Avery Brewing Company

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #67
Ranked #226
4.47 | pDev: 7.38%
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Notes: Formerly known as Meph Addict and Coffeestopholes.

Tweak is Avery Mephistopheles Imperial Stout, with a chunk of coffee thrown in. If you haven’t geeked out enough, the brewery aged in four months in bourbon barrels.
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eppCOS from Colorado

4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - black as Dracula's night-box; great lacing, a bit of brown angry foam for 4-5 minutes.
S - sat on this too long; most of the character of the coffee is gone, still smells like strong beer, malt, molasses, and whiskey which is great.
T - more malt, whiskey, sugars, and roast, but not much coffee anymore. It is a 2017 (Oct) bottling though, so that's on me. Still fantastic.
F - Amazing mouth-coating, vein-popping sugar content, not for diabetics. Almost a marshmallow smore's kind of sweet.
O _ Baller stout. Just wish I'd paid attention to the date sooner so that I could enjoy more of the coffee-roast flavor and aroma.

Jul 11, 2021
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MostlyMetalz from Illinois

4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This one was hard to find but I found some randomly on a shelf and was shocked. Be careful with this one (high ABV) and if you drink one bottle alone, it will sneak up on you fast! Tastes so good it's hard to sip!

Jun 15, 2021
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highdesertdrinker from Arizona

4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled October 2017, my daughter’s BF brought me two as a peace offering so here go:
Pours dark brown with a slight tan head that disappears quickly. It smells a lot like a regular Bourbon County, heavy barrel, bourbon presence. The mouthfeel is a little thin after 3.5 yrs but that’s to be expected. A little evidence of oxidation but omg this is a big, boozy, brawny monster that’s had it’s rough edges buffed out. Vanilla, anise, barrel, bourbon, a little coffee that peeks thru here and there, it is superb and drinkable for such a huge beer. I normally advocate aging a beer for no more than a year, year and a half, but there are exceptions and this is one of them. My second stout by Avery and another great one, cheers!

May 09, 2021
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backblast from Alaska

4.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Vintage 11-14-16.
Poured very dark brown with a decent tan head that dissipated somewhat quickly but had decent lacing.
Tastes of coffee and barrel up front with absolutely no booze and then mild sweet dark fruits (fig and raisin). It has an amazing coffee finish that lingers and an aftertaste leaving you wanting more.

Mar 31, 2021
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JDP37Houston from Texas

4.77/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled Sept 14, 2018 - Found still on the shelf at a Spec's in Galveston Texas in April of 2020! Bought all they had at $16.83ea. (8) - Had shared this with running buddies in the past, and forgot just how much we liked it. Found it still in the Spec's bag, last night in the back of the closet. Poured into my Houston Beer wiezen glass, because my teku is still in the trailer (from the last camping trip) and I knew a plain ol' pint glass wouldn't do much justice. Pours dark, and not much Amber/tan head although the glass was not cold. COFFEE, was the 1st thing I noticed. Not especially thick, but definitely smooth and still worth sharing again! Now have 7 left...

Feb 06, 2021
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Eddieeight from Ohio

5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled Oct 27,2017. $14 bottle. Beautiful dark brown with not much head, just a thin lip of khaki creamy bubbles activated in a thin centimeter around the edge of the glass. Scents bring on predominantly maple, touched with coffee, and bourbon. The taste is primarily sweet, and swims in delicious chocolate, maple, toffee, char, cherries, and as it washes over the palate the bitterness of the coffee arrives. The bourbon is there but not too strong and flavors the beer fortifying it with its alcoholic strength. Complements the coffee. Minutes after sipping my mouth retains the coffee and bourbon - it is an experience that lasts longer than a typical beer. Mouthfeel is medium thick punctuated by the tiniest of bubbles. Overall this is a complex and delicious beer. I have to say I’m a fan of the high abv because I love concentrated alcohol. Im a big fan of Mephistopheles and gave it a 5/5, and put some bottles away for special occasions. I’m going to have to do the same with this because I’m so impressed with the experience. Luckily my local store has a stock of many bottles and I’ll probably buy them up, even though they’re on the expensive side.

Dec 05, 2020
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woemad from Washington

4.41/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle of Batch #3, courtesy of BeerloserLI, that was bottled on November 14, 2016, that I'd stashed and afterwards forgotten about. Kinda wish I'd remembered it earlier.

Poured into the glass, this was was an opaque, super-dark brown, virtually black. About an inch of tan foam was present, although it mostly vanished quickly. Not surprising when you consider the abv.

Boozy nose, but not overly bourbony, if that's a word. What boozeiness there is actually reminds me more of rum. There's a nutty aroma, with a whiff of milk chocolate as well. The coffee seems to have died out at this point.

Dark malts and booze and milk chocolatey sweetness up front, pretty evenly balanced. I'm kinda suprised how much alcohol there still is after 4 yrs.

Medium bodied, with a fairly creamy mouthfeel.

