Avery Brewing Company

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Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Imperial Porter
4.31 | pDev: 6.96%
Jul 21, 2022
Jan 19, 2018
Notes: Imperial Coconut Porter aged in rum barrels
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Reviewed by EMV from Pennsylvania

4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a gold foil-topped 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Dark, dark pour... nearly black with 1.5 fingers of mocha colored head. Opaque... no light getting through.

S: Rich and roasty. Rum/booze, chocolate, and sweets.

T.F: Just like it smells... sweet and boozy. Rum candy and lots of cocoa. Not picking up much coconut... some vanilla and brown sugar. Licorice and molassas. Medium to thick bodied. Smooth... and there's a little coconut sneaking in at the finish/in the aftertaste.

O: An outstanding rich and decadent dessert beer. Drinks like a chocolate rum smoothie. Dangerous with the ABV... overall 'yum'.
Jul 21, 2022
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Reviewed by Roguer from Connecticut

4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Good head production and decent retention. Body is surprisingly dark brown and clear.

Oak, rum, and coconut nearly overpower on the nose. It's pleasant but intimidating.

Super rich on the palate, with notes of coconut, rum, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, and coffee. Drinks unbelievably smooth, with a little bite.
May 23, 2022
Rated: 4.18 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Dec 06, 2021
Rated: 4.31 by Jcarriglio from Florida

Apr 19, 2021
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Reviewed by backblast from Alaska

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Vintage 5-24-2018
Poured dark brown, almost black with a thin tan head.
Tasted like toasted char malt with some dark chocolate in there, some vanilla and very light molasses. Very mellow with no burn or excessive alcohol, definite rum barrel influence and a medium mouthfeel.
Mar 31, 2021
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Reviewed by Alieniloquium from Florida

3.06/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5
On tap at the House of Brews. Black body. Smells of booze, coconut, roasted malt. Tastes of coconut, booze, bourbon, oak, roasted malt, alcohol bitterness. Heavy and boozy. Slow to drink. It's way too big, but the rest of it is ok.
Dec 24, 2020
Rated: 4.75 by archero from Texas

Dec 13, 2020
Rated: 4.39 by drstalker from Illinois

Jun 10, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by XmnwildX12 from Minnesota

May 15, 2020
Rated: 4.21 by Sparky44 from Illinois

May 09, 2020
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Reviewed by stortore from Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12 ounce bottle into a snifter. Bottled 5/24/18, had 1/21/20.

Pours a murky dark brown, mostly opaque, with a half inch foamy head and some foamy cling. Aromas of rum, chocolate, coconut, malted milk balls, caramel, vanilla, molasses, malt, some cocoa, light char, a little oak, a hint of licorice. The flavors follow the aroma- rum, chocolate, coconut, vanilla, malt, cocoa, caramel, molasses, oak, a hint of licorice. Some light alcohol warming. Ridiculously smooth for the ABV- I say that about every beer I have from this series, somewhat creamy, a solid full body, well carbonated.

The rum barrels are excellent, the coconut shines, but the chocolate is the sneaky star of this. Well balanced, drinks too easily, very enjoyable.
Apr 06, 2020
Rated: 4.59 by TastyIsBeer from Illinois

Mar 25, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by shigg85 from Japan

Feb 21, 2020
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
2018 vintage, fantastic beer, definitely taking their green foil coconut porter to the next level with the rum barrels and even higher abv, its aged will until now, and doesnt drink as strong as it is. its rich and gooey, leggy and thick near black, viscous like crude oil, some head from the little bottle. it smells amazing once i get back all the alcohol, which takes a minute to rise up and kind of blow off, tight in the bottle for sure here. massive toasted coconut in the nose, the sweetness of the rum, some vanilla from all the oak, seems very mature to me, cool nuances of earthy and bitter cocoa nibs that balance, some bananas foster with the bruleed sugar, tropical in a desserty way and beyond than what the coconut contributes somehow, molasses, brown sugar, clove, black pepper, and high end espresso. the flavor is all of this, strong on the brown sugar and earthy qualities, and there definitely seems like more rum on this than their is bourbon on the green foil one, but its not too sweet or hot to drink, its smooth and oddly mellow for this strength. i taste this forever, almost got a cordial vibe to it, a bit of oxidation creeping in im not sure this would make it another two years. a fun one to share, one i thought i had missed until it was generously shared as part of a pretty epic avery session. one of the highlights in an impressive lineup!
Feb 17, 2020
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Reviewed by Ninjakillzu from Washington

4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured into a Pint Defiance tulip. The body is pitch black, with a thin brown head. Aromas consist of fresh coconut, dark chocolate, molasses, and a hint of Barbados rum. Flavors are the same, but the rum is more pronounced, which I like as a huge fan of rum. The feel is medium bodied with low carbonation. As for the ABV, it's warming, but doesn't bite.
Jan 06, 2020
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Reviewed by hoptheology from California

4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A bottle share from my parents
Take16 snifter

Silky black, beige ring of head with loose lace

Aroma is faint, of roast malt, cocoa, slight sweet rum, apple, coconut.

Flavor is rich with bitter dark chocolate, fruity dark wine, dark berries, slight coconut shreds, antiseptic rum/alcohol, slight oak/caramel.

