Moloch | Avery Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Oxymoron on 09-10-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 23 |  Reviews: 9
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.36/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -38.3%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of emmasdad
4.77/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Amazing. I had been wanting to try this one for a while now, as it is barrel aged blend of two of my favorites--Samael's and The Reverend. I was not disappointed after finding it on tap at Avery. Pours a somewhat murkish brown color, with a smallish tan head. Great aromas float from the glass--bourbon, roast, alcohol, brown sugar. On the palate, you can taste elements of each of the base beers, along with Belgian yeast, alcohol warmth, oak and vanilla. Excellent.

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Photo of nickd717
4.22/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at DLD.

Pours a dark cloudy amber color with a decent-sized light beige head and some lacing.

Aroma is intense and complex. Roast, caramel, chocolate, Belgian yeast, bourbon, and wood.

This one has a really big-assed flavor if there ever was one. You can get notes of both base beers - Reverend and Samael's - along with the barrel aging notes. Roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, toffee, candied dark fruits, Belgian yeast, spice, oak, vanilla, and bourbon. Oh yeah, and some booze. So much going on here.

Full-bodied and smooth on the mouthfeel with substantial booziness, but not more than you'd expect for 13% ABV. What a bruiser of a beer this is.

An excellent -bal aged beer overall. They really didn't hold anything back on this one. I shared this with a small group and all were wowed by it.

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4.48/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What happens when you mix a beastly devil and the reverend, throw them in a barrel, and let them mix and simmer? Apparently the Rev wins just because this beer was nothing short of heavenly.

On tap @ DLD 2010. Thanks to Adam for representing more than anyone else by sending so many great beers. This was the one I was most psyched for. A huge ASA aged in bourbon that I heard was very much like one of my faves, the Goose Island Imperial Brown Goose. Well, this rocked!!

Dark caramel color, small white head.

Malt focus in the nose, I think I picked up a wild note (not lactic or sharp but a touch of brett), but this is all about caramel and vanilla. Bourbon kicks ass, but beer makes it even better.

Taste is "amazing - redefines perfection" according to my notes. Vanilla caramel candy, bourbon, toffee, and baked bread. Close to the GI Imperial Brown Goose to be the best example of barrel aging I've ever had. Each of the beers in this blend make a wonderful combo. I feel like the devil is on one shoulder, the reverend is on the other, and both are saying "drink, drink".

Mouthfeel is close to perfect. Creamy, nice touch of carb.

Drinkability suffers due to hugeness, but a great beer. Adam, please bottle this in the barrel series. Please, please, please!!

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4.22/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at DLD '10. Poured into a 14 oz. (?) plastic glass.

A- Poured a tan brown color. Produced a fingers width of off-white colored head, eventually dissipated into a thin film throughout consumption.

S- Very complex. Big barrel and bourbon, alcohol notes. Mixed in was a combination of sweet malts, ripened plums, and bourbon.

T- Just as complex as the aroma, maybe more so. Again, this is a heavy hitter. Lots of bourbon and alcohol upfront. More ingredients shine through as the beer sits on the palate. Picking up bits of vanilla, nutty malts, and slight dark fruit flavor in the background.

M- Heavy bodied with good carbonation. Could have used more viscosity.

D- This beer is definitely a sipper. If I were to ever have this beer again, I would be pouring it into a 6 oz. glass instead.

Overall, as others have stated, this is a beer where the sum is greater than its parts. A very nice beer that I would have again, just in much smaller amounts.

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4.69/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, my only complaint about this beer is that Arizona stopped smoking in bars because this beer deserves to be drank with a good cigar. It is a 50/50 blend of reverend and samaels aged in bourbon barrels.

Aroma was of oak and whiskey, color was a light brown, no head. Flavor was magnificent- so many things going on here. Vanilla, whisky, malt, no hop flavor at all Very strong and warming alcohol bite. Aftertase was heavenly. Avery should have named this beer after a god. The demons thing doesn't give this beer the credit it deserves.

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4.37/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Brewvival

Appearance: Presents with a cloudy amber color and a modest head that leaves some lace behind

Smell: Very boozy, with bourbon and vanilla elements wafting above the fruity caramel base

Taste: Fruity caramel, with a quick nod to the boozy bourbon and vanilla flavor as well as some bitterness that arrives by mid-palate; after the swallow, there is a lot of balanced flavor that persists into the rather boozy finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation and much warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: Moderately sweet with a lot of booziness; interesting, but I wouldn't want to drink too much of this

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Photo of rye726
4.77/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely superb strong ale. A blend of Reverend and Samael's aged in Buffalo Trace Bourbon barrels.

Pours a hazy brown with shades of sherry and mahogany. Silky tan head.

Nose has a big whiskey aroma up front followed by oak, vanilla, chocolate, bready malts, dark pitted fruits, brandy, port wine, toffee and caramel.

Taste also has a big barrel presence. Hugely complex yet well balanced. Bourbon, wood, vanilla, dates, figs, cocoa, molasses, caramelize candies, nutty malts, ripe cherries, plums and cognac.

Thick coating body is delicately carbonated. Lasting finish.

Fantastic blend.

Recently had what seemed to be a different batch which was not nearly as good.

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4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Brewvival - see raverjames's review below for a good description of the beer.

Pours a slightly hazy dark amber color with a small off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of sweet caramel malts with butterscotch and vanilla long with sugar-coated dried fruits - pears, golden raisins, and figs. All tied together it's surprisingly smooth.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth caramel malt flavors up front with hints of chocolate kick things off. From there good amounts of butterscotch and boozy vanilla flavors enter into things. Midway through the sip is where the fruit flavors make an appearance, more figs and golden raisins than anything else. The fruit flavors yield to the whiskey barrel before a mildly sweet finish.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a syrupy thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. This drinks surprisingly easy for such a big beer and I didn't have problems finishing my glass.

Overall this was a very interesting beer and is greater than the sum of its parts. The barrel did nice work on this beer, well worth a shot.

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Photo of raverjames
4.67/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Damn, how am I the first person to review this beer?
This is a one off beer from Avery that Adam only releases at special events. It is a blend of Samael's and The Reverend, aged in Buffalo Trace barrels.
Poured from a Charleston Beer Exchange bomber (growler) that was counter pressure filled.
A: Not sure what it really is supposed to look like. Decent head and a dark reddish-brown base.
S: Dark fruits, currants, figs, vanilla, bourbon, and even a little port. This is a very familiar smell.
T: Slightly sweet. Hint of booze and bourbon that ends with a bit of vanilla and raison. It tastes like a very mild version of 2007 Utopias.
M: Nice carbonation. A bit strong when cold, but much smoother when it warms up. It is hard to give a 5.0 for mouthfeel on any beer above 10% abv.
D: Pretty darn good for a strong barrel aged beer. I like Samael's, but this is so much better.

This is a tasty brew that is 100x better than the 2 beers that blended for it's creation. If you like Firestone Walker 12 and Utopias, you are going to love this.

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