Bon-Bon Cerise
Avery Brewing Company

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Stout - American Imperial
4.29 | pDev: 5.83%
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Bon-Bon CeriseBon-Bon Cerise
Notes: Stout aged in bourbon barrels with cherry, cacao nibs, and vanilla beans.

​Dark, rich stout held in barrels like tart, gooey cherries held in a dark chocolate shell. Take a bite of this blissful beverage, courtesy of our beer chocolatiers. Nom nom bon bon!
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TODDRESSEL1 from Indiana

4.99/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best barrel aged stouts I've drank. The look is dark and slightly reddish. The smell is a combination of vanilla, cherries, and chocolate. It has a smooth taste unlike many barrel aged stouts. The mouth feel is sublime and smooth.

I know that it's been retired, but it's a world class barrel aged stout. Well done Avery!

Apr 15, 2021
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This monster pours a
dark coal black with a nice head of tan foam that settles to
a thick ring, thin light layer, and shows off light lacing. Nose of
dark cherry, dark chocolate, bourbon, and vanilla cream with
touches of char and oak. Flavors knock it out of the park---bourbon,
oak, vanilla, cream, dark Bing cherries, char, earthy malts, and warming
astringent booze. Nice mouth feel; full body, smooth, slick, coating, warming,
low carbonation that still has a touch of effervescence that keeps things
lively, and a rich, sweet, malt and bourbon driven finish.

Love all their brews----this one hits the mark!


Jan 01, 2021
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Franziskaner from Missouri

4.07/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black in color with minimal light penetration. There’s a fingernail of brown around most of the rim and covering half of the top. The aroma is cocoa, dark cherries, and vanilla. I’m tasting plenty of chocolate, some cherries, and vanilla. The mouth is viscous and chewy. The alcohol is fairly well hidden.

Oct 25, 2020
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stortore from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle into a snifter. Bottled 7/26/19, had 7/30/20.

Pours an opaque dark brown, with a one inch foamy head and light soapy lacing. Aromas of light bourbon, some cherries- more as it warms, tobacco, char, chocolate, vanilla, some oak. More bourbon in the flavor, then chocolate, cherries, malt, vanilla, char, some oak and molasses. Smooth, a very good full body, well carbonated.

A typically solid effort from the gold foil barrel aged series that drinks like it’s 7%, but is a notch below most of the others I’ve had. The cherries show well in the flavor, but overall the barrels are easily the star. Still, very enjoyable.

Aug 06, 2020
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dcscientist from Colorado

4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Another excellent imperial stout from Avery, who clearly know what they are doing in this realm. I love cherry, so I knew I would like this beer as long as it wasn't sickly sweet. And what do you know, it's nice and balanced as it weighs in at 14.6% ABV. It wouldn't be a good Avery stout if it wasn't at least double digits, right? Anyway, this flavor profile was very interesting, since you first got the cherry, then the vanilla, then the bourbon from the barrel-aging at the end. Big fan of this one and hope to find it again.

Jul 27, 2020
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emyers from Illinois

4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a snifter

Near black with thick creamy light brown head

Nose: cherry bitters, dark chocolate, rye.

Taste: similar theme to the smell but more depth. Strong herbal note through the finish.

Feel: full bodied but smooth, finishes relatively dry with lingering herbal bitterness

May 02, 2020
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful black pour with a frothy dark tan head, this beer is tossing off barrel, milk chocolate, and cherry aromas with impunity.

The taste is really sweet - almost to the point of distraction, with some cherry and loads of chocolate from the cacao nibs. But the mouthfeel is full and substantial, so the beer pulls back from “too sweet” at the end.

Jan 23, 2020
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mschrei from Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Lighter colored stout, dark tannish edges. Sweet smells of chocolate, vanilla, and cherry with a little roasty malt. A very sweet stout-cherry leads the way with a chocolate and vanilla undercurrent. Bold, thick, and mouth watering, a hint of oiliness. Maybe the lightest 15 plus abv beer I’ve ever had, and that’s probably because of an almost total lack of barrel presence. Really flavorful and a very well disguised “big” beer that comes across as a “medium” beer.