Feel is thick but medium, and tannic with some stickiness and resins, lots of good warming sticky dry heat, dry finish with more heat.

Overall a very good beer, but price is a bugger. I'd pay about $8-9 but not the $14 that it commands.
Jan 06, 2020
Rated: 4.68 by Gagnonsux from Texas

Nov 11, 2019
Rated: 4.1 by CraftFan5 from New Jersey

Oct 10, 2019
Rated: 4.38 by jduprey007 from Michigan

Oct 05, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by redfox405 from Virginia

Aug 05, 2019
Rated: 4.3 by Zonian1 from Ohio

Jul 27, 2019
Rated: 4.51 by ScottP from New Hampshire

Jul 08, 2019
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Reviewed by mschrei from Illinois

4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bottled 5/24/18. Lighter dark brown (if there is such a thing), mild lacing. Smell is straight coconut and woody rum barrels. Taste is coconut, rum barrel, dark malt, notes of vanilla. Feel is slightly oily, medium body, mouth watering finish, heavy booze content. Quite enjoyable.
Jul 06, 2019
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Reviewed by LiquidAmber from Washington

4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing opaque black in the glass with a thin brown head that dissipates to patches with light lacing. Aroma of mildly toasted dark malt, vanilla, oak, dark fruit and faint coconut. Flavor is semi-sweet dark malt with light toastiness, rum, vanilla, hints of cocoa and dark fruit, coconut. Medium bodied with light creaminess and sharp carbonation. The porter character is rather subsumed into the massive rum barrel influence; sweet and boozy. The coconut is faded, but that is my fault, I shouldn't have held this for so long. The rest, ad usual for Avery, has held up beautifully to time. Really too big to be a porter, rather a big rum soaked, strong ale, and a very satisfying one. Avery really has mastered the art of massive ales that are still a pleasure to drink and this is one of them. Rum is one barrel flavor that I have found works with a wide range of base beers, and I'm very happy to drink this one. Certainly would get it again, although the ABV is really daunting.
Jun 28, 2019
Rated: 4.4 by jchanley from Illinois

Jun 22, 2019
Rated: 4.27 by Jcreek from Illinois

Jun 22, 2019
Rated: 4.46 by taospowder from New Mexico

Jun 04, 2019
Rated: 4.68 by Shmizzen from Nevada

May 12, 2019
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Reviewed by hardy008 from Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours dark black with a one finger tan head after an aggressive pour. It quickly fades to a thin collar of foam. The aroma has rum, chocolate, and coconut, Has a very sweet taste with chocolate, rum, coconut, vanilla, oak. and molasses. Full bodied with moderate carbonation. A nice smooth, easy to drink beer, and probably the biggest abv i have ever had for a "porter".
May 10, 2019
Rated: 4.38 by Blazer22 from Colorado

May 02, 2019
Rated: 4.31 by admonster00 from Illinois

Apr 29, 2019
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Reviewed by russpowell from Arkansas

4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Pours an effervescent mahogany with a thumb of mocha colored head. Viscous, no lacing or head retention

S: Toasty coconut, chocolate, rum & coke once a little warm

T: Follows the nose, a little bit of rum & coke as well, with booze warmth. Vanilla, coke, a little toasty coconut & just enough booze heat to keep things fun as this warms up, just a touch of barrel dryness, & a little raisin. Finishes dry with a little fig, plus rum & coke

MF: Medium body, light carbonation, carbonation, builds a little as it warms

Pretty good offering, but was expecting greatness at this price. ABV is well hidden
Apr 06, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by TylerJ from Iowa

Mar 16, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by Elicoleman from Colorado

Mar 03, 2019
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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz bottle, bottled on 'MAY 24 2018'. Label has ABV% as 16.2%.
Dark brown colored body, with brown back lit highlights. Partial finger tan head, which receces to partial cap and ring. Leaves behind a wide scattering of small spots.
Aroma is dark roasted malts and toasted coconut.
Taste is dark roasted malts, rum barrel, and toasted coconut. Something like chocolate addes in. Rather sweet but dry. Alcohol is hidden well.
Thinner mouth feel. Okay carbonation.
This is an imperial porter that hides the high ABV% well, and offers added flavors of coconut and rum. Quite the island experience.
Mar 03, 2019
Rated: 4.75 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama

Feb 24, 2019
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Reviewed by Rristow from Ohio

4.79/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Tasted on draft. Pours black with brown head. Aroma of cocoa and caramel. Thick and chewy. No boozy notes at all. Very dangerous. Flavors of coconut, chocolate, molasses, caramel. Awesome beer.
Feb 24, 2019
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Reviewed by 57md from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pours a deep dark brown with a finger of beige head. Everything about this offering is super sweet, bordering on overly sweet. The rum barrel brings a strong brown sugar essence to this offering, especially in the nose. The mouthfeel is sticky. It is amazing that a beer which has such a high ABV has no hint of booziness at all.

Dangerously drinkable diabetes in a bottle. Yet, an oddly attractive offering nonetheless.
Feb 17, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by rspauldi from Texas

Feb 15, 2019
Rated: 4.27 by Gkruszewski from New York

Feb 14, 2019
Plank'd from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 131 ratings