Monday, May 30, 2016

Avery Vanilla Bean Stout Review

Name: Avery Vanilla Bean Stout
Style: Imperial Stout
ABV: 10.8%

You know something, it's been a long while since I've had anything remotely dark save for Fuel Cafe from Lakefront Brewing. So I've decided to take a look at Avery Brewing's Vanilla Bean Stout. Introduced late last year in bottles, this is a stout made with vanilla beans (duh!) and aged in bourbon barrels. It's been a while since I've had anything Avery on this website, so let's take a look, shall we?

Appearance - Pitch black with a thin oily brown head and the lacing itself is non-existent as well, leaving behind nothing.

Aroma - Chocolate malts & marshmallows upfront with some potent vanilla notes along with some bourbon smokiness and oak.

Taste - Chocolate malts and strong vanilla sweetness on the front of the palate with some bourbon heat towards the middle. In the back, I'm getting some mild oak flavors with more of that vanilla sweetness and even a hint of smoke. The aftertaste is more of that vanilla flavor along what tastes like some light lactose notes.

Maybe it's the fact I haven't had anything super malty and heavy lately but this is quite tasty. The flavor is nice & complex and there's also no boozy flavors to speak of here save for a mild heat. Overall, if you happen to see this, I'd very highly recommend picking this up and giving it a go; you won't be disappointed.

Avery Vanilla Bean Stout - 9.5/10

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