Raspberry Truffale
Avery Brewing Company

Raspberry TruffaleRaspberry Truffale
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From:
Avery Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #411
ABV:
14%
Score:
96
Ranked #1,177
Avg:
4.35 | pDev: 6.67%
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
62
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jun 05, 2022
Added:
Aug 02, 2018
Wants:
  6
Gots:
  11
SCORE
96
World-Class
Raspberry TruffaleRaspberry Truffale
Notes: Chocolate + Red Raspberries + Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout = Raspberry Truffale!
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Reviewed by Roguer from Connecticut

3.83/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Very good head production; decent retention, given the ABV and barrel aging.

Absolutely no disguising the raspberries on the nose! Additional notes include oak, alcohol, char, chocolate, and bourbon, but the raspberries are clearly the star.

Similar on the palate. It's almost balanced up front ... almost, and for a moment. The raspberries still dominate, albeit pleasantly. The chocolate comes through more on the back half. There's a syrupy, almost cloying sweetness from it all: the raspberries, certainly, but also the malt base, the bourbon mash, and perhaps even the chocolate. Long chocolatey finish. Additional tasting notes include toast, espresso, oak, coconut, cherry.

On the lighter side of full bodied. The effervescent booziness leads to a fairly short wet sip, with the lingering flavors more of a dry, but long, aftertaste. Mild heat, but it does start to grow after only a few sips.

This is really well done, but ultimately a bit too sweet, and you almost have to be a raspberry lover to fully appreciate it.
Jun 05, 2022
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
this is robust and delicious, bottled in 2018 and still drinking really nicely. i am amazed how much fruit is still on it, and how well it comes through such a huge a barrel forward stout, i smell and taste the raspberries as much as any other element, if its all real fruit its a new gold standard for this sort of thing. the pour is wild from the little gold foiled bottle, generously shared by a friend, thick and slick looking deep brown color, lots and lots of sediment, chunky and gloopy towards the bottom, but i swear i have a raspberry seed in my teeth! i dont mind the sediment, its already super thick. aroma of vanilla and sweet whiskey, tons of oak and char, rich chocolate malt and brown sugar sweetness, and tangy ripe raspberry, obvious and natural to a degree that defies logic in this. i love the pop of freshness from the fruit in the taste, it lightens the whole thing, and even though there is a lot of body here, the alcohol part of this is shockingly well hidden, its so smooth and mellow, im sure favored by the extended cellar time, hard to believe its as strong as it is. lots of chocolate character here too, goes beyond the malt, but not bitter like nibs, richer and more desserty, maybe some liquid chocolate addition, not sure how they do it, but the relationship between the dark grain, the chocolate element, the berries, and the bourbon is just tremendous, and this seems rare and fancy and special and high end in my glass, even if its kind of ugly to look at with all the floaties. overall an exceptional beer, what other berry stouts wish they were. i would have loved to try this fresh when it was likely a little cleaner to drink, but i cant complain, this is the bomb! i continue to be amazed by this gold foil series from avery!
Apr 05, 2021
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Rated by pathman from Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
03/30/21 bottle @ home
Mar 31, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Nov 18, 2020
 
Rated: 4.25 by a77cj7 from South Dakota

Nov 12, 2020
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Reviewed by EMV from Pennsylvania

4.71/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Poured from a foil-wrapped 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip. 2018 bottling

L: Nearly black pour... with no light getting through. 2 fingers of mocha colored head leaves a thin rim of lacing.

S: Jammy raspberry and chocolate. Smells like something you'd want around Valentine's day. Lighter roast and vanilla.

T.F: Sweet and roasty... big time fruit/raspberry and milk chocolate. Vanilla and bourbon are also on display but the choco-raspberry takes center stage. Not cloying... smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Medium bodied. More chocolate and raspberry in the aftertaste.

O: Absolutely delicious.... a big sweet boozy raspberry chocolate stout. Fantastic for a cold-weather dessert. Well worth seeking out.
Oct 01, 2020
 
Rated: 4.25 by dsshuck from Delaware

Sep 25, 2020
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Reviewed by Franziskaner from Missouri

4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Black in color with no penetration to light. There’s a fingernail of brown around the rim and covering a third of the top. The aroma is of raspberry and milk chocolate. I’m tasting raspberry, milk chocolate and a splash of bourbon. The mouth is silky smooth, viscous, and a bit boozy.
Jul 28, 2020
 
Rated: 4.56 by AGoodStout from Kansas

Jul 19, 2020
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Reviewed by Harrison8 from Missouri

4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours black with a finger of dark caramel foam. Head retention is good. Aroma is thick raspberry and chocolate that drip like a heavy syrup. Roasty and toasty malts mingle with a little mellow bourbon at the back. Flavor profile is more roasty and toasty malt forward than the nose, with raspberry and chocolate singing through the mix. It's dessert like, without being cloyingly sweet. Boozy bourbon hits at the back adding a swell of heat. Mouth feel is thick and full with a chewy graininess. Overall, full and rich and jam packed with raspberry and chocolate. One hearty dessert stout.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 12oz bottle.
May 12, 2020
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Reviewed by mschrei from Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Avery makes some good high abv barrel aged beers, often with interesting adjuncts, and this is another example. Slight rose edging on a standard looking stout. Nose is a mild barrel over a roasty stout. Chocolate and raspberry don’t have much of a presence. They’re much stronger on the taste, as they actually disguise the boozy barrel well. Feel is medium bodied, definite booze presence in effect more than taste. It’s a smooth sipper that hides its’ good qualities well and then hits you hard with them, like a lot of their beers do. Winner.
Apr 25, 2020
 
