Margarete | Avery Brewing Company

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Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 15.43%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Mebuzzard on 01-29-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing this one, Richard. Always good to try these Avery barrel aged beers.

A: This beer pours a very dark brown, nearing black, with an off-white head.

S: Wood is front and center right from the beginning. Sweet cherries follow and there's tons of vanilla and bourbon notes to go with it. A really smooth and luxurious aroma to this beer that is just great.

T: An awesome bourbon and barrel aroma. Plenty of oak and vanilla, caramel, molasses, and maple syrup all come to mind. The beer itself provides just a touch of roast and chocolate. The cherries are great and just have a subtle tartness to them.

M: The body is medium to full with a smooth, low carbonation.

D: I'd say only Sui Generis is better of the barrel series from Avery. This was just fantastic.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Karen for the bottle.

Ink black body, tan head.

Bourbon drenched cherries and figs on the nose. Some barrel related oxidation.

Big, intense bourbon, oak, and oxidation notes on the entry with roasty, chocolate character mid palate and chocolate covered cherries on the finish. A huge, over the top brew.

Rich, chewy, syrupy body.

Glad I was lucky enough to try this one. Its a tad hot, but it is over 15%. Cherry adds a little more complexity, while barrel aging is a dominant component.

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Photo of Sammy
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasty stuff, courtesy of JMSHB who hooked me up in person. Pours opaque dark. Cherry is in the nose with the roast. A fullish mouthfeel, containing a great integration of stout and cherry, as good as it can be. Great flavour, drinkability.Only a notional sourness, its not in every sip, and its a sour cherryness.

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Photo of drumrboy22
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into an Avery snifter.  Beer was black in color, with a one-finger, light brown head.  Light carbonation and no lacing around the glass.

Aroma was cherries, raisins, oak and vanilla.  Smells heavenly. 

Taste was sour cherries, chocolate, espresso, molasses, vanilla and oak.  Delicious beer.  Alcohol is fairly well hidden, but still a slow sipping beer.  Full flavored and complex.  Very enjoyable.  Should age nicely. 

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Photo of artcurtis
4.85/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this courtesy of some friends who ran to Boulder on release day. Poured into my GD snifter. Reviewed from a 7 hour old memory.
Poured super black, with a dark tan head that died a quick death.
Nose is cherries, chocolate, vanilla and booze.
Wonderful taste that echos the nose perfectly. Somewhat sweet, really delicious.
HUGE mouthfeel. Very smooth, heavy body.
I would love to drink my other bottle now, but I'm gonna sit on it.

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Photo of waltonc
4.59/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the classy gentlemen doodler and bardwashrind for enabling me to try this. My favorite of the Avery barrel aged series thus far. Pours a fairly ordinary brown with tan head. Smell and taste are where this excels - dominated by tart cherries, followed by cocoa, vanilla, and bourbon. Fairly sweet, and lots of booze. Reminds me of a stronger version of bells bourbon cherry stout. Body is thick with low/medium carbonation. Overall, an outstanding brew. The high ABV limits the amount you can drink, but this is one of my favorite stouts. Wish I was able to pick up a sixer at the release.

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Photo of notyourdadsbeer
4.82/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened at Euclid Hall, from bottle, into a Snifter for maximum breathability.

A: Pours black into the snifter with a chocolate brown head that quickly falls. Lacing is low and fades fast, just like the head.

S: Cherries! The beer smells like a blast of carmalized malts and twizzlers. Amazing how much the cherries from the aging comes off. The malts are sweet and carmalized from the sugar added and its a very inviting beer. The aroma is heavy and lasting and man is it a great nose.

T: Its quite a rich stout with cherry sweetness and carmal up front on the palate. The finish is very long and doesn't fall flacid. Deep coffee tons lightened by the cherries makes this a pleasure to drink. Its not nearly as large as Mephistopheles with roasted/burnt malt but its still present.

M: Has low carbination and isn't very heavy. I like this. Its a very rich and powerful stout but you don't feel the weight of the malts which is pleasent. The alcohol is very well masked and doesn't come across boozy. Its very balanced yet still way powerful. Can't wait to see how this thing ages.

D: I wish they brewed this beer yearly. It's outstanding. I think should be aged for a least a year but probably 3 to 4 before being cracked again. Its a beer for a cold night or celebration. I wish they sold more than 6 bottles per person because I would have got 5 cases.

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Photo of bunnyman
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This imperial stout has a lot in common with Avery's giant from the Demon series - Mephistopheles. It's opaque with red hues, hugely complex with loads of dark toffee, raisin, caramel with an underlying layer of dark cherry that brings a bit of subtle tartness that nicely balances out the slight sweetness.

We opened one at the release party and found that as it warms the cherry becomes more pronounced. The oak is certainly there and adds nicely to this multi-layered brew. Yet another stunning beer from Avery. A shame that they only released 1400 bottles of this little gem.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown/black with a firm tan head that's real pleasing to look at (like a coffee malt) that quickly fades.

Nose is all melted rich chocolate with coffee, vanilla (oak) whiskey, cherries and more... - a great assault of layers on your olfactory system!Upon having this now at multiple tastings, it may be the "best smelling beer" I've ever opened. The airomatics are simply amazing.

Rich, creamy and textured mouth that is not sour. A well balanced sweet stout that hits you with sour cherries, not a soured beer.

Flavors follow the nose with layers of chocolate, malt, brown sugar, rich roast and real sour cherry flavor and character. Importantly for me is that the cherry flavor is real and NOT that "sweet artificial candy" flavor. Whiskey vanilla front to a rich sweet dark choc/coffee middle to the rich sour cherry to a finish of bitter rich espresso.

Really nice effort. Improves as your palate "gets used to it" and as it warms a bit. Too cold and you'll miss a lot of what this one is all about.

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Photo of Doodler
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle - opened two of these at Avery's to share with buds. Never seen such a crazy madhouse at the taproom before...sold out in an hour and turned most patrons away empty handed. A first in my experience there...

Anyhow - this poured a dark caramel brown with minimal head but still nicely carbed. Wonderful nose of bourbon and oak. Loved the aroma of this one over most of the other BA series from Avery. Mmmm....could inhale this one for hours.

The first taste is a beautiful combination of woody whiskey flavors and slighlty soured cherries that qucikly fades, followed by sweet malts and dark fruits, finishing dry with loads upon loads of figs and raisins. Wow...yummy stuff.

Seriously bummed I couldn't get more than these bottles to share. A very nice brew from Adam and the crew. Please make more....

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.96/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The next in the barrel series from Avery.

And a dark one...more my speed.

pours a rich black surrounded by a highlight of ruby. Initial head is off-white and about 1/4 finger. Dwindles to nothing and slick, thin lacing.

Aroma is definitely barreled. Caramel and vanilla. Fruity, the cherries come through here..dark. Softer elements of leather and tobacco in the background.

Zowy, the flavors jump around. Caramel is dominate up front for me. Molasses sweet. A nice zing, but it's also a bit hot. The dark cherry adds some fruity-sweetness around the edges...with sourness. Although not as sour as I thought it would. A touch of medicinal on the end.

A bit hot right now. Gonna age a bottle, stick it with the others. Started out easy drinking, but became a bit more....difficult.

Favorite of the series thus far

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Margarete from Avery Brewing Company
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