Raspberry Truffale | Avery Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
averybrewing.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Chocolate + Red Raspberries + Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout = Raspberry Truffale!

Added by Luscious_Malfoy on 08-02-2018

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Ranking:
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Reviews:
13
Ratings:
29
pDev:
7.06%
 
 
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Ratings: 29 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of TBoneJones
4.12/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Okay have to give this a lower score on the pour because brownish surface debris conspicuously floating in my stout glass doesn’t look at all appealing. This is all after carefully popping the cap and watching about an ounce of it shoot all over the counter. Is this normal?
Smell is raspberry and bourbon barrel, oh and ample booze.
Taste makes up for the aforementioned mess: A very tasty big dessert stout with an absolutely delicious raspberry cheescake flavor.
Feel is medium-thick and mildly chewy, stopping short of being a sticky beast.
While it looks borderline horrible, I get such sweet raspberry-bourbon flavor from this with each sip, tart cherries, lingering and tempting. Bottle indicates July.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.79/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A 12oz bottle with a bottled on date of July 27,2018

L - Rich dark chocolate. 1 finger of tan head, and cocoa left all over the glass

S - Cocoa and bourbon. So tasty!

T - Rich chocolate up front dominates, and then the smooth boozy bourbon kicks in. Alcohol well hidden, but not the heat. Raspberries are very subtle but present, but smooth out the bourbon. Well balanced, and so tasty!

F - Rich, full body, and creamy. Like drinking rich chocolate

O - This beer cannot really get any better.

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Photo of DangerDawg
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MeLoynes
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kreg02
3.2/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Knapp85
4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dustin22martin
4.76/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of kjkinsey
4.36/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheWolf
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TylerJ
4.77/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of VashonGuy
4.19/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AdmiralOzone
4.51/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear very dark brown (nearly black) with a thin tan cap that recedes quickly leaving virtually no lacing. Aroma is chocolate and raspberry, with a whiff of bourbon. Flavor is an awesome rendition of the nose, sweet chocolate covered raspberry with vanilla, oak and booze. Feel is a tad thin for a stout, really the only knock on this brew (other than the price point, which I can't factor into my rating until it becomes a review factor). Overall a splendid desert beer that deserves to be shared.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours appropriately black with a slim finger of tan foam on top... Notes of chocolate with a berry-like brightness on the nose preview more of the same on the sip... Rather slim-feeling for an imperial stout - not uncommon for barrel-aged beers, but also not my preference in a big beer like this... Bourbon booze and vanilla comes in more on the sip than the scent, smoothing out into more of a chocolaty syrup flavor... Berry notes, bright and tart and sweet, poke through reliably, so the beer definitely delivers on its paper profile promise... All of that said, I have become less enamored of the berry stout with time (ditto for the "Mexican" stout BTW), as I feel the style has become overdone and relies too much on the big hit flavors without creating anything really nuanced or original... And as I just mentioned, I want a big beer to have a big body, and this has a medium-weight fell (not too far off, mind you) and a certain syrup-like consistency, but nonetheless, falls a bit short of my personal ideal... $13.99 at Total Wine is fair and par for the course, but it isn't something I want any more of... Fans of berry stouts and/or folks not averse to medium-to-slim-bodied bourbon barrel aged stout will undoubtedly get a lotta bang for their buck on this one...

7/27/18 bottling...

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a deep black with a minimal head/ The aroma features a load of raspberry, both fresh and freeze dried, with notes of chocolate, fudge, raisin, and toast. The flavor starts as a decadent chocolatey stout, which quickly shifts to freeze dried raspberry and dried blueberry and milk chocolate. The mouthfeel is quite thick, with gentle bubbling carbonation/ Overall this is a decadent, raher simple stout, but it does do what it says it is supposed to.

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Photo of ADG2995
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of darktronica
4.37/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Entry #50 in Avery's occasional barrel-aged series, and they've really nailed the concept this time. Exceptionally chocolatey, exceptionally raspberry-ey, and exceptionally barreled. My only complaints are the significant amount of floaties that I can't identify as yeast sediment, chocolate, or fruit bits, and the particular essence typical of the aggressive yeast Avery uses for all their big 14%+ stouts. But otherwise, this is a fantastic dessert and a great celebration of a long-running series of barrel-aged beers.