Rated: 4.45 by Dope from Massachusetts

Apr 04, 2020
 
Rated: 4.6 by dubnation from Kansas

Apr 03, 2020
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Reviewed by stortore from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12 ounce bottle into a snifter. Bottled 7/27/18, had 4/9/19.

Pours dark brown and opaque, with a one and a half inch quickly dissipating head and some light foamy lacing. I did not have berry parts in my glass, as others have reported. Aromas of raspberries, chocolate, malt, oak, molasses, char, some tobacco, light vanilla. The flavor also starts with the raspberries, then some bourbon, malt, some vanilla, molasses, some char, light oak, a little caramel. It’s fairly sweet. Smooth, a solid full body, well carbonated.

Weird that the aroma seems much different to me than the flavor. While it’s sweet, it’s not a negative. Overall, there could be more barrel presence, the terrific raspberries are the obvious star. Well worth a purchase if you can still find it.
Mar 19, 2020
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Reviewed by ovaltine from Indiana

4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours black with a dark tan head that dissipates quickly, this beer is flush with raspberry, chocolate, and barrel aromas. I am literally salivating.

The raspberry is WAAAAAY forward on the taste, and it’s excellent, but the clincher for me is the chocolate and the creamy mouthfeel. If you look up “decadent” in the dictionary, there’s a picture of this beer. Absolutely love it.
Jan 18, 2020
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Reviewed by hoptheology from California

4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
12 oz gold foil bottle, dated 7/27/18
Boiler snifter

Has a dark thick oily pour with a creamy beige head of 1/2 finger. Faint sparse lacing on the sides.

Aroma brings jammy raspberry and slight cocoa notes, with hints of oak and old chocolate.

Flavor leans bright and snappy with bright raspberry syrup - bordering on jam; heavy with malts, some piney hop, bitter coffee, and hot fudge. It does come across a little weird however, and brings some toffee and booze and aftertastes of cabernet.

Feel is thick but not as thick as usual for Avery's BBA program. Very slick, good carbonation and roasted dryness. Moderate warming alcohol and acidity. Finish of acidic coffee and burning booze.

Overall, it may be the 18 month age on this, but this was a little less impressive than the world class rating I expected to give it based on other reviewers. I also had a word-of-mouth recommendation and that guy might not know beer very well, so there's that. Still a decent stout, nothing to shake a finger at, but probably won't return at nearly $15 a bottle.
Jan 04, 2020
 
Rated: 5 by bigred89 from Maryland

Nov 24, 2019
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Reviewed by avalon07 from South Carolina

4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
L: Had this beer on-tap at The Answer Brewpub, poured into a taster. Had a jet black color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a quarter inch of creamy, tan-colored, somewhat long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A big and bracing aroma of raspberries, chocolate, bourbon, malt, and wood.

T: Tasted of a bit of malt (present throughout, but a relatively small factor), lots of chocolate (quite sweet), a good shot of raspberries (tart; a big element), and a ton of bourbon (and its accompanying barrel). A big, complex, and powerful flavor. It's not as boozy as it sounds, but rather strikes a good balance with its ingredients. Delicious.

F: An average amount of carbonation with a silky smooth finish. Full-bodied.

O: An extremely well made stout. Drinkable.
Oct 27, 2019
 
Rated: 4.37 by nruhlig from Minnesota

Oct 09, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by imperialking from Illinois

Aug 28, 2019
 
Rated: 3.42 by vrbulldog22 from Ohio

Aug 22, 2019
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Reviewed by mkh012 from Colorado

4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bottled 1 year ago.

Pours near-black with a thin ring of tan head. I poured the last half oz. down the drain because I was warned about floaties and I still got a few big chunks.

The nose is like raspberry chocolate ice cream with faint leather and soy. Like Cherry Garcia but with raspberries.

The taste is chocolate, raspberry, and cherry. Mhmm. The fruit profile is a touch medicinal, but this is otherwise really tasty, especially as your palate adjusts. Mocha, bourbon, and jam, with subtle bitterness, booze, and soy in the background.

The mouthfeel is medium for the high ABV and lightly syrupy.

