Raspberry Truffale
Avery Brewing Company

Raspberry TruffaleRaspberry Truffale
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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #229
Ranked #1,328
4.38 | pDev: 6.62%
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Raspberry TruffaleRaspberry Truffale
Notes: Chocolate + Red Raspberries + Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout = Raspberry Truffale!
Reviews: 31 | Ratings: 88 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Harrison8
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of mschrei
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of stortore
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.17/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of avalon07
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of mkh012
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
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 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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.26/5  rDev -2.7%
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!

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
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

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!


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Photo of CHickman
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
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!

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Photo of MikeWard
4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of Buck89
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Teku. Opaque brown color with a small tan head that quickly left, leaving weird islands of foam that looked like floaties. The aroma was a nice mix of raspberries, chocolate, and barrel. The raspberry hit my palate up front, but did not dominate, leaving way for a nice barrel presence and a great underlying chocolate stout. Big and boozy but not overly sweet. Great beer.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
3.84/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12/14/18 - bottled 7/2718
A: pours black with dark tan head that fades almost instantly. As I'm pouring it, I'm getting toward the bottom of the bottle and think "better slow down now - if this was on raspberry puree there may be a bunch of floaties and sediment in the bottom." with probably an inch of beer left theres a big ol' PLOP! my first thought - holy crap, that's a ton of sediment. then I realized, nope, that's a whole raspberry in my beer!
S: cracking the bottle open, i get a huge wave of bourbon soaked, chocolate covered raspberries. a touch of oak. slight booze
T: first sip is soft, oaky, vanilla, bourbon up front. chocolate. subtle but definitely present raspberry, slight tartness from the raspberry
M: a bit thinner than i would have expected. slightly fizzy carbonation. would like it to be a bit smoother / creamier.
O: had higher hopes, but not a bad beer at all.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.61/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

$8 for a 16 ounce Prowler.

Pours a really dark brown or even black. Small short lived head of tan foam, no lacing to speak of.

Big aromas of chocolate, raspberries of the sweet kind, pinch of tart raspberries, more of the heavenly smelling chocolate, both sweet and bitter..mostly of the former.

Chocolate and raspberries up front adding both sweet and tart notes, some goodness from the barrel, toffee, some mild alcohol. Really brilliant flavours hitting my palate.

Light side of medium bodied, carbonation is very light.

Such a dessert beer!

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Photo of EMH73
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a fluffy one inch mocha head that settled to a ring in about a minute and left beautiful blotchy lacing. Smells of chocolate, raspberries and a hint of bourbon. Tastes of semi-sweet chocolate, sweet raspberries, very mild tart raspberries, bourbon, vanilla, oak, sweet malts and caramel. Medium bodied for the style, lightly carbonated, creamy mouth feel.

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Photo of JROSE806
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Sweet aroma, with chocolate and raspberries. Hints of burbon. Taste is full body, very sweet. Bitter chocolate and raspberry with a nice warm burbon finish, the barrel is very upfront but balanced well. Look is dark, no light lacing is nice keeps aroma well throughout the glass.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 12.99. Bottled 7/27/18. Served in an Avery snifter. Enjoyed 11/4/18.

Pours oil black with a generous cap of large, loose mocha bubbles. The liquid itself looks beautiful but a there are a few disconcerting chunks that detract from the appearance.

Smells of bourbon vanilla, cocoa, berries, roast and caramel.

Flavors of boozey raspberry fudge, bourbon, heavily kilned malt, cooked sugar, oaky vanilla, caramel and a good bit of booze.

Full, rich body with a few unfortunate globs and some soft, velvety carbonation. Notes of bourbon- doused raspberry truffle lingers in the finish.

Avery delivers another delicious high octane barrel aged stout. Raspberry Truffale is fantastic in pretty much every aspect except for those semi solid particulate that float on the top. Despite those mildly troubling floaties I might be procure another bottle or two because I did find it quite tasty. It’s nothing a bit of cheese cloth and a strainer can’t fix.

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Photo of REVZEB
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow what a dessert beer! Decadent, sweet, balancing depth, smooth, and deeply rich. Viscous black with hints of brown, liquid cake. Basically bourbon county with a raspberry puree added and dark chocolate amped up in the taste, amazing. The smell had less bourbon in it than taste, giving the raspberry and chocolate sole control, but still very inviting. Could use a little more bourbon barrel, but otherwise a delicious dessert! The wife loved it too

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.02/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | 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 +9.4%
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 AdmiralOzone
4.51/5  rDev +3%
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 -4.6%
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 -2.5%
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 darktronica
4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
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 MonDak_Joe1953
4.38/5  rDev 0%
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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Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 88 ratings