Nice nightcap on this cold mid-November night. While the coffee has faded, it's still a bit of a booze-bomb after 4yrs. Curious how long you'd have to lay this down for it to mellow! Regardless, thanks, Brian, for a shot at this at a time when it wasn't reliably available in my neck of the woods.

Nov 22, 2020
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trevormajor from Ohio

4.76/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass at 53F. Bottled 9/14/18.
L - Deep and dark, with a cocoa colored head that dissipated slowly
S - boozy with a slight malt character
T - The coffee really comes through when you taste this beer and blends with the bourbon superbly!
F - thick mouthfeel with little carbonation coming through.
O - A full bodied, well balanced beer that will put hair on your chest.... or take it off!

Sep 26, 2020
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.41/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampling a 12 oz bottle from 2016 bottling. Says 17.5% ABV on the label. Sounds like a winner for me!
The beer pours into my snifter a dark coffee brown color with no light passing through. A surprisingly robust fluffy to spongelike head foams up 2 cm and hangs around as a sturdy surface layer. Surprised there is this much head for a high ABV brew with 4 years in the bottle!
The nose on this one is....boozy! I get some dark bakers chocolate, black coffee, and a lot of bourbon and general boozy heat. there is also a bit of dark fruit, raisin and plum mixing and also some molasses notes. Definitely a big complex beer.
First sip reveals a lighter body than I expected and fine, gentle rolling carbonation. texture is kind of slick as it hits my mouth and slides down my throat too easy. But there is also a sticky coating on my palate after each sip. Oh and rounding out the physical traits, is some warming booze. This kicks in right after the swallow and lingers in my mouth and down my throat to my belly. Yup big boozy beer!
Flavor is malts and malts, I dont get any hop character here. I get dark chocolate and brown sugar up front. This moves to some molasses and bourbon in the middle and finishes with more bourbon. I think the coffee flavor has faded out over time. Definitely no hop character on the finish either.
This is a really nice sipping beer and seems just fine after 4 years in my cellar. I am amazed at the head retention on this beer which is still a sturdy surface even at the end of my consumption. very nice, would buy again!

Sep 20, 2020
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5toutman75 from Illinois

4.31/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 10/27/17
Consumed 8/19/20

3 years is probably too old for a coffee stout IMO, but I let this sit due to the high abv. It's a thin stout and not quite as dark as I'd expect. There's zero head after the pour too. The smell is very nice though it lacks a ton of coffee at this point. I get sweet bourbon booze on the nose more than anything. On the pallet the booze is more reserved (or enough for me at least) and still very sweet. I'm not getting a lot of coffee anymore, but I'm sure compared to the base stout it's present. It's sweet for sure. More sweet than other coffee stouts but not a pastry stout. Overall a great beer but not the world class beer it's rating says it should be versus newer coffee stouts. I think it's also a bit unfair given the age for me. Need to try a fresh one to be fair.

Aug 20, 2020
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DEZ01301960 from Illinois

4.66/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite BBA Coffee stouts. Avery is able to get really high ABV on these beers. 16% after aging 4 months in Bourbon barrels, WOW! 2017 Bourbon County Coffee is number one, this one is a very close second.

Aug 16, 2020
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DokiDokiLitFam from New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled Sept 14 2018. Almost two years on this bad boy. Lets see what time has done him.

Pours a dark brown. Motor oil looking, no light penetration. A finger of tightly packed bubbles. Nice smooth looking mocha head.

Nose is oak and bourbon, hints of dark fruit, and maybe caramel or toffee? This has aromas more like a barleywine or a Belgian Dark rather than a stout. Not getting any coffee though unfortunately.

Taste is oak barrel and bourbon right up front, which transitions briefly to coffee, then toffee/caramel and mild chocolate. So the main thing I'm noticing here is, this doesn't taste like a stout. Huge caramel notes. Bright, fruit flavors and hoo boy the sweetness. It would make a peach jealous. Like a natural cane sugar soda. But as quickly as it is there, it fades on the swallow. No stickiness, no cloying. Coffee is minimal, bitterness is minimal. Alcohol is present but not hot or overwhelming. This just tastes like a barrel aged Belgian.

Mouthfeel is smooth with very mild carbonation. Easy drinking. Light. As i said before, not too sticky or cloying. Sweetness restrains itself a good degree.

Overall, I think the amount of time has been too much for this one to bear. Maybe 1 year would have been fine but two has taken it's toll. An enjoyable brew. I would love to have it fresh to see what it's like, but this is a little past it's prime. Very mellow, subdued. Perhaps too much so. But that's what happens.

Aug 12, 2020
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Tony210 from New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark with appropriate mocha head. Fantastic aromas of chocolate and coffee. Pretty sweet, very good chocolate and coffee flavors, very flavorful, slight yeasty finish. Rich and creamy. Overall a very good BA Imperial Stout. Aged very well.

12 oz bottle, 2016 vintage
4.5 rating

Jun 07, 2020
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GormBrewhouse from Vermont

4.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had it at the brewery. Pours dark brown 2 fingers of brownish head, smells like really good coffee, tastes like it too with roast and alchohal. Overall a very fine brew I'll have again

Mar 18, 2020
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BenHoppy from Michigan

4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very muted in aroma but is a well balanced smooth stout that is dangerously drinkable at 16%. I get flavors of chocolate espresso, bourbon, and dark fruit.