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Photo of dwilrigs
4.85/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. Bottled on date is 'JULY 27 2018'.
Body color is pretty much a cola black with no back light highlights. Half a finger of light brown head settles to a bubbly island and interrupted ring. Beer surface is covered with spots like look like oil droplets. The left behind lacing mimics the oil droplets seen on the surface.
Aroma is raspberry, chocolate, and alcohol. The combination and balance is very enticing.
The taste is very similar to a bourbon soaked raspberry dipped in rich chocolate. Aromatic alcohol rises into the nasal passages.
Heavy, oily mouth feel. No real felt carbonation but there is some because each sip conjures up more surface bubbles. It is rare for such a high ABV% beer to end up with more surface bubbles than when first settled.
I let this beer warm up from refrigerator temperature to about 60 degrees. The aroma and flavors really pop and blend well at the warmer temperature. For those that like raspberry as a beer flavor, this is an excellent dessert beer. As other reviewers have posted, this beer reminds me of port wine. Final sip leaves behind some bubbly residue on the drinking side of the glass.

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Photo of ian_graf
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SirSaucy
4.36/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a lil layer of bourbon brown where it meets the glass. Smells like a bourbon aged chocolate stout. Meh, nothing crazy. Taste: WTF!!! this tastes exactly like a fancy dark chocolate raspberry truffle. EXACTLY. Almost lost the stouty nature to me, definitely too much raspberry, or fruit in general, for my tastes. Still excellent, I'd go half the amount of fruit and add some cherries or something to make it not so "BAM!! raspberry in yo face." Chocolatety for sure and just a tad bourbon to warm things up. Alcohol is almost unnoticed for something at 14%! Creamy but kinda bubbly for a stout at the same time. Idk why, but I get a port vibe from this one. Really not my thing and would never buy again due to the amount of fruit, but I definitely appreciate it. Its spot on raspberry truffle, but you better like raspberries.

Edit: definitely let that sucker warm, the raspberry chills out and stout comes a lil more alive

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Photo of hermit990
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jonbonfondle
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Parmesan
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a dark almost black shade of brown with a creamy tan brown head and just a few specks of lacing.

S: Decadent dark chocolate mixed with sweet raspberry, a few notes of vanilla and oak, the bourbon is not overly strong but still there. This smells like a fantastic dessert beer.

T: Decadent dark chocolate and a hint of bourbon, mixed with sweet raspberry, the chocolate and raspberry are the standout here with the bourbon playing a supporting role. The alcohol is extremely well hidden, this does not seem like a 14% beer.

F: creamy and thick, very tasty.

O: Fantastic beer, my one complaint is it might have a bit much raspberry (but raspberry is not one of my favorite berries, so for the normal person it’s probably fine and I’m not holding it against the beer.)

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

After feasting on forty-nine previous barrel aged, high intensity ales, the brewing team of Avery finally sit down for dessert. Their fiftieth installment of their Barrel Aged series celebrates the strong flavors of chocolate and raspberry with bold bourbon nuances for a beer that's worthy of dessert.

Aptly named Raspberry Truffale, the very dark brown beer is an oaken bleached shade off of black. As a loose and lathery head builds, the beer quickly falls to an espresso trickle. Swooning the senses with the unmistakable scent of both chocolate and raspberries, the strong stout that rests just behind boasts dark roast coffee, walnut, molasses and dark fruit. Sweet on the tongue, the rich malt impact comes with molasses, toffee, caramel and chocolate as advertised.

The large malt flavors take up residency on the middle palate and is slow to fade, saturating the tastebuds fully with a booze infused, robust sweetness that bleeds into madiera, sherry and port sweetness. While raspberries and chocolate remain front and center, the background flavors of date, fig, plum and fortified red wines support the flavor additions and add complexity. A late palate of bourbon brings a grand marnier warmth with toasted oak, lightly roasted coconut, vanilla and cream.

Lavishly full, rich and decadent, the sipper of a beer has a pleasant cloying character that suggests that a mere 12oz bottle should be shared. Slathering the mouth like chocolate and raspberry desserts, the beer's high culinary art makes it a complex and patient session, hurting drinkability but selling its savory effects extremely well.

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Raspberry Truffale from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.39 out of 5 with 29 ratings