It’s Super Bowl Sunday! Go Broncos! You know what pairs well with big games? Big Beers! Here comes my Brewreview of Avery Brewing Company’s Vanilla Bean Stout – it’s a Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout with Vanilla Beans added.
Here is what Avery has to say about it: A double dose of vanilla derived from both fresh Bourbon barrels and the trio of Tongan, Ugandan, and Mexican whole vanilla beans is complemented by essences of chocolate, caramel and molasses to round out this luxuriously silky stout.
Brew Facts: ABV = 10.8%
Dustin’s Brewreview and Notes
Aroma: INTENSE vanilla nose; a bit boozy; medium-high chocolate and graham cracker notes; 10/12
Appearance: black as night; beige colored head with low head retention; 2/3
Flavor: low malt flavor as the bourbon and vanilla take over – which is totally fine; no noticeable hop flavor or bitterness; strong vanilla bean and bourbon-y vanilla characteristics; chocolate notes noticeable; medium-low alcohol throughout; finishes very sweet; 18/20
Mouthfeel: a little chewy; very light carbonation; noticeable warmth and alcohol, but not overpowering; mouth coating, sip after sip; 4/5
Overall: This beer fits the Wood Aged Beer/Imperial Stout style very well. The extra dose of vanilla via the beans really does put this beer over the top. I would suggest this with a cheesecake or cherry pie. It’s a little too sweet for an entree. There was noticeable alcohol present throughout, but given the gravity of this big beer, it’s acceptable. The vanilla hides it enough to make it extremely drinkable.
The pros are good at making beer, and Avery is one of the best. Period.