Jan 27, 2020
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A beauteous pour, black and opaque, mid-tan head with small bubble curtains of lacing.

S - Profound chocolate batter, strong punch of alcohol burn. A touch of coconut.

T - Follows the nose, with bright baked brownie, lush coffee and a coconut line. Warm alcohol prickliness.

M - So full and warm, but quite drinkable. Lingers as a weight on the tongue, but not unpleasantly.

O - Superb giant brew, quite delicious.

Jan 25, 2020
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ScruffySouthpaw from New York

4.81/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served in a teku glass from the bottle.

Appearance: Semi thick dark bown tinted body pouring a bit like crude oil. Dark deep in color with medium bubbles to the body creating a tan head rising maybe just one finger's length off the body. Settles quick after one sip with a nice even lacing.

Smell: Chocolate whiskey aroma with hints of espresso. I let the beer warm up and seriously intense in the nostrils.

Taste: Complex toffee and chocolate with hints of pure coffee bean with notes of whiskey. You are all over the place while inhaling this brew. Toffee and malts might be too much of a congestion but seriously this one is a dessert.

Mouth: Stick-icky with a medium carbonation. Body is incredibly full, which the after taste just lingers with you.

Overall: What is funny is that I have had this beer at least two to three times before today and never did a beer review. Might be my most favorite imperial stout produced by Avery brewing. The complexity alone is worth grabbing it, roughly about 15 a bottle here in New York. Salud!

Nov 17, 2019
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stevoj from Idaho

4.41/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #1 bottle from Toby. Silky black pour, flat. Roasty, sweet, chocolate boozy aroma. Taste gets better, smooth, velvety, warm. Hits all high marks.

Nov 02, 2019
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Bruno74200 from France

4.84/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, just wow.
2 years old bottle of this beauty.
Complexity and balance between the coffee, the fresh bourbon and the pungent malts.
The mouthfeel is incredible.
Better and better as it warms up.

Sep 30, 2019
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JBowenGeorgia from Georgia

4.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark brown/nearly black with two fingers of mocha head. 
Smells of coffee, chocolate, dark roasty malts. 
Taste follows with the roasty flavors, dark malts, coffee, slightly sweet notes of caramel and vanilla.
Fuller body with good carb levels. Smooth and well balanced.
Overall a nice one.

Jun 24, 2019
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. Bottled on 'NOV 14 2016'.
Dark brown colored body, with a big edge of mahogany when back lit. One finger of light tan head, settles back to creamy cap. Leaves behind a scattered array of lacing.
Aroma of dark roasted malts and coffee. There is also chocolate, bourbon oak, and slight vanilla.
Taste is heavy on the bourbon barrel, but it blends well with the chocolate and vanilla. The coffee is more slight than in the smell. The front part of the taste is more smooth and slightly sweet, while the end turns more to the bitter/char of the coffee.
Medium plus mouthfeel. Quite smooth through the mouth. Good carbonation (the creamy head sticks around throughout the drinking of the beer).
While the ABV% is high, the booze is not hot, but rather is well blended with the other components. This is a comfortable sipper with the added coffee component.

Jun 20, 2019
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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

3.9/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Pitch black with a tall khaki froth. Little head retention and spotty lacing.

S: Booze and barrel, bitter chocolate, dark roasted grains and beans, and some dates or other dark fruits.

T: Pretty much follows the nose with more espresso and burn.

F: Definitely a sipping beer. Huge, huge mouthfeel, with a long-lasting finish. Light carbonation and an almost velvety feel

O: I imagine this one improves with age, but at 6 months in the bottle after buying it was still horribly hot.

Apr 30, 2019
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.39/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Has at least an average body, slight silky feel. Light amount of carbonation
Aroma is sweet bourbon,roasted malt,black coffee, alcohol, raisins and dark fruit
Taste is a nice blend of sweet bourbon balanced with roasted malt and bitter black coffee. Raisins and dark fruit add a great addition of flavor
Overall its smooth,nice bidy,great aroma and even better taste

Apr 15, 2019
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle dated 10/27/17 into pint glass. Pours an encouragingly inky black with a negligible head. Initial impression is incredibly smooth, sweet milk chocolate, espresso, bourbon, and roasted malts. Mouthfeel is silky-smooth - almost literally oily. Alcohol - all 16% of it - is quite well hidden. Finish is smooth and sweet.
A lot of BBA stouts are over-the-top in the bourbon department. Not this one. Even the coffee is understated. Admittedly, this would be too sweet (and too potent) for frequent indulgence. But it's just perfect for the occasional indulgence.

Apr 07, 2019
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ChrisMon02 from Ohio

3.99/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good but becomes too sweet as it warms. Lots of coffee and chocolate but the sweetness overwhelms. Booze is well integrated and surprisingly well hidden. Glad I tried but I prefer others over this one. The steep price kinda sucks as well.

Apr 02, 2019
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