Overall, interesting and enjoyable. A dessert beer with enough bourbon and herbal, medicinal depth to undercut the sweetness. If I poured the last inch of the beer, though, it would have been a total snow globe of sediment. Even the existing amount affected my experience.
Aug 03, 2019
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Reviewed by bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
12 ounce bottle, bottled on July 27, 2018. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch and a half head that didn't stay around for too long. There's a small amount of lacing. Aroma is nice and sweet, the brew smells like raspberry jam, chocolate syrup, vanilla and some woodiness. For the most part I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also the addition of some roasted malt, bourbon, coffee and dark chocolate flavors noticeable too. Overall bourbon character is light but not quite subtle either, might be because of the overall sweetness of this brew. It's very close to being too sweet tasting but doesn't quite cross that line. Raspberry seems more jammy/artificial than fresh, but that's a minor complaint. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's coating and bit rich with a moderate amount of carbonation. I liked this a lot, definitely worth picking up if you're into sweeter tasting/dessert beers!
Jul 03, 2019
 
Rated: 4.4 by mattreitz49 from Florida

Jun 10, 2019
 
Rated: 4.44 by LXIXME from New Mexico

May 13, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by scottiethebody from California

Apr 30, 2019
 
Rated: 4.33 by Gagnonsux from Texas

Apr 28, 2019
 
Rated: 4.06 by BrewSTL from Missouri

Apr 21, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by szmnnl99 from Michigan

Mar 31, 2019
 
Rated: 3.2 by DrunkElephant from Colorado

Mar 15, 2019
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Reviewed by Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter...one of our Valens-beers....ahhh...true love
poured into a snifter. This fine ale pours a solid onyx with a brown foam head
that subsides to a thick ring, thin light swirling pool, and shows some subtle
lacing. Nose of raspberry jam, dark chocolate, boozy bourbon, vanilla, and
moderate char. Flavors far surpass the nose with a roasted coffee note
swirling about raspberry and dark chocolate notes with touches of
vanilla, cream. moderate char, and wafts of soy and bludgeoning
boozy bourbon. Excellent mouth feel; full body, smooth, slick, very
warming, rich, coating, light carbonation, and a warming boozy
finish.

One of the best of the "bigger" brews I have had from them;
it is perfect without being sickeningly sweet, although I will
admit I would not want to have more than one, that said
it is the equal of the sum of it's parts and an excellent
desert brew!


Cheers!
Feb 28, 2019
 
Rated: 3.93 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama

Feb 26, 2019
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Reviewed by CHickman from New York

4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
No. 50 in Avery Barrel-Aged Series, Bottled July 27, 2018; pours black color with dark brown at the edges where light hits the glass, and chunks of raspberries floating around in the brew. The head was tan to mocha colored and 2 fingers thick in a whipped, foamy froth that faded quickly and left minimal spotty lacing. When I say hunks of raspberries floating in the brew, I mean this looks like a chocolate ice cream sundae that melted and the fruit parts floated to the top.

Smells like a Godiva chocolate with strong dark chocolate, fresh raspberries, cocoa, roasted malts, molasses, chocolate syrup, bakers chocolate, a hint of vanilla and dark fruit. No bourbon in the nose, but the raspberries were very fresh and powerful, mixing well with the dark chocolate that made for a really nice dessert brew aroma. These raspberries smelt as real as the chunks that were floating around, one of which I had to chew because it was so big. A meal in a bottle, LOL.

Tastes like dark chocolate, raspberries, cocoa nibs, bakers chocolate, molasses, chocolate dipped strawberries, burnt coffee grinds, light soy sauce, mineral water, vanilla, mild oaky notes, light booze which I assume is the bourbon barrel influence, and brownie batter. A dash of piney notes and tea leaf reminded me that hops were actually used in this brew, but basically it's like drinking a thick, chewy dessert stout that balances the roasty malts with the raspberry sweetness. A really well made brew that is very complex and flavorful.

It's impressive how smooth this is at 14% ABV, especially with such strong chocolate and raspberry flavors. There is no alcohol burn at all and even the fruit floating in the beer added to the experience of this being a finely crafted dessert beer that is in line with the Avery experimental Avery Barrel-Aged Series. This is sensory and palate expanding, everything the craft beer movement set out to be. Cheers to Avery!
Feb 16, 2019
 
Rated: 4.12 by tcbro023 from Wisconsin

Feb 04, 2019
 
Rated: 4.58 by sd123 from Georgia

Feb 04, 2019
 
Rated: 4.44 by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

Jan 30, 2019
 
Rated: 4.45 by Mojopin88 from Mississippi

Jan 29, 2019
 
Rated: 4.5 by archero from Texas

Jan 13, 2019
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
12oz bottle into a goblet. Bottled 7/28/18, so 5 months old.

Jet back body with a small dark tan head. some lacing. There are several pieces of pale pink goo floating on the top of the beer, which I take to be some sort of creamy sediment from the raspberries. Fished them out with a spoon, and made mental note to pour more carefully next time.

Strong delicious aroma of raspberry and dark chocolate.

Interesting taste. Smooth rich raspberries and dark chocolate initially then the BBA comes in with some warmth. There is a light bitterness toward the end to help cut some of the sweetness. Complex beer.

The mouth is full, finish is a warm sweetness, a lot of fruit, and a faintly bitter end.

Another great BBA from Avery, well worthy of being #50 of the series.
Jan 07, 2019
 
Rated: 4.15 by Winston3737 from Michigan

Jan 04, 2019
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