6.31%
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
73
From:
Avery Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  5
Gots
  14
SCORE
92
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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.
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backblast from Alaska

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 11-30-2017
Poured an orangish amber with a very thin white head that didn't hang around.
Tastes sweet from bright fruit with a tad of pepper thrown in. You taste the alcohol but no burn at all and then there is a sherry-spicy fruitiness in the finish and it lingers. Nice one.

Mar 30, 2021
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Franziskaner from Missouri

4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark copper colored with lots of sediment for the barrel aging. The aroma is of light rum. I’m tasting light rum and sweet malt. The mouth is sticky and boozy.

Jul 27, 2020
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Suds from Missouri

4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a twelve ounce brown bottle, this is a hazy ochre color. The head is off-white and slim. Wonderful vanilla, wood, and malt aroma. Some spicy phenols and yeast. Ripe fruit. Wonderful. The taste has a sweetness and warmth that would be great on a cold winter evening (although I'm drinking this during a summer heat wave). Full body and thick finish.

Jul 18, 2020
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chinchill from South Carolina

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.

Apr 11, 2020
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stortore from Illinois

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.

Apr 02, 2020
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mmilyko from Nevada

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. Very unique flavors to me, maybe because I've never had a "quintuple" before. 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.

Mar 12, 2020
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maximum12 from Minnesota

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.

Feb 27, 2020
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hoptheology from South Dakota

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.

Jan 04, 2020
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StraightNoChaser from Georgia

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.

Dec 14, 2019
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ScruffySouthpaw from New York

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!

Dec 02, 2019
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arizcards from North Carolina

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.

Sep 18, 2019
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Eddieeight from Ohio

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.

Aug 03, 2019
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

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.

Jun 19, 2019
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Thankin_Hank from Texas

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.

May 09, 2019
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russpowell from Arkansas

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

Apr 14, 2019
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57md from Pennsylvania

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.

Feb 17, 2019
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BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

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.

Dec 29, 2018
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BeerDawgs from Georgia

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

Dec 20, 2018
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avalon07 from South Carolina

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.

Dec 03, 2018
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stercomm from Ohio

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.

Nov 30, 2018
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ThickNStout from Georgia

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.

Nov 28, 2018
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

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

Oct 20, 2018
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Herbabee from Pennsylvania

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.

Sep 07, 2018
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Shade1951 from Pennsylvania

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.

Sep 01, 2018
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mschrei from Illinois

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.

Jul 24, 2018
Fimbulvvinter from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 73 ratings