Dec 13, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lighter black viscous pour with no head. Sweeter cherry melds with vanilla to sit upon a throne of bourbon, chocolate and slight char in the nose. Taste melds a little more between these layers, plus some light caramel, coffee beans, and licorice. Feel is thick and viscous, but not too heavy, slightly sweet but moderate booze reins it in. A dessert stout that is more subdued than many pastry bombs out there, but still hits all the right notes. The wife liked it

Dec 10, 2019
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eppCOS from Colorado

4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Black as cherry death, heavy lacing, not much head (too much sugar)
S - Holy cherry-chocolate-vanilla shits, Batman. This is a monster. I'm already drunk and haven't tasted it yet.
T - Doubles down, brutally, on the palate. Whiskey effect present, also some coffee notes, and more cherry pie than a 1980s Warrant concert. Oh my.
F - A little thick and oily, but just dessert in liquid form. Not sure I can call it mouthfeel. It feels slightly obscene in my mouth.
O - A downtown whiskey cherry bomb of a beer. Is it beer anymore? Who cares... call me a cab.

Nov 08, 2019
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darktronica from Indiana

4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm typically a big fan of Avery's barrel-aged series, and while the high-ABV dessert entries are not usually my favorites compared to the sours, I still tend to love them. This one I'm a bit let down by, though, to be honest. The cherry is a bit faint, and its contribution is more of a tart note than sweet fruitiness. The cacao nibs are nicely evident, less so for the vanilla. But the problem is that for me, the tart cherry is a bit too close to notes I've encountered from contaminated beers on their way to going bad. I don't think there are only quality control issues here, but the similarity is giving me a mental block that keeps me from enjoying this as much as I believe I would otherwise.

Nov 03, 2019
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chocolate covered cherries is not an uncommon trending flavor to the craft beer scene, but when its over fifteen percent in alcohol content and rolled into bourbon barrels, we suddenly have a beer to say bon-voyage to sobriety.

Reasonably black but unreasonable viscous, the inky visual pour resonates like spent oil to the eye. As a dainty trickle of foam releases, Bon-Bon Cerise soon follows with a rich malty laden scent of molasses, caramel, vanilla and coffee with a curious twinge of black cherries for a nearly sherry-like scent. The decadence of malt slathers on the early palate with all things molasses, brown sugar, toffee, caramel and heavy cream.

Once the stout begins to breath, the middle palate reveals a toasty, nutty and campfire character with the prominence of espresso and cocoa playing a staring role. Softened by the vanilla, caramel and coconut nuances, the cherry flavors prance in with a balancing tartness that takes an edge off of the richness and savoriness heading onto the late palate.

Verbose, rich and robust, the full bodied beer is off-cloying because of its cherry balance. Lingering into a long and satisfying taste of chocolate covered cherries remains paramount on the tastebuds. Prickling bourbon spice warms the senses and allows the stout to simmer on the tongue again like fortified, robust dark wine liqueur.

Oct 16, 2019
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StraightNoChaser from Georgia

4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

look: very dark brown, opaque in the middle, slight cola highlights around the edges when held too light. Creamy mocha head on the pour that mostly recedes. messy, lingering lacing.
smell: All the aromas advertised. Fat, decadent nose with chocolates, cherries, big stout roastiness nicely balancing the sweet stuff.
taste: like the nose but even better imho. sweetness balanced with complex roasts notes, no sign of the abv. perfect imho.

Oct 10, 2019
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bbtkd from South Dakota

4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Avery Bon-bon Cerise, 15.5% ABV. Pours black with a nice 1+ finger brown head. Nose is cherry, vanilla, and chocolate. Taste follows, moderately sweet, a bit of whiskey though not hot, no bitterness. Excellent mouthfeel, overall world-class. This one goes down so well that the ABV really sneaks up on you. This is my favorite Avery BA stout.

Aug 23, 2019
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beergoot from Colorado

4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Jet-black body; thick, creamy head; sticky rings of foam step down the glass. Outstanding olfactory blend of caramel, vanilla, cocoa; a sense of dark roasted coffee. Exquisite flavor mixture; heavy sweetness immediately turns into a mild cherry flavor and bourbon barrel presence; milk chocolate and cocoa; dark roasted grain char; finishing with a cherry and chocolate sweetness. Heavy body; thick and velvety; sludgy; amazing residual sugar texture; alcohol heat counterbalancing the overall sweetness.

What a monster of a beer! The brewery has done a fine job of balancing the flavors and mouthfeel elements. It is always a pleasure (and a rarity) to have such a high ABV beer sporting a luxurious and lasting head. It's a cliché to note beers as having depth, balance, and complexity, but, damn, if this beer doesn't meet those descriptors. Outstanding!

Aug 04, 2019
Bon-Bon Cerise from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 46